- 9 years’ experience in professional administration, including budgetary oversight and staff management.
- 18 years’ experience running a successful freelance editing business.
- 13 years’ experience teaching in higher education.
- 12 years’ successful grant-writing and fundraising background.
- 3 years’ successful corporate sponsor management experience.
- Multiple popular and academic publications.
SELECT PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
International Ambassador, The ReLit Foundation (2017-present)
- Course Co-ordinator for ReLit Summer Sessions, Oxford (annual weeklong academic/creative sessions at Worcester College, Oxford).
- Annual sessions planning, recruiting, overseeing tutors and students’ general activities during sessions, delivering sessions annually.
- Heading outreach in Canada (creating and facilitating bibliotherapy workshops and public talks, currently in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia).
- Writing (ad copy, website copy).
In Other Words – Language Animation Services (2001-present)
- Copyediting/proofreading diverse documents for clients in North America, the UK and Western Europe, and Asia
- Sample Manuscript Copyediting Projects:
- Battle Royal: Monarchists vs. Republicans for the Crown of Canada by Dr. David Johnson (Dundurn Press, 2018).
- A Beginner’s Guide to Language and Gender, 2nd ed. by Dr. Allyson Jule (Multilingual Matters, 2017).
- Swiss Immigration to Canada: Achievements, Testimonies, Relations by Dr. Ilona Shulman Spaar (Consulate General of Switzerland, 2013)
- After the Spring: Probation, Justice Reform and Democratization from the Baltics to Beirut by Dr. Johannes Wheeldon (Eleven International Publishing, 2012
- (Nominated for Int’l Book of the Year at American Society of Criminology, 2013).
- Carrying out writing commissions, including blog posts, ad copy, website copy, brief biographies, official letters, book reviews and media releases.
- Teaching and workshop facilitating, including tutoring, generating workshop curriculum and facilitating bibliotherapy and writing workshops for diverse groups of adults.
- Language and voice coaching, including diction workshops for Shakespearean actors and coaching performers and public speakers in breathing and elocution.
Owner/Operations Manager, Doktor Luke’s Coffee House, Sydney, NS (2013-18)
Doktor Luke’s is a small business with an annual operating budget of $200,000
- Carried out market research, strategized a brand, developed a business plan, secured financing, negotiated potential commercial spaces, applied for the proper permits and licences, worked with insurance brokers, lawyers and accountants.
- Monitored and analyzed revenues and expenses.* Co-managed human resources: hired, trained, supervised staff (2-4 at any given time).
- Developed and executed marketing and publicity campaigns and strategies.
- Liaised with public and media regarding business operations and special events.
- Managed social media platforms.
- Sold at a profit.
Academic Co-ordinator, Shakespeare, Athabasca University (2015-17, Limited Term Appointment)
- Delivered, maintained and developed assigned programs and courses of study in Shakespeare within the Centre for Humanities.
- Completed major revisions on ENGL 324 and ENGL 325 (Shakespeare I and Shakespeare II). These revisions involved completely rewriting the course material (200,000 words) and updating all resources to reflect major changes in computer technology and Shakespeare criticism since the previous revision (1996).
Teaching/Professorial Experience (2003-17)
- Relevant duties included: course development; teaching; academic advising; examining and marking; research; conferences; publishing (peer-reviewed).
- Contracts at: Cape Breton University (2013-17); University of Durham (2010-11); University of British Columbia (2008-2013); Kwantlen Polytechnic (2007-12); ABU/Oxford (2004-06); Crandall (2005-06).
- Courses included: Shakespeare and Renaissance Studies; Renaissance Poetry; Literature to the 18th Century; Introductory Literature courses; and Introductory Writing courses.
- Sample Publications:
- Merchant of Venice: Texts/Contexts. Contributing Editor. Peterborough: Broadview Press, 2014.
- “ ‘What beast is this lies wallowing in his gore?’: The Indignity of Man and the Animal Nature of Love in The Sea Voyage.” Modern Language Review 107.1 (2012): 89-109.
Director of Public Relations, Pacific Theatre, Vancouver (2006-09)
- Liaised with federal, provincial and municipal governments.
- Liaised with media and members of the theatre industry.
- Wrote media releases and grant applications for government funding and funding from the private sector.
- Facilitated fundraising events and liaised with donors.
- Managed human resources: hiring, apprentice supervision, staff co-management, management of external contractors.
- Managed and generated in-house marketing/advertising.
- Attended regional (GVPTA) and national (PACT) conferences.
EDventure Society, Board Member (2017)
The object of the Society is the founding and governance of a not-for-profit to develop and provide educational activities for children and youth such as summer school, outdoor field trips, in-class activities and curriculum development.
Bandshell Players, Treasurer (2014-2017)
The Bandshell Players is committed to producing professional quality theatre in accessible public spaces of Cape Breton. The Bandshell Players is particularly interested in supporting groups that destigmatize mental illness, and its fundraising efforts are dedicated to that pursuit.
- Theatre Critic for the Highland Arts Theatre, Sydney, NS (2013-2018).
- Fundraising Project Manager (concepts, marketing, accounting) and Producer. Initiatives benefited: Lifeline Syria Cape Breton; Cape Breton United Way; Women’s Transition House; Crossroads Clubhouse Cape Breton; Pathways to Employment; ReLit Bibliotherapy Foundation (2013-2018).
- Program developer, “Shakespeare’s Sea Dreams,” EDventure Summer Camps, Sydney, NS (2017).* Benefit Show Producer (Doktor Luke Productions) for arts communities in Vancouver, BC (2008-13).
- Volunteer at various safehouses and drop-in centres for survival sex workers in Vancouver, BC (1994-2000; 2006-2010).
HONOURS & AWARDS
- Vital Employer Award, Cape Breton Partnership (2015)
- Ian Fairclough Teaching Prize (University of British Columbia, Dept. of Engl.) (2011-12)
- Honourable Mention 1/1: “Exemplary Tutor” (Durham University, Dept. of Engl.) (2011)
- Overseas Research Studentship, Higher Education Funding Council, UK ($50,000 CAD) (2001-04)
- Ctr. for 17th Century Studies Studentship, Durham University ($30,000 CAD) (2001-04)
Ph.D., Durham University, UK (2004), English Studies and Seventeenth-Century Studies
M.A., Durham University (2001), Seventeenth-Century Studies
B.A., Honours, Trinity Western University, Canada (1999), English (Major); Drama (Minor)
- Visiting studentships at: Oxford University (1998); Queen’s University (1996-97)
Languages: English; French (intermediate); Latin (basic)
Computers: Windows 10; MS Office 2016; Adobe Creative Suite 6 (intermediate); Mac OSX
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