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Curriculum, Teaching  & Learning
Patrick Finnessy

Patrick Finnessy

email: pk.finnessy@utoronto.ca  
website: http://www.teaching-out.org

Department: Curriculum, Teaching and Learning

Research Overview

Exploring applications of moral courage and aporia when problematizing issues of contrasting identities as related to leading, teaching, and learning in diverse educational settings

Unpacking professional identities and human relations in school settings through an examination of the ways identity manifests within the taught, hidden, and null curriculum

Understanding Diversity of Thought and Diversity of Identities in the curriculum

Addressing 'controversial' and sensitive issues in the English classroom

Comparing and contrasting the independent school experience with the public school experience in relationship to teaching, learning, and assessment

Race, Class, Gender, Sexual Orientation, and Empathy as it intersects with 21st Century Education

Interpreting prospective researcher inquiries as they are introduced to qualitative studies (researching the researcher)

Academic History

Ph.D. Curriculum Studies, 2006
Gender, Sexuality, & Women's Studies Doctor of
Philosophy Certificate, 2006
University of Illinois, Chicago
Thesis: The Lived Experience of Teaching an English
Sexual Minority Curriculum
Supervisors: William Ayers and Annette Henry

M.Ed. English /Curriculum and Instruction, 1996
Education Policy, Organization, & Leadership
Certificate, 1997
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

B.A. English, 1988 (magna cum laude);
Dramatic Arts & Speech (Minor)
University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls

Teaching Overview

Anti-Discriminatory Education (CTL 7009)
Gender Equity in the Classroom (CTL 1313)
Language, Culture, & Identity (CTL 1031)
Introduction to Qualitative Inquiry (CTL 1018)
Reflective Teaching & Inquiry into Research (CTL 7006)
Authentic Assessment (CTL 7007)
The Student to Professional (CTL 7015)
Social Foundations of Teaching and Schooling (EDU470)
Teacher Education & the Construction of Professional Knowledge
(CTL 1115)

Representative Publications

Finnessy, P. (in process).  "Why Are Our Aporias Threatening?:  Advancing Critical Thought through Inquiry and Moral Courage." 


Finnessy, P.  (2016).  Examining the Heteropatriarchy:  Canadian and American Male English Teachers’ Perspectives of a Sexual Minority Curriculum.  Teaching Education, 27 (1), 39-56.


Finnessy, P. (2010).  The Hierarchy of Diversity; Race and a Divided Campus;  Gender and the Workplace.  In S. Schmidt (Ed.), Case Studies and Activities in Adult Education and Human Resource Development. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.


Finnessy, P. (2009, December).  Ending the Silence:  Bullying in the Curriculum. The School Administrator 66 (11).


Ji, P., Dubois, S. & Finnessy, P. (2009).  An Academic Course that Teaches Heterosexual Students to be Allies to LGBT Communities:  A Qualitative Analysis.  The Journal of Gay & Lesbian Social Services, 21 (4), 402–429.


Finnessy, P. (2009).  My Gay American Story.  In L. Lee (Ed.), Chicago:  An Immigrant City.  Urbana:  University of Illinois Press.


Finnessy, P. (2008).  The Queering of Chicago Campuses.  In T. Baim (Ed.), Out and Proud in Chicago:  An Overview of the City’s Gay Community. Agate Surrey.


Ji, P. & Finnessy, P. (2006).  Inclusive language and scarlet letters: Campus Matters:  Guidance for Higher Education (August).  Madison, WI:  Magna.


Finnessy, P. (2002).  Defending Children’s Schooltime Reading: Daddy’s Roommate and Heather’s Mommies.  In N. Karolides (Ed.), Censored Books II:  Critical Viewpoints, 1985-2000 (144-151)Lanham, MD:  Scarecrow Press.


Finnessy, P. (1998).  Drowning in Dichotomy:  Interpreting The Drowning of Stephan Jones.  The ALAN Review, 25 (3).  http://scholar.lib.vt.edu/ejournals/ALAN/spring98/finnessy.html


Non-Refereed Publications:

Finnessy, P. (2019).  Mark, Manji, and Malarkey:  A Response to Don't Label Me.   Unpublished, Lake Forest Academy.

Finnessy, P. (2018).  Intersecting Identities and the Foundation of Cultural Studies Education:  Incorporating Aporias within the Comprehensive Curriculum in Publicly Funded and Independent Schools.  Salzburg Global Seminar.  

Finnessy, P.  (2016).  The Future of Religion in Publicly Funded and Independent Schools.    PDS Symposium.

Finnessy, P. (2008).  Guest View:  Sex distinct from gender.  In T. Beatie, Labor of Love:  The Story of One Man’s Extraordinary Pregnancy.  Berkley, CA:  Seal Press.

Finnessy, P. (2005, April 19).  The Day of Silence.  Chicago Tribune.

Finnessy, P. (2001, November 21).  Giving Thanks For Mom and Coming Out.  The Advocate.  http://www.advocate.com/html/stories/852/852_comingout.asp.

Finnessy, P. (2001, October 11).  Coming out hard, but important.  Chicago Sun Times.

Finnessy, P. (2000, May 7).  Making Life Easier.  Chicago Tribune


Research Grants and Contracts

Principal Investigator, "Moral Courage and Diversity Education." Oxford University, New York University, and the University of Southern California, Moral Courage College. Irshad Manji, Co-Investigator. In process, 2007-present.

Principal Investigator, "Communities Empowering Youth Project for Orlando Youth Alliance," Curriculum consultant and development for Orlando Youth Alliance, Orlando, Florida, 2010-2011. (USD 3k)

Manager, Kellogg Foundation Rainbow Merit Scholarship Fund, Kellogg Corporate Citizenship Fund; Medical, Graduate, and Undergraduate Student Awards; University of Illinois at Chicago's Gender & Sexuality Center, 2008-2009. (USD 10k)

Community Advisory Board, "Molecular Genetic Study of Sexual Orientation," Alan Sanders, Principal Investigator of National Institutes of Health Study, 2004-2010.

Co-Investigator, "UIC 2010 Interdisciplinary Seed Grant Proposal," John D'Emilio, Principal Investigator of UIC Center for the Study of Community, Sexuality, and Health (submitted), 2005-2006. (USD 25k)

Co-Investigator, "Educational and Clinical Services Grant," Maureen Gecht, Project Coordinator, University of Illinois at Chicago, Family Medicine, 2001-2005. (USD 50k)

Co-Investigator, "Teaching Gender and Sexuality in Secondary Schools' English Literature Classes Grant," Judith Gardiner, Principal Investigator of Center for the Study of Learning, Instruction, and Teacher Development, 2003-2004. (USD 30k)

Advisory Board, "Project Safe Campus Grant," Rebecca Gordon, Principal Investigator of University of Illinois at Chicago, Violence Against Women Office, Office of Justice Programs, and the U.S. Department of Justice, 2002-2004. (USD 100k)

Principal Investigator, "University of Illinois at Chicago Campus Climate Survey," Susan Rankin, Co-Investigator, 2001-2004. (USD 10k)

Advisory Board, "National Clearinghouse of Safe Schools Coalitions and GLBT Youth Project," Stacey S. Horn, Larry Nucci, Kim Lawless, and Mark Newman, Principal Investigators, 2001-2002. (USD 50k)

Principal Investigator, "Safe to Learn Secondary Education Grant," Illinois Violence Prevention Authority. 2000. (USD 25k)

Honours and Awards

Salzburg Global Fellow, Salzburg Global Seminar, Austria. 2018-present.

Dr. Ray Bird Master Chair in English, Endowed Master Chair ($2.5M), Lake Forest Academy, Lake Forest, IL 2015-present.

Excellence in Initial Teacher Education, Nominee, OISE/Univ of Toronto, 2015; 2013.

Award for Distinguished Contributions to Teaching, Nominee, OISE/U of T, 2013.

David E. Hunt Award for Excellence in Graduate Education, Nominee, OISE/U of T, 2013.

Chicago Collegiate Pride Fest Appreciation Award, City of Chicago. 2003.

American College Personnel Association's Public Service Award, Nominee, 2001.

Colin Higgins Courage Award Nominee, Colin Higgins Foundation. 2001.

Special Recognition in English Teaching, Stevenson High School. 1998, 1997.

Excellence in Teaching, University of Illinois. 1996.

Special Recognition in Teaching, Indianola High School. 1991, 1990.

American Field Service Foreign Exchange Scholarship, Italy. 1982.

Professional Activities

The Dr. Ray Bird Master Chair in English is an endowed chair position named for a passionate faculty member who inspired both students and faculty during his career at Lake Forest Academy, a coeducational college-preparatory high school located 30 miles north of Chicago. As the inaugural recipient of the Bird Master Chair, through excellence in instruction and informal mentoring of colleagues, I have the good fortune to complement the work of an already strong English Department and provide a model for teaching excellence throughout the school. With an extensive career in English education, teacher development, and qualitative research, I strive to bring the skills, scholarship, dedication, and enthusiasm of a master educator, leader, and collaborator throughout Lake Forest Academy's dynamic campus.

Course instruction in Advanced Placement English Literature and Composition, global literature, cultural studies, embodying courage, writing, reading, speaking, performing, and listening.

My research interests are in the intersections of school curriculum, identity, and integrity. I've had the privilege of presenting numerous times with the American Educational Research Association (AERA), the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), Canada's Professional Development Seminars (PDS), and throughout Canada, Europe, South America, Africa, the Middle East, and across the United States.

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