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Mairi Cowan

Associate Professor, Teaching Stream
Department of Historical Studies

Mairi Cowan is a historian of the late medieval and early modern world, with specializations in the social and religious histories of Scotland and New France. You can find more about her historical research here. She is also interested in studying how to teach and learn at university.  She has published research on the development of critical thinking skills in large history courses, on the gaps that separate high school preparation from university expectations, on the importance of teaching academic integrity as central to course content, and on the effectiveness of different kinds of feedback on students’ work. She is the recipient of several teaching awards, including the E.A. Robinson Teaching Excellence Award, which recognizes excellence in undergraduate teaching at the University of Toronto Mississauga; the Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations Teaching Award, which is given to Ontario’s most outstanding university teachers; and the Canadian Historical Association’s Excellence in Teaching with Primary Sources Award.