Teaching awards
Supervisions / Courses taught in the past


I teach in a small undergraduate English department where each faculty member covers a range of courses. As you can see in the listing below, I teach courses in Old English, Middle English literature, studies in medievalism (primarily Tolkien’s fiction), writing, women’s literature, poetry, and classical literature as well as a range of texts in introductory courses. Occasionally, I have the opportunity to supervise students writing an Honours thesis or to conduct directed study (independent study) courses. Below you will find links to the courses that I will be teaching in the 2023 Winter term.

As an adjunct in the graduate English program at Dalhousie University, I have had a few opportunities to teach graduate courses there or to serve on dissertation committees. These activities are also listed below.

Fall-Winter 2022

On sabbatical research leave

Winter 2023


Teaching awards

  • Recipient of the 2011 Mount Saint Vincent University Instructional Leadership Award
  • Recipient of the 1993 Mount Saint Vincent University Alumnae Award for Teaching Excellence
  • Shortlisted for the 2004 Alumnae Award for Teaching Excellence


Supervisions / Courses taught in the past

Undergraduate level

ENGL 3361

 Englis 3376 Medieval Literature

— Chaucer and Medieval Literature (no longer offered)
— Renaissance Literature (no longer offered)
— Sixteenth-Century Poetry and Prose (no longer offered)

ENGL 2242 Themes in Women's Writing
ENGL 2270: Click for more course info

— Introduction to Literature: Gender and Form (ENGL 1155)
WRIT 1120 The Writing Process: Theory and Practice (WRIT 1120)
— Literature for Children and Young Adults (ENGL 105: no longer offered at this level)

Directed Studies

on Old Norse Language and Literature; Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales; J.R.R. Tolkien’s work; Beowulf; Translation and Old English Literature; Gender in Medieval Literature

Honours thesis supervisions

on Old English translation; on John Gardner’s Grendel; on Malory and Arthurian romances; Harry Potter novels; Tolkien’s poetry; Tolkien’s fiction; Beowulf films; fan fiction and gender theory; Sir Gawain and the Green Knight; Julian of Norwich; Chaucer; Robin Hood

Graduate level teaching

English 5000.01A: Boethius and Medieval Literature
Dalhousie University reading course, Fall 2001

English 5000.03B: Old English Translation
Dalhousie University reading course, Winter 2001

English 5131.03A: The First Millennium, and Beyond
Dalhousie University, Fall 2000

English 5130.03B: Sex and Gender in Medieval Literature
Dalhousie University, Winter 1998

Supervisor, M.A. thesis, Dalhousie University

“From a Corpse to a Life: The Body in Old English Hagiography.” 2001. M. Fast.

Reader of M.A. theses, Dalhousie University

“‘May Saracens Be Saved’: The Conversion of the Saracens in Chaucer and Langland.” 2007. C. Bailey.

“‘Woman, why weepest thou?’: The Influence of Mary Magdalene on The Book of Margery Kempe.” 1999. K. Berrigan.

“Noisy Links and Narrative Energy in Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales.” 1995. V. Creelman.

External reader:

PhD thesis, University of Malaya

“Aesthetic Evaluation of the Landscapes of Middle-earth: J.R.R. Tolkien and the Textual / Literary Illustration of Space, Place, and Atmosphere.” 2021. F. Mohammadi.

M.A. thesis, Acadia University

“Forging Faërie: Sub-creation, Depth and Mythic Otherworldliness in J.R.R. Tolkien’s Conception of the Fairy-Story.” 2011.  J. Deschenes.


Halls of Manwe (Taniquetil) by J.R.R. Tolkien

Image: The image on this page is a detail from J.R.R.Tolkien’s painting Halls of Manwë (Taniquetil), published in J.R.R. Tolkien: Artist and Illustrator by Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull. It is also widely available online.


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