About Me

I am currently an Instructional Designer/Writing Specialist in Student Success Services (a.k.a. The Writing Centre) at MacEwan University. When I started teaching for Athabasca University I started taking graduate courses in distance education to learn how to create engaging and effective online learning. This combined with my extensive teaching experience helped me land an amazing job at MacEwan. I spend my days training our peer writing tutors, developing and delivering writing and student success related workshops, and designing online university-wide tutorials on writing, citing, and academic integrity. I also give presentations to student groups on academic integrity, time management, study skills, and writing habits.

_DSC8554I defended my PhD in December of 2014. My supervisor was Dr. Cressida J. Heyes, the Canada Research Chair in the Philosophy of Gender and Sexuality. My dissertation, entitled “Habits of Resistance: Feminism, Phenomenology, and Temporality” was the subject of an episode of CBC radio’s Ideas in February, 2015.

My main area of research is habit: how to change habits, how habits constitute our selves, and different methods of habit acquisition and change and how oppressive contexts inflect and frustrate these processes. My interests include but are not limited to ethics, political philosophy, literature, French philosophy, feminism, postmodern philosophy, psychoanalysis, modern and late modern philosophy, existentialism, and phenomenology.

I am originally from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan where I received a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy with High Honours and recognition in French (2005) and a Master’s of Arts degree (2007). I am currently pursuing a Graduate Certificate in Technology-based Learning from Athabasca University.

In 2010, I was awarded a graduate student teaching award for excellence in teaching from the faculty of arts at the University of Alberta. I taught in the department of Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of Alberta from 2009-2018. I taught philosophy at the University of Alberta from 2008-2018. I currently teach in political science, cultural studies, and women’s and gender studies at Athabasca University and philosophy at MacEwan.

My full CV is available here: CurriculumVitae 2019

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