The Feminist Institute of Social Transformation is excited to announce and celebrate the 2023 Achievement Award Recipients, particularly FIST’s Manjeet Birk and Ryan Conrad.
Manjeet Birk, Associate Professor at FIST, was awarded the Teaching Achievement Awards by Carleton University’s Office of the Provost and Vice-President (Academic) for her outstanding teaching achievements. Birk’s project is based on Incorporating Problem Based Learning into Social Justice Classrooms. The Incorporating Problem-Based Learnings into Social Justice Classrooms project will look to address student mental health on campus by engaging action-oriented pedagogies in the classroom allowing students to operationalize theory into practice. This project incorporates problem-based learnings or PBLs as a proven tool to support student mental health in classrooms, incorporate social justice principals, develop experiential job readiness skills, and promote critical thinking skills.
Contract Instructor at FIST, Ryan Conrad, was also awarded the Contract Instructor Teaching Awards in recognition of his teaching excellence. Conrad is an activist, artist, and cultural studies scholar whose research, teaching, and cultural production interests in the study of sexuality include queer studies, queer of colour critique, affect theory, archival practices, film and media, HIV/AIDS, sex work, migration, and social movement history. He is currently working on two manuscripts, one entitled Radical VIHsion: Canadian AIDS Film and Video, and another on Lizzie Borden’s 1986 film Working Girls for the Queer Film Classics book series. Conrad is currently the chair of the Sexuality Studies Association.