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Dr. Rebecca Rossen Honored for Teaching Excellence

Dr. Rebecca Rossen has been named both the recipient of the 2013 Department of Theatre and Dance Teaching Excellence Award and the Lucia, Jack, and Melissa Gilbert Women’s and Gender Studies Teaching Excellence Award.

The Gilbert Award is a university-wide honor given to one faculty member with an outstanding record of undergraduate and/or graduate teaching in Women’s and Gender Studies courses. Dr. Gloria Gonzalez-Lopez, the 2012 Gilbert Award recipient and current award committee chair, shares “[Dr. Rossen’s] feminist pedagogy is represented by her commitment to help students in their journey toward becoming intelligent and imaginative artists, articular scholars and writers, and open and creative thinkers.”

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Dr. Rebecca Rossen receiving the Gilbert Teaching Excellence Award (center) from Susan Heinzelman, director of the Center for Women's and Gender Studies (left) and Dr. Gloria Gonzalez-Lopez (right). Photo: Andrea Zarate

Rossen is an assistant professor for the Department of Theatre and Dance’s Performance as Public Practice program, and a faculty affiliate in the Schusterman Center for Jewish Studies, the Center for Women’s and Gender Studies, and the Department of American Studies. She 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. She is currently completing her first book, Dancing Jewish: Jewish Identity in American Modern and Postmodern Dance (forthcoming with Oxford University Press).

The recognition of her outstanding teaching in multiple departments not only affirms the value of her work, but also recognizes the impact of the Department of Theatre and Dance and Performance as Public Practice across the Forty Acres and beyond.

Learn more about Dr. Rossen's work and her experience at UT.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013