Best Professor 2014 | Mount Saint Vincent University | Public Life

Best of Halifax

Best Professor

Mount Saint Vincent University

Gold Winner Alan Brown, MSVU

Silver Winner Randi Warne, MSVU

Bronze Winner Roberta Barker, Dalhousie

“I’m pretty non-traditional,” says Alan Brown of his teaching methods, which included getting the bridge of his nose pierced in front of his Deviance class. He moved to Halifax from the US to join the Mount’s sociology and anthropology department in 2010, and has since left many impressions via his expertise and genuine passion. Focusing on sex work (he’s also a co-chair at Stepping Stone), gender, sexuality, queer studies and HIV, Brown’s research aims to make the world a better place, and his teaching style is all about engagement. “For me it starts with really caring about students, understanding that they have a lot to deal with. Sometimes we forget they have so many draws on their time,” he says. “My job is to make them feel like it’s time well spent. I’m the guy who hopefully helps them learn more about why the world is so screwed up.”

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