I am Chair of First-Year Programs in the Faculty of Arts at UBC and an Instructor (tenure track) in the Department of English. I specialize in auto/biography and genre studies, which means I analyze how individuals to and groups represent their own and others’ experiences through different forms of life narrative. My current work looks at online auto/biography, for example, social networking, blogs, and other sites such as Pinterest and PostSecret, and considers how the interface of genre, technology, and culture shapes the ways individuals make meaning of experience; I am also working on a project that examines the archival turn in digital culture. In 2015, I co-edited Online Lives 2.0, a special issue of the journalBiography, with John Zuern. Currently I am co-editing, with Kate Douglas (Flinders), Teaching Lives, a special issue of the journal a/b: Auto/Biography Studies. I also contribute to the scholarship of teaching and learning, specializing in academic writing, the first-year experience, cohort learning, and student wellness and support. I have collaborated with Dr. Kathryn Grafton on several initiatives, funded by UBC’s Teaching and Learning Enhancement, Arts Learning and Teaching Strategy, and Dean’s Innovation Funds, to enhance collaborative and multidisciplinary learning and teaching in the Coordinated Arts Program.
Wednesdays: 2:00pm – 3:00pm
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