Urvashi Soni-Sinha’s Experience
Women’s Studies/Labour Studies, University of Windsor
My proudest teaching moment:
There are many instances and moments in teaching that I feel proud about. These relate to times when my students display enthusiasm in learning and engage and participate in class. I feel particularly honoured when students express how the courses I teach on Women and Globalization and on Work and Equality have transformed their perceptions of Women’s roles in societies and sharpened their connectedness to global women.
My greatest research accomplishment:
I have published in several peer reviewed journals including Feminist Economics, Qualitative Research, Contribution to Indian Sociology, Global Labour, Journal of Gender Studies, Organization, and Gender Work and Organization. My proudest moment was when my paper entitled “Intersectionality, Subjectivity, Collectivity and the Union: Perceptions of the ‘Locked-Out’ Hotel Workers in Toronto, Canada”, 2013 was chosen as one of the top nine papers on Diversity and Organization, published in the journal Organization over the last twenty years. This was part of the 20th Anniversary celebration of the journal Organization.
How I use my knowledge, research skills and teaching ability to improve my community:
I have engaged extensively with debates on social justice, and equity in my research and teaching and have built connections and liased with community groups. I am a co-investigator for a Social Science and Humanities Research Council Partnership Project five year grant entitled “Closing the Enforcement Gap: Improving Employment Standards Protections for People in Precarious Jobs”, which has been awarded funding of $2 million in March 2013. As a Board member of Worker Education Centre I have been involved in supervising community outreach and education.
The challenges I face in my work:
There are several challenges I face as a sessional faculty. There is the uncertainty of the number of courses to be taught which would vary from term to term. There is little recognition and invisibility of ones’ research contribution.