My work in academic governance focuses on fostering spaces of knowledge exchange, community collaboration, and advocacy. Through years of current and prior governance appointments, I have engaged in developing curricula, program changes, and constitutional updates. Contributing to my research communities, I remain an active voice: for instance, I serve as an Editor and the Director of Communications for electronic book review, the sister project of the international Electronic Literature Organization. I also serve as a Co-Editor and Editor of two other academic journals.
Consistently, I have been dedicated to advocacy in academia. In 2012, I was elected President of the Graduate Caucus of ACCUTE (Association of Canadian College and University Teachers of English), during which time I used digital methods to mobilize changes for student advocacy and development. For example, I introduced a specific version of the existing graduate survey—a digital collection of historical data in support of national graduate student needs.
As a woman of colour in academia and particularly in the humanities, my work on advocacy seeks to raise awareness on issues of diversity and underrepresentation in the academy. In February 2017, I participated in a tri-university panel in Montréal on racialization, in which my fellow speakers and myself began to theorize what discourses, communities, and spaces can widen inclusion and representation for students and faculty who are BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, people of colour). We later co-authored a refereed journal article on this topic, entitled “Navigating Racialized Spaces in Academia.”
Most recently (2019 onward), my collegial governance has included the areas of anti-racism initiatives, graduate program advising, department hiring and retention, and helping to identify excellent candidates in the Arts for awards and honorary doctorate degrees (in my own institution and two professional associations).