- Symons Award for Excellence in Teaching (2007-08)
Philosopher Emilia Angelova has been praised for her ability to provide students with the “space and confidence to explore course material.” Faculty, students and staff expressed their recognition for her excellent teaching abilities when they nominated her for a Symons Award for Excellence in Teaching. A common theme in her winning nomination letters was the individual attention she provides, and her ability to instill “a desire for learning” which inspires students to do “further research” and “yearn to maintain that desire.”
About teaching, Prof. Angelova has said: “I find most valuable the opportunity, which is in many senses special to Trent, to work closely, on an almost individual basis, with my students. As a teacher, I am moved by the sense of reciprocity and mutual recognition that takes place spontaneously in good learning. I am continually impressed by the determination with which many of my students open themselves to difficult philosophical and social-political ideas, persevere in serious engagement with their academic subject, and work rigorously in discovering their own way to success and personal growth.”
Prof. Angelova has published work on Wittgenstein and Gadamer, and translated texts from Heidegger and Schelling into Bulgarian. Her main areas of interest are 20th Century Continental Philosophy (especially Heidegger, Derrida, French Feminist theory) and Kant, with a special focus on imagination and the aesthetic. Her other interests include 19th Century continental philosophy (Hegel and Marx) and poststructuralist ethics. At Trent, Prof. Angelova teaches introduction to 19th and 20th Century existential philosophy, feminist philosophy and 20th Century hermeneutics and deconstruction. She has also taught a graduate seminar in French Feminist Theory at the Centre for Theory, Culture and Politics at Trent.
Prof. Angelova earned a B.A. and M.A. in Philosophy from Sofia University, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Toronto.