I am asking for your support to be your Academic Faculty Director for 2020-21. I have had the honour of serving in this role four times. I have also served as President. My commitment is to an expert, pro-active, and transparent Executive that supports our true strength: highly engaged, well-informed members.
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For years, I have worked with other AASUA members to help transform the Association into an organization that is more democratic, more effective, and, most importantly, member-run. As the first AASUA member to be elected President in open elections by the membership (2016–17), I strove to maintain an unprecedented level of transparency in communications with members in a challenging year in which the Association became a union and began transitioning to the new labour relations regime. As the faculty’s representative on the 2017-18 Bargaining Planning Committee I helped establish the bargaining mandate and wrote a lot of the language to be negotiated for our first round of bargaining under the Code. I also helped write (along with President-Elect Ricardo Acuña, James Muir [Arts/Law], and André McDonald [Engineering]) a new set of bylaws for the Association ratified by members in Spring 2018. I now ask for your support in electing me to serve as the Director for the Academic Faculty for 2020-21 so that I may support the incoming President through the great difficulties ahead of us in 2020-21 as a member of his Executive team.
You can count on me to:
Engage in dedicated outreach to Academic Faculty via constituency assemblies and other means so the faculty may play a strong role in setting strategic directions for the Association.
Revive the Academic Faculty committee so that faculty members on Council may regularly work together to identify issues and bring forward policy considerations.
Help shape the strongest possible measures for advancing and protecting the interests of all members of the Association at both the Executive table and AASUA Council, and
Provide strong leadership on academic freedom issues and concerns (the Academic Faculty have a responsibility to lead on these).
Key Service for the Association:
- President, 2016–17
- Vice-President; Chair, Governance Committee, 2015–16
- Director, Academic Faculty, 2012–13; 2013–14; Fall 2014; 2017–18
- Bargaining Planning Committee, 2017–18
- Agreement Review Committee: De-designation of Deans, 2016–17
- Bylaws Amendment Committee, 2015–18: Drafting
- Equity Committee, 2012–14
- Councillor, 2009–15; 2017–present
I have also served on the General Faculties Council as an elected representative for Arts (2014–2016; 2017–current) where I have been active in attempting to strengthen collegial governance at the University.
I am an associate professor in English & Film Studies (BA, MA, UBC; PhD, Stanford), where I teach undergraduate and graduate courses in Shakespeare. My research specialization is Shakespeare and the law. I have published in the leading journals in my field, and various book collections including the recent Oxford Handbook of English Law and Literature, 1500–1700. A SSHRC-funded book manuscript “The Literary Commons: The Common Law and the Writer in Early Modern England, 1528–1628” is about to be submitted to my first-choice publisher.