Company: University of Toronto
Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Jill Webster, Professor at the University of Toronto has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in Spanish, Portuguese and Medieval studies.
Dr. Webster always loved the language and culture of Spain and decided after studying Spanish and working there, to receive a PhD and become a professor. In 1962, she first earned a Bachelor of Arts in Hispanic studies with honors from the University of Liverpool. She continued at the University of Nottingham to earn a Master of Arts in Spanish in 1964 and completed her doctorate degree in Spanish at the University of Toronto in 1969. The decision to move to Canada came as she found it difficult to secure a position in her native England. Dr. Webster planned to stay in Canada for eight months to assist a professor of Spanish at the University of Toronto. Due to this position at the University of Toronto, the university also funded her PhD education. Dr. Webster started teaching at the institution in 1968 and retired in 1995, earning the honorary professor emeritus title.
Dr. Webster considers herself fortunate and grateful to have had the ability to have a career in a subject and culture that she has such a deep love and admiration for. In addition to sharing her expertise and passion for Spanish culture, she published “Carmel in Medieval Catalonia (Medieval Mediterranean: Peoples, Economies and Cultures, 400-1500).” Throughout her career, she maintained professional affiliation as a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and as a member of the American History Association, the American Catholic History Association, the American Academy of Research Historians of Medieval Spain and the Secció Històric-Arqueològica with the Institute d’Estudis Catalans.
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