As Faculty Development Coordinator at MacEwan University, I get to assist fellow faculty members in their pursuit of excellence. Some of my many roles include organizing events like Faculty Development Day, New Faculty Orientation, the National Great Teachers Seminar in the Canadian Rockies, and overseeing professional development funding for faculty. I also run workshops in student engagement, classroom assessment, course (re)design, and the integration of technology and social media in teaching. If you ask, I’ll tell you that I think I have the best job in all of MacEwan University. There is nothing better than getting to help faculty to think big about what they can achieve through their teaching.
My enthusiasm for helping fellow faculty members stems from my own love of teaching and research. 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 (U of Alberta Press, 2013) won the 2013 Gabrielle Roy Prize (English section) which each year honors the best work of Canadian Literary Criticism in English. I’m currently working on a follow-up project to that book and also have a couple of new articles on the way on hockey in Canadian literature.
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 groundbreaking Canadian literature website that was both an online bookstore and information resource that supported scholars and students of Canadian literature around the world.