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Jessica Wind

Jessica Wind

Sessional Faculty

Communications

Abbotsford campus, D220

Phone: 604-504-7441 ext. 4736

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Biography

Jess places audiences and storytelling at the core of her teaching, her community involvement, and her research.

She started teaching Communications at UFV in 2017 after completing her MA in Communications at Carleton University in Ottawa. When it comes to real-world communication, Jess feels there’s nothing quite like a well-crafted, direct, and effective message.

Jess is the President of Red Press Society, a non-profit arts and culture organization in the Fraser Valley. Red Press works to foster a rich creative scene in the valley through events and initiatives including the quarterly magazine Raspberry where Jess is also an editor.

She is also part of the team behind the annual semi-academic Riverdale themed conference at UFV.

When not working, Jess enjoys playing Dungeons & Dragons, traveling to chill vacation spots, and drinking too much coffee.

Education

MA, Communications (Carleton University, 2016)
Thesis: Your Friendly Neighbourhood Zombie: Normalizing Monstrous Bodies Through Zombie Media

BA Hons, English: Creative Writing, Sociology Minor (UFV, 2014)

Teaching Philosophy

Jess’ guides students to their own conclusions. She provides the Google map directions, and let’s students navigate them. She is one part project manager and one part Siri as she works with students to develop communication skills for a mediated world and answers any questions that come up along the way.

Courses

CMNS 125: Professional Communications

CMNS 235: Public Speaking

CMNS 251: Professional Report Writing

Research Interests

Her research interests include writing & editing, geek culture & fandoms, comics, zombies, nostalgic media, popular culture, community arts & culture development, community journalism & publishing, online learning and gamification in the classroom.

Presentations

Wind, J. (2018). From camp to cringe: Why we keep watching Riverdale (are we just being trolled?). Riverdale: A Land of Contrasts. University of the Fraser Valley.     

Wind, J. (2016). Reclaiming Zombie Bodies: Deconstructing Normality in In the Flesh. “Human:Race” Reconceptualizing the Human in Difficult Times, Strategies of Critique 30th Anniversary Graduate Student Conference. York University.

Wind, J. (2015). Your Friendly Neighbourhood Zombie: Normalizing the monstrous body through iZombie. Play/Rewind, Communication Graduate Conference. Carleton University.

Wind, J. (2015). Failure of safe institutions in a zombie apocalypse. Failure–Interruptions, Confrontations, and Silences, Communication Graduate Conference. Carleton University.

Publications

Community Journalism

Wind, J., Towler, C. (2018). Where there be dragons, there is treasure: Why people keep talking about Dungeons and Dragons and why you should join the party. Raspberry, 2(3), 6-17

Wind, J. (2017). Brooms up: Quidditch, culture, and the rise of a new sport. Raspberry, 2(2), 12-22.

Fiction

Wind, J. (2016). Watch. Louden Singletree literary magazine. UFV.

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