Theresa P. Trela
Office: Sybil B. Harrington Fine Arts Complex, Room 116
Trela joined the Sybil B. Harrington College of Fine Arts and Humanities in 2001. She received a M.A. in English from West Texas A&M University in 2001. She received a B.A. in English (summa cum laude) from West Texas A&M University in 1999.
Teaching and Related Service
Trela teaches Composition and Reading, Modern Drama, Survey in English Literature, Introduction to Literature and Advanced Composition.
Trela was the sole recipient of the Teaching Excellence Award 2006-2007. As a consequence of this award, Trela was further honored when she introduced Holocaust survivor and Noble Laureate, Elie Wiesel at the Freshman Convocation 2007-2008.
Trela received the Core Curriculum Innovation Award for Outstanding Core Teaching 2005-2006. She is an inaugural and standing member of the Core Curriculum Fellowship, which is dedicated to student learning and instructional innovation.
Trela is a member of the Core Curriculum Committee, which serves the office of the Vice President of Academic Affairs. She is also a member of the following committees of the Department of English, Philosophy and Modern Languages: Composition Committee, Scholarship Committee, Ad Hoc Committee to revise the sophomore literature core and the Ad Hoc Committee to revise the B.A. for English majors.
Trela is a faculty adviser in the Student Advising, Registration and Retention (STARR) Center.
Research and Creative Activity Trela’s research interests include the use of rhetorical grammar as a tool in the classroom and the power of performance art as a tool for political and social change.
Trela was a professional actress and remains a card-carrying member of Actor’s Equity. She has appeared on stage in San Francisco, Chicago, Cleveland, Ohio, Louisville, Helena, Mont., Aspen and Telluride Colo. and St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. Her appearances at notable theaters include the Cleveland Playhouse and the American Conservatory Theater.
In celebration of Trela’s work in Jacques Brel Is Alive And Well And Living in Paris (Cleveland’s longest running show), then Ohio Governor, George Voinovich declared a Jacques Brel Day. Congressman and perennial presidential candidate, Dennis Kucinich read into the Congressional Record the details of the impact the play had on the Greater Cleveland area.