Congratulations to Dr. Ashley Farris-Trimble, recipient of the 2017 Cormack Teaching Award for an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.

Dr. Farris-Trimble is being recognized for the passion she brings to the classroom, her innovative teaching techniques, and the difference she has made in her students' education. She will be formally presented with the award on October 12, 2017 at the FASS Fall Reception, where she will also give a public talk/presentation at the FASS annual teaching symposium. 

The Lesley B. Cormack Teaching Awards were created in 2010 to recognize excellent and innovative teaching within the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences; nominations may come from students, colleagues, Chairs or Directors. The Department of Linguistics is delighted that our faculty are being recognized in this way for a second time - Dr. Yue Wang was the inaugural Cormack Award recipient in 2010.  

Undergraduate students wishing to experience one of Dr. Farris-Trimble's popular and in-demand classes should note that she will be teaching LING 321 Phonology in Spring 2018. In the meantime, you can catch her in the FASS feature video, Why Study Linguistics?, available on YouTube. In it, she makes a bold claim that everyone should study linguistics. Do you agree? Disagree? Why or why not? 

To learn more about the cutting-edge experimental work conducted at Phonological Processing Lab directed by Dr. Farris-Trimble, please visit