MA, PDP (Simon Fraser University)
I started teaching at UFV (then FVC) in 1988, and over my career I have enjoyed a blend of teaching, research, curriculum development, and administrative duties.
Teaching & Research Interests
My teaching interests are Modern British and Irish fiction, Victorian literature, and first-year composition. I am a member of ACCUTE (Association of Canadian College and University Teachers of English), Victorian Studies Association of Western Canada, The Cormac McCarthy Society (US), and The Thomas Hardy Society (UK). My current research interests are Thomas Hardy, D. H. Lawrence, James Joyce, and Cormac McCarthy. My recent creative writing endeavours include a collection of short stories entitled Brokenhearted Hallelujahs and poetry.
Supervisor, Honours Papers/Directed Studies
I have also had the opportunity to supervise Honours Papers/Directed Studies. A sample is listed below:
Julie Abraham, Empathy for Bertha: The Role of Reader Response in Jane Eyre and Wide Sargasso Sea (English)
Michelle Huber, Hardy’s Landscape in The Mayor of Casterbridge (English/Geography)
Jackie Rea, The Unity of Time, Consciousness, and Being in Virginia Woolf’s To the Lighthouse (English/History)
Stanley Wiebe, Bloom as “Dialogic” Hero: A Bakhtinian Analysis of “Cyclops” in James Joyce’s Ulysses (English)
To date, I have developed and delivered English 105, 120, 207, 333, 336, and 339 as fully online courses. The demand for these online courses has been encouraging, and students have acknowledged the high quality of these courses, both in terms of their content and structure.
Administrative Positions Held
As English Department Head in the 1990s I developed a partnership with Simon Fraser University's English Department when Fraser Valley College became a university college so that our faculty could offer SFU's senior English courses. I was also department head when we developed our own major, extended minor, and minor.
Teacher Education Program (TEP) Coordinator
I was chair of the Teacher Education Program steering committee (2000-2004) and later coordinator of UFV’s Teacher Education Program (2004-2006) that brought an accredited, post-degree teacher education program to UFV, the first of its kind in British Columbia. This work involved close collaboration with SFU's Department of Education and the BC College of Teachers (now the TeacherRegulation Branch). An article on UFV's TEP (and my involvement) can be found in the fall 2006 issue of tc, the official magazine of the BC College of Teachers.
My teaching philosophy is founded on the belief that both student and professor are members of a learning community engaged in the construction of knowledge that pertains to literary studies. The primary goals of such a project are stylistic fluency, interpretation and analysis, contextual understanding, literary knowledge, and self-expression. My overall goal as an educator is twofold: to rouse my students’ interest in literature and writing and, in the process, help them move from passive to active learning.
Phone: 604-504-7441 x4555
Office: D3004 Abbotsford
updated July 2012