Farewell Dr. Rebekah Wanic

Farewell Dr. Rebekah Wanic

After eight years of dedicated service to the Department of Psychological Sciences, Dr. Rebekah Wanic has accepted a faculty position at National University of Singapore.

During her time at USD, Dr. Wanic has gone above and beyond for the department, university, and San Diego community.  She has taught at Grossmont College, Cuyamaca College, City College, and UCSD. Dr. Wanic has served as a faculty advisor for students in the Honors Program, McNair Scholars, and SURE scholars. She presented many students opportunities to co-author publications alongside her. Utilizing her wealth of academic knowledge at USD and surrounding San Diego Community colleges Dr. Wanic served as faculty advisor for many transfer students in the department and taught TLC courses. 

As a Non-Tenure Track adjunct professor, Dr. Wanic volunteered her time and expertise to serve on university and department committees including, but not limited to, Fall 2020 Academic Affairs Task Force, Adjunct Liaison for the Center for Educational Excellence, Academic Assembly Non-Tenure Track Representative, Academic Review Committee, Integration Fellow, Faculty Review and Support Committee, Advising Committee, and Adjunct Review Committee. Her accolades and dedication have been acknowledged by many awards and nominations including; Lecturer Award for Outstanding Teaching (2020), Impact Linda Vista Initiative Grant Recipient (2020), Faculty Recognition Award nominee (2020), Mortar Board Faculty Appreciation Honoree (2019; 2020), Outstanding Undergraduate Research Mentor Award nominee (2017), Women of Impact Award nominee (2017, 2018, 2019), and Faculty Award for Exceptional Teaching (2016). 

The department and the university are grateful for Dr. Wanic’s eight years of distinguished service. We will miss her greatly and wish her well on her next endeavor. Thank you!

Where is your new opportunity taking you?  

I am going to National University of Singapore and will join a large psychology department there. I am excited to take on the challenges that come from not only starting a new job but moving to a new country! I hope to push myself to grow both professionally and personally with these new experiences.

What are some of your best memories at USD?

Over the past eight years, I have had so many great experiences. Although I love teaching, most of my favorite memories are times spent in my office with students and friends, sharing stories, lots of laughs, and lots of tears. Also, any time I was fortunate enough to be invited to an event as the guest of a student would count as a great memory. I am always surprised and deeply grateful when students take the time to include me in special events like the athletic honors breakfast or Mortar Board faculty appreciation dinner.

Which course was your favorite to teach?

This is a really hard question because I am such a nerd and love teaching everything. If I have to pick though, I would say either Evolutionary Psychology or Psychology of Gender because I think that these two courses are ones in which I get to really challenge students to think about things from a different perspective and analyze ideas they might never have had the occasion to consider. I try to focus on critical thinking in all of my courses, but these two provide an opportunity to confront and explore many of the beliefs we’ve internalized that often go unexplored. I enjoy being able to help students engage in this opportunity for growth.

What has been your biggest undertaking during your time at USD?/What are you most proud of?

Whenever I get to play a small role in helping others succeed, I feel proud. I am thankful that I have been given so many opportunities to help students in their academic and personal growth. I think one of my biggest honors was being asked to give a lecture in the Mortar Board Last Lecture series. I honestly thought that I had gotten the invitation by mistake it was such an amazing surprise! I feel so grateful to have been selected and hope that I succeeded in sharing some meaningful messages with students and friends.

Dr. Rebekah Wanic

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