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 (CPC Committee): 2019-21

Kit Dobson (Mt. Royal University)

I am currently an Associate Professor at Mount Royal University in Calgary. My work focuses on literatures in Canada, Indigenous literatures, film, writing and beyond. I am most recently 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 am working on two edited collections, both expected in 2020 from the U Alberta P: Dissonant Methods: Undoing Discipline in the Humanities Classroom (with Ada Jaarsma) 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). 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): 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).

ACCUTE President-Elect: 2019

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).

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 (Priestley Prize Chair): 2019-21

Hannah McGregor (Simon Fraser University)

Hannah McGregor is an Assistant Professor of Publishing at Simon Fraser University, where her research focuses on podcasting as scholarly communication, systemic barriers to access in the Canadian publishing industry, and magazines as middlebrow media. She is the co-creator of Witch, Please, a feminist podcast on the Harry Potter world, and the creator of the weekly podcast Secret Feminist Agenda, which is currently undergoing an experimental peer review process with Wilfrid Laurier University Press. She is also the co-editor of the book Refuse: CanLit in Ruins (Book*hug 2018).

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