Board of Directors

Since its inception, ACCUTE has operated out of Departments of English in many different Canadian universities. To promote effective regional representation, ACCUTE moves its executive office every two years, coinciding with each president’s term of office.

Members of the Board

President: 2018-2020

Jennifer Andrews (University of New Brunswick)

I am a Professor in the Department of English at the University of New Brunswick, with teaching and research interests in English-Canadian, American, and North American Indigenous literatures.  I have been a member of ACCUTE since 1993 and served as the Graduate Student Representative from 1996-1997, even writing a column on alt-academic careers for the ACCUTE newsletter during my time in that role—oh those many years ago!  I am especially interested in professional concerns around gender and broad definitions of family care, as well as labour precarity, and the increasing scarcity of full-time permanent academic work.I have served as Department Chair at UNB (2013-2016) and on the executive of CACE (Canadian Chairs of English), was co-editor of Studies in Canadian Literature for a decade (2002-2012), and have been a member of various SSHRC and ASPP committees, as well as a delegate to the MLA. I co-authored Border Crossings: Thomas King’s Cultural Inversions (UTP, 2003) and wrote In the Belly of a Laughing God: Humour and Irony in Native Women’s Poetry (UTP, 2011). My current research project, which was supported with a SSHRC IDG grant from 2013-2017, examines Americans who write about Canada; I am writing a monograph on the topic.

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Vice President: 2018-2020

Elizabeth Effinger (University of New Brunswick)

I am an Assistant Professor of English at the University of New Brunswick where I teach and research British Romanticism with special interests in William Blake, the intersections of Romantic science and literature, the Anthropocene, and human-animal studies. I co-edited (with Chris Bundock) William Blake’s Gothic Imagination: Bodies of Horror (Manchester University Press, 2018), and am completing a book that explores the relationship between Romanticism and critical posthumanism. I am Principal Investigator of “Erasing Frankenstein,” a SSHRC-funded public humanities outreach activity that transformed Shelley’s 1818 novel into a book-length erasure poem in collaboration with incarcerated and non-incarcerated citizens. For more on the project visit




Contract Academic Faculty Caucus Representative: 2018-20
Ann Gagné (Durham College) I am a Curriculum and Instructional Consultant in the Centre for Academic and Faculty Enrichment at Durham College. This position involves a part-time teaching, training, and coaching component, and I teach online. For the past 8 years, I have also taught in a contract capacity at George Brown College, the University of Toronto Scarborough, Seneca College, and Humber College. I received my PhD from Western in 2012; my dissertation focused on tactility in Victorian literature and my current research explores the intersection of the sensory and education in Ruskin and Hardy.  I have been an ACCUTE campus rep for Seneca College and subsequently George Brown College for more than 5 years. I am grateful for the opportunity to promote and discuss issues that are important to ACCUTE’s contract academic faculty caucus members.
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President, Graduate Student Caucus: 2018-19

Nevena Martinović (Queen’s University)

Nevena Martinović is a doctoral candidate at Queen’s University in the department of English Language and Literature. Her research examines the intersections of acting and ageing in the long eighteenth century, with a particular interest in ageing actresses and their presentation and reception. At this year’s ACCUTE conference she presented on the cultural memory of Sarah Siddons ageing body. She is also the Graduate Student Representative for the Canadian Society of Eighteenth Century Studies. Her work is funded by the Bruce Mitchell Academic Leadership Award. She will be teaching her first course in Fall 2018 at Queen’s University on Celebrity and the Construction of Public Identity.

Member-at-large: 2017-19
Lee Easton (Mt. Royal University) I work at Mount Royal University, where I teach courses in visual culture focused on comics and graphic novels.  I co-authored Secret Identity Reader: Essays on Sex, Death and the Superhero (Wolsak and Wynn, 2010). More recently, I have been interested the scholarship of teaching and learning with a focus on identity and the Canada-US border. On the administrative side, I served as department Chair (2007-12) at Mount Royal University and then as Associate Dean responsible for the School of Communication and Literary Studies at Sheridan College (2012-14).  I currently am cross-appointed to the Department of General Education, where I coordinate the department’s foundation writing courses.
Member-at-large (Colleges): 2018-2020
Laura K. Davis (Red Deer College)Laura K. Davis is the Chair of Humanities and Social Sciences and a faculty member in the program of English at Red Deer College. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Alberta, an M.A. from the University of Victoria, and a B.A. from the University of British Columbia. She specializes in Canadian Literature and Writing Studies, and has published articles and reviews in Canadian Literature, the Journal of Canadian Studies, the British Journal of Canadian Studies, and Studies in Canadian Literature. Her books include Margaret Laurence Writes Canada and Africa (Wilfrid Laurier UP, 2017); Margaret Laurence and Jack McClelland, Letters, edited with Linda M. Morra (U of Alberta P, 2018); and Essay Writing for Canadian Students, co-authored with Roger Davis (Pearson 2016, 2013).
Outgoing President 2018-19

Manina Jones (Western University) I am a Canadian literature specialist whose work in that field has ranged from early nineteenth century to contemporary literature, and includes publications on poetry, fiction, drama, and autobiography. I also have a longstanding interest in crime fiction. My books include That Art of Difference: ‘Documentary-Collage’ and English-Canadian Writing, Carol Shields and the Extra-ordinary (co-edited with Marta Dvorak), and Detective Agency: Women Rewriting the Hard-Boiled Tradition (co-authored with Priscilla L. Walton).

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Editor, English Studies in Canada (ex-officio)
Allan Pero (Western University) I’m a specialist in modernist literature, drama, psychoanalysis, and contemporary theory. Although I have a continuing interest in the work of figures like Wyndham Lewis, Virginia Woolf, Katherine Mansfield, Ford Madox Ford, Leonora Carrington, and Ronald Firbank (the Samuel Beckett of Camp), I am co-editor and contributor (with Gyllie Phillips) to a collection called The Many Façades of Edith Sitwell (2017), and am working on a book-length project on Camp and Modernism. In addition to trying to paint and write poetry, I also write programme notes and give talks at the Stratford Festival. I am honoured to be taking on the role of editor of ESC.
Member-at-large: 2017-19
Mark McCutcheon (Athabasca University) Mark A. McCutcheon is Associate Professor of Literary Studies at Athabasca University, where he teaches and researches postcolonial popular culture, copyright, and 19th-century literature. He has recently published the book The Medium Is the Monster: Canadian Adaptations of Frankenstein and the Discourse of Technology. His research articles appear in journals like English Studies in Canada, University of Toronto Quarterly, TOPIA, and Continuum, among other scholarly journals and books. He has also published poetry and fiction in journals like subTerrain, Existere, and Carousel. Mark has served as president of both the Athabasca U Faculty Association and the Confederation of Alberta Faculty Associations. His scholarly blog is
President, Canadian Association of Chairs of English (ex-officio) 2018-2019

Peter W. Sinnema (University of Alberta)

I’ve had the privilege of Chairing the Department of English & Film Studies at the University of Alberta since 2014, and am now in the fifth and final year of my term. Although the rigors of office have pulled me away somewhat from the pleasures of active scholarship, I am a Victorianist by training and inclination, having published books and articles on such topics as the early illustrated British press, nineteenth-century celebrity death culture, hollow-earth science & literature, and the fiction of Bulwer-Lytton.  An active member of the Canadian Association of Chairs of English since stepping into my administrative role, and having served as both a CACE member-at-large and Vice-President, I was elected to the association’s Presidency at Congress 2018, and look forward to participating in and contributing to ACCUTE as a member of its Board of Directors in 2018-19.

Office Members and non-voting Executive Participants

ACCUTE Coordinator: Dr. Vicky Simpson, 2018-2020