Courses 2020-2021
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 2019-2020 academic year.

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 2020 – Winter 2021 courses


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, 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.