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Theresa Trela Bio
Theresa P. Trela

Theresa P. Trela


Office: Classroom Center, Suite 325F
Email: ttrela@wtamu.edu
Phone: 806-651-2464

Professional Profile

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, surveys in English and world literatures, Introduction to Literature, and Studies in Short Fiction.

Trela was the sole recipient of the Teaching Excellence Award 2006-07. As a consequence of this award, Trela was further honored when she introduced Holocaust survivor and Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel at the Freshman Convocation 2007.  

Trela received the Core Curriculum Innovation Award for Outstanding Core Teaching 2005-06.  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 Composition Committee and the Capstone Assessment Committee of the Department of English, Philosophy and Modern Languages. She is a past member of the Faculty Senate and continues to serve the university on the Undergraduate Admissions Appeals Committee and the Sick Leave Pool Review Committee.

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, CA, Chicago, IL, Cleveland, OH, Louisville, KY, Helena, MT, Aspen and Telluride CO. and St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands.  Her appearances at notable theaters include the Cleveland Playhouse and the American Conservatory Theater, as well as the Palace Theatre, the State Theatre, and Kennedy's, all part of playhouse square in Cleveland, OH.

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.