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Associate Dean of Arts Biography

Faculty of Arts


Dr. Catherine Taylor

Dr. Catherine TaylorAs of July 1, 2017, Catherine Taylor is the new Associate Dean of Arts.

Dr. Catherine Taylor is Professor cross-appointed to the Faculties of Art and Education. She did her undergraduate (Trent U.) and Master’s degrees (Queen’s U.) in English Language and Literature. She then ventured into computer programming before returning to her roots in the humanities to complete her Ph.D. in Cultural Studies and Critical Pedagogy (U.Toronto). She has held a variety of administrative positions at department, faculty, and university levels at the University of Winnipeg, most recently serving as Chair of UHREB, SSHRC Leader, Director of Academic Programs in the Faculty of Education, and co-organizer of the “Two-Spirit / Queer People of Colour Call to Conversation” conference (C2C) to be held at the UW in the fall. She has developed courses reflecting her lifelong interests in textual analysis and disrupting oppressive discourses (e.g., “Critical Studies of Discourse” and “Sexual and Gender Diversity Education”).


Catherine is most 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, Catherine 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. Her 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.  See uwinnipeg.ca/rise