Professor Alice Lesnick Awarded McPherson Fellowship at 2021 Commencement
At Bryn Mawr's Commencement this May 29, 2021, Professor Alice Lesnick was awarded the McPherson Fellowship, given for excellence in teaching and service to the community.
The McPherson Fund for Excellence was established in honor of President Mary Patterson McPherson upon her retirements as President of Bryn Mawr College in 1997. McPherson Fellows are recognized for excellence and service to the community, either within or beyond the boundaries of this institution.
Professor Lesnick is Term Professor of Education and the Director in the Bryn Mawr/Haverford Education Program, and Associate Dean for Global Engagement at Bryn Mawr College. Alice has created a broad range of courses and programs at the College, where she is entering her 25th year. A literacy scholar oriented by community-based and collaborative learning, Alice is currently studying, with a group of former mentees, how to bridge the insights of individual mentoring with institutional growth. A former preschool, elementary, middle, and high school teacher, Alice is the recipient of the McPherson Fellowship (2021) and the Rosalyn R. Schwartz Teaching Award (2006) at Bryn Mawr. Alice is Founding Co-Director of the Lagim Tehi Tuma/Thinking Together Program in Northern Ghana, a summer program in which U.S.-based and Ghanaian university students are guided by community mentors in education-centered internships, language and cultural learning, personal inquiry and research, student-led committee work, and the ongoing creation of community, knowledge, and questions.