Education

I have been working in teaching and learning in different capacities for some ten years. I have experience as an instructor, facilitator, instructional designer, and academic coach.

I run online writing courses and offer writing coaching services through my company Bookends Writing. I support students as an academic mentor with StudySpot Educational Services and with Urban Squash Toronto.

While working on my PhD I taught courses at Memorial University. I was a sole charge instructor for first-year critical reading and writing context credit courses, including English 1080.

I am also a trained facilitator. I facilitate workshops for Brock University’s School of Graduate Studies and Department of Applied Disability Studies. I also facilitate workshops for clients in the private sector and for NGOs.

For a number of years I have been working in online teaching and learning. I am especially interested in universal instructional design, user experience, and theories of digital literacy for developing online courses.

Teaching Resume

EDUCATION

  • PhD, English, Memorial University, St. John’s, NL
  • MA, English, Brock University, St. Catharines, ON
  • BA, Political Science, Memorial University, St. John’s, NL

PEDAGOGY

  • Instructional Skills Workshop (ISW), Instructional Skills Workshop Network
  • Facilitator Development Workshop (FDW), Instructional Skills Workshop Network
  • Teaching and Learning Certificate, Brock University, Centre for Pedagogical Innovation

EXPERIENCE

Writing Instructor, Bookends Writing Inc.

Academic Coach, StudySpot Educational Services

  • Mentored junior high and high school students on executive and academic skills

Academic Coach, Urban Squash Toronto

  • Volunteer role supporting underserved community
  • Mentor junior high and high school students on executive and academic skills

Instructor, Memorial University, Department of English

  • Taught undergraduate courses, mentored students, tracked grades, and administered courses
  • Implemented instructional design best practices for analysis, creation, and evaluation of courses
  • Visit: english1080.blogspot.com

Writing Workshop Facilitator, Brock University

  • Facilitated yearly graduate student writing workshop for Applied Disability Studies program
  • Facilitated workshops as part of Vitae Writer Retreat for Brock’s Faculty of Graduate Studies

TEACHING & LEARNING PUBLICATIONS / RESEARCH

Book: Expressive Subjects: 25 Writing Prompts to Unleash Your Creativity. Toronto: HCE Press, 2018.

Article: “Form, Content, Function: Phenomenology and/in Sign Language Poetry.” Schutzian Research 3 (2011): 238-49.

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

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

Presentation: “Bildungsroman as Roman à Clef: Meta-narrative and Slackening the Intentional Strings.” Narrative Matters, University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, NB.