About

Dr. Donna Troka is the Associate Director for the Center for Faculty Development and Excellence (CFDE) and an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Institute of Liberal Arts at Emory University.  At the CFDE, she supports faculty in their many roles as teacher, researcher, author, and public intellectual. One of the primary goals of CFDE is to assist faculty at every level of their professional careers, from graduate student to emeritus. Troka’s teaching focuses broadly on the interaction between identity and power. In her class “From Archives to iPads: Investigating the Discourse of Sexuality at Emory,” students uncover how the discourse of sexuality was created by and represented in Emory’s publications (Emory Wheel, Emory Report, and the Emory yearbooks). In her class, “The Dividing Lines: Pit bulls, Identity, and Community students untangle the journey pit bulls have taken over the last century and ask how we might think differently about pit bulls and the communities from which they come if we inject the popular discourse with a critical consciousness about race, class, gender, and community development. She is the co-editor of The Drag King Anthology (Hayworth Press, 2003), “‘You Heard My Gun Cock’: Female Agency and Aggression in Contemporary Rap Music” from African American Research Perspectives (Fall 2002) and “Critical Moments: A Dialogue Toward Survival and Transformation,” The Caribbean Review of Gender Studies. Nationally, she attends annual faculty development meetings of POD (The Professional and Organizational Development Network in Higher Education) and the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U).

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