Liz Newbery is the Acting Director of the Writing Centre, where she has taught since 2006. Prior to coming to U of T, she taught outdoor and environmental education at McMaster University, York University, and Outward Bound. She writes in the fields of curriculum theory and cultural studies, and her published work primarily explores how gender, race, class, sexuality, and colonialism complicate learning. When not teaching, writing, or reading, Liz can usually be found mountain biking along the Niagara Escarpment.
Sheila Stewart is the Coordinator of the Writing Room, our drop-in space. She is the author of two poetry collections, The Shape of a Throat (Signature Editions) and A Hat to Stop a Train (Wolsak and Wynn). She co-edited The Art of Poetic Inquiry (Backalong Books). Her work can be found online in LEARNing Landscape and Creative Approaches to Research. Sheila also teaches at New College in Equity Studies, Community Engaged Learning, and Women and Gender Studies. Visit Sheila at sheilastewart.ca
Kristen Allen received her PhD from the University of Toronto’s Centre for Medieval Studies in 2009. Her dissertation explored the theology of despair in the writing of three medieval authors. In 2007, she won the Dante Society of America’s Prize for Best Graduate Paper for her work on how Isidore of Seville’s etymology of despair influenced the first canto of Dante’s Inferno. She is currently teaching in the Medieval Studies Program at St. Michael’s College in addition to her work as a Writing Instructor at New College.
Jennette Boehmer teaches in the New College Writing Centre and is also a resource instructor with the English Language Learning (ELL) program, where she supports multi-lingual students in all aspects of reading, speaking, and writing in academic English. As an Egyptologist with an interest in cultural social history, Jennette has expertise in critically analyzing primary and secondary historical texts and formulating thoughtful responses to them. As well, her background as a management consultant and business writing coach equip her to assist students studying in business-related fields.
Ralph Callebert is a historian of Africa and of global labour. His book manuscript in progress is on dock labour, households, and the informal economy in 1950s Durban, South Africa. His current research explores understandings of labour and work outside the Global North. He has a Ph.D. in history from Queen’s and received an M.A. from the Department of Economic History and Development Studies at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban, South Africa.
Jordana Greenblatt received her PhD in English from York University, where her dissertation won the 2010 Dissertation Prize. Currently teaching English at York while working in writing instruction both at New and St. Mike’s Colleges, Jordana has previously taught Women and Gender Studies at Queen’s and McMaster Universities. Her research focuses on sexuality and gender in contemporary literature and popular, visual, and legal cultures.
Geoff Hamilton received his PhD in English literature from the University of Toronto, and was a Killam Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of British Columbia. He has taught a range of courses in (North) American and British literature, and has written two books: The Life and Undeath of Autonomy in American Literature (University of Virginia Press, 2014) and Understanding Gary Shteyngart (University of South Carolina Press, forthcoming 2017). His current research focuses on notions of self-rule in Native American literature.
Angela Robinson received her PhD from York University’s Faculty of Education and her MA from OISE/UT. Her doctoral research investigates the relationship between mental health and education, using psychoanalytic theory to challenge normative conceptions of the mind in theories and practices of teaching and learning. She teaches in the areas of child and adolescent development and cultural studies, and also has a background in violence prevention education and critical social theory.
Roz Spafford has taught writing at the New College Writing Centre since 2010; she also works with Social Work students through the Health Sciences Writing Centre. Previously, she taught writing and chaired the Writing Program at the University of California, Santa Cruz, where she still occasionally teaches creative writing. She has published a book of poetry, Requiem (Writers & Books, Rochester), along with short stories, pieces of creative non-fiction, book reviews, and columns. For more information, see www.rozspafford.org.
Tess Takahashi teaches in the New College Writing Centre. She writes about embodied spectatorship and feeling at sites of experimental moving image art, and is currently working on a book that examines these issues in relation to data visualization. Her writing has appeared in scholarly journals like Animation, Cinema Journal, and Camera Obscura (where she is on the editorial collective), as well as in popular journals like Cinema Scope and the Brooklyn Rail. She loves to dance, bike, cook, watch movies, and read on the couch with her little black pug.
Jude Welburn received his PhD in English literature at the University of Toronto. His dissertation examines the social and historical context for the emergence of early modern utopian literature as a genre. He has an article forthcoming on the representation of the New World in Francis Bacon’s major works, and is currently working on a research project examining the concept of the “commons” in early modern English political discourse.