- Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance Teaching Award (2015)
- CUPE Award for Excellence in Teaching (2001-02)
Dr. Jim Cosgrave began teaching at Trent in 1996 and is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology. He teaches courses in the areas of Crime and Deviance, Self and Social Interaction, Sociological Theory, and Introductory Sociology. His current research focuses on gambling legalization and expansion, in particular the state's role in gambling markets in Canada. He is also interested in cultural issues pertaining to the role of mass media in disseminating Canadian culture and identity.
In 2015, Prof. Cosgrave was awarded with an Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance Teaching Award, which recognizes educators who excel at unlocking the potential of Ontario’s young people and successfully engaging individuals in the learning experience so as to spark the desire to learn in students. The Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance annually presents its teaching awards to professors from each of its member campuses that have been selected by their students as examples of teaching excellence.
Prof. Cosgrave’s effectiveness as a teacher was also recognized with a CUPE Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2002. Students who nominated him emphasized his ability to bring sociology to life in the classroom. In 2006, Professor Cosgrave also participated in Television Ontario's "Ontario's Best Lecturer Competition."
Prof. Cosgrave received his Ph.D from the Social and Political Thought Programme at York University.