Associate Professor, UFV
Education: BA (UCFV), MA, PhD (SFU), Post-Secondary Teaching Certificate (SFU).
Specialty: Western European history; gender and women's history; social and cultural history
Raised in the Fraser Valley, I began my studies at then-UCFV. I grew disenchanted with my studies, however, leaving after 3 semesters. I got married, started a family, and worked at a series of jobs before deciding to return to my studies, taking courses through Continuing Studies. I decided to return to my BA. Taking whatever looked interesting, I ended up studying History – a topic I had not particularly enjoyed in high school – and Sociology. Along the way, I was encouraged to consider graduate studies. After much consideration, I decided to follow that path. Graduating with a BA in History and a Sociology Minor, I went on to complete an MA and a PhD in History at SFU. With a passion for teaching, I also completed a Post-Secondary Teaching Certificate at SFU as part of my graduate studies. Since then, I have engaged in a variety of professional development activities around topics such as student writing and assessment, creating inclusive environments, and managing conflict and change.
I started teaching at UFV in 2004, first as a sessional instructor, and later as a permanent faculty member. As a socio-cultural historian, I teach a variety of courses at UFV, including 208, 209, 300, 310, 397f, 408, and 416. I also supervise a large number of directed readings/projects courses for students.
I love to teach and take that activity very seriously. I focus on creating an engaging learning environment which encourages exploration, discovery, critical thinking, personal development, knowledge building, and skill acquisition. I seek to get students actively involved in the learning process and encourage them to take responsibility for their own learning. I work to provide a number of different learning activities and bring in a range of materials in order to enhance learning and to address different learning styles in the room. I clearly outline expectations around assignments, class work and participation, reading, and assessment so that students know what they need to do and why they need to do it. While I recognize that I can only do so much, I want students to enjoy coming to class, I want them to learn, and I want to help them get to wherever it is that they want to go. I do what I can to make all of that possible, whether it is providing a comfortable learning environment, additional help outside of class time, allowing for personal preferences in assignments, or providing information on graduate school, teaching programs, or careers for History graduates – all of which are services I gladly provide for my students.
I am very active in service at UFV. At present, I am the Department Head for the History Department. In addition, I am one of two Humanities Representatives on the Senate. As part of Senate, I sit on the Senate Governance Committee, the Terms of Reference Sub-Committee, and the Faculty Standards Committee. I also sit on several other departmental and institutional committees and am the current secretary and incoming chair for the BC History Articulation group.
My current work, entitled "Harmsworth's Girls: The New Girl in the British Popular Press, 1898-1919," argues that girls' magazines are agents of socialization, inculcating dominant social values in girls surrounding the nation, love and desire, identity, work, class, and their bodies, while at the same time reflecting inherent tensions and contradictions in such ideals. My work examines girls' magazines published by Alfred Harmsworth and the Amalgamated Press at the turn of the century in Britain and the colonies, including the Girls’ Best Friend, the Girls’ Friend, the Girl’s Home, the Girls’ Reader, and Our Girls.