About

As Faculty Development Coordinator 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.

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.

If you have any questions about me or my work, please feel free to contact me.

Areas of Expertise: Comparative Canadian literature; nationalism and theories of the literary institution; the history of Canadian universities and literature departments; postcolonial literatures and literary institutions; indigenous writers from Canada, Australia, and New Zealand; distance education and the creation of online learning communities; the applications of technology in the humanities classroom, including blogging, podcasting, and multimodal composition; Digital Humanities; James Joyce and early 20th century fiction; intersections between literature and other arts, especially music and photography