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 2020-2022

Gregory Betts (Brock University)

I am a Professor at Brock University in the Department of English Language & Literature, where I teach Canadian and Avant-Garde Literature. My history with ACCUTE goes back to 2001, when I served as a Grad Student Campus Rep for York University and inaugurated the Annual Survey of English Departments (that, I’m delighted to note, still carries on today). My research and scholarly activities intersect with my creative work in many ways. As a scholar, I’ve spent the past decade and a half researching and recovering the history of eruptive and disruptive writing in and against Canada. As a poet, I’ve been exploring the boundaries of textual collaboration (including plagiarism), experimentation, and performativity. I’ve organized literary festivals, academic conferences, and hundreds of poetry readings in many cities, and constantly seek new ways to draw disparate and marginalized communities into dialogue with each other. I have been the Craig Dobbin Professor of Canadian Studies at University College Dublin (2018-2019), the Chancellor’s Chair for Research Excellence at Brock University (2014-2017), and the Director of the Centre for Canadian Studies at Brock University (2010-2016).

Vice President: 2021-2022

Neta Gordon (Brock University)

I am the Associate Dean, Undergraduate, in the Faculty of Humanities and a Professor in the Department of English Language & Literature at Brock University where I teach Canadian Literature, Literature Theory and (mostly) Introduction to Literature courses. I research and have published on Canadian women’s genealogical literature, on Canadian novels and plays about WWI (Catching the Torch: Contemporary Canadian Literary Responses to WWI, Wilfrid Laurier UP), and — most recently — on representations of masculinity in short story cycles (Bearers of Risk: Writing Masculinity in English-Canadian Short Story Cycles, forthcoming McGill-Queen’s UP). I’ve also done a bit of work on comic books, nationalism, and masculinity, and am one of the General Editors of The Broadview Introduction to Literature. This is the second time I’ve been on the ACCUTE Executive, as I served as ex-officio member back when I was President of CACE. 

Contract Academic Faculty Caucus Representative: 2020-2022

Concetta Principe (Trent University-Durham and York)

I am a sessional professor of English literature, creative writing, and theory at Trent University-Durham and York University. I have a Ph.D. (2014) from York University, Canada. My research, using a Lacanian psychoanalytic approach in analyzing culture, has appeared, and is forthcoming in, PsychoanalysisCulture and SocietyPsychoanalytic Discourse/ Discourspsychoanalytique, and Journal of Cultural Research. My monograph, Secular Messiahs and the Return of Paul’s Real: A Lacanian Approach (2015) was published by Palgrave Macmillan. I have five books of poetry, including, This Real (Pedlar Press 2017), which was long-listed for the Raymond Souster Award, a book of fiction. My creative non-fiction project on suicide is forthcoming with Gordon Hill Press in the spring of 2021. My work has appeared and is forthcoming in Canadian and American journals including The Malahat ReviewThe Capilano ReviewThe Minola Review and Hamilton Arts and Literature

President, Graduate Student Caucus: 2021-2022

Kyla Morris (UBC Okanagan)

I am currently an MA student in the English Department at the University of British Columbia’s Okanagan campus. I received my BA from UBCO in 2018, and I have accepted an offer of admission to begin my PhD in English at the University of Western in 2022. My research interests are primarily in critical theory with a focus on feminist and gender theory, psychoanalytical theory, and trauma theory, and my thesis research focuses on deconstructing motherhood in three short stories by Angela Carter. I am both humbled and honoured to serve as ACCUTE’s GSC President this year. 

Member-at-large (CPC Committee): 2021-2023

Kit Dobson (University of Calgary)

I am a Professor in the Department of English at the University of Calgary. My work focuses on literatures in Canada, Indigenous literatures, and, most recently, posthuman and ecocritical theory. My most recent books are the edited collections Dissonant Methods: Undoing Discipline in the Humanities Classroom (with Ada Jaarsma, 2020) and All the Feels: Affect and Writing in Canada / Tous les sens: L’affect dans l’écriture au Canada (with Marie Carrière and Ursula Moser, 2021), both with the University of Alberta Press, and I am the author of Malled: Deciphering Shopping in Canada (Wolsak & Wynn, 2017). Previous books are Transnational Canadas: Anglo-Canadian Literature and Globalization (WLUP, 2009); Transnationalism, Activism, Art (edited with Áine McGlynn; U Toronto P, 2013); Please, No More Poetry: The Poetry of derek beaulieu (edited; WLUP, 2013); and Producing Canadian Literature: Authors Speak on the Literary Marketplace (with Smaro Kamboureli; WLUP, 2013). I have been involved with the profession in many roles, including as a member of the editorial boards of NeWest Press, Canadian Literature, and ARIEL: A Review of International English Literatures, as a member of the MLA’s Delegate Assembly, and as a member of ACCUTE’s Committee for Professional Concerns. I am committed to doing what I can to ensure that the profession is the best that it can be!

Member-at-large (Colleges): 2020-2022

Jennifer Chambers (Sheridan College)

I am a Professor of Creative Writing and Literary Studies in the Creative Writing and Publishing Program at Sheridan College. I hold a Ph.D. in English from the University of Alberta, and an M.A. in English and Creative Writing from the University of Windsor. I work on early Canadian women writers, gender and sexuality in literature, and diversity in CanLit. I edited the collection of essays, Diversity and Change in Early Canadian Women’s Writing (Cambridge Scholars Press, 2009). I have published academic articles and chapters on diversity in Canadian Literature, and the representations and reputations of early Canadian women writers. Some of my poetry is published in literary journals. I am working on a manuscript about the history of sexuality in Canada, and the lives, poetry, and letters of Ethelwyn Wetherald and Helena Coleman. There’s also that campus novel I’ve been working on. 

Member-at-large (Priestley Prize): 2021-23

Sarah Banting (Mount Royal University)

I am an Associate Professor in the Department of English, Languages, and Cultures at Mount Royal University in Calgary, where I teach first-year academic writing, Writing about Literature, editing, and senior English courses that invite students to think about this odd discipline, including the Honours Seminar. I research and publish on disciplinary rhetoric, tracking the styles, structures, and purposes or motives that characterize scholarly writing in English literary studies and inquiring into how we recognize and report each other’s research when we cite it. Recently I have become particularly interested in what is taught (besides texts), when English is taught: what methods, habits, and rhetorical strategies are the legacies of our undergraduate teaching, and what that says about our curriculum. As a scholar of disciplinary writing, I’ve done a lot of time on awards committees, and I’m delighted to be sustaining my service with ACCUTE in this role. I have also served two past terms on the Committee for Professional Concerns. 

Interim Board Liaison, Creative Writing Collective 2021-2022

Shazia Hafiz Ramji (University of Calgary)

I am the author of Port of Being, which received the Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry and was a finalist for the 2019 Vancouver Book Award, BC Book Prizes, and Gerald Lampert Memorial Award. My writing recently won the 2021 Poetry and Prose prize presented by the Southern Alberta Art Gallery, was a finalist for the 2021 National Magazine Awards, and a finalist for the 2021 Mitchell Prize for Faith and Poetry. I’m a PhD student in English at the University of Calgary, where I’m studying kinship and aurality in Canadian literature. I have previously taught postcolonial literature and creative writing at the undergraduate level, and crafted a course on “Poetry as Listening” for the Writers’ Guild of Alberta. In my spare time I enjoy researching military history, making ambient music and deejaying, and writing criticism, which has appeared in venues such as the Chicago Review of Books and Quill & Quire. I’m the arts editor for This magazine, an assistant editor for Metatron Press, a columnist for Open Book, and I work as a freelance poetry and fiction editor. I’m at work on a novel and a second book of poems.

Member-at-large (President-Elect): 2021-2022

Douglas Ivison (Lakehead University)

Douglas Ivison is Associate Professor and Chair of the English Department at Lakehead University, in Thunder Bay. He is the co-editor of Downtown Canada: Writing Canadian Cities (UTP 2005) and editor of Canadian Fantasy and Science-Fiction Writers (Gale 2002), and has published refereed articles on Canadian, American, and British literatures in a variety of journals and books, including Canadian Literature, English Studies in Canada, and Studies in Canadian Literature. His areas of interest include Canadian literature, particularly urban writing, regionalism, and globalization; science fiction; environmental writing, with a particular focus on the climate crisis; and popular culture.

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.

President, Canadian Association of Chairs of English (ex-officio): 2021-2022

 James Allard (Brock University)

ACCUTE Co-ordinator (non-voting Executive member)

Erin Knight (Brock University)

I am a writer living in St. Catharines. My most recent publication, Chaser (House of Anansi Press), is a book of poetry that uses the social history of tuberculosis to examine the individual and communal effects of disease. I have taught English, Communications, and Creative Writing at Niagara College, and worked as an editor for academic, commercial and trade publications.