Third place, Arts Faculty Heat, 3 Minute Thesis at the University of Waterloo, February 2018
“Changing Bodies, Changing Minds: Reading and Watching Speculative Fiction for Teaching Social Change.”
I am an educational and career success mentor, student services professional, workshop facilitator, and editor with over ten years of experience in the field of education, and I’m a cowgirl. Currently, I am a sessional instructor and Peer Success Coach at the University of Waterloo; I also work with students for Toronto eSchool, an online high school.
As a high school and adult education instructor, I have worked with alternative and “at risk” students. At the university level, I have taught and evaluated first and second year students in English Language and Literature, Women’s Studies, and Speech Communication courses. I also have multiple experiences with workshop facilitation and coaching in higher education, many of which were concurrently held in different support services units – because of this, I have great skills in time management, organization, flexibility, and liaising!
I am completing a PhD in English Language and Literature. My primary area of study is postcolonial literature and theory, with a specialization in gender and sexuality. I also have experience in discourse analysis, with a concentration in textual and visual representations of gender and race.
My interests include depictions of race, gender, and intersectional feminism in speculative fiction; innovative approaches to secondary school organization and instruction; the first generation and first year experience in higher education; best practices in teaching; autism awareness; work/life balance and family leave policies; and conversations around mental health, especially parental mental health.
To see my most recent employment experience as well as a current list of conference presentations and publications, both past and upcoming, please connect with me on LinkedIn!