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Fitting In By Not Fitting In...the Privilege of a Career as a University Professor

Mar 20, 2014, 12pm-2pm

McLaughlin College Ongoing Faculty Profile Series will present Professor Brenda Spotton Visano.

Brenda Spotton Visano is a university professor (who still has to pinch herself to believe it’s true) of public policy (which she thinks sounds intriguing) and economics (which, when she says it at parties, ends all conversation). She grew up in (a very different) Toronto (where she felt she never quite fit in). After graduating (barely) from high school, she spent a few years travelling (drifting) and working in different sectors of the economy – hospitality (waitressing), telecommunications (as a mail clerk) and the cultural sector (her job at the Royal Ontario Museum was so interesting). She entered McGill University as a mature student (where she really didn’t fit in) and graduated in economics.

Outside York, she has been president of the Canadian Women Economists Network (economists don’t really see how gender matters though) and currently sits on the Ontario university pension and bargaining committees. She’s been honoured with several professional recognitions, including the University-wide Teaching Award, the Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations Awards in both Teaching Excellence and Status of Women Award of Distinction, and the Canadian Association of University Teachers Award for Dedicated Service.

In this informal talk, Spotton Visano will look back at her career development and give a sense of what it has meant to her to be called a university professor.


Location:Senior Common Room, 140 McLaughlin College
Sponsor:Co-sponsored by Office of the Master, McLaughlin and York Collegium for Practical Ethics (YCPE)
Posted by:Lorraine Myrie
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