Steve Szigeti

Steve Szigeti
Monday, January 14, 2019 - 9:43am

POSITION: Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream

ACADEMIC UNIT: Institute of Communication, Culture, Information & Technology (ICCIT)

PLACE OF BIRTH: Toronto, ON

JOINED UTM FACULTY: 2017

I am impressed by the intellectual capacity of our undergraduate students. I can challenge them and they step up.”

Steve Szigeti earned his undergraduate degree at U of T Mississauga in the days when it was called Erindale College. “It was a very different campus then,” he says. “I lived here for four years, but I never thought my career would bring me back. It’s like coming home.”

Szigeti earned his master’s from Concordia in Montreal, and spent time teaching in Budapest before serendipitously landing a job with Teletoon, Canada’s cartoon channel. He climbed the corporate ladder while working on his PhD at U of T’s Knowledge Media Design Institute. Upon completion of his degree, he accepted a postdoctoral fellowship at the Ontario College of Art & Design University, and assumed part-time teaching duties at U of T’s Faculty of Information and Institute of Medical Science. At this point, his teaching career came firmly into focus.

At UTM, he is engaged in both teaching and research focused on academic integrity among first-year students. “I previously taught at the graduate level,” Szigeti says, “and I am impressed by the intellectual capacity of our undergraduate students. Many are on par with graduate students. I can challenge them and they step up.”

He teaches one of ICCIT’s large first-year classes as well as a fourth-year course focused on user-friendly design, the latter involving the creation of board games. “They think of it as something fun, but we get into the theory, techniques and design tools they’ll use when they graduate, such as prototyping and user testing,” Szigeti says.

Meanwhile, Szigeti is enjoying the experience of working at UTM. “I’m fortunate to have the colleagues I do. Because ICCIT is multi-disciplinary, we all have very different research interests and methods which makes the comradery we have for each other even more special.”

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