Visiting Professor in English Beth Marzoni graduated from Knox College in 2004 well-equipped for her life ahead with an English major and a History minor. She also had an idea of what she wanted to do with her degree — teach. Though she had no plans to do so at the time of her graduation, life has brought her back to Knox not once but twice already to do just that.
Originally from Littleton, Colo., located south of Denver, Marzoni first heard about Knox from various Knox College alumni who lived in Colorado. Among them was Susannah Gawor, who graduated from Knox in 1999. Her enthusiasm about Knox and her friendly nature charmed Marzoni.
“She was great,” Marzoni said.
Due to the efforts of Gawor and her interactions with Knox students and faculty when she visited, the home of the Prairie Fire quickly moved to the top of her college list. She arrived here her freshman year with no idea of what she wanted to do. That was quick to change, as was Marzoni. She finally decided on English as her major, ascribing it to the fact that she got to know the professors in the English department.
“It just sort of fell into place,” Marzoni said.
After Knox, Marzoni received her Ph.D. from Western Michigan University, located in Kalamazoo, Mich. After receiving her Ph.D., she taught classes at Kalamazoo College. Her first return to Knox came during the 2011-2012 school year, when she taught courses, as she will now, as an assistant professor. She then spent the next six years at Viterbo College in Lacrosse, Wis. When she got the chance to return to Knox, she didn’t hesitate.
“I needed professional change and the opportunity to return presented itself,” Marzoni said.
Marzoni noted that the students and faculty are what keep her coming back to Knox.
“I believe in this institution, and I have always loved working with Knox students,” she said. “I deeply respect and have real affection for my colleagues.”
Marzoni also connects to Knox on a more personal level.
“Knox sort of gave me the chance to explore my talents and interests,” she said. “My education here empowered me to live the kind of life I want to live.”