Alissa Trotz wins President’s Teaching Award

Alissa Trotz wins President’s Teaching Award

Alissa-Trotz-Photo Dr. Alissa Trotz is an Associate Professor who has taught in the Department of Sociology and Equity Studies at OISE and is currently cross-appointed to Women and Gender Studies (WGSI) and the Caribbean Studies Program at New College. Following a year of law school in the Caribbean, she completed her BA (Hons) at York University, and her MPhil and PhD at Trinity College, University of Cambridge. A Research Fellow at the Centre of Latin American Studies at Cambridge and a Queen’s National Scholar in Women’s (now Gender) Studies at Queen’s University, she joined the University of Toronto in 2000.

Described by her students as an inspiring and dedicated teacher who excels at both the large lecture format and the small seminar, Alissa has received the Faculty of Arts and Science Outstanding Teaching Award (2010), the Award for distinguished contribution to graduate teaching at OISE (2007) and the SAC-APUS Undergraduate Teaching Award (2007).  

She has devoted much of her time to improving the classroom experience through curricular innovation. She played a key role in WGSI conversations about how they might better equip their students with the critical capacities to comprehend the uneven transnational processes that shape and give meaning to our lives. These discussions have profoundly shaped first the MA (2007) and now the PhD programs (beginning Fall 2013), both of which distinguish WGSI as offering “a particular focus on feminist colonial, post-colonial, diasporic and transnational studies.”  [Read more]

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