Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream, Faculty of Arts & Science
Office: E103, University College
As Director of Graduate Writing Support in the Faculty of Arts & Science, my role in the Milestones & Pathways program is to develop, lead and administer writing support for graduate students.
In order to meet the range of writing needs across disciplines, programs and stages of completion, I have designed several writing-support formats. A partial list and description of these formats can be found here, but note that any of these formats can be modified or customized according to a given group’s needs.
In general, the support I provide falls into two main categories:
- Boosting Writing by providing strategies or structure for overcoming or mitigating the many obstacles that can impede or delay writing. Support in this category includes
- Long-term working groups, which provide structure, accountability and community to help graduate writers stay productive and benefit from feedback on their works-in-progress;
- Writing boot-camps; and
- Clinics focused on goal-setting, improving productivity, and revision strategies.
- Improving Writing by teaching graduates writing and revision strategies. Support in this category involves either
- Achieving competence writing the genres that students are expected to master in their graduate studies and beyond (grant proposals, journal articles, literature reviews, conference abstracts, etc); or
- Improving specific writing skills (such as paragraphing, achieving “flow,” finding your “voice” as a scholar, etc.
I am available to consult with faculty and/or students interested in developing or hosting writing-support events or initiatives for graduate students. I can always modify or customize any format to suit the needs of a given group.
Before coming to FAS, I worked at the Graduate Centre for Academic Communication (School of Graduate Studies), where I taught mainly science writing. I have also taught in the English Departments at Concordia and Trent (Durham) and held a SSHRC postdoctoral fellowship at McGill. I received my PhD in English Literature from the University of Toronto, where I also completed a M.Sc. in Zoology (now Ecology & Evolutionary Biology). For more on my research and teaching, please see my CV here.