As Faculty Development Coordinator in the Centre for the Advancement of Faculty Excellence (CAFÉ) at MacEwan University, I get to assist faculty in their pursuit of excellence. I run workshops in student engagement, classroom assessment, course (re)design, and the integration of technology and social media in teaching. I’m also a part-time faculty member in the Department of English. For more information on my work as Faculty Development Coordinator, please visit my Educational Development portfolio.
I have nearly twenty years of experience teaching courses in postcolonial literatures and literary theory, with a strong emphasis on the literatures of Canada. My book Sanctioned Ignorance: the politics of knowledge production and the teaching of the literatures of Canada was published by the University of Alberta Press in 2013 and won the 2013 Gabrielle Roy Prize (English section) which each year honors the best work of Canadian Literary Criticism in English.
Before joining MacEwan in 2011, I was Director of the University of Vermont’s Canadian Studies Program and an Assistant Professor in the Department of English. Between 1996 and 2009, I also helped to run Northwest Passages, a Canadian literature online bookstore and information resource I co-founded in 1996.
When I’m not working, you’ll find me biking and running through Edmonton’s gorgeous river ralley and, every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 6 AM, working out with November Project Canada.
Areas of Expertise:
Literary and Canadian Studies
The literatures and literary histories of Canada; postcolonial literatures and theory; Canadian Studies; Indigenous writers from Canada, Australia, and New Zealand; twentieth and twenty-first century literature in English and French; the history of Canadian universities and literature departments; the literary institution; literary modernism and postmodernism; music and literature; hockey and Canadian culture.
Student engagement and active learning; formative and classroom assessment; brain-based learning; curriculum studies and course/program design; effective uses of technology in the classroom including social media, blogging, podcasting, and multimodal composition; distance education and e-learning.