Curriculum Vitae

PROFILE

  • 10 years in professional administration, including budgetary oversight and staff management.
  • 19 years running a successful freelance editing and writing business (clients in diverse industries, e.g., academia, government, arts and culture, relief/development, public policy).
  • 10+ years teaching in higher education (award-winning lecturer).
  • 3 years spearheading initiatives for a mental health/creative arts foundation.
  • Successful grant-writing and fundraising background (>$100,000).
  • Successful corporate sponsor management experience.
  • Multiple popular and academic publications.

SELECT PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Research Associate, Health Arts and Northern/Indigenous Peoples, Northern Medical Program, University of Northern British Columbia (2018-present, part-time)

  • Research and writing (esp. on Applied Humanities); copyediting; project management.

Bilbliotherapist, The ReLit Foundation (2017-present, part-time)

ReLit is the Foundation for the complementary treatment of stress, anxiety and other conditions through immersion in the arts.

  • Co-Convenor for online programming, including educational and creative sessions.
  • Course Co-Convenor for ReLit Summer Sessions: Annual sessions planning; recruiting; overseeing tutors and students’ general activities; delivering sessions.
  • Heading outreach/convening workshops, public talks and roundtables in Canada, the US, the UK and online.

In Other Words – Language Animation Services (2001-present)

General Manager, Orchestra Kingston (2018–present, part-time)

  • Public relations, marketing, donor management, concert production and publicity.

Owner/Operations Manager, Doktor Luke’s Coffee House, Sydney, NS (2013-18)

  • 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.
  • Instructional Design: 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.

COMMUNITY SERVICE

  • Women’s Self-Defence Training, Assistant Coach, Kingston, ON (2019-pres.)
  • Theatre Critic for the Highland Arts Theatre, Sydney, NS (2013-18)
  • Benefit Show Producer/Campaign Fundraiser (Pathways to Employment, Crossroads Clubhouse, United Way Cape Breton, Cape Breton Transition House, Lifeline Syria Cape Breton, Pacific Theatre, Genus Theatre), Sydney, NS, Vancouver, BC (2008-18)
  • Shakespeare Language Coach, Hamlet. Boardmore Theatre, Sydney, NS (2015)
  • Safehouse/Survival Sex Worker Resources Volunteer, Vancouver, BC (1994–2000; 2006–10)

BOARDS

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.

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)

EDUCATION

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)

SKILLS

Languages: English; French (intermediate)

Computers: Windows 10; MS Office 2016 (Word, Excel, PPT)

INTERESTS

Reading; theatre and film; mixed martial arts; cooking and baking