Assistant Professor of English
Office: Brock Hall 3127
BA in English, Burman University (Canadian University
MA, University of Toronto
Ph.D. in English Literature, University of Edinburgh
I was raised in Alberta, Canada, where I also completed my undergraduate studies in English. Upon completing my M.A. degree, I was employed as a Teaching and Research Assistant, before accepting contract teaching positions at Burman University and Red Deer College. The daily engagement with students in the creative, dynamic learning environment of the classroom inspired me to enrol for my doctorate. During my Ph.D. in English Literature at the University of Edinburgh, my research focused on contemporary Scottish literature and theories of memory and post-nationalism. While working as a Postgraduate Tutor in Scottish and English literature, I completed my doctoral thesis Forms of Memory in Late Twentieth and Twenty-first Century Scottish Fiction and was shortlisted for the G. Ross Roy Medal for Excellence in Postgraduate Study in Scottish Literature. Following graduation in 2011, I accepted a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, where I worked as Research Officer for Scotland's Transatlantic Relations (STAR) Project. I also served as Co-Director of the Scottish Universities' International Summer School (SUISS) and remain an advocate for international education. I taught and lectured for several institutions, including Red Deer College, Burman University, the University of Edinburgh, SUISS, and Arcadia University, before accepting the position of Assistant Professor of English at Southern Adventist University in January 2015.
Having studied in Canada, England, and Scotland, my educational wanderlust extends beyond literature. I enjoy working with students who are not only in the English Department, but also those who are in the Southern Scholars program and across the university campus. In my free time, I love to travel and engage in all forms of music, both playing and listening.