Category Archives: Faculty

How to play critically?


On Wednesday, May 9th, join UWaterloo English’s Dr. Aimée Morrison, UWaterloo English PhD alumnus Dr. Steve Wilcox, and Dr. Leah Zhang-Kennedy at The Museum in Kitchener, for “INTERACTION Dialogue: Learning Through Play.” The event is presented in partnership with UWaterloo Games Institute, founded and headed by English’s Dr. Neil Randall. According to the event page:

“Experts in digital media and game studies as the discussion covers the cultural, educational, social and political role of games and gameplay in our lives. Topics include digital literacy skills, creating and playing games critically, and learning through play.”

More information, including how to pre-register, is here. The event will be moderated by current UWaterloo English PhD student Betsy Brey.


Awards for faculty and grad students

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Congratulations to PhD students Rebecca Anderson and Devon Moriarty, who have both received awards from the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) to fund their dissertation research.  The awards are on the national level. Rebecca and Devon are also very active in the graduate student society (SAGE) serving as President and Vice-President, respectively. SSHRC.

In faculty news, Drs. Dorothy Hadfield, Linda Warley, and Aimée Morrison have won outstanding performance awards from the University of Waterloo. Congratulations to all!

Dr. John North: Fifty years at UWaterloo

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Today’s Daily Bulletin includes a piece on tonight’s annual reception welcoming new members of the UWaterloo community, where longstanding employees of our institution will also be recognized. This includes English’s Dr. John North, who has been in our department for fifty years now. At UWaterloo, Dr. North has won teaching awards, led the faculty association, and more. Notably, as the Bulletin tells us, “His own company, North Waterloo Academic Press, has published volumes by many scholars, as well as his own 69-volume Waterloo Directory of English Newspapers and Periodicals 1800-1900, reviewed as ‘the fourth great Humanities reference work of Great Britain, after Johnson’s English Dictionary, the Dictionary of National Biography and the Oxford English Dictionary.’” You can read the article for more information, or watch this video.

Award for Dr. Ashley Mehlenbacher


The spring awards announcements continue with news that Dr. Ashley Mehlenbacher has won the 2018 Distinguished Alumni Award from the Communication, Rhetoric, & Digital Media program at North Carolina State University. Congratulations!

Faculty in the news

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This could become a regular feature: faculty in the news. Perhaps you want to know why Dr. Aimeé Morrison told The Record that you have no secrets? Or what Dr. Marcel O’Gorman had to say in The Globe and Mail about a post-Google evangelist? Maybe you are interested in what standards a university should advance, in which case you might want to read what Dr. Kate Lawson had to say in The Record.

Award for Dr. Heather Smyth


We’d like to congratulate Dr. Heather Smyth, a 2018 recipient of the Arts Excellence in Teaching Award. Some of you may have had Dr. Smyth as a professor; others may know her through her extensive service work, as a past undergraduate chair of English, as part of the United Nation’s HeForShe initiative, or as Associate Chair of Arts First (you can read her recent report on ArtsFirst here). It’s an impressive roster, demonstrating Dr. Smyth’s dedication to students and student experience. Congratulations again!

Dr. Tolmie & The Art of Dying

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The Reading Series at St Jerome’s has an exciting bonus extra reading this term!

Dr. Sarah Tolmie of UWaterloo’s English Department will be reading for us, to celebrate the release of her new book, The Art of Dying.

Please join us Friday 23 March at 4:30 in SJ1 3027.

The reading is free and all are welcome. Please spread the word!

Sarah Tolmie is the author of the speculative fictions Two Travelers, NoFood and The Stone Boatmen, all published by Aqueduct Press to starred reviews in Publishers Weekly. Her first volume of poetry, Trio, was shortlisted for the Pat Lowther Award in 2016. Her second book of poems, The Art of Dying, has just been released by MQUP in 2018. A lifelong Le Guin fan, her elegy Ursula in The Underworld will appear in the forthcoming issue of On Spec. She teaches British literature and creative writing at UW as an Associate Professor.

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