Service


Professors know that “service” is one required element of their jobs (in the universities I know of, at least), along with research and teaching. We most often publicize our research and teaching but not our service; that is, not the jobs that we take on to enable the running of the university and to enhance its intellectual life, such as administrative tasks, committee work, and special projects. I’m sure no one wants to read here the four or five pages it would take to list my committee work year by year for the past couple of decades, so in order to illustrate some key features of my service, I highlight below some recent special projects and key positions I have held. In doing so, I hope to demonstrate a more complete picture of the kinds of activities that constitute the life of a university professor — and for those of you who know all too well the demands of university service, here is a glimpse into what I’ve been up to. As you may see below, many of the activities that count as “service” overlap significantly with teaching and research.

Department service
University service
External service

Department service

Writing MinorEnglish Department Writing Co-ordinator. Our English Department offers numerous sections of writing courses at all levels. I have served as the Writing Co-ordinator several times (2005-2006; 1998-1999; 1990-1991; 1988-1989) and will do so again in 2015-16. The responsibilities of this position include overseeing the Writing curriculum, interviewing instructors, serving as a liaison and resource person for part-time faculty, chairing meetings of instructors, and supervising registrations of students in multiple sections.
MSVU English Dept. blog headerEnglish Department social media. In 2012 I created a news / events blog for the Mount Saint Vincent University English Department, which I currently maintain with the help of a colleague. I also created and now maintain the English Department’s Twitter feed. You can find our blog at msvuenglish.wordpress.com.  Our Twitter handle is @MSVU_English.
Moveable Type posterMoveable Type. September 22, 2011.  I arranged for Kyle Durrie, who was driving her portable printing press across North America in her “Type Truck” giving hands-on demonstrations, to come to Mount Saint Vincent where English students and others had an opportunity to print their own posters and to experience first-hand what it meant to produce text on a printing press.
MSVU English DepartmentEnglish Department website. I have designed and maintained the Mount Saint Vincent English Department website for many years. I am currently the content co-manager and co-publisher of our department webpages, a job I share with a colleague.
EvangelineLillyAsTauriel.jpgEnglish Department Chair. I served as the Chair of the English Department from 1998-2001.
Other. I have also served as the department library co-ordinator and as faculty advisor to the English Society, among other duties.

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University service

MSVU Centre for Arts-Informed Research and Teaching Centre for Arts-Informed Research and Teaching.  I have been an active member of this group, which has been in existence for several years now at the Mount. Recently, I served as a member of its steering committee.
Jan Zwicky posterJan Zwicky visit. March 8-9, 2011.Along with two of my colleagues, I organized a two-day visit by poet-philosopher-musician Jan Zwicky to Mount Saint Vincent University and to the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, where she spoke to students, faculty, and the public. In previous years, I co-organized a campus visit by the playwright Thomson Highway and organized several public talks by the children’s literature critic Aidan Chambers.
Celebrating Writing at the MountCelebrating Writing at the Mount. I served on the planning committee for the first Celebrating Writing at the Mount series, which has now turned into an annual event. I have also contributed sessions to the week-long events in the form of presentations prepared by my students.
Mount Saint Vincent University logoSenate committees on curriculum and on teaching and learning. I have served on numerous Senate committees over the years, including the Research committee, the Library committee, and Scholarships committee, but most recently I have been a member of the Senate Undergraduate Curriculum Committee and the Senate Committee on Teaching and Learning. In 2011, I participated in a working group on curriculum development that contributed to the university’s teaching and learning strategic plan, currently in development. I have also been a member for several terms on the university’s Writing Initiatives Committee, which reports to the Teaching and Learning committee.

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External service

Canadian Society of Medievalists logo Canadian Society of Medievalists executive. I served as the president of the Canadian Society of Medievalists from 2007 – 2010, and I have just finished my two-year term on the society executive as past president. I have held numerous positions in CSM over the years, including serving on the Labarge Prize Committee for best book in medieval studies by a Canadian.
Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social SciencesJuror, Canada Prize in the Humanities. I served on the national jury that selected the winning book for the Canada Prize in the Humanities in 2011. The Prize is sponsored by the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences. (The prize was formerly known as the Raymond Klibansky Prize).

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Les Très Riches Heures du duc de Berry juinThe image used at the top of this page is a detail from the depiction of June in the calendar of Les Très Riches Heures du duc de Berry, a fifteenth-century manuscript. The image is taken from Wikimedia Commons and is also widely available online.

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