Catherine Taylor appointed Associate Dean of Arts at UWinnipeg

Catherine Taylor

Dr. Catherine Taylor

Dr. Neil Besner, Provost and Vice-President, Academic is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Catherine Taylor as Associate Dean of Arts for a five-year term starting July 1, 2017.

Taylor is a professor cross-appointed to the faculties of Arts and Education. She has held a variety of administrative positions at departmental, faculty, and university levels at UWinnipeg, recently serving as Chair of the University Human Research Ethics Board, as Director of Academic Programs in the Faculty of Education, and as co-organizer of the “Two-Spirit/Queer People of Colour Call to Conversation” (C2C) conference to be held at UWinnipeg in Fall 2017. She also has developed courses reflecting her lifelong interests in textual analysis and disrupting oppressive discourses.

Taylor is widely known for her work on sexual and gender diversity and social justice within K-12 education. As the director and lead researcher for the RISE research program on 2SLGBTQ-inclusive education, she has led several large-scale research projects that have been actively supported by virtually all national, provincial and territorial schools system organizations in Canada: the First National Climate Survey on Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia in Canadian Schools in partnership with Egale Canada Human Rights Trust, the Every Teacher Project on LGBTQ inclusive education in partnership with The Manitoba Teacher’s Society, and the National Inventory in partnership with Manitoba Association of School Superintendents. Her next national study will continue this work in a fourth sphere: teacher education. Taylor’s research has resulted in many publications and presentations reaching scholars, educators, and government officials — and has directly informed policy and law development across the country.

Taylor completed her undergraduate and master’s degrees in English Language and Literature, at Trent and Queen’s, respectively. She holds a PhD in Cultural Studies and Critical Pedagogy from the University of Toronto.

“Dr. Taylor is an exceptional academic and renowned researcher, who has made a profound impact on LGBTQ-inclusive education. We wish her much success in her expanded role with UWinnipeg, where she will continue to support our growing leaders,” said Besner.

“The search committee was impressed with Dr. Taylor’s experience and record of accomplishments,” said Glenn Moulaison, Dean of Arts, “We look forward to her being a strong voice for Arts both within The University of Winnipeg and beyond.”

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