In every course that I teach, I stress the importance of effective reading and writing while emphasizing key distinctions between periods, genres, and styles. At the same time, I always encourage students to question accepted beliefs, especially those concerning human nature. Students in my classes therefore have the opportunity to improve their reading and writing skills and to expand their knowledge of the subject matter at hand while improving their critical thinking skills.
I have usually required students to submit at least two formal essays per semester, and I have often offered students the option of submitting a creative piece in place of an essay. With respect to my teaching style, I am inclined to lecture, but I also always welcome and encourage questions and discussions.
I have taught, tutored, and advised students from virtually every academic level and discipline, and I have had particularly rewarding experiences working with countless international students (many of whom did not speak English as a first language) and students with learning challenges.
I have a Master's degree in English from Acadia University and a Diploma in Journalism from Holland College, and I have been teaching in Fredericton for almost twenty-two years. I taught my first Essay Writing course at UNB in 1997, and I have taught the course eight times since then. I have also taught a number of introductory English courses at UNB, and I was employed from 1997 to 2000 at the campus's Writing and Study Skills Centre, where I tutored students one-on-one, conducted study skills workshops, and mentored students on academic probation.
From September of 2000 to July of 2017, I held a sessional position at STU, where I taught thirty-seven sections of introductory English and fourteen sections of the Short Story, a section each of Women Writers, Comedy, and Tragedy, and a handful of sections of Introduction to University Studies. During my first eight years at STU, I was simultaneously employed at UNB as a Tutorial Leader for Arts 1000/The Development of Western Thought, so I have a solid background in the Arts and Humanities in general.
This past year I have returned to UNB to teach two sections of Essay Writing and to work part-time as a tutor at UNB's Writing and Study Skills Centre. I still teach part-time at STU, and I am in fact slated to teach the Short Story there this summer, but due to a significant drop in enrollment, my future at STU is uncertain.
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