About me

Laura M. Robinson, Grenfell Campus, Memorial University of Newfoundland

Laura Robinson is Professor of English Literature and Dean of the School of Arts and Social Science.  She’s published articles about Canadian children’s literature, Canadian women writers, and The L-Word, in addition to many articles on L.M. Montgomery’s work.  Her current project examines Montgomery’s depiction of friendship and sexuality.

Education

Employment History

Research Grants

Honours and Awards

Publications and Scholarly Activities

Service to the University

Service to the Profession

Supervision, Examination, and Teaching

Service to the Community

Professional Development

Second Language Training

 

Education

PhD (English). Queen’s University, 1998.                                                                      

MA (English). University of Manitoba, 1991.                                      

BA (Honours English). Acadia University, 1988.                  

 

Employment History

2016-present

 

Dean, School of Arts and Social Science

 

Grenfell Campus, Memorial University of Newfoundland

2015-2016

Dean of Arts (Interim)

Royal Military College of Canada

2015-present

2012-2015

Full Professor, English

Department Head, English

Royal Military College of Canada

Royal Military College of Canada

2005-2015 Associate Professor, English Royal Military College of Canada
2002-05 Assistant Professor, English Studies Nipissing University
1997-2002 Adjunct Professor, English Queen’s University
1998 (spring) Adjunct Professor, English International Study Centre (Queen’s)  
1997-2002  Adjunct Professor, English  Royal Military College of Canada

                                                                                                                                                  

Research Grants

  • SSHRC Connection Grant, Applicant.  Co-applicants: Andrea McKenzie, York University and Philip Smith, University of Prince Edward Island. 12th International L.M. Montgomery Conference: L.M. Montgomery and Gender, 2016. ($19,761)
  • SSHRC Insight Grant: Bosom Friends: L.M. Montgomery and Female Friendship, 2013-16. ($47, 937)
  • Academic Research Program (ARP) Grant for L.M. Montgomery and Female Friendship. Royal Military College of Canada, 2011-13. ($3500/ year)
  • ARP for L.M. Montgomery and Female Friendship.  Royal Military College, 2008-09. ($1850)
  • Incentive Funds (ARP).  Royal Military College, 2008-09. ($2000)
  • Start Up Funds.  Royal Military College, 2005-06.  ($1000)
  • Nipissing University Start-Up Grant, 2003.  ($5000)                 
  • Special Opportunity Grant, Female Doctoral Students.  ON Ministry of Education, 1996. ($2000)
  • Thesis Completion Bursary. Queen's University, 1996. ($2000)
  • Winthrop Pickard Bell Fellowship for Research in Acadiana. Department of Canadian Studies:  Mount Allison University, 1996. ($2500)
  • Graduate Dean's Travel Grant for Doctoral Field Work. Queen's University, 1995.  ($1400)

 

Honours and Awards

  • The Colonel, the Honourable John Matheson Award for Academic Leadership.  Royal Military College of Canada, 2014.
  • Honorable Mention for David Adams Richards Prize for the Writers’ Federation of New Brunswick Literary Competition, 2010.
  • W.J. Barnes Award for Teaching Excellence. Arts and Science Undergraduate Society: Queen's University, Kingston ON, 2001-02.
  • A.C. Hamilton Prize for a Ph.D. Dissertation of Outstanding Merit.  Department of English,  Queen's University, 1998.
  • Queen's Graduate Fellowship. Faculty of Graduate Studies: Queen's University, 1993-94.
  • Dean's Award. Faculty of Graduate Studies: Queen's University, 1992-93.
  • Queen's Graduate Award. Faculty of Graduate Studies: Queen's University, 1991-92.
  • Caroline Berbrayer Graduate Fellowship. English Department: University of Manitoba, 1990-91.

 

Publications and Scholarly Activity

  • Curated Exhibit

“The Canadian Home Front: L.M. Montgomery’s Reflections on The First World War”

Locations to date:

University of Rennes 2 France (June 2014),

Confederation Centre Public Library, Charlottetown PEI (June 2014),

Kingston Frontenac Public Library, Kington ON (Sept 2014)

National Historic Site, Leaskdale ON (Oct 2014)

North York Public Library (Jan-Feb 2015)

University of Leeds, England (Sept 2015)

Women's Institute, York, England (Sept 2015)

Uxbridge Secondary School. Uxbridge ON (April 2016)

Corner Brook Public Library. Corner Brook NL (Oct 2016)

  • Visiting Scholar

L.M. Montgomery Institute, University of Prince Edward Island, 2015-17. 

  --responsible for co-chairing 2016 International L.M. Montgomery Conference: L.M. Montgomery and Gender, and editing subsequent collection of articles.

  • Adjunct Associate Professor
Department of English Language and Literature, Queen’s University, 2014-2017. 

 

  • Guest Editor, Special Issue

“Queerness and Children’s Literature” for Bookbird: A Journal of International Children’s Literature (Winter 2014). 

Introduction: “Queerness and Children’s Literature: Embracing the Negative.”              

  • Book Chapters

" L.M. Montgomery’s Great War:  The Home as Battleground in Rilla of Ingleside."  L.M. Montgomery and War.  Eds.Andrea McKenzie and Jane Ledwell.  In Print.

“‘What does it matter to us?’: War and the Masculine Ideal in Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women  and L.M. Montgomery’s Rilla of Ingleside.” War Memories: Commemoration, Re- enactment, Writings of War in the English-speaking World (18th-21st centuries). Eds. Stéphanie Belanger and Renée Dickson.  Montreal: McGill-Queen’s Press, 2016.

“‘A Gift for Friendship’: Female Attachments in Anne of the Island and The Blue Castle.” L.M. Montgomery’s Rainbow Valley: The Ontario Years, 1911-1942. Ed. Lesley Clement and Rita Bode. Montreal: McGill-Queen’s Press, in print (October 2015).           

 “‘Aggressive femininity’: The Ambiguous Heteronormativity of Eleanor H. Porter’s Pollyanna.Eleanor H. Porter’s Pollyanna: A Children’s Classic at 100.  Eds. Roxanne Harde and Lydia Kokkola. Jackson MS: University Press of Mississippi, 2014: 44-57.

“‘Anne Repeated’: Taking Anne Out of Order.” Narrative, Repetition, and Texts for Young People.  Ed. Mavis Reimer.  Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014: 57-73.

“‘Pruned down and branched out’: Embracing Contradiction in Anne of Green Gables.” The L.M. Montgomery Reader Vol. 2: A Critical Heritage.  Ed. Benjamin Lefebvre.  Toronto: U Toronto P, 2014: 212-222. Reprinted from Children’s Voices in Atlantic Literature and Culture: Essays on Childhood. Ed. Hilary Thompson. Guelph, ON: Canadian Children’s Press, 1995: 35-43.

“Anne and Her Ancestors: Self-Reflexivity from Yonge to Alcott to Montgomery.” 100 Years of Anne with an 'e': The Centennial Study of Anne of Green Gables. Ed. Holly Blackford.  University of Calgary Press, 2009: 125-42.

“‘Outrageously sexual’ Anne: The Media and Montgomery.”  Storm and Dissonance: L.M.  Montgomery and Conflict. Ed. Jean Mitchell.  Cambridge: Cambridge Scholar’s Publishing, 2008: 311-327.

“‘fictions of our own creation’: Random Acts and the Limits of Representation in Season One of The L Word” (co-written with Sal Renshaw, Nipissing University).  Mediated Deviance and Social Otherness: Interrogating Influential Representations. Ed. Kylo-Patrick R.Hart.  Cambridge: Cambridge Scholar’s Publishing, 2007: 258-272

“Maxine Tynes.” Dictionary of Literary Biography 334, 21st Century Canadian Writers.  Ed.  Christian Reigel. Gale Cengage, 2007: 233-37.

 “‘Big Gay Anne’: Queering Anne of Green Gables and Canadian Culture.”  Canadian ­Studies: An Introductory Reader.  Ed. Donald Wright. Dubuque, Iowa: Kendall/Hunt, 2004: 377-385. 

“‘crossing nature’s divide’: Miscegenation and Lesbianism in Ann-Marie MacDonald’s Fall On Your Knees." In Identity and Alterity in Canadian Literature. Ed. Dana Puiu. Baia Mare, Romania: Risoprint, 2003: 213-225.

“‘A born Canadian’: The Bonds of Communal Identity in Anne of Green Gables and A Tangled Web.” L.M. Montgomery and Canadian Culture. Ed. Irene Gammel and Elizabeth Epperly. Toronto: U Toronto P, 1999: 19-30. 
 

  • Refereed Journal Articles

“‘Sex Matters’: L.M. Montgomery, Sexuality, and Friendship.” Children’s Literature 40 (2012):  167-190.

 “Remodeling An Old-Fashioned Girl: Troubling Girlhood in Ann-Marie MacDonald’s Fall on Your Knees.” Canadian Literature 186 (Fall 2005): 30-45.

“Bosom Friends: Lesbian Desire in L.M. Montgomery’s Anne Books.”  Canadian Literature 180  (Spring 2004): 12-28.

“‘acts of self-exposure’: Closeted Desire in Atwood’s Cat’s Eye.English Studies in Canada 28.2 (June 2002): 223-246.

 

  • Non-Refereed Publications

The Future of the Humanities PhD: The Vision (and Reality) of the Royal Military College of Canada” (with Pat Heffernan and Mike Hennessy) https://futurehumanities.files.wordpress.com/2015/05/the-future-of-the-humanities-phd-rmcc-vision-ammended2.pdf, May 2015.

“The Canadian Home Front: L.M. Montgomery’s Reflections on the First World War.” Cordially Yours: Official Newsletter of the Lucy Maud Montgomery Society of Ontario 10.1 (Spring 2014): 5.  Invited.

“Girlness and Guyness: Gender Trouble in Young Adult Literature.” Jeunesse: Young People, Texts, Culture 1.1 (Fall 2009): 203-222.  Invited.

 “Poststructuralism and ‘The Child’: A Response to Sebastien Chapleau's "Quand l'enfant parle et que l'adulte se met à écouter, ou la littérature enfantine de retour à sa source.”  Canadian Children’s Literature: litterature jeunesse canadienne (Spring 2008), 124-28. Invited.

“Indie Publishing?: Broadview Press, Gynocritics, and Anne of Green Gables.” English Studies in Canada 33.1-2 (March-June 2007): 227-38. Invited.

 “Pollyanna in the Ivory Tower 2000: The Rosy Future of English Departments from a Sessional’s Perspective.”  English Studies in Canada 26.3 (September 2000): 339- 346.  Invited.

“ACCUTE and the Media: Bosom Friends?”  ACCUTE Newsletter (June 2000): 37-39. Invited.

 

  • Selected Responses to my Research

Kokkola, Lydia.  Fictions of Adolescent Carnality: Sexy Sinners and Delinquent Deviants.  Amsterdam: John Benjamins, 2013: 129-131.

Devereux, Cecily.  “Anatomy of a National Icon: Anne of Green Gables and the ‘Bosom Friends’Affair” Making Avonlea.  Ed. Irene Gammel.  Toronto: U of Toronto P, 2002: 32-42.

White, Gavin.  “Falling out of the Haystack: L.M. Montgomery and Lesbian Desire.” CCL:  Canadian Children’s Literature 102/27.2 (2001): 43-59.

Spears, Tom.  “‘Outrageously sexual’ Anne was a lesbian, scholar insists.” Ottawa Citizen (25 May 2000): A3.

Nolan, Stephanie. “Does lesbianism underlie Anne of Green Gables?”  Globe and Mail (31 May 2000): A1.

Nickerson, Colin.  “Between the lines: Scholar Outs ‘Anne.’” Boston Globe (10 June 2000): A01.

 

  • Invited Talks

“The Canadian Home Front: L.M. Montgomery’s Reflections on the First World War.” North York Branch, Toronto Public Library, 27 January 2015.

“A Recipe for a War Story: Ontario County 1914-21.” L.M. Montgomery Day.  Leaskdale ON. 25 October 2014.

“The Canadian Home Front: L.M. Montgomery’s Reflections on the First World War.” Kingston Frontenac Public Library, Central Branch.  15 September 2014.

“L.M. Montgomery’s Great War: Home and the Masculine Ideal in Rilla of Ingleside.”  Department of English.  Lakehead University, Thunder Bay ON and teleconferenced with the Orilla campus.  April 2014.

“Out of Avonlea: Taking Anne Out of Order.”  Narrative, Repetition, and Texts for Young People: An International Symposium.  Winnipeg, MB.  June 2011. 

“Anne of Green Gables.”  Happy Bookers Book Club.  Loyalist Golf and Country Club.  Bath, ON.  May 2011.

“L.M. Montgomery, Friendship, and Sexuality.”  Food For Thought Series, sponsored by the French Studies Department, RMC.  February 2011.

“‘Sex matters’: L.M. Montgomery, Sexuality, and Friendship.”  Public lecture at Simon Fraser University, sponsored by Women’s Studies, the Department of English, and the Department of History, March 2010.

“Where the boys aren’t: Troublesome Gender in Contemporary Canadian Young Adult Fiction.” Public lecture at the University of Winnipeg, sponsored by The Centre for Research in Young People's Texts and Cultures, March 2009.

Keynote Panelist.  “L.M. Montgomery and Female Friendship.” International L.M.  Montgomery Conference.  Charlottetown, PEI, June 2008.

"The Voice of Sexual 'Vice': The Critical Reception of Lesbianism in Ann-Marie MacDonald's Fall on Your Knees and L.M. Montgomery's Anne of Green Gables. A public lecture sponsored by the MA in the Humanities Speakers Series, The Department of English, and Women's Studies. Laurentian University, 2002.

Classroom presentation to Donald Wright's Canadian Studies class. Canadian Studies: Brock University, 2001.

“A Lesbian Anne and Media Morality.”  Men and Silence: Kingston’s Men’s Conference. Kingston, 2000.

 

  • Conference Papers and Talks

Roundtable participant, “Bums in Seats: Declining English Enrollments.” Canadian Association of Chairs of English at the Association of Canadian College and University Teachers of English.  Ottawa, ON:  May 2015.

“‘quivering with responsive ardour’: L.M. Montgomery, the Ontario Years, and the Romantic Hero.”  Northeast Modern Language Association Convention. Toronto, ON: May 2015.

"Applying for a SSHRC Insight Grant." Northeast Modern Language Association Convention. Toronto, ON: May 2015.

“L.M. Montgomery’s Great War: The Home as Battleground in Rilla of Ingleside.”  Candian Literature of World War One International Conference.  University of Ottawa.  July 2014.

"Heroism and the Home Front: War and the Masculine Ideal in Louisa May Alcott's Little Women and L.M. Montgomery's Rilla of Ingleside."  L.M. Montgomery and War:  International L.M. Montgomery Conference.  Charlottetown PEI, June 2014.

"Heroism and the Home Front: War and the Masculine Ideal in Louisa May Alcott's Little Women and L.M. Montgomery's Rilla of Ingleside." War Memories: Commemoration,  Re-enactment, Writings of War in the English-speaking World (18th-21st centuries) International Conference. European University of Brittany—Rennes 2, France, June 2014.

“RMC as Metaphor: The Practicalization of Degrees, or How Not to Get Slaughtered in the Game of Thrones.”  Canadian Association of Chairs of English.  Brock University.  May 2014.

“L.M. Montgomery’s Return to War: Women Warriors in Rilla of Ingleside.”  British Association of Canadian Studies.  London, England.  April 2014

Roundtable participant.  English Departments @ the Edge, of What?  The Canadian Association of Chairs of English at the Association of Canadian College and University Teachers of English.  Victoria BC, June 2013.

“‘Sappho springing from the Leucadian rock’: Female Friendship in L.M. Montgomery’s Emily Series.”  Children’s Literature Association.  Boston MA, June 2012.

“Adopting Anne: A Social Work Perspective” (with Phil Burge). L.M. Montgomery and Cultural Memory: International L.M. Montgomery Conference.  Charlottetown, PEI, June 2012.                 

“‘a gift for friendship’: Female Attachments in Anne of the Island and The Blue Castle.”  L.M. Montgomery at Home in Leaskdale: a conference organized by the L.M. Montgomery Society of Ontario.  Leaskdale, ON, October 2011.

“Protesting the Backlash: Changing Friendship in L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of the Island and The Blue Castle.” Children’s Literature Association.  Roanoke, Virginia, June 2011.

“‘almost a man’s voice’: Revising Sexology in L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Windy Poplars.” ACCUTE.  Fredericton, NB, May 2011.

“‘The truth was always there’: Girls’ Stories Tradition in Ann-Marie MacDonald’s The Way the Crow Flies.”  Canadian Women’s Studies Association.  Fredericton, NB, May 2011.

 “Kindred Spirits: Natural Kinship Ties in L.M. Montgomery’s Writing.”  International L.M. Montgomery Conference.  Charlottetown, PEI, June 2010.

“Anne and her Ancesters: Self-Reflexivity from Yonge to Alcott to Montgomery.” International L.M. Montgomery Conference.  Charlottetown, PEI, June 2008.

“‘What does it matter to us?: War and Masculinity in Alcott’s Little Women and Montgomery’s Rilla of Ingleside.”  Children’s Literature Association Conference.  Newport News, VA,  June 2007.

“Transformation by the Looking Glass: Self-Reflexivity from Yonge to Alcott to Montgomery.” Children’s Literature Association Conference.  Los Angeles, June 2006.

“‘Outrageously sexual’ Anne: The Media and Montgomery.”  Storm and Dissonance: L.M. Montgomery Conference.  Charlottetown PEI, June 2006.

"Performing Tolerance, Manifesting Intolerance: Lesbians, Civil Rights, and the Body in Belinda's Bouquet."  Children’s Literature Association Conference.  Winnipeg, June 2005.

“Where the F-Word Meets The L-Word: Celebrating the Limits of Representation.” (with Sal Renshaw)  Midwest Modern Language Association.  St. Louis MI, 2004.

“Raising One’s Voice: Orality and Selfhood in Maxine Tynes’ Woman Talking Woman.” Surf’s Up: The Rising Tide of Atlantic Canadian Literature.  Acadia University, 2004.

“L.M. Montgomery and the Sexologists: Reconfiguring Women’s Same Sex Relationships.” L.M. Montgomery’s Interior/Exterior Landscapes: L.M. Montgomery International Symposium.  University of Prince Edward Island, June 2004.

“After the Sexologists: L.M. Montgomery’s Jane of Lantern Hill.”  Congress: ACCUTE. University of Manitoba, 2004.

"Maud and Isobel and the Invention of Heterosexuality." L.M. Montgomery and Life Writing: Fifth L.M. Montgomery International Symposium. University of Prince   Edward Island, 2002.


"Remodelling An Old-Fashioned Girl: Troubling Girlhood in Ann-Marie MacDonald's Fall On Your Knees." Congress: ACCUTE. Laval University, 2001.


“‘a modern evil’: Miscegenation in Ann-Marie MacDonald’s Fall on Your Knees.”  Two Days of Canada Conference: Fusion Culture.  Brock University, 2000.

“Bosom Friends: Lesbian Desire in Montgomery’s Anne Books.” Congress: ACCUTE. University of Alberta, 2000.

Participant, Professional Concerns Committee Panel III: The Future of English Departments. Congress: ACCUTE.  University of Alberta, 2000.

“Thomas King’s ‘Culture Vultures’: The Role of the Non-Native Academic in ‘One Good Story, That One’.”  Aboriginal Studies Symposium. Queen’s University, 1999.

“‘A born Canadian’: Community and the Individual in Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables and A Tangled Web.”  L.M. Montgomery and Canadian Culture Conference.  University of Prince Edward Island, 1996.


“Re-constructing Selfhood: Female Subjectivity in Alice Munro’s Lives of Girls and Women.”  The Poetics of the Self: The Art of Autobiography. University of New Brunswick, 1995.

 “‘Anne of Green Gables Never Change’: A Study of Montgomery and Sullivan’s Anne.”  Popular Culture Association Conference.  Philadelphia,1995.

 “Embracing Contradiction: The Subject and the Reader in Anne of Green Gables.”  The Child in Atlantic Literature and Culture Conference. Acadia University, 1994.

 “Subject and Object: Negotiation in Harlequin Romance.”  Cultural Studies in Canada Conference.  University of Toronto, 1994.

 

  • Creative Publications

“Ode to Judith Butler.”  Women’s Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal 40.3 (April 2011): 353.  Referreed Poem

 “Protesting the Free Trade Area.”  Entertext 7.2 (Winter 2007). http://arts.brunel.ac.uk/gate/entertext/issue_7_2.htm  Short Fiction

“The Burning Bush.”  Her Circle Ezine (Fall 2006) http://www.hercircleezine.com/archives/fall06/LauraRobinson.html  Short Fiction

 “Fighting Balkanization (In Bed).” Frontiers: A Journal of Women’s Studies.  25/2 (Fall 2004): 53-61.  Referreed Short Fiction.

"Lesbian Vacation." torquere: The Journal of the Canadian Gay and Lesbian Studies Association. 4-5 (2002-03): 158-66. Referreed Short Fiction.

“Knights in Shining Armour.” Wascana Review 35.1 (Spring 2000): 115-124. Short Fiction.

 

  • Book Reviews

Rev. of  Fictions of Adolescent Carnality: Sexy Sinners and Delinquent Deviants, by Lydia Kokkola.  Amsterdam: John Benjamins, 2013.  Bookbird: A Journal of International Children’s Literature (Winter 2014): forthcoming.

Rev. Home Words: Discourses of Children’s Literature in Canada, ed. Mavis Reimer.  Waterloo, ON: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2008.  The Journal of Children’s Literature Studies (July 2009): 110-12.

“Troubling Survival.” Review of Margaret Atwood’s Moral Disorder and The Cambridge Companion to Margaret Atwood for Canadian Literature 195 (Winter 2007): 151-53.

Rev. of The Selected Journals of L.M. Montgomery Vol 5, ed. Mary Rubio and Elizabeth Waterston, and Marion Engel: life in letters, ed. Christl Verduyn and Kathleen Garay.  Canadian Literature 189 (Summer 2006): 145-146.

Rev. of Making Avonlea, ed. Irene Gammel.  English Studies in Canada. 30.4 (December 2004):235-38.

 “The Natural.”  Rev. of  Holding Pattern, by Shane Rhodes, A Ruckus of Awkward Stacking, by  Matt Robinson, Wanting in Arabic, by Trish Salah, Birdheart, by Elana Wolff, and The Goddess in the Garden, by Carolyn Zonailo. Canadian Literature 182 (Autumn 2004):  167-69. 

Rev. of In a Queer Country, by Terry Goldie.  torquere: The Journal of the Canadian Gay and Lesbian Studies Association.  4-5 (2002-03): 219-222.

Rev. of Maybe Tomorrow, by Joan Weir and Rebecca, by Carol Matas. CCL: Canadian Children's Literature, 26.4/27.1 (Winter 2000, Spring 2001): 182.

Rev. of Daughter, by Ishbel Moore. CCL: Canadian Children’s Literature, 26.4/27.1 (Winter 2000, Spring 2001): 143.                                                                                       

Rev. of A Fly Named Alfred and A Beautiful Place on Yonge Street, by Don Trembath.  CCL: Canadian Children’s Literature. 25:4.96 (1999): 70-72.

Rev. of The 1996 L.M. Montgomery Symposium.  ARTSatlantic 14.4 (Fall/Winter 1996): 54.

Rev. of What Katy Read: Feminist Re-readings of Classic Stories for Girls, by Shirley Foster and Judy Simons.  English Literature in Transition, 1880-1920  39.3 (September 1996): 366-68.

Rev. of Capacious Hold-All: An Anthology of Englishwomen’s Diary Writings, by Harriet Blodgett, Ed. and The “Other” Eighteenth Century: English Women of Letters 1660-1800, by Robert W. Uphaus and Gretchen M. Foster, Eds.  English Studies 75.4 (July 1994): 390- 92.

Rev. of Toward a Feminist Theory of the State, by Catharine A. MacKinnon. Canadian Journal of Sociology 18.1 (1993): 103-05.

Rev. of The Corrigan Women, by M.T. Dohaney.  Atlantis 15.2 (1990): 98-100.

 

  • Short Reviews

Rev. of The Phantom Queen, by Ven Begamudre.  True Confessions of a Heartless Girl, by Martha Brooks.  A Singing Bird Will Come, by Karmel Schreyer.  Out of the Ashes, by Valerie Sherard.  Getting a Life, by Jocelyn Shipley. Ricky, by Eric Walters. 13: A Novel, by Mary-Lou Zeitoun. Canadian Book Review Annual, 2002: 477; 480; 514-15; 516; 524; 529.

Rev. of The Mary Poems, by Beryl Baigent; Rev. of Long Girl Leaning into the Wind, by Janet Fraser; Rev. of Improvising in the Dark, by Donna Langevin; Rev. of The Woman I Am, by Dorothy Livesay; Rev. of Some Late Adventures of the Feelings, by Mark Sinnett; Rev. of Restoring the Wickedness, by Eva Tihanyi; Rev. of Aritha van Herk: Essays on Her Works, by Christl Verduyn, editor.  Canadian Book Review Annual, 2001: 201-02; 208; 213; 214; 222; 225-26; 246.       

 

  • Work in Progress or in Press

Book Manuscripts

“Bosom Friends: L.M. Montgomery, Friendship, and Sexuality.”  Prospectus in development.

"L.M. Montgomery and Gender." Collection of essays.  Edited with E. Holly Pike.

Book Chapters

“The Ties that Bind: Kinship and Family in Anne’s House of Dreams and The Blue Castle.” L.M. Montgomery and the Matter of Nature.  Eds. Rita Bode and Jean Mitchell. Accepted by editors.

                

Service to the University

  • Governance

Dean of the School of Arts and Social Sciences. Grenfell Campus, Memorial University of Newfoundland.  2016- present.

Dean of Arts (Interim).  Royal Military College of Canada,  2015-2016.

Head, Department of English. Royal Military College of Canada.  2012-15.

Faculty Representative, RMCC Senate.  2012-15.

RMCC Academic Colleague, Council of Ontario Universities.  2012-15.

--Also elected to Government and Community Relations Committee

Elected Member, Queen’s University Council, 2011-16.

                  --Also elected to and chair of Special Committee on Council Engagement, 2014-16.

Member at Large. Canadian Military Colleges Faculty Association.  2006-2013. 

Member of Collective Bargaining Team. Canadian Military Colleges Faculty Association, 2007. 

Senate Representative, Board of Governors.  Nipissing University, 2004-06.

Grievance Officer.  Nipissing University Faculty Association, 2005.

Member at Large. Nipissing University Faculty Association, 2003-04.

 

  • University Service

MC for Faculty Retirement Dinner, April 2014.

Acting Chair, Prizes and Awards Committee.  Royal Military College, 2011-12.

Arts Representative, RMCC-CMR-SJ Curriculum Sub-committee. 2010-12.

Organizer, Faculty Dining In. 2012.

English Department Representative, Prizes and Awards Committee, 2006-12.

Co-organizer, public lecture.  Lara Campbell: “Dodging to Canada: Gender Politics, Draft  Dodgers and Citizenship in the Vietnam War.”  Royal Military College, March 2011.

Entertainment Committee.  Senior Staff Mess, 2010.

English Department Representative. Syllabus Committee, 2006-2011.

Department of Continuing Studies liaison.  Department of English, 2008-2009.

Dean of Arts Search Committee. Royal Military College, 2008.

MC for Young Memorial Dinner. Royal Military College, 2008.

Office of the Dean of Engineering Review Committee. Royal Military College, 2007-08.

Physics Head Search Committee. Royal Military College, 2006.

Faculty Participant, Ontario University Fair. For RMC, 2006, 2007; for Nipissing, 2002, 2003.

Chair, Scholarships Committee. Nipissing University Faculty Association, 2004-05.

Equity Committee.  Nipissing University Faculty Association, 2004-05.

International Women’s Week Committee.  Nipissing University, 2002-05.

Faculty Advisor/Participant, Women’s Centre.  Nipissing University, 2003-05.

Gender Equality & Social Justice Department Committee. Nipissing University, 2002-04.

Bilingualism Certificate Committee.  Nipissing University, 2002-05.

Chancellor’s Excellence in Teaching Award Committee.  Nipissing University, 2004.

Maclean’s Leaders of Tomorrow Committee.  Nipissing University, 2004.

Library Committee.  Senate: Nipissing University, 2003-04.

Educational Equity Committee. Senate: Queen’s University, 2001-02.

Cross-Faculty Teaching Forum, Executive Committee. Queen’s University, 2001-02.

 

  • Departmental Service

English Department Honours Enhancement Committee. 2010-12.

English 110 Coordinator, 2010-11.

Curriculum Committee, Department of English.  Royal Military College, 2007-2009.

English 200 Coordinator, 2006-07.

Webmaster, English Studies web pages.  Nipissing University, 2003-05.

Acting Chair (July).  English Studies Department: Nipissing University, 2003.

Social Committee.  English Studies Department: Nipissing University, 2002-03.

 

  • Hiring Committees

English Department Hiring Committees. Royal Military College of Canada.  (one) 2008, (two) 2010, (one) 2011. 

Literacy and Language Arts Hiring Committee.  Nipissing University, Faculty of Education. (three) 2005.

English Studies Department Hiring Committees.  Nipissing University. (five) 2003, (two) 2004, (one) 2005.

History Department Hiring Committee.  Nipissing University, 2004.

Gender Equality and Social Justice Hiring Committee.  Nipissing University, 2004.

 

Service to the Profession

  • Positions held in scholarly or professional societies

Member-at-Large. Association of Canadian College and University Teachers of English, 2015-18

Editorial Board. Bookbird: A Journal of International Children’s Literature.  2011-present.

Editorial Board. Jeunesse: Young People, Texts, Cultures.  2008- present.

Advisory Board, L.M. Montgomery Research Group.  2007-present.

Advisory Board, Songchild.  2007-present.

RMC representative, Canadian Association of Chairs of English.  2012-present.

RMC representative, Association of Canadian College and University Teachers of English, 2005- present.

Nipissing representative, Association of Canadian College and University Teachers of English, 2004-05.

 

  • Mentoring

Raine Story.  Loran Scholars Program.  2013-2017.

 

  • Peer Reviewing

Chair, Priestley Prize Committee (best article prize for journal English Studies in Canada), Association of Canadian College and University Teachers of English, 2016.

Priestley Prize Committee, Association of Canadian College and University Teachers of English, 2015.

Conference Proposal Committee: L.M. Montomgery and Gender, 2016; L.M. Montgomery and Cultural Memory, 2012; L.M. Montgomery and the Matter of Nature, 2010.

External Referee: application to promotion, Andrea McKenzie, York University, 2014; Sarah Winters, Nipissing University, 2009.

Peer Reviewer: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (2009, 2010, 2014), The Looking Glass, British Journal of Canadian Studies, Frontiers, Studies in Canadian Literature, Mosaic, Signs, American Review of Canadian Studies, Canadian Review of American Studies, English Studies in Canada, Canadian Literature, Journal of Canadian Studies, Canadian Children’s Literature, Bookbird, Jeunesse, Association of Canadian College and University Teachers of English (annual conference), Broadview Press.

Judge: Laura Jamieson Prize, Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women, 2004.

 

  • Present Memberships

Association of Canadian College and University Teachers of English

Association for Research in the Culture of Young People

Women’s and Gender Studies et recherches féministes, formerly Canadian Women’s Studies Association

Children’s Literature Association


Thesis Supervision, Examination, and Teaching

  • Supervision

MA thesis (War Studies).  Debra DeGagne. “Women Worth Fighting For”: Revaluing Gender and War in Rilla of Ingleside, successfully defended April 2012.

Fourth-Year Directed Reading: Roderick (Alex) Manderson.  2014-15.

Fourth-Year Directed Reading: Shona Couturier.  2012-13.

Fourth-Year Directed Reading: Kirk Sullivan.  2011-12.

Fourth-Year Directed Reading: Noelani Shore.  2008-09.

Fourth-Year Directed Reading: Danielle Scott.  2007-08.

Fourth-Year Directed Readings (two): Candice Dunn, Natasha Skidmore.  Royal Military College: Department of English, 2005-06.

Fourth-Year Directed Readings (two): Mitch Rivest, Sandra Bourne. Royal Military College: Department of English, 2001-02.
                 

  • Examination

Internal-External.  PhD (War Studies) Thesis Defense:  “The Constraints of Strategy: Lieutenant-Governor Sir George Prevost as Commander-in-Chief of British North America during the War of 1812, by John Grodzinski, 2010.

Internal-External.  MA (War Studies) Thesis Defense for Lawren Guldemond, 2007 (never went to defense).

Internal-External.  MA (War Studies) Thesis Defense:  “Fighters First: The Transition of the Royal Canadian Air Force, 1945-1952,”  by Major Pux Barnes.  Royal Military College, March, 2006.

 

  • Courses Taught

Royal Military College of Canada

Seminar in Advanced Professional Skills.  English 492.

Bridging the Two Solitudes/Rapprochement les deux solitudes : English and French Canadian Literature.  English (cross-listed with French) 356.  A course taught in both languages.

Contemporary Children’s Literature.  English 387.

Introduction to Children’s Literature.  English 385.

Gender and Literature.  English 314. Developed first an onsite course in 2000, then a DCS course in 2002.  Now two courses: English 403 and 405.

Reading the Contemporary World.  English 210, formerly, Cross-Currents of Thought in Twentieth-Century Literature.  English 200

French Canadian Literature & Culture.  English 120.  Department of Continuing Studies.

Introduction to Literary Studies and University Writing Skills.  English 100 or 110. 

 

Nipissing University

Honours Seminar: Girls’ Stories and Culture.  English 4686. 

Literary Theory and Criticism: Sexuality Studies.  English 4607

Studies in Children’s Literature.  English 2445. 

Gender, Literature, and Culture I and II.  English 2206/07. 

Introduction to English Studies.  English 1105.  (Team taught)

 

Queen’s University

Victorian Literature.  English 255/355. 

Contemporary Canadian Literature.  English 283. 

Women Writers 2.  English 265. 

Introduction to English Literature.  English 110. 

 

Service to the Community (Selected)

Board of Directors.  Martha’s Table (meals/services for the disadvantaged).  2013-present.

Board of Directors.  Kingston Interval House (women’s shelter), 2006-2009 & 2012-2013.

Co-Chair, Board of Directors.  Kingston Interval House, 2008-2009.

Actor in table reading of Lorne Shirinian’s play, “Monumental.” Curating Difficult Knowledge: an international conference.  Montreal: 2009

CORE Committee.  Kingston Pride, 2006-2007.

Actor, Vagina Monologues.  Nipissing University.  North Bay, 2004 and 2005.

Actor, The Laramie Project.  Gateway Theatre Guild.  North Bay, 2003.

 

Professional Development Courses

Performance Management for the Government of Canada. Public Service of Canada, 2016.

Senior University Administrators Course.  Centre for Higher Education Research and Development (CHERD, University of Manitoba).  Niagara-on-the-Lake ON, 2015.

Staffing Sub-Delegation.  Public Service of Canada, 2015.

Procurement.  Public Service of Canada, 2012.

Green Procurement. Public Service of Canada, 2012.

Contracting Direct with Trades.  Public Service of Canada, 2012

Managing Unionized Environments.  Industrial Relations Centre: Queen’s University, 2011.

Professional Development. Instructional Development Centre: Queen’s University, 2001.

Positive Space.  Student Affairs: Queen’s University, 2001.
Inclusive Teaching. Instructional Development Centre: Queen’s University, 2000.
 

Second Language Training and Level

Public Service Bilingualism Levels: C in Comprehension, B in Written, B in Oral French, Spring 2014.

One-on-One French Training.  Royal Military College, 2012-2016.

Intermediate Conversational French Course.  Francophone Centre: Queen’s University, 2012.

Intermediate Conversational French Course.  Francophone Centre: Queen’s University, 2006.

PhD requirement: translation abilities in French and German.