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Annette Finley-Croswhite, Ph.D.

Annette Finley-Croswhite, Ph.D.

Director, Center for Faculty Development

Professor of History, University Professor

Annette Finley-Croswhite, Ph.D. is the Director of the Center for Faculty Development. She earned her B.A. from the University of Richmond in Virginia and her Ph.D. from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. She is an award-winning Professor of History at Old Dominion University where she has also served as both Chair of History and Associate Dean in the College of Arts and Letters. In 2015, she was named "University Professor," a distinction that recognizes her outstanding contribution to teaching at Old Dominion University. That same year she also won the "Provost's Award for Excellence in International Education."

Dr. Finley-Croswhite is committed to active learning in the classroom. She constantly tries new teaching strategies to help students succeed and promotes high impact practices. Her many workshops and "Salons" offer Old Dominion University faculty multiple avenues to share their knowledge, improve their teaching skills, and engage in critical discussions about faculty life and professional development. Her door is always open to offer support and mentorship.

Dr. Finley-Croswhite's scholarly work is focused on the history of political and religious violence in France. She has published two books and many articles on the French wars of religion, French right-wing political movements, terrorism, and the history of medicine. A new book co-authored with Dr. Gayle K. Brunelle, Assassination in Vichy: Marx Dormoy and the Struggle for the Soul of France will be published in 2020 by the University of Toronto Press. She is also developing a new pedagogical focus in her scholarship and exploring strategies for teaching difficult subjects in the 21st-century.

Dr. Finley-Croswhite has an interest in travel and historical landscapes. She has developed several Holocaust-themed study abroad courses based in France, Poland or both and travels with students to "un-silence" difficult pasts. Dr. Finley-Croswhite engages in community service, especially by promoting Holocaust education to a variety of constituencies. She is an elected member of the Tidewater chapter of the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities and a Fellow of the Auschwitz Jewish Center in Oświęcim, Poland.

Annette Finley-Croswhite is committed to furthering faculty excellence at ODU.


David Simpson

David Simpson

Technical Writer, Center for Faculty Development

David Simpson is the technical writer for the Center for Faculty Development. He holds a B.A. from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and spent many years as an editor with The Virginian-Pilot newspaper in Norfolk. At CFD he writes articles, edits documents, designs promotional flyers, puts together the monthly e-newsletter FacSheet and supports the Center in myriad ways tied to marketing and promotion. He also works for ODU's Center for Learning and Teaching, where his duties include writing promotions and editing online courses.