SECONDARY SCHOOLS: 1970-74: King Edward VII School
Johannesburg, South Africa
(Prefect; Scholar; Colours for Theatre)
UNIVERSITIES: 1975-77: B.A. (English; Legal Theory and Institutions)
University of the Witwatersrand
Johannesburg, South Africa
1978: B.A. Hons. (English)
University of the Witwatersrand
1979-80: M.A. (English)
University of Western Ontario
1980-85: Ph.D. (English)
University of Western Ontario
DISTINCTIONS, HONOURS, FELLOWSHIPS AND SCHOLARSHIPS WITH DATES: Senior Bursary, University of the Witwatersrand, 1978
Freda Lawenski Scholarship Fund Grant, University of the Witwatersrand, 1978
Human Sciences Research Council of South Africa, Scholarship, 1978
Special University Scholarships, University of Western Ontario, 1979-82
Ontario Graduate Scholarship, 1981-82
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Doctoral Fellowships, 1983-84 and 1982-83
Queen Elizabeth II Ontario Scholarship, 1984-85
The John Charles Polanyi Prize for Literature, 1988
Shortlist, The Raymond-Klibansky Book Prize in English, Canadian Federation for the Humanities,1995.
UWO University Students Council Teaching Roll of Honour, 1995-96
The Robin H. Farquhar Award for Excellence in Contributing to Self-Governance, The University of Winnipeg, 2004. [Award commemorates a former President of the University who valued the self-governance activities of faculty and staff to the highest degree. Conferred extraordinarily upon Patrick Deane for his services as Acting President of the University, January 2003 to May 2004].
Honorary Life Member, The Alma Mater Society of Queen’s University. Conferred March 2010. [Patrick Deane was the 25th person to receive this honour since the Alma Mater Society was established as the Student Government of Queen’s University in 1858.]
Honorary Member, The Golden Key International Honour Society, November 2010.
Honorary Member, The McMaster Alumni Association. Conferred June 2011.
The Rudy Heinzl Award of Excellence [In Recognition of Outstanding Contribution to the Quality of Student Life in 2011-12], McMaster Students Union, 2012.
Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, 2012.
100th Convocation Award, The University of Winnipeg, 2013.
PREVIOUS UNIVERSITY EMPLOYMENT AND OTHER TEACHING EXPERIENCE University of the Witwatersrand, Senior Bursar, 1978
University of Western Ontario, Teaching Assistant, 1979-83
University of Western Ontario, Assistant Professor, 1988-1994
University of Western Ontario, Associate Professor, 1994-2001 (tenure conferred 1 July 1993)
University of Winnipeg, Professor of English, 2001-2005
Queen’s University, Professor of English Language and Literature, 2005-2010
PREVIOUS ACADEMIC ADMINISTRATIVE APPOINTMENTS: The University of Western Ontario:
Vice-Chair, Department of English, 1 July 1993 to 30 June 1995
Chair, Department of English, 1 July 1997 to 30 June 2001
The University of Winnipeg:
Senior University Officer, Inter-Universities North (IUN), Manitoba. 1 January 2002 – 31 December 2004.
(Before the establishment of the University of the North, IUN was a consortium, consisting of The University of Manitoba, The University of Winnipeg, and Brandon University, which delivered university credit courses and programs on-site in Northern Communities. The Senior University Officer [SUO] was the senior administrator and Chair of the Program Executive Committee).
President, University of Winnipeg Educational Housing Corporation (UWEHC), 2003-4.
Vice-President (Academic), 1 July 2001 – 30 June 2005
Acting President and Vice-Chancellor, 1 January 2003 - 30 April 2004
Provost, 1 May 2004 – 30 June 2005*
[*By resolution on 3 November 2003, The Board of Regents created the position of Provost and combined it with that of Vice-President (Academic)]
PRESENT ACADEMIC APPOINTMENT AT McMASTER UNIVERSITY: Professor of English and Cultural Studies
PRESENT ACADEMIC ADMINISTRATIVE APPOINTMENT AT McMASTER UNIVERSITY: President and Vice-Chancellor
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Senior University Administrators Course (SUAC), Centre for Higher Education Research and Development, Banff Centre, Banff, Alberta, June 2003.
AUCC/CHERD Program for University Presidents, Langdon Hall, 2010.
MEMBERSHIP IN ACADEMIC OR PROFESSIONAL SOCIETIES Past:
Modern Language Association (MLA)
Canadian Association for Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies (CACLALS)
Conference on Christianity and Literature
Canadian Association of Chairs of English (CACE), 1997-2001
Council of Presidents of Universities of Manitoba (COPUM), 2003-4 (Vice-Chair, 2004).
Council of Western Canadian University Presidents (COWCUP), 2003-4.
Western Vice-Presidents Academic (WESTVAC), 2001-2005
National Association of Vice-Presidents Academic (NATVAC), 2001 - 2010
Ontario Council of Academic Vice-Presidents (OCAV), 2005 – 2010 (see details below).
International Association of University Professors of English (IAUPE), elected to membership, 2009.
International Association of University Presidents (IAUP)
Teaching Experience GENERAL AREA(S) OF ACADEMIC SPECIALIZATION: Twentieth-Century British Literature and Culture
South African Literature and Culture
Literature and Society/Politics
Criticism and Theory
Higher Education Policy
COURSES TAUGHT: University of the Witwatersrand (1978): Tutor to First-Year students
University of Western Ontario (1979-1986):
Forms of Drama, Film Comedy and Film Genres, General Introduction to Literature & Composition, Contemporary Literature, Composition, Public Speaking
University of Toronto (1986-88): Fiction 1900-1960, American Literature, Major Forms of English Literature, Effective Writing (at University College, New College, and St. Michael=s College)
Woodsworth College Summer School: American Literature (Summer 1987)
University of Western Ontario (1988-2001):
English 100E - Introduction to Poetry
English 270E - Modern Literature, 1890-1945
English 283E - Literature of the United States From 1865
Film 154E - Film Comedy and Film Genres
English 204F - Poetry and Prosody
English 455F - British Poetry Since 1960 (Fourth-year seminar)
English 254E - Twentieth-Century British Literature
English 022E - (Advanced) General Literature and Composition
English 455G - English Literature and Politics in the 1930s (Fourth-year seminar)
English 020E - General Literature and Composition (300 students; 8 teaching assistants)
English 258E - Contemporary Poetry
English 774B - British Poetry Since 1960 (Graduate Reading Course)
English 711 - Recent Poetry from Britain, Australia, and New Zealand (Graduate Reading Course)
English 513 - South African Prose in English: Texts and Contexts (Graduate Reading Course)
English 777B - Religion as Ideology: Studies in Modern Poetry
English 573 - Neo-Augustanism in Modern Poetry
English 507B - Twentieth Century South African Fiction (Graduate Reading Course)
English 575A - Readings in British Poetry Since 1945
English 770B - Religion as Ideology: Readings in 20th Century Poetry (Graduate Reading Course)
English 771 - George Orwell and the British Left (Graduate Reading Course)
English 574 - English Literature and Politics in the 1930s
English 579B - Scenes from the Class War in Twentieth-Century Britain
University of Winnipeg (2001-2005):
Film Comedy (Mini-Enrichment Course, 2002)
British and Irish Literature, 1910-1945 (17.3222/6)
British and Irish Literature, 1945-2000 (17.4292/6) Honours seminar
THESIS SUPERVISION: Undergraduate “Dylan Thomas and the Genesis Myth.” A.H. Richtersmith (1993, B.A.)
“Communion and Remains.” Creative Writing. Peter Darbyshire (1995, B.A.)
“The Christian Context of Stephen Dedalus: Dialectical Structures in James Joyce’s A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man.” Glen R. Gill (1995, B.A.) [Second Reader]
“Moses Stood Before the Red Sea Crying.” Creative Writing. Jillian Horton (1995, B.A.) [Second Reader]
“Re-Spinning the Sailor’s Yarn: Literature, Empire, and the Post-Colonial Intertext.” Christine McCullough (1997, B.A.)
“The Poetic Image in Alfred Lord Tennyson and T.S. Eliot: Links Between Victorian and Modern Poetics.” Joe Ruscica (2000, B.A.) [Second Reader]
“In Her Voice: Women’s Autobiographical Writing of the First World War.” Elizabeth Youdan (2000, B.A.)
“W.B. Yeats’s The Tower and A Vision: The Balance Between Prose and Poetry.” Brian Dunphy (2000, B.A.)
Graduate Terence P. Brown, "Language and History in G.M. Hopkins' The Wreck of the Deutschland and David Jones' The Anathemata." M.A. (Incomplete). Chief Supervisor.
John K. Rupert, "Jack Kerouac's Dynamic Narrative: A Formal Analysis of Dr. Sax and The Subterraneans." M.A. conferred Spring 1991.
Marion M. Parsons, "Touch Monkeys: Nonsense Strategies for Reading Twentieth Century Poetry." Ph.D. conferred Fall 1991. [Winner of SSHRCC Postdoctoral Fellowship, 1992-94.]
Kevin McGuirk, "Lyric Trials: Lyric and Questioning of Lyric in Five Postmodern Poets--A.R. Ammons, John Ashbery, Seamus Heaney, W.S. Merwin, and Adrienne Rich." Ph.D. (accepted September 1993). Chief Supervisor.
Gyllian Phillips, "A Richer Burden of Suggestion: the presence of Wagner's Parsifal in Virginia Woolf's The Waves." M.A. (accepted September 1992).
Karen Sumner, "`Nothing's Over, Ever': Undecidability in the Fiction of Anita Desai." M.A. (accepted September 1992).
Noel Peacock, "`Rioting Decently': Fictional Representations of Anarchism in British Fiction, 1880-1914." Ph.D. (accepted September 1994).
Jim Horton, "Free Will and Ideology in Dos Passos, O'Connor and Pynchon." Ph.D. (accepted December 1994).
Craig Burnett, "Play, Irony and Humour in the Poetry of John Ashbery." M.A. Chief Supervisor
(accepted December 1993).
Stephanie Zufle, "Illustration and the Poetry of Stevie Smith." M.A. (Incomplete). Chief Supervisor.
Katharine Taggart, "Multiple Voices in the Fiction of Toni Morrison and Gloria Naylor." M.A. (Incomplete).
Caroline Sin, "Constructions of Racial Identity in Joy Kogawa and Evelyn Lau," M.A. (accepted September 1994).
Karen Sumner, “Luminous Ex-Isles: White Creole Women Novelists of the Caribbean.” Ph.D. (accepted January 1998).
Hoi Cheu, “The Zen of Finnegans Wake”. Ph.D. (accepted September 1997).
Jillian Horton, “Amelia Earhart: A Development in Poetry of the Last Flight.” M.A. (accepted Summer 1997).
Jacqueline Mottl, “In-between the designations of identity: Hybridity in Three Novels of Bessie Head.” M.A. (In progress as of 2001). Chief Supervisor.
Alison Kenzie, “Political Literature, Literary Politics: A Study of Milan Kundera and André Brink.” Ph.D. (accepted September 1998).
Kimberley Fortin, “Literature and the Law, 1918-1939." M.A. Comparative Literature (Handed over to a colleague when I left UWO, now complete).
Jeff Klassen, “Reactionary Modernism and the Fecundity of T.S. Eliot’s The Waste Land.” M.A. (Handed over to a colleague when I left UWO; now complete).
Post-Doctoral Advisor: Dr. M. Parsons (SSHRCC Post-Doctoral Fellow for a book on Louis Zukofsky's A).
Craig Smith, “Bystander Narratives:The Fiction of J.M. Coetzee and the Holocaust.” Ph.D. (Queen’s University; accepted September 2011). Co-supervisor.
Caitlin Eliasson. “Education in Pause.” M.A. Major Research Project (McMaster University; August 2015).
THESES EXAMINED AT U.W.O.: Lorraine C. DiCicco, "Wallace Stevens and the Long Poem: Constructing a New Stage." Ph.D. 1989.
Noel Patrick Peacock, "Colonial Discourse in Joseph Conrad, Graham Greene and J.M. Coetzee." M.A. 1989.
Brian L. Greenspan, "Postmodern Apocrypha: Calvino and Nabokov Reproduced." M.A. 1990.
Ann M. Mayer, "Adam Naming, Aesop Fabling: Artists in Dylan Thomas's Prose." Ph.D. 1991.
Dorothy M. Nielsen, "The Mystical/Political Poetry of Denise Levertov." Ph.D. 1991.
Craig Monk,"Inter-war Foreign Policy and the American Novel: Isolationist Thought in the Novels of F. Scott Fitzgerald." M.A. 1993.
Tanis Browning-Shelp,"`Absorbed in the Fitting Together of Pieces': Phyllis Webb's Use of Form in Even Your Right Eye, The Sea is Also a Garden and Wilson's Bowl." M.A. 1993.
Susan Braley, "Virginia Woolf as Subject in Biography and Autobiography." Ph.D. 1994.
Romayne Fullerton, “Sexing the Fairy Tale: Borrowed Monsters and Postmodern Fantasies.” Ph.D. 1996.
Jonathan Boulter, “The Impossible Voice: Hermeneutics and Narrative in Samuel Beckett’s Novels.” Ph.D. 1996.
Lynn Wells, “Allegories of Telling: Self-Referential Narrative in Contemporary British Fiction.” Ph.D. 1997.
Peter Jaeger, “ABC of Reading TRG: Steve McCaffery, bpnichol, and Critical Desire.” Ph.D. 1997.
Ellen Painter-Zykmund, “Nation, Nationalism and National Identity in E. M. Forster and Thomas Mann.” M.A. (Comparative Literature), 1999. Extra-departmental examiner.
Hui Luo, “Ezra Pound, Confucius, and the Art of Interpretation.” MA (Comparative Literature), January 2000. Extra-departmental examiner.
Sarah Caskey, “Open Secrets: Ambiguity and Irresolution in the Australian, New Zealand, and Canadian Short Story.” Ph.D. 2000.
Shu Jiang Lu, “Rereading the Past and Reshaping the Future: Narrative Texts by Asian North American Women Writers.” Ph.D. 2001.
Grants, Consultantships & Publication
RESEARCH GRANTS: Canadian Federation for the Humanities, Aid to Scholarly Publishing Grant, for At Home in Time (April 1993, $6,923.00)
Faculty of Arts and Foundation Western, for At Home in Time (1993, Subvention of $2,000.00)
U.W.O. Vice-President’s Special Research Grant, for At Home in Time, (April 1994, $1,966.00)
Faculty of Arts Grant (for research travel & conference): $900.00, 1995.
Faculty of Arts Grant (awarded but not used), $900.00, 1994
SSHRC (Internal) Research Grant (1995-6, $4,000.00): “W.H. Auden and the Just City.”
SSHRC (National) Standard Research Grant (1997-2000, $18,054.00): Literature, Culture and Politics in Britain in the 1930s.
SSHRC Conference Travel Grant (1998; $1200.00): Meeting of the North American Conference on British Studies, Colorado October 1998.
CONSULTANTSHIPS: Co-author, Handbook for Effective Writing Instructors, Department of English, University of Toronto, 1987
Referee for The Canadian Review of American Studies, January 1991.
Editorial Board, Arachne: Papers of the Language and Literature Seminars at Laurentian,
1992- 1993. Referee 1998.
Referee for Ariel: A Review of International English Literature. March 1993, 1996, and 1999.
Assessor for Tenure and Promotion (Jeffery Donaldson), Dept. of English, McMaster University, 1994.
Referee for Contemporary Literature, September 1995 and January 1999.
Assessor for Killam Junior Award for Research (J.X. Cooper), University of British Columbia, 1997.
External Examiner, Ph.D., (Carol Ann Tattersall), University of Toronto, January 1998.
Assessor for Research Grants (Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada), 1998 [for a project on Ezra Pound and Modernism]; and 1999 [for a major project on David Jones].
Referee for Florilegium, December 1997/ January 1998
Assessor for University of Utah New Faculty Research Grant Program (Kristine Miller), January 1998.
Assessor for Tenure and Promotion, Dept. Of English, University of Windsor, April 1998.
Member of the founding Editorial Board, Precursors and Aftermaths: Literatures in English, 1914-1945. (A new international journal based at Fort Hays State University, Kansas). May 1998-2000.
Chief Editor, Precursors and Aftermaths: Literature in English 1914-1945. June 2000-September 2002.
Referee for Papers on Language and Literature, June 1999, for an essay on W. H. Auden’s New Year Letter.
Co-ordinator, third annual conference of The Space Between, “Constructing literature and Culture, 1914-1945.” University College, University of Western Ontario, May 2000. [Approximately seventy papers, plus two plenaries. A three-day conference with more than eighty delegates from seven countries]
Assessor for McCalla Research Professorship, University of Alberta, December 1999. [Bert Lynn Almon: “From Family Saga to Family Romance: Studies in Autobiography.”]
Assessor for Promotion to Full Professor (John Cooper), University of British Columbia, 2000
Assessor for Promotion to Associate Professor and Tenure (Christina Hauck), Kansas State University, 2000
Assessor for Tenure and Promotion (Anthony Stewart), Dalhousie University, 2000.
External Examiner for Ph.D. (Robert Hemmings), University of Toronto, 2002.
Assessor for Promotion to Associate Professor and Tenure (Kristine Miller), Utah State University, 2002.
Assessor, Aid to Scholarly Publications Programme, The Humanities and Social Science Federation of Canada, Manuscript by R.H. Granofsky, D.H. Lawrence and Survival: Darwinism in the Fiction of the Transitional Period. January 2002.
Assessor, Aid to Scholarly Publications Programme, The Humanities and Social Science Federation of Canada, Manuscript by A.T. Tolley, British Literary Periodicals of World War II and Aftermath: A Critical History. November-December 2004.
Referee for Mosaic, for an essay on David Jones. 2002 and 2006.
Assessor for Tenure and promotion to Associate Professor (Shu-Jiang Lu), University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg, 2006.
Assessor, book manuscript, for the University of Edinburgh Press, 2007.
External Examiner, Ph.D. (Douglas Brown), University of Montreal, 2007.
Assessor for Promotion to Full Professor (George M. Johnson), Thompson Rivers University, 2009.
Selection Committee for Distinguished University Professorships, University of Manitoba, 2014 -
BOOKS AND PARTS OF BOOKS PUBLISHED: "David Jones." In The Arthurian Encyclopedia. Ed. Norris J. Lacy. New York: Garland, 1985.
Reprinted in The New Arthurian Encyclopedia (Garland, 1991): 253.
"The Text as 'Valid Matter': Language and Style in The Anathemata." In David Jones: Man and Poet. Ed. John Matthias. Orono, Maine: The National Poetry Foundation, 1989. pp. 307-329.
"W.H. Auden." The Johns Hopkins Guide to Literary Theory and Criticism, ed. Martin Kreiswirth and Michael Groden. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1994. pp. 53-55. Refereed.
“The Unmanageable Bone: Language in R.S. Thomas’s Poetry.” Miraculous Simplicity. Ed. William V. Davis. Fayetteville: University of Arkansas Press, 1993. 200-224 (Reprint of 1990 article--see below).
At Home in Time: Forms of Neo-Augustanism in Modern English Poetry. Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 1994. 256 pp. Shortlisted for the Raymond-Klibansky Book Prize in English (Canadian Federation for the Humanities), 1995.
History in Our Hands: A Critical Anthology of Writings on Literature, Culture, and Politics from the 1930s. Edited by Patrick Deane. London and New York: Leicester University Press, September 1998. 407pp. HB and PB. Besides research and selection, the editor’s work includes an Introduction of 15 pages, 45 shorter introductory notes, elaborate footnotes and cross-referencing, a detailed and extensive bibliography, index.
“Ultramarine, the Class War, and British Travel Writing in the 1930s.” A Darkness that Murmured: Essays on Malcolm Lowry. Ed. Frederick Asals and Paul Tiessen. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2000. 119-127.
“Building the Just City now: Exchanges between English Literature, Socialism, and Christianity in the 1930s.” And in Our Time (essays on the 1930s) ed. Antony Shuttleworth. Lewisburg: Bucknell University Press, 2003. 21-44.
“Auden’s England.” The Cambridge Companion to W.H. Auden. Ed. Stan Smith. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004. 25-38.
“Higher Education and the End(s) of Time.” The Public Intellectual and the Culture of Hope. Ed. Joel Faflak and Jason Haslam. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2013. 268-274.
“The Movement: Poetry and the Reading Public.” The Cambridge Companion to British Poetry Since 1945. Ed. Edward Larrissy. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, due 2015-2016.
ARTICLES PUBLISHED: "The Fate of Narrative in David Jones's Anathemata," University of Toronto Quarterly, 57:2 (Winter 1987/8): 306-320. Refereed journal. [Cited as "An important article" in The Year's Work in English Studies 68 (1987): 542.]
"A Line of Complicity: Baudelaire--T.S. Eliot--Adrienne Rich," The Canadian Review of American Studies, 18:4 (Winter 1987): 463-481. Refereed journal.
"The Unmanageable Bone: Language in R.S. Thomas's Poetry," Renascence 42.4 (Summer 1990): 213-236. Refereed journal. Reprinted in Miraculous Simplicity: Essays on R.S. Thomas. Ed. William V. Davis. Fayetteville: University of Arkansas Press, 1993. 200-224. (see above)
"`Within a field that never closes': The Reader in W.H. Auden's `New Year Letter.'" Contemporary Literature, 32.2 (Summer 1991): 171-193. Refereed journal.
"A.D. Hope, T.S. Eliot, and the `Counter-Revolution' in Modern Poetry." Australian and New Zealand Studies in Canada 5 (Summer 1991): 97-114. Refereed journal.
"Justified Radicalism: A.R. Ammons with a Glance at John Cage." Papers on Language and Literature. 28.2 (Spring 1992): 206-222. Refereed journal.
"Rhetoric and Affect: Eliot's Classicism, Pound's Symbolism, and the Drafts of The Waste Land." Journal of Modern Literature, 18.1 (Fall/Winter 1991): 77-93. Refereed.
"`The Occasion and Contexture of Speech' in Contemporary British Poetry." Contemporary Literature. 35.2 (Spring 1994): 343-364. Refereed.
"David Jones, T.S. Eliot, and the Modernist Unfinished." Renascence 47.2 (Winter 1995): 75-88. Refereed journal.
“David Jones: Poet of the Thirties.” The Chesterton Review 23.1 and 2 (February and May 1997): 147-155.
“British Poetry Since 1950: Recent Criticism, and the Laureateship.” Invited Review Essay. Contemporary Literature 40.3 (Fall 1999): 491-506.
“Basil Bunting.” Ezra Pound Encyclopedia. Ed. Demetres Tryphonopoulos and Stephen J. Adams. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 2005.
BOOK REVIEWS: "Eden in America and Elsewhere." Review of Notes from New York and Other Poems by Charles Tomlinson. Brick 22 (Fall, 1984): 30-32.
Review of The World as Event: The Poetry of Charles Tomlinson by Brian John. University of Toronto Quarterly, 60:1 (Fall 1990): 136-138. Refereed journal.
Review of A.D. Hope by Kevin Hart. Australian and New Zealand Studies in Canada 11 (June 1994): 113-116.
Review of David Jones: Artist and Poet. Ed. Paul Hills. University of Toronto Quarterly 67.2 (Spring 1998): 632-637.
Review of George Orwell: English Rebel by Robert Colls. Russell: The Journal of Bertrand Russell Studies, n.s. 35:1 (Summer 2015): 79-82.
PAPERS READ: "`Realizing Sensation': Cézanne and Some Twentieth-Century Writers." Graduate English Speakers Series, U.W.O., November, 1980.
"`Among Prolegomena to Future Forms': The Anathemata and the Question of David Jones's Modernism." Department of English Colloquium Series, U.W.O., January, 1984.
"`Teeth Broken on the Unmanageable Bone of Language': R.S. Thomas in His Later Poems." Department of English Colloquium Series, U.W.O., March, 1986.
"`Leave Structure to the Maker and praise by functioning': Reading A.R. Ammons's Tape for the Turn of the Year." Symposium Nine: "Our Post-Modern Heritage." University College, Toronto, January, 1987.
"`But when is when?': David Jones's Anathemata and the Failure of Narrative." ACUTE Convention, Learned Societies Conference, McMaster University, Hamilton, May, 1987.
"Poetry and Drama: Problems of the Long Poem in David Jones and T.S. Eliot." T.S. Eliot Centennial Conference, University of Maine at Orono, August, 1988. Invited.
"Prologue to a Study of Ideology and Form in the Modern Long Poem." Department of English Colloquium Series, U.W.O., March, 1989.
"`Within a field that never closes': The Reader in W.H. Auden's New Year Letter." Department of English Colloquium Series, U.W.O., March, 1990.
"The Classicism of T.S. Eliot." ACUTE Convention, Learned Societies Conference, University of Victoria, May, 1990.
"`The Occasion and Contexture of Speech` in Contemporary British Poetry." Department of English Colloquium Series, U.W.O., December, 1992.
"David Jones's In Parenthesis: Modern Warfare and the Heroic Tradition." Heroic Poetry: A Conference in Honour of C.B. Hieatt, Windermere Manor, U.W.O., March, 1993.
“David Jones: Poet of the Thirties.” Annual Convention of the Modern Language Association of America, Chicago, 29 December, 1995.
“Ultramarine, the Class War, and British Travel Writing in the 1930s.” 1997 International Malcolm Lowry Symposium, University of Toronto, June 11-15, 1997.
“Lunatics, Leavises and Liberals: Culture Party Politics in the 1930s.” Conference on “The Space Between: Precursors and Aftermaths, 1915-1945,” University of Nevada, Reno, October 2-4 1997.
“My private battle with my nerves: John Cornford, Margot Heinemann, and the Fight Against Fascism.” The North American Conference on British Studies, Colorado Springs, October 1998.
“For the Sake of the Fact: The Documentary Impulse in British Culture During the Thirties.” Conference on Border Crossings: Refiguring Culture and Literature in the Space Between, 1914-1945, New Paltz, N.Y., October 1998.
“Orwell and the New Left.” Space Between Conference, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, May 2001.
WORK IN PROGRESS: Book-length study: W. H. Auden and the Just City: Origins and Metamorphoses of a Political Myth. Long-term project, at the research stage.
SELECTED PROFESSIONAL TALKS, SEMINARS, ETC. “Ethics and geopolitics in HE Internationalization.” Panel presentation. British Council Going Global Conference 2012. Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre, London. 15 March 2012.
“Academic Freedom and Institutional Autonomy.” Panel presentation. Harry Crowe Foundation Conference on The Limits of Academic Freedom. Toronto. 1 February 2013.
IAU/EAIE Executive Programme and Seminar, 25th Anniversary Conference of the European Association for International Education (EAIE), Istanbul, 2013. Participation by invitation only.
University of Toronto: Principal's Appointee, Innis College Council, 1987-1988 (John Browne, Principal)
Vice-President, The Graduate English Society, 1980-1981
President, The Graduate English Society, 1981-1982
Department: Member, Writing Program Committee, 1985-1986 (B. Lundgren, Chair)
Member, Committee on Undergraduate Studies, 1989-1991 (J.D. Kneale, Chair)
Member Film Program Committee, 1989-1990 (A.J. Gedalof, Chair)
Member, Committee on Women's Studies and Feminist Research, 1991-1993 (K. Brady, Chair)
Member, Appointments, Promotion and Tenure Committee, 1993-1995 (P. Gaudet, Chair)
Chair, Committee on Colloquia, Visiting Speakers, etc., 1993-1995
Member, Committee on Graduate Studies, 1996-1997 (E.D. Harvey, Chair)
Member, Ad Hoc Committee on Differential Workload, 1996-1997 (K. Brady, Chair)
Ex Officio (as chair 1997-2001): Appointments, Promotion and Tenure Committee; Committee on Undergraduate Studies; Committee on Graduate Studies, Committee on Research and Travel, SSA Committee, Budget Committee.
Faculty: Faculty of Arts Representative to Faculty of Music Council, 1989-1991 (Chair: J. Stokes, Dean of Music)
Member, Selection Committee for Chair of English Department, 1991-1992 (Chair: T.M. Lennon, Dean)
Senate: Senate Subcommittee on Affiliated Colleges (SUAC) January 1993-December 31, 1994
Senate Committee on Promotion and Tenure I, November 1994-November 1996. (Chair: Prof. Roma Harris)
German-Canadian Studies Chair Advisory Committee (Chair)
As Acting President, additional bodies including:
Board of Directors, The University of Winnipeg Foundation
Finance Committee (Board of Regents)
Selection Committees for various awards, including:
The Marsha Hanen Award for Excellence in Creating Community Awareness; The Clifford J. Robson Memorial Award for Excellence in Teaching; The Robin H. Farquhar Award for Excellence in Contributing to Self-Governance; The Clarence Atchison Award for Excellence in Community Service; The Sir William Stephenson Scholarship; the Mr. And Mrs. Roderick O. Hunter Award.
Queen’s University The Vice-Principal (Academic) serves ex officio on many committees, including:
Internal Academic Review Committee (IAR), Chair
Senate Committee on Academic Development (SCAD), Chair
University Promotion Advisory Committee (UPAC), Chair
University Promotion Committee (UPC), Chair
Principal’s Advisory Committee on Budget (Vice-Chair)
Selection Committee, Baillie Awards for Excellence in Secondary School Teaching, Chair.
Joint Queen’s University – City of Kingston Steering Committee, Co-Chair with the CAO of the City of Kingston
Joint Queen’s – Kingston Committee on the Aberdeen Street Party, Co-Chair
University Council Executive Committee, Principal’s Designate, 2009-2010
Council of Ontario Academic Vice-Presidents (OCAV) Member, 2005 - 2010.
Executive member, 2007 – 2010
Vice-Chair 2008 – 2009,
Chair, 1 July 2009 – 30 June 2010
Undergraduate Program Review Audit Committee (UPRAC) Executive, 2007-2010 ; (Chair, 2009-2010)
OCAV representative, Management Committee, Faculty Bargaining Services (CAUBO), 2009-2010.
Council of Ontario Universities (COU) Quality and Productivity Task Force, 2005-6
Standing Committee on Relationships, 2008-2010
Institutional Issues Working Group, 2009-2010
MTCU/COU Steering Committee/Working Group on Student Mobility – Credit Transfer System,
Taskforce on Teaching and Learning, 2010 –
Chair, Advisory Board, Ontario University Application Centre (OUAC), 2011-15
Chair, OUAC Budget Committee, 2011-15
Budget and Audit Committee, COU Holding Association Inc., 2011-
Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC), now Universities Canada (UC) Standing Advisory Committee on University Research (SACUR), 2010-2012
Ad Hoc Working Group on the New AUCC Narrative, January 2011 – 2012.
Working Group on Teaching and Learning, November 2010 – 2011.
Working Group on Student Mental Health, 2011 – 2012.
Negotiating Team on Access Copyright, 2012.
Ad Hoc Committee on College-University relations, 2012-
Standing Advisory Committee on Educational Issues and Funding (SACEIF), 2012-
Board of Directors, 2012-
Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE) Vice-Chair, Board of Directors, 2013-14.
Chair, Board of Directors, 2014-
Finance Committee, 2013-14.
Executive Committee, 2013- (Chair, 2014-)
Chair, Governance and Nominating Committee, 2013-2014.
Board Memberships Chair of the Board, International Study Centre Charitable Trust (UK), 2005 - 2010
Chair of the Board, Herstmonceux Castle Enterprises (UK), 2005 - 2010.
President and Chair of the Board, Corporation of McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2007 to 2009 [Vice-Chair, 2005 to 2007, 2009 - 2010].
Toronto Regional Research Alliance (TRRA), September 2010 – 2011
Allergen: Allergy, Genes and Environment Network, September 2010 –
Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra, January 2011 – October 2012
Hamilton Community Foundation, 2011 – 2014
Royal Botanical Gardens, 2011 –
First Longwood Innovation Trustee Corporation, 2010 –
Advisory Committee, Teaching and Learning Canada (TLC/AME), charitable arm of the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (STLHE), 2012-
Commissioned artwork for St. Paul's Cathedral Sesquicentennial and other events, London, Ontario.
Chair, Education Committee, Church of St. John the Evangelist (Anglican), London, June 1993 to 1996.
Board of Management of the Church of St. John the Evangelist, 1993-96.
Lenten Lecture Series Coordinator at the Church of St. John the Evangelist, 1994-1996.
Lay Administrator and Reader, Church of St. John the Evangelist, 1994-2001.
Co-editor, Newsletterof the Canadian Pony Club, Western Ontario Region, 1998-2001.
Member, South African Network of Skills Abroad (SANSA) [Organization based at the University of Cape Town, its purpose to enlist the skills and knowledge of persons abroad in the development and reconstruction of post-apartheid South Africa].
Commissioner, Winnipeg Ward Boundaries Commission2001. [Three person commission, chaired by Mr. Justice Benjamin Hewack, Chief Justice, Court of Queen’s Bench of Manitoba, to review the Municipal Electoral Boundaries of the City of Winnipeg. The Report of the Winnipeg Ward Boundaries Commission was issued in Fall 2001.]
Member of the Board, Virtuosi Concerts, Inc., Winnipeg, 2001- 2005.
Member of the Board, Stiftung des Deutschkanadischen Lehrstuhls Universität von Winnipeg (German-Canadian Studies Foundation, Inc.), 2001- 2005 .
Jury Member, Manitoba Business Awards 2003 and 2004 (The Manitoba Chambers of Commerce).
Founding member of the Board of Trustees, University of Winnipeg Foundation, 2003-4.
Toyota Earth Day Scholarship Program (2004 and 2005), Western Region, Judge.
Volunteer, Manitoba Horse Trials, 2002-2005.
Member of the Board, Arts and Cultural Industries Association of Manitoba, 2004 – 2005
Sponsor. First Spring Pow-Wow, University of Winnipeg, 2004.
Volunteer, Canadian Pony Club, St. Lawrence and Ottawa Valley Branch, 2006 -
Selected Community Addresses Skywalk Series, Winnipeg Public Library, February 2002. “Liberal Education Under Apartheid.”
Asper Jewish Community Centre, Winnipeg, March 2002. “Reflections on Growing Up in South Africa”
Crocus Investment Fund, Annual General Meeting, Canad Inns Fort Garry (Winnipeg), 4 May 2002. “The University of Winnipeg Residence Initiative and Urban Renewal.”
Chancellor’s Forum, University of Winnipeg, Fall 2001. “The University of Winnipeg in Perspective.”
Canadian Mennonite University, Annual Dinner, “Commemorating the Fifteenth Anniversary of Menno Simons College.” October 2004.
Leadership Winnipeg, Opening Address to Class of 2004. Thunderbird House, Winnipeg, November 2004.
“The Deserted Campus.” Keynote. 2012 Partners Dinner, Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance (OUSA), Fairmont Royal York Hotel, Toronto. April 2012.