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Rachel La Touche

Classroom challenges as research questions: Rachel La Touche receives Early Career Teaching Award

June 18, 2020

Rachel La Touche, an assistant professor, teaching stream, in the department of sociology in the Faculty of Arts and Science, has received the Early Career Teaching Award – which recognizes exceptional commitment to student learning, pedagogy and teaching innovation. 

La Touche’s research focuses on decolonization, inequality, mental health and teaching pedagogy in higher education. She mentors undergraduate and graduate students and has published about teaching and learning pedagogy. She also volunteers as a tutor for a non-profit afterschool program. 

La Touche is committed to creating an inclusive and accessible learning environment for students. “When I tackle classroom challenges as research questions, it requires me to consider a broad spectrum of factors in student learning – such as family life, employment and learning challenges,” says La Touche. She is dedicated to discovering innovative teaching techniques. 

“Receiving this award makes me hungry for the next challenge,” says La Touche. “I plan to turn my attention to developing teaching resources, assessment tools and innovative and accessible course design for the unique needs of students and faculty in today’s higher ed.” 

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