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Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Julie Prior

Panhandle State Communications on 09/22/2021 Dr. Julie Prior Dr. Julie Prior

Born and raised in Whitby, Ontario, Canada, Dr. Julie Prior is one of the newest faculty members in the OPSU English department. She specializes in Shakespeare, British Literature, poetry, and composition.

Dr. Prior earned a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Toronto, double majoring in English and History. She went on to earn a Master’s degree in English from Western University in Ontario and a Doctorate Degree in English from the University of Toronto.

Dr. Prior spent three years teaching English at two universities in Saudi Arabia after her Master’s degree and fell in love with teaching during that time. During her Ph.D., Dr. Prior had opportunities to continue teaching both composition and Shakespeare / British Literature, which solidified her passion for this line of work.

Prior stated, “I want my students to appreciate the importance of being able to think and write with a critical view on pressing issues in the world around us. Literature and writing are so important to being active and engaged citizens!”

Her favorite things about Panhandle State University are her colleagues and the close-knit community. “Here, students are not just numbers; our small class sizes mean that faculty and students alike have the opportunity to thrive. I am thrilled to be in a place where after just the first week or so of classes, I already knew my students by name.”