Our faculty members do more than teach—they mentor

Faculty member, Nicole Crown

Case Western Reserve University faculty members teach 95% of all credit hours. Not graduate students. Not teaching assistants. Faculty.

And here’s the thing. It’s not just that faculty members are in the classroom and labs with you, they will help champion your success.

Meet assistant professor of biology Nicole Crown [pictured here]. She teaches over 200 undergrads annually and treats each student interaction as a mentoring opportunity, listening closely to build connections, being empathetic and recognizing the individual needs of each mentee.

That’s why she won the Bruce Jackson, MD, Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Mentoring!

"She leads and fosters a positive lab environment where all lab members can grow and expand their knowledge,” wrote a student nominator. "As my mentor," the student continued, "she sees my potential, makes me feel welcome, is always there for me when I have questions and allows me to explore things I am curious about.”

When Crown was asked about what drives her, she said, “The most important thing about being a professor for me is helping people figure out who they are and finding their most authentic selves,” she said.

And Crown isn’t the only faculty member who feels this way. “The number one thing that stands out to me about educators at Case Western Reserve University is that we care deeply about the success of each student, both inside the classroom and outside of the classroom,” she added.

When you join CWRU, you’ll become part of a community that will help you thrive. You will do research (as early as day one!), join a research project (or many!) and get to know your faculty while they provide mentoring to set you up for success.