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.

Vice President: 2018-2020

Elizabeth Effinger (University of New Brunswick)

I am an Associate 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

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).

Contract Academic Faculty Caucus Representative: 2018-2020

Ann Gagné (University of Toronto, Mississauga)

I am an Educational Developer in the Robert Gillespie Academic Skills Centre at the University of Toronto Mississauga. I also teach online part-time at George Brown College. For the past 9 years, I have also taught in a contract capacity at 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 6 years. I am grateful for the opportunity to promote and discuss issues that are important to ACCUTE’s contract academic faculty caucus members.

President, Graduate Student Caucus: 2019-20

 Nahmi Lee (Western University)

Nahmi Lee is a PhD candidate from Western University. Her dissertation deals with mid-Victorian fiction, new materialism, and nineteenth-century applications of ecocriticism. She has been a member and regular presenter of ACCUTE since 2012 and has served as an executive member of the ACCUTE Graduate Student Caucus since 2017.

Member-at-large (CPC Committee): 2019-21

Kit Dobson (Mount 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).

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).

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): 2019-2020

 Jacqueline Jenkins (University of Calgary)

Jacqueline Jenkins is professor of medieval literature and Head of the Department of English at the University of Calgary (Alberta, Canada). She is serving her third term as President of the Canadian Association of Chairs of English (2019–20; 2017–18; 2016–17), and is an elected member of the MLA’s Association of Departments of English Executive Committee (ADE, 2018–2021). Her research and teaching interests are in the areas of medieval English performance and theatre histories, women’s literary habits and medieval manuscript production.

ACCUTE Co-ordinator (non-voting Executive member): 2018-2020

Vicky Simpson (University of New Brunswick)