Teaching and Mentoring
Post Doctoral Supervision (2014-2017)
One the past 3 years, I have supervised/mentored/worked with several outstanding post doctoral fellows:
- SSHRC Banting Post Doctoral Fellow, Supervisor of Robyn Lee (PhD York University) (2014-2016); Appointed to Assistant Professor in Social Theory, University of Alberta, 1 May 2014 -30 April 2016.
- SSHRC Banting Post Doctoral Fellow, Supervisor of Rachel Epstein, (PhD York University) (1 September 2015-30 August, 2017)
- CRC-Funded Post Doctoral Fellow, Lindsey McKay (PhD, Carleton University). (1 Feb 2015-June 30, 2017)
- SSHRC-Funded Postdoctoral Fellow, Lisa-Jo K. van den Scott (PhD, Northwestern University) (1 April 2015-30 March 2016): Appointed to Assistant Professor in northern sociology, Memorial University, May 2016.
- Leverhulme Postdoctoral Advisory Committee (Supervisor Ann Oakley) Katherine Twamley, Institute of Education, University of London, UK (Jan 1 2016-Dec 31, 2107);
Several maxims guide my graduate teaching and supervision approach.
- Study what you love and follow what keeps you awake at night.
- It is your journey, not mine; I am here to support and guide. I will push you to find your path and help you to see both the forest and the trees.
- Protect your writing time; it is gold. Write everyday if you can; writing is about building, crafting, reworking, polishing; it is much harder than you think it is. In my view, this is the line between those who complete their theses and those who do not. Have your peers read your work. Form a writing group. Get feedback early and often.
- For excellent tips on the PhD career, please see: Les Back (2002) “Dancing and Wrestling with Scholarship: Things to do and things to avoid in a PhD Career“, Sociological Research Online, vol. 7, no. 4.
STUDENTS that I have (had) the pleasure of ‘supervising’ and facilitating their academic journey:
Complete PHD Supervisions:
- Jihan Abbas (2014) “Invisible Bodies: Revealing the Unseen Contributions of Persons with Intellectual Disabilities.
- Tamy Superle (2012) “Pleasure and Fear in the City: Women’s Mobility in Urban Public Places.”
- Karen Foster (2011) “Relating to Work: Generation, Discourse and Social Change.” (Co-supervisor with Janet Siltanen). Appointed Canada Research Chair in Sustainable Rural Futures for Atlantic Canada and Assistant Professor, Sociology and Social Anthropology, Dalhousie University.
- Mike Graydon (2011) “(OUT)standing in Their Field: A Qualitative Study of Gays of Ottawa, 1971-1984.” Assistant Professor, Sociology, Algoma.
- Joanne Pocock (2009) “Social Economy and the Quiet Transformation of Voluntarism in Quebec’s Aging English-speaking Communities: A Mixed Methods Study of the Eastern Townships Region.” (Co-supervisor with Wallace Clement).
- Lynda Harling Stalker (2006), “Crafting Work: Class Analysis of Newfoundland Craftspeople.” (Co-supervisor with Janet Siltanen). Associate Professor, Sociology, St F X.
PhD Committees: Completed theses:
Emma Whalen, William Gotchall, Christian Caron; Lisa Smith; Dale Spencer; Sophie Tamas; Kelly Landon; Kevin Walby (all students at Carleton University); Wayne Miller (Wilfred Laurier University).
Completed MA Supervisions:
- Christine Ensslen, MA, Critical Sociology, With Care and Deliberation: Saskatchewan Teachers go to Work, Defended 3 June 2016
- Sara Viera (2013) (MA Critical Sociology, Brock).“You Know What I Mean?”- Language and Cultural Retention in Luso-Canadian Mothers in the Greater Toronto Area”.
- Elana Finestone (2011) (MA, Sociology, Carleton): “Just Trying to Avoid Doing It: Exploring Gendered Interpretations and Discussions of Sexual Assault Media Campaigns for Men on Campus.” Defended with distinction.
- Elisabeth Wilson (2010 (MA, Sociology, Carleton) Who will be Rocking the Cradle and When? Examining Gender Differences of How Young Women and Men Envision Becoming a Parent. Defended with distinction.
- Esther Baum (2009) (MA, Sociology): “Prenatal Genetic Testing.” Defended with distinction.
- Sylvie Polk (2009) (MA, Sociology): “Jobs on the Line: Closing Down the Smith Falls Hershey Chocolate Factory.”
- Jill Bucklaschuk (2007) (MA, Sociology): “Women Doing Gender Down on the Farm: Rural Ideology, Hard Work, and Being Less Feminine and Less Masculine.”
- Aimee Campeau (2006) (MA, Sociology): “Cultivating Gendered Underdeveloped Subjectivities: Tracing the Constitutions of Girlhoods within Mainstream Development Discourse.”
- Jen Budney (2003) (MA, Anthropology, co-supervised with Valda Blundell): “Hiding the Real Under the Formal: The Secret Power of Whiteness in Brazilian Contemporary Art.” Defended with distinction.
- Kelly McDonald (2003) (MA, Sociology, co-supervised with Janet Siltanen): “Childcare Policy and the Division of Paid and Unpaid Labour in Quebec and Canada.”
- Mary Ann Jenkins (2002) (MA, Canadian Studies): “An Evaluation of the LEAP Program for Single Mothers in Ontario.”
- Sarah Marceau (2000) (MA, Sociology): “The Feminist Stay-at-Home Mother: Contradiction or Utopia?”
Over the past two decades, I have taught a variety of university courses, including undergraduate courses in gender, work and families, care work, masculinities, and qualitative methods and graduate courses in qualitative methodologies, gender and sexuality, gender and international development, narrative and knowing, feminist approaches to methodologies and epistemologies, and narrative analysis.
My teaching philosophy is one that incorporates: participatory pedagogy; learning through building on personal experience and biography; visual technologies; the use of creative medium for grounding and exploring theoretical concepts (such as fiction and popular films); and critical thinking skills. I see myself, first and foremost, as a facilitator of students’ own personal, critical, and creative learning processes. I have a background in participatory research, and was fortunate to train with an international innovator in participatory research methods, Dr. Lyra Syrinavasan, while working with the United Nations Development program. Much of my teaching philosophy comes from that approach.