Havin' a yarn with Elizabeth Russell
Where did you grow up? Where do you live now?
I'm from Ontario. I currently teach at the Trent University.
What have you been up to since you graduated from Grenfell?
I left Grenfell with a psych degree and came back to teach for a year after I completed my PhD...and again, but from a different perspective, experienced the uniquely warm and friendly, but yet rigorously academic value, that Grenfell has to offer. I found that even behind the scenes, the respect for students and value of their learning is all-important to those who make this place what it is.
How did Grenfell prepare you for the work you're doing now?
I feel that my approach to teaching, today, as a faculty member at another university, is solidly rooted in both the academic excellence and student-centred approach to learning I experienced at Grenfell. I would highly recommend Grenfell to any student looking for something a little different, along with a quality educational experience.
What's your Grenfell story?
I arrived in Corner Brook, NL, as an 18 year old from Ontario seeking new adventures and a small campus experience. What I found was a community that I'm not sure is present at most institutions. The small classes...professors who value your learning...multidisciplinary connectivity on a daily basis...a beautiful environment for outdoor adventure...a university that, because of the above-and-beyond efforts of faculty and staff, and the strong sense of community on campus and around town, feels like a home.