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: 2020-2022

Ronald Cummings (Brock University)

I am currently an Associate Professor in the Department of English Language and Literature at Brock University. In my research and teaching I explore the intersections of literature, popular and material culture, postcolonial theory, Black diaspora studies, critical race theory and gender and sexuality studies. My work has been published in Small Axe, the Journal of Postcolonial Writing, the Journal of West Indian Literature and Transforming Anthropology

ACCUTE Past-President: 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.

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: 2020-21

 Meghan Burry (Queen’s University)

I am a Newfoundland-born, PEI-raised PhD student and Teaching Assistant in the English department at Queen’s University. I received my BA from the University of Prince Edward Island in 2017 and my MA from Queen’s in 2018. My research interests primarily include 19th century women’s literature, Indigenous literature, and issues of gender and sexuality. My dissertation focuses on literary representations of fallen womanhood and prostitution from the 1790s-1890s. I am the co-Editor-in-Chief of The Lamp, an international literary journal that publishes the creative writing of graduate and professional students. I am both humbled and honoured to serve as ACCUTE’s GSC President this year. 

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): 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 Chair): 2019-21

Hannah McGregor (Simon Fraser University)

I am an Assistant Professor of Publishing at Simon Fraser University, where my research focuses on podcasting as scholarly communication, systemic barriers to access in the Canadian publishing industry, and magazines as middlebrow media. I am 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. I am 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)

I am a professor of medieval literature and Head of the Department of English at the University of Calgary (Alberta, Canada). I am serving my third term as President of the Canadian Association of Chairs of English (2019–20; 2017–18; 2016–17), and am an elected member of the MLA’s Association of Departments of English Executive Committee (ADE, 2018–2021). My 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)

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.