Re Evitt, the new associate dean of the college, is organized, systematic, and ensures that things run smoothly – just like a Swiss clock. That should come as no surprise, considering both her parents came from Switzerland. Born in Colorado, she lived in the United States and Switzerland during her childhood.
Evitt, an associate professor in the English Department, specializes in medieval literature (including Marie de France, Dante, and Chaucer). She also teaches Shakespeare, Introduction to Poetry, and History of the English Language. In her new position, Evitt supports student advising and research. She works with faculty, the Student Life Office, the Registrar’s Office, the FYE Program, and the Colket Center for Academic Excellence to facilitate and advance student learning, mentoring, and advising. Evitt reviews student academic progress and helps students identify and access sources of support including opportunities for research, internships, and independent study.
Or, to put it in concise, Swiss terms: “I make connections for students using different resources,” she said. “I support students across the spectrum in academics.”
Evitt's favorite thing about her work is the flow of energetic, imaginative students who come through her office. She's open to hearing their ideas as well as their concerns and works to help them navigate the intricacies of Colorado College’s academic system.
More Re Evitt facts:
- Evitt lived in Fort Collins until she was 11-years old, often spending summers with her family in Switzerland. She moved back to Switzerland with her family when she was 12, only to return to America the following year. Her father missed the hands-on, experiential style of teaching he had done in Colorado (as opposed to the more formal European lecture style).
- Her father taught neuro-anatomy at CSU Veterinarian School, and later at the University of Missouri and Ohio State University. Her mother was the first child psychologist in Northern Colorado.
- Evitt started at Stanford as a music major, then took a gap year to attend UC Boulder and study with the first oboist of the Denver Symphony, practicing five to eight hours a day. At the end of the year, her mentor candidly assessed her potential, drive, and interest in things other than oboe. She says the ensuing conversation gave her “a good sense of what advising conversations should be like.” (She still plays oboe, but she returned to Stanford.
- Favorite ski mountains: Wildhaus in Switzerland; Breckenridge and Snowmass in Colorado.
- What she’s reading: Moni Mohsin’s novel “The End of Innocence”; Thomas Kuhn’s “The Structure of Scientific Revolutions” (50th anniversary edition!) and anything that’s on the Visiting Writers Series schedule. “I try to read something from everyone who comes to campus, though I’m not always successful.” Also on her to-read list is CC History Professor Anne Hyde’s book, “Empires, Nations, and Families” and Ruth Karras’ award-winning “Unmarriage: Women, Men, and Sexual Unions in the Middle Ages.” “I like history of any kind. History definitely influences literature.”
- Other interests: Skiing (did we mention the Swiss heritage?); oboe, English horn, tenor recorder, and Krumhorn (when possible, she plays with the CC Chamber Orchestra and Collegium Musicum); Airedales; Maine Coon cats; film theory; hiking, backpacking, and camping.