Professor and Chair of the English Department
College of Liberal Arts/English
University of Nevada, Reno
English Professor Eric Rasmussen, internationally recognized Shakespeare scholar, has a knack for passing along his passion for the Bard to his students. Rasmussen, who received the University’s highest award for teaching excellence in 2010, the F. Donald Tibbitts Distinguished Teacher Award, also received the top teaching award in spring 2011 for the entire Nevada System of Higher Education, the Regents’ Teaching Award.
Students have called his teaching “cutting-edge,” “brilliant” and “flawless.” Rasmussen attributes his success to “being able to take 400-year-old texts and make them relevant for 20-year-olds today.”
When Rasmussen isn't teaching on campus, he's likely conducting research on Shakespeare and the Renaissance with his students in libraries here or abroad. Or, you may find him in downtown Reno, at the University's Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, teaching Shakespeare to senior citizens.
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