Testimonials: College Audiences

"Dr. Brenner was the primary designer of our American University Experience (AUx) curriculum, the cornerstone of the undergraduate curriculum for all AU first-year students. She also designed and delivered all of the related curricular and pedagogy trainings to dozens of instructors, which I had the privilege of observing. In my 11 years at AU, I have never witnessed a more talented and authentic leader of faculty development seminars and workshops. She has a unique ability to capture a room and create a space for faculty to fully engage with difficult material. She inspires trust from and instills confidence in faculty (both new and experiences), while simultaneously pushing instructors to excel in the classroom."
-Jessica L. Waters, JD, Dean of Undergraduate Education,
American University

“I had the privilege of working as a co-curriculum designer with Dr. Andrea Brenner. I had an extremely positive and productive couple years under her leadership of the American University Experience, a mandatory first-year curriculum program. Andrea brings the same humane and emotionally intelligent touch to innovating and creating curriculum as she does to students, the faculty and staff she trains, as well as colleagues and collaborators. She juggled an endlessly complex array of constituents, often-conflicting interests, and her own class that she was pilot-teaching, with admirable organization, real creativity, and a sense of humor. I’ve never met anyone who gets the unique needs and psychology of first-year college students as well as Andrea does.”

-Angie Chuang, Associate Professor and Associate Chair of Undergraduate Studies, Journalism Department, University of Colorado Boulder

"Dr. Andrea Malkin Brenner served as the key note speaker for the DC Chapter of the American College Personal Association Annual Conference in December 2018. She gave an engaging talk to our participants which incorporated her research and experience with the themes of our conference. Her talk left our participants with relevant questions and ideas to consider throughout the day of the conference as they attended other sessions. Dr. Brenner received top scores on our post-conference surveys when asked about their satisfaction with the keynote speaker. We would absolutely recommend Dr. Andrea Malkin Brenner to others who are looking for a thoughtful, knowledgeable, and inspiring speaker."
-Lauren Wagoner,
M.Ed., DCCPA Executive Board Member, Associate Director, McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University

“Dr. Brenner is a highly engaged, passionate individual with exceptional vision. She leads by simultaneously setting high expectations for the pursuit of excellence in teaching and advising and creating a values driven culture of compassion, empathy and integrity that fosters community and collaboration. I cannot speak highly enough of my own personal experience under her leadership. At the end of the day, she inspires with her drive and desire to have impact. She makes each individual feel like they are a part of something much bigger than themselves by communicating her trust and belief in their skills and abilities. It was an absolute pleasure to serve the AU community with her and I look forward to opportunities to collaborate with her in the future.”

-Wim Taylor, M.Ed., First-Year Instructor and Advisor, American University

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