Clare Rossini Appointed Director of the Trinity Center for Collaborative Teaching and Research

Professor Clare Rossini was appointed in July to be director of the Trinity Center for Collaborative Teaching and Research (TCCTR). The center’s mission is to foster interdisciplinary collaborations among faculty, students, and community members in the pursuit of critical thinking and intellectual engagement. TCCTR offers informal opportunities to collaborate and communicate across traditional boundaries and sustain a vibrant intellectual community.

“I’m looking forward to building on some of the programs that are already in place, like the faculty reading series,” says Rossini. “It’s a great way to recognize and affirm the research of our faculty by giving them an opportunity to introduce their work to the community. We’re also hoping to offer some workshops and/or lectures to support our faculty in terms of their work as teachers.”

As a visiting assistant professor of English at Trinity since 1999, she has taught courses in poetry writing and in 19th and 20th century American literature. In addition to her appointment to TCCTR, Rossini will also assume the directorship of the InterArts program and will continue to offer a Community Learning Initiative course each year for sophomores enrolled in the program.

Rossini holds a Ph.D. in American Literature from Columbia University and an M.F.A. from the University of Iowa Writer’s Workshop. Prior to coming to Trinity, she was assistant professor in English and poet-in-residence at Carleton College where she served for several years as the director of its College Writing Program. Her poetry has appeared in a wide range of prestigious journals, and she is the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships, including the Columbia University Bennet Cerf award for poetry, a Bread Loaf Scholar Award, a MacDowell Foundation fellowship, and the 2003 Connecticut Circuit Poet Award.
In addition to her teaching and administrative responsibilities, Rossini is a Trinity representative to the YMCA Writers’ Voice Committee and she is currently working with various community groups to develop a Hartford-based visiting writers series with a literacy support component.

Her third volume of poetry, Lingo, will be published this fall by the University of Akron Press.

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