I like hats, wear a few different ones. By training I am cultural theorist, literary scholar, educator, and editor. My creative practice comprises various modes of social engagement, and I have considerable experience as writer, publisher, communication designer, photographer and organizer.
I am the Assistant Dean of Foundation in the Faculty of Cultural and Community Emily Carr University of Art + Design. I am also an Associate Professor of Critical Studies.
During the 2012-2013 academic year, I was a visiting scholar in the Shingwauk Residential Schools Centre at Algoma University and l am focusing on various forms of collaboration and possibilities for creating a new publishing platform that will feature creative and critical engagements with the legacies of Residential Schools, in general, and the SRSC archive more particularly.
From 2010-2012, I was the Assistant Dean, Critical Studies and Community Engagement at Emily Carr, helping to administer Critical Studies curriculum, the Social Practice and Community Engagement degree minor, and Emily Carr’s external Bachelor of Fine Arts program at North Island College in Comox, BC. I teach courses in English and Cultural Theory (faculty page).
My research looks at new contexts for critical and cultural productions, and involves collaborations between artists, designers, academics, and educators / community leaders. Increasingly, my energies are focused on different forms of collaboration that combine aspects of critical and creative practice—team-teaching, co-authorship, editorial work, and artistic engagement.
I am lead artist-researcher on the Maraya project (2007-2015), a media project connecting urban waterfronts in Vancouver and Dubai. And before that I was the editor of West Coast LINE, a literary cultural journal based at Simon Fraser University.
This practice-based research has lead me to an exploration of new media platforms and the creative potential of social media.