Curriculum Vitae

JONATHAN PARSONS
www.jonparsons.ca
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ACADEMIC CREDENTIALS

PhD, Memorial University, St. John’s, NL
Thesis topic: Resistance in Contemporary Newfoundland Fiction
Supervisors: Dr. Danine Farquharson, Dr. Fiona Polack

PhD Certificate in Arctic Extractive Industries, University of the Arctic
Research topic: Resistance to Extractive Industries and Corporate Social Responsibility

MA, Brock University, St. Catharines, ON
English and Critical Theory

BA, Memorial University, St. John’s, NL
Double major, Political Science & English

ACADEMIC PUBLICATIONS

“Anarchism and Unconventional Oil.” Materialism and the Critique of Energy. Ed. Brent Ryan Bellamy and Jeff Diamanti. MCM Prime, (Forthcoming).

“Direct Democracy.” Improving Democratic Governance in Newfoundland and Labrador. Ed. Alex Marland and Lisa Moore. ISER Books, 2017.

“Resistance to Extractive Industries in Newfoundland and Labrador.” Circumpolar Notes – Arctic Extractive Industries, 4 (2015).

“Branded Newfoundland: Lisa Moore’s Alligator and Consumer Capitalism.” Newfoundland and Labrador Studies, 28.1 (2013).

“Form, Content, Function: Phenomenology and/in Sign-Language Poetry.” Schutzian Research, 3 (2011).

“The Naming Compulsion in Dillon Wallace’s The Lure of the Labrador Wild and Mina Hubbard’s A Woman’s Way through Unknown Labrador.” Newfoundland and Labrador Studies, 26.1 (2011).

NON-ACADEMIC PUBLICATIONS (partial list)

Everyday Dissent: Politics and Resistance in Newfoundland and Labrador. Toronto: HCE Press, 2016.

REVIEWS (partial list)

Pathways of Creativity in Contemporary Newfoundland and Labrador.” ARIEL, 48.2 (2017).

Rabbit Rabbit, Poverty Cove Theatre Company.” The Independent (April 2014).

“Lisa Moore’s Caught.” The Independent (Oct. 2013).

CREATIVE AND ARTISTIC (partial list)

Power and Resistance: The Muskrat Falls Hydro Project. Documentary film.
Writer / Producer / Director. (Forthcoming, 44 mins.)

“Anonymoose,” Short agitprop film. (link)
Actor.

“More Tragedy than Farce.” Prose poem. Landwash, 1.1, Feb. 2014, 16-17. (link)

“Ontopoetics.” Digital Poetry Chapbook. Website. (Reproduced in Ditch, Nov. 2011.)

“I Sail,” “Metaphysics,” “Words,” “I hear you say, I hear,” “Untitled,” “Since I had nothing to say and had to say something.” Poems. Ditch, Oct. 2009. (link)

ACADEMIC AWARDS AND FELLOWSHIPS

Fellow of the School of Graduate Studies, Memorial University, 2015

Graduate Student of the Month, Memorial University, 2015

Institute of Social and Economic Research (ISER) Doctoral Fellowship, 2014

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Doctoral Fellowship, 2013

Elected Scholar, International Communicology Institute (ICI), 2013

Memorial University Doctoral Fellowship, 2010

Brock University Graduate Fellowship, 2008

ACADEMIC PRESENTATIONS (partial list)

“Radical Flank Effect and Absurd Demands: Oil and Climate Change.” Petrocultures, Memorial University, St. John’s, 2016.

“Social Ecology, Energy Humanities, and Community Clout.” The Future, The Arts, and Ecology, Memorial University, St. John’s, 2016.

“Improvisation in Poetry and Street Politics.” Improvising Spaces Workshop and Speaker Series, Memorial University, St. John’s, 2015.

“Discourse Analysis: Newfoundland and Labrador’s Oil Ambitions and Climate Change.” UArctic Extractive Industries, Memorial University, St. John’s, 2015.

“PhZine.” Future Humanities: Transforming Graduate Studies for the Future of Canada, McGill, Montreal, 2015.

“Resistance to Extractive Industries in Newfoundland and Labrador.” UArctic Extractive Industries, Northeastern Federal University, Neryungri, Russia, 2014.

“Cultural Capital and Propaganda of the Deed in Wayne Johnston’s The Colony of Unrequited Dreams.” Thomas H. Raddall Symposium, Acadia University, 2013.

“Toward a Phenomenology of Poetry.” The Interdisciplinary Coalition of North American Phenomenologists (ICNAP), 2012.

“Form, Content, Function: Phenomenology and/in Sign Language Poetry.” The Interdisciplinary Coalition of North American Phenomenologists (ICNAP), 2011.

“A Freirean Approach to Critical Literacy and Online Creative Writing.” Association of Canadian College and University Teachers of English (ACCUTE), 2010.

“Bildungsroman as Roman à Clef: Meta-narrative and Slackening the Intentional Strings.” Narrative Matters, 2010.

“Describing a Collaborative, Group-based Phenomenological Analysis.” Existential Phenomenology, Theory and Culture (EPTC), 2010.

“Resistance to Creative Expressive Work: Tales of Glory and Woe.” Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (STLHE), 2010.

PUBLIC PRESENTATIONS AND WORKSHOPS (partial list)

Facilitator, Vitae Writer’s Retreat 
School of Graduate Studies, Brock University, St. Catharines, ON, 2017

Speaker, It’s Social, Panel and Workshop
Refugee and Immigrant Advisory Council, St. John’s, NL, 2016

Facilitator, Radicalism Defined, Workshop for Social Justice Co-op
Memorial University, St. John’s, NL, 2015

Facilitator, Refugees Welcome Teach-In, Workshop for Refugees Welcome
Political Science Department, Memorial University, St. John’s, NL, 2015

Speaker, Press Conference on Fracking for NL Fracking Awareness Group
Memorial University, St. John’s, NL, 2015

Host, Gulf of St. Lawrence, Oil, and Fracking Public Roundtable
Grenfell Campus, Memorial University, Corner Brook, NL, 2015

Facilitator, Strategy and Tactics Workshop for regional anti-fracking organizations
Grenfell Campus, Memorial University, Corner Brook, NL, 2015

Facilitator, May Day Forum, Workshops for Social Justice Co-op AGM
Rocket Room, St. John’s, NL, 2014

Facilitator, Demo-X: An Experiment in Democracy, Workshop for Social Justice Co-op
City Hall, St. John’s, NL, 2013

Host, Art Is My Occupation, Arts and activism variety show
Eastern Edge Gallery, St. John’s, NL, 2012

ACADEMIC WORK EXPERIENCE

Instructor, English 1080/1101 (Critical Reading and Writing), Memorial University, 2011-2016
**English 1080 and 1101 are first-year introductory courses at Memorial. My duties as an instructor include, among others, designing the courses and evaluations, grading papers, conducting office hours, and advising students as an appointed academic adviser. I am the sole charge instructor in these courses. (link)

Research Assistant, Memorial University, 2011-2016
**I have worked as a research assistant on various projects throughout my graduate studies at Memorial. Most recently, I worked with Dr. Danine Farquharson and Dr. Fiona Pollack on a project examining oil and culture. My duties included archival research, building a project bibliography, consulting with primary investigators, and helping with presentations.

Journal Manager, Editor, and Referee, 2011-2012
Postscript: A Journal of Graduate Criticism and Theory, Memorial University English Department Graduate Journal (link)
**I set up the online, open access webpage, coordinated referees for submitted articles, and reviewed articles. I also edited and proofread the issue before publication.

Course Coordinator, Writing 1P93 (Essay Writing for Social Sciences), Brock University, Department of English, 2009-2010
**My duties as course coordinator for this online course included maintaining and updating the learning management system, assessing student writing and tracking student grades, responding to student queries, and acting as a liaison between the instructor and the teaching assistants.

Research Assistant, Council of 3M National Teaching Fellows, “Storying the World Initiative,” 2009-2010
**I organized a number of narrative writing workshops and storytelling contests at Brock University and in the Niagara region as part of an initiative for the 25th anniversary of the 3M Teaching Fellowship. Part of my role also included reporting evidence, and I gave papers at Narrative Matters 2010 and ACCUTE 2010 describing this endeavor.

Teaching Assistant, English 1F95 (Forms, Themes and Approaches), Brock University, Department of English, 2008-2009
**1F95 is a full year survey course. As a teaching assistant, I was responsible for facilitating seminars, grading student essays and assignments, holding office hours, responding to student emails, and attending professional development sessions.

Research Assistant, Brock University, Applied Disabilities Studies, “The Other Adult Project,” 2008-2009
**This research position involved analyzing narratives from therapists working with people with disabilities in various clinical settings.

Editor, Brock University, Faculty of Education, Adult and Continuing Education, 2008
**My role as editor for the Faculty of Education involved proofreading and modifying course manuals for five adult education courses. Other duties included compiling reading packs, creating bibliographies, and liaising with course instructors and other staff.

ADVOCACY AND COMMUNITY ORGANIZING (partial list)

Organizer, Coordinated Approach (anti-austerity group), 2016

Regional coordinator (Newfoundland) Refugees Welcome Canada, 2015

Board member, Social Justice Cooperative Newfoundland and Labrador, 2013-16

Organizer, East Coast Fracking Awareness Group, 2012-2016

Founder/Organizer, Tordon Players (anti-pesticides and herbicides theatre group), 2012

Organizer, Palestinian Solidarity St. John’s, 2012-13

Founder/Organizer, People’s Assembly Newfoundland and Labrador, 2012

Organizer, Story Slam Niagara, 2008-2010

MEDIA WORK AND APPEARANCES (partial list)

The Independent NL, Regular columnist, reporter, 2013-present (~60 published articles link)

CBC News, Interview on anti-austerity demonstration, 2016 (link)

VOCM News, Interview on anti-austerity demonstration, 2016 (link)

CBC News, Interview on Refugees Welcome movement, 2015 (link)

CBC News, Interview on Bill C-51 protests, 2015 (link)

VOCM News, Interview on Bill C-51 protests, 2015 (link)

The Telegram, Interview on fracking public event, 2015 (link)

The Western Star, Interview on fracking public event, 2015 (link)

The Independent NL, Interview from People’s Social Forum, 2014 (link)

VOCM News, Interview on Muskrat Falls documentary, 2014 (link)

The Tyee, “Fight for Right to Sleep Goes Cross-Country” Reprint, 2013 (link)

Al Jazeera English, Clip on Ukraine protest media analysis, 2013 (link)

The Telegram, Interview on Occupy NL, 2012 (link)

The Independent NL, Interview on Occupy NL, 2012 (link)

MEMBERSHIPS IN SCHOLARLY SOCIETIES

Interdisciplinary Coalition of North American Phenomenologists (ICNAP)

Association of Canadian College and University Teachers of English (ACCUTE)

International Communicology Institute – elected scholar (ICI)

Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (STLHE)

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Facilitator Development Workshop (FDW), 2010

Instructional Skills Workshop (ISW), 2009

Brock University Teaching and Learning Certificate, 2009

OTHER WORK EXPERIENCE (partial list)

Customer Service Representative, ICT Call Center, St. John’s, NL, 2006-07
**Receive calls for client company, Rogers Communications, use call handling grid and best practice guides to answer general inquiries, book service calls, deal with complaints, resolve or escalate issues.

Bartender, Sundance Bar and Grill, St. John’s, NL, 2002-05
**Customer service, handling cash, cleaning, stocking bar.

Assistant Manager / Waiter, Paparazzi Café, Dublin, Ireland, 1999-2002
**Responsible for opening and closing duties, scheduling, ordering, handling cash, customer service, and advising manager and owners.

Coach, St. John’s Minor Soccer Association, St. John’s, NL, 1995-98
**Teaching youth the game, refereeing, traveling with teams to competitions.

Paper Carrier, The Telegram, St. John’s Newfoundland, 1990-1994
**Delivering newspapers in my neighborhood, collect money, solicit new customers, employed my siblings.

INTERESTS AND HOBBIES

Chess, soccer, fishing, hiking, squash, tennis, basketball.

REFERENCES

Available on request.