The Woodsworth One Community

 Meet the ‘Popular Culture Today’ Team

Theresa Moritz
Associate Professor, Teaching Stream, Woodsworth College

Theresa Moritz has been teaching literature as well as critical reading and writing skills at the University since the 1990s; she joined Woodsworth College in 2006. Her principal duties are teaching English literature in the Academic Bridging Program and working as a writing instructor in the Academic Writing Centre. In addition, she has created three courses: Writing for Social Scientists (WR307H), a writing and research methods course for third- and fourth-year social science students, which she taught for three years (2007-2009); Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice in Her Time and Ours (CCR199Y), a first-year seminar focusing on adaptations of Austen’s enduringly popular novel, which she has taught since 2008; and Cultural Literacy in the Information Age (TBB199H), a first-year seminar starting in 2011 that will explore how university research is being affected by student use of the internet.

Since coming to Woodsworth, Dr. Moritz has presented several conference papers on the pedagogy of writing instruction. Before 2006, she published both academic and general interest books and articles. One of them, The World’s Most Dangerous Woman: A New Biography of Emma Goldman, which she co-authored with Albert Moritz, was awarded the Joseph and Faye Tanenbaum Prize in Canadian Jewish History in 2003.

Dr. Moritz participates in a number of campus activities, including the Faculty of Arts & Science mentoring program for high school students, for which she conducts a class on the influence of gender difference in determining reading choices. She has taught in Woodsworth’s University in the Community program; her lecture series on Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice was an inspiration for her first-year seminar course.

Dr. Moritz currently teaches WDW153H Popular Culture Today I: Issues & Perspectives.

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Dr. Thomas Socknat
Academic Director, Academic Bridging Program & Associate Professor, Teaching Stream

Thomas Socknat is the Academic Director of the Academic Bridging Program at Woodsworth College.  He has taught in the program since 1993, was coordinator of the program’s Canadian Studies course since 1995, and was  instrumental in introducing web courseware to Academic Bridging courses.  He has also taught a variety of courses in the Department of History, the Canadian Studies Program and the Peace and Conflict Studies Program since he began teaching at the University of Toronto in 1985. Dr. Socknat holds administrative positions on the Woodsworth College Council and the Woodsworth College Academic Affairs Committee.

Dr. Socknat received the 2006 Faculty of Arts and Science Outstanding Teaching Award and was nominated by the Faculty of Arts and Science for the Ontario Leadership in Faculty Teaching Award in 2007.

Dr. Socknat’s major research interests include pacifism and peace movements in Canada, the history of war and society, protest and popular culture and an interest in Student Learning Outcomes. He has presented numerous conference papers on these subjects and has published two books, listed below, a number of articles and book reviews in scholarly books and journals, and has contributed to the web page of the National Film Board of Canada.

He holds a PhD in Canadian History from McMaster University (1981).

Dr. Socknat will be teaching WDW154H Popular Culture Today II: Protest and Popular Culture.

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Sanaya Bhatia
Event Coordinator, Woodsworth ONE Popular Culture Today

Sanaya is our Event Coordinator for Popular Culture Today, and is responsible for garnering publicity for the selected co-curriculars that are open to all students.

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Student Liaison, Woodsworth ONE Popular Culture Today

Charmaine is our student liaison for Popular Culture Today. She is familiar with the WDW One: Popular Culture Today program and can assist students in adjusting to university, navigating the campus, managing workload, and other issues pertaining to student life. Note: An SL does not do any marking or student evaluations.


Meet the ‘Order & Disorder’ Team
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Beth A. Fischer, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream and Program Coordinator, Woodsworth ONE

Beth A. Fischer is the Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream and Program Coordinator for Woodsworth College’s One Program. She received her Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Toronto in 1994, and specializes in international security and the psychology of decision making. She has taught a wide range of courses including Introduction to International Relations, U.S. Foreign Policy, Conflict and Conflict Management, and Decision Making and Strategic Thinking.

In 2002 Beth was awarded a Nobel Fellowship for her research on the Cold War and its impact on contemporary global affairs. She is the author of The Reagan Reversal: Foreign Policy and the End of the Cold War (University of Missouri Press, 1997), as well as articles on conflict management, intelligence analysis, and international security.  She has been the co-editor ofInternational Journal, as well as a delegate to the Ottawa Convention to Ban Landmines. Prior to joining Woodsworth, she was a Lecturer and Academic Adviser at the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto.

Professor Fischer teaches three sections of WDW151 & 152: Order & Disorder (0101, 0201, 0301).

Kate Korycki, PhD

Kate Korycki is a Course Instructor at Woodsworth College One Program. She received her PhD in Political Science at the University of Toronto in 2017. She is interested in the articulation of identities, collective memories and group imaginaries. She brings into political science a preoccupation with how identities are discursively and relationally formed, and an engagement with the process by which fluid and constructed identities appear as natural and fixed. To that end, in her doctoral work, she adapted the concept of collective memory for use in political science, and tracked how stories of the past were creatively manipulated, how they constituted identities, and how they affected who was included or excluded in the conception of the ‘we.’

Kate taught at the Trudeau Centre of Peace, Conflict and Justice Studies and she was a TA in over 8 political science courses. She has extensive pedagogical training having completed Woodsworth 500 program and achieving TATP Teaching in Higher Education Certificate. She was a Lead Writing Teaching Assistant in Political Science between 2013-2015, helping TAs introduce writing instruction in their classroom. She published on queer identity and statecraft, on race and transitional justice, and on politics of memory and populism. Her essay “Desire Recast: Production of Gay Identity in Iran” (co-authored with Abouzar Nasirzadeh), won the Best Section Paper at the 2011 American Political Science Association conference.

Dr. Korycki teaches two sections of WDW151 & 152L Order & Disorder (0201 and 0301).

Kerry Taylor, B.E.S, LLB, D. Jur.
Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream, Woodsworth ONE

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Kerry Taylor, Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream, University of Toronto, is appointed at the Centre for Criminology & Sociolegal Studies and teaches in the Academic Bridging Program (Woodsworth College) and the Woodsworth One Program. Kerry received an Honours Bachelor of Environmental Studies degree from York University in 1995. She then attended Osgoode Hall Law School, where she obtained her LLB (Bachelor of Laws) in 1998. Kerry also completed her graduate work at Osgoode Hall Law School, and obtained her doctorate in 2007 (Doctor of Jurisprudence). Her doctoral thesis related to the cultural paradoxes arising from legal regulation of the body. Her research and work experience while attending Osgoode focussed on genetic and reproductive technologies, disability, employment equity, and the regulation of sickness/disease.

Prior to coming to the University of Toronto, Kerry taught in the Law & Society program at York University, and the Women’s Studies programs at Trent University and the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT). She has ongoing interests in using socio-legal methods and theories to study and teach in the areas of penology, bioethics, human rights and reconciliation, social/environmental justice, and food security.

Professor Taylor teaches the Academic Bridging Program section of WDW151 & 152: Order & Disorder.

Christina Alcena

Christina Alcena
Program Officer, Woodsworth One, and Student Life Coordinator, Office of the Dean of Students

Christina assists with anything pertaining to the WDW One: Order & Disorder program, including guidance about required co-requisites, scheduling, and student life. Christina assists Beth and Kerry in coordinating the weekly co-curriculars, as well as administrative and recruitment elements. As the Student Life Coordinator, Christina oversees all programming portfolios for the Office of the Dean of Students including orientation, mentorship, leadership development, and community outreach.

Guy Talmor,  Alumni & Events Manager

Guy works closely with the Woodsworth One: Order & Disorder team to assist with student engagement and participation in weekly co-curricular activities. Guy also is responsible for outreach to alumni of WDW One: Order & Disorder, including communications and coordinating events.

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Jesse, Luigi, Mathew, Damien and Julia – Student Liaison Officers (SLs)

Our four student liaisons are assigned to mentor each section of Woodsworth One: Order & Disorder. The SLs are upper-year students who are familiar with the WDW One: Order & Disorder program and can assist students in adjusting to university, navigating the campus, managing workload, and other issues pertaining to student life. Note: the SLs do not do any marking or student evaluations.


Resources Available to all Woodsworth One Streams

All Woodsworth One students have access to terrific support, regardless of which college you are in. Once enrolled, you are encouraged to make use of this expertise.

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Woodsworth College Registrar’s Office

As a Woodsworth One student, you have two designated Academic Advisors that you are encouraged to book an appointment with. They can help with any issues pertaining to course selection, financial assistance, changing and switching majors, and any matters that affect academic performance. 

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The Woodsworth College Academic Writing Centre

Advisors are available for 1-on-1 help with written work in this course as well as other Arts & Sciences courses. For more information, visit their website.

Woodsworth College’s Learning Strategist

Our Learning Strategist can help identify your learning style, teach learning and note-taking strategies, and improve reading skills.