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 project is 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: Thursdays noon-1 (Spring 2018)


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 & spring 2018.

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.