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Assistant Professor Rebecca Rossen wins two teaching awards

Posted: June 14, 2013
From left: WGS director Susan Heinzelman, Rebecca Rossen, Gloria Gonzalez-Lopez. Photo: Andrea Zarate

From left: WGS director Susan Heinzelman, Rebecca Rossen, Gloria Gonzalez-Lopez. Photo: Andrea Zarate

Assistant Professor Rebecca Rossen won two teaching awards for the 2012–2013 year: the Department of Theatre and Dance Teaching Excellence Award, and the Lucia, John, and Melissa Gilbert Teaching Excellence Award in Women's and Gender Studies.

The Gilbert Teaching Excellence Award honors one faculty member a year who has demonstrated outstanding undergraduate and/or graduate teaching in Women's and Gender Studies classes. Associate Professor Gloria Gonzalez-Lopez (Department of Sociology), last year's Gilbert Award winner, chaired the committee that selected Dr. Rossen from a competitive pool of nominees. Dr. Gonzalez-Lopez cited Dr. Rossen's emphasis on developing critical and creative skills as integral to her teaching strategy.

"[Dr. Rossen’s] feminist pedagogy is represented by her commitment to help students in their journey toward becoming intelligent and imaginative artists, articulate scholars and writers, and open and creative thinkers," Dr. Gonzalez-Lopez said.

Dr. Rossen, Associate Professor in the Department of Theatre and Dance, is a faculty affiliate in Women's and Gender Studies, the Department of American Studies, and the Schusterman Center for Jewish Studies. The recognition of her teaching in multiple departments affirms both the value of her work and the impact of the Department of Theatre and Dance and Performance as Public Practice across the university.

"I am very happy that the [Gilbert Award] committee recognized [the College of Fine Arts], the [Department] of Theatre and Dance, and dance and performance history as valuable to their interdisciplinary program and community," Dr. Rossen wrote in an email.

In addition to her honorable work in Theatre and Dance and Women's and Gender Studies, Dr. Rossen's work in Jewish Studies has been an important part of the Schusterman Center. She was an active participant in the fall 2012 Terezín symposium, during which she and SCJS director Dr. Robert Abzug moderated an artists' panel and co-led a lecture preceding Spectrum Dance Theater's The Theater of Needless Talents. Dr. Rossen also teaches J S 363, Jewish Identity in American Performance.

Congratulations to Dr. Rossen!

Rebecca Rossen (Ph.D., Northwestern University) is a dance historian, performance scholar, and choreographer whose research interests include modern and postmodern dance, stagings of identity in physical performance, and the relationship between research and practice. Professor Rossen is currently completing her first book, Dancing Jewish: Jewish Identity in American Modern and Postmodern Dance (forthcoming with Oxford University Press). Read a brief feature on Rossen here, and her Terezín bio here.
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