I am an associate professor in the Faculty of Liberal Arts at Wilfrid Laurier University, where I design and teach courses about digital media and journalism and user experience design. In 2017, I was named a university teaching fellow. Between 2018 and 2022, I was the coordinator of Laurier’s Digital Media and Journalism program.
My research focuses on literary journalism, journalism ethics, journalism education, and the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL). My work has been published in a range of journals and books, including Literary Journalism Studies, Teaching & Learning Inquiry, and The Routledge Companion to Journalism Ethics. I’m currently working on a research study about the on-the-job experiences of LGBTQ2+ journalists in Canada and looking for participants.
I am the author of News Writing and Reporting: An Introduction to Skills and Theory, published by Oxford University Press, which is used in university and college classrooms across Canada. I also edited three collections of personal essays about the family in the 21st century, including Nobody’s Father: Life Without Kids and Somebody’s Child: Stories About Adoption, both with Lynne Van Luven, and A Family by Any Other Name: Exploring Queer Relationships.
Previously, I was the editor-in-chief of J-Source.ca, the inaugural co-editor of the Journal of Integrated Studies, and an associate editor at The Canadian Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.
In 2020, the Ontario Ministry of Colleges and Universities recognized me with a Minister’s Award of Excellence for my work keeping the Laurier Brantford community connected through the One Market podcast, which I created and produced with Tarah Brookfield between 2020 and 2021.