Tony Colella


My ongoing graduate research project examines and addresses equity in the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) disciplines at the university level. Although I focus on the experiences of LGBTQ+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans*, queer and questioning, and more) people, the goal of the projectis to figure out how to make STEM more equitable for all by thinking deeply about the experiences of LGBTQ+ folks.

My major guiding questions for this project:

  1. How equitable are the classrooms and spaces of university STEM education for LGBTQ+ people?
  2. How can university STEM spaces be made queerer and more equitable?

I'm also an experienced teacher at the university level, and I spend a lot of time thinking about/working with curriculum design, educational theory, etc. During my time at the UA, I've been nominated for two teaching awards, the Johnnie Rae Harper first-year teaching award via the UA Writing Program (for teaching English 101 & 102), and the College of Social & Behavioral Sciences' Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant Award (for teaching Intro to Physical Geography & Biogeography).

Research Interests

My interests are pretty interdisciplinary, with geography as a hub that's useful to think through the spatial & temporal consequences of my areas of interest. Some of those areas:

  • Queer & LGBTQ+ studies, including queer geographies and geographies of sexuality
  • Educational theories, especially related to equity, access, and educational discourse
  • Identity, especially rendered via narratives
  • STEM education, both theoretically and experiential
  • Geographies of STEM knowledge
  • Science & technology studies
  • Geohumanities, geographies of fiction & literature
  • Biogeography, especially with a focus on classroom pedagogy
  • Curriculum theory & design

Outside of geography/spatiality, I'm also a trained writing instructor with an MFA in Creative Writing, and I continue to focus on writing craft, the pedagogies of teaching writing, and so forth.

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Contact Information

Tony Colella
PhD Student
Office: ENR2 S595-FF
Office Hours: Tuesdays 11-noon (Fall 2017)


PhD Geography (began fall 2015)

MFA Creative Writing (University of Arizona, 2014)

BA English (Northern Arizona University / Antioch College, 2008)

Courses Taught

GEOG/ECOL/GEOS 438, Biogeography. Instructor, fall 2016 & fall 2017.

GEOG 150C, Environment and Society. Instructor, summer 2016.

GEOG 170A1, Intro to Physical Geography. Teaching assistant, spring 2016 & spring 2017.

ENGL 109H, Honors Composition--Science: Fictions & Nonfiction. Instructor, spring 2014 & fall 2013.

ENGL 197A, Critical Reading & Thinking. For Med-Start program through University of Arizona College of Medicine. Instructor, summer 2013.

ENGL 102 & 101, First-Year Composition. Instructor, spring 2013 & fall 2012.