- Symons Award for Excellence in Teaching (1992-93)
- 3M Teaching Fellowship (1997)
Dr. Stephen Brown is an active member of Trent’s faculty. He is a professor of English Literature and a well known expert on Shakespeare. He has served as senior don at Traill College, a convener for visiting speakers for the Department of English and was the Traill College fellows' representative on Senate. One of his special projects was the creation of the Trent University Honors English Essay Prize (T.H.E. Prize), a nationwide annual essay-writing competition for graduating students. Prof. Brown`s primary research interest is Scottish Literature.
Prof. Brown's love of teaching is most evident in his Shakespeare class. "I can't talk about teaching apart from my teaching of Shakespeare. Emotions and the human condition are at the centre of Shakespeare. You can't talk about Shakespeare without talking about your own emotional identity,” said Prof. Brown. "I try to let my students experience how literature moves and affects me spontaneously at the very moment that I am reading a text and thinking about it with them; and then, I hope, they too can come to the point of letting their own feelings become public… For me tears and laughter are essential, cathartic experiences of the theatre of the classroom,” he said.
Prof. Brown has a B.A. in Greek and Hebrew from Queen's University, a B.A. and M.A. in English from the University of Windsor and a Ph.D. from Queen's.