Juan Carlos Rocha Osornio

ROCHA JCAssistant Professor, Teaching Stream, Ph.D
Room 217 Northrop Frye Hall, (416) 585-4439 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Professor Rocha Osornio is Assistant Professor of Spanish – Teaching Stream, and Spanish Language Coordinator. He has a Ph.D. in Hispanic Studies from Western University (2013), a M.A in Spanish Language, Literature and Culture from Texas A&M University-Commerce (2009), and a B.A in Spanish & English also from Texas A&M University-Commerce (2006). In addition to that, he holds a graduate certificate in Sexuality, Culture and Society from the Graduate School of Social Sciences at the University of Amsterdam (2015). He teaches undergraduate courses and oversees the curriculum development and coordination of Spanish for Beginners, Intermediate Spanish, and Advanced Spanish. Professor Rocha Osornio brings years of experience in language pedagogy and literary review in Canada and abroad. He incorporates an interactive nature with the aim at providing students the opportunity to engage in inter- and intracultural experiences. For this reason, he has partnered with different local Hispanic community organizations in the Greater Toronto area.


His main research interests lie in using technology for learning and teaching Spanish as a Foreign/Second language, community engagement, and the representation of sexual minorities in Latin American literature, particularly Mexico. He is interested in discussing the validity of the concept of ‘Gay Community’, to explain to what extend Queer Theory has influenced (or not) this area of research. He is Co-Founder of the Canadian Spanish Teaching Assistant Dialogues (CASTAD), which seeks to create a space where graduate students and faculty members can share and further develop their teaching practice in Spanish within the Canadian university context. In the recent past, he has served as President of the LGBTQ2S+ Committee at the KFA during his visiting professorship at Kwantlen Polytechnic University. He was also Vice president of the Confederation of Mexican Graduate Students and Researchers in Canada (CEIMEXCAN). 

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