In all my teaching, I emphasised to students that I would never be rude, sarcastic or discouraging. I always took my job to be helping students to understand the topic, whatever it was. In both lectures and tutorials I addressed several questions at the beginning and sought to answer them by the end of the class. Students could see then that they were achieving something.
I am a retired university lecturer with thirty years' experience of teaching modern British and American literature. I always scored well on teaching questionnaires filled out by students; my teaching has included one-to-one tuition and lectures to classes of 250.
$25/hr for students at all levels.
Citizenship: New Zealand
Marital Status: Married
No. of Children: Two
PhD English literature, University of Canterbury.
MA Comparative literature, University of East Anglia.
BA (Hons) English literature, University of Calgary.
2014-: Teacher Aide at Christchurch Rudolf Steiner school. Involves helping students with essay writing.
1997-2014: International Baccalaureate World Literature Assistant Examiner. Involved marking roughly 200 final-year high school examinations per year, sent to me from IBO high schools all over the world. Served as team leader, 2006.
2011: Visiting Associate Professor, University of Regina, July/August,
1974-2004: Senior Lecturer in English, University of Canterbury, 1980-2004. Lecturer, 1974-80. Senior Lecturer, 1980-2004. Promoted above Senior Lecturer salary bar, 1997. Early retirement, February 2004.
1997: Visiting Associate Professor, University of Victoria (Canada), July/August, 1997.
1990-91: Visiting Associate Professor, University of Guelph (Canada), January 1990 to January 1991.
First Year Courses:
1. Literature and the Modern World
2. English Literature Since 1945
3. Chaucer to Twentieth Century
4. New Zealand Literature
5. American Literature
Second Year Courses:
1. Drama from Sophocles to Beckett
2. Contemporary Canada: Towards a Post-Colonial Culture (with
colleagues from Geography, Sociology, History, Political Science,
French, Music and Fine Arts)
3. Tragedy (with colleagues from Classics, French, German and
4. The Eighteenth Century Novel
Third Year Courses:
1. Samuel Beckett's Drama (directed reading, University of Guelph)
2. Modern Post-Realist Drama
3. The Modern English Novel
4. Modern English and American Poetry
5. Modern European and American Drama
BA (Hons)/ MA Courses:
1. British and Irish Fiction Since 1980
2. John Fowles and William Golding
3. Joyce and Beckett
4. The Modern English Novel
5. The Contemporary Canadian and American Short Story
6. Beckett and Shepard
7. Beckett and Pinter
1. The Canadian Novel Since 1945
2. The English Novel Since 1945
3. The American Novel Since 1945
4. The English and American Novel Between the Wars
5. The Modern Revolution: Music, Literature and the Arts (with colleagues from Music and Fine Arts)
6. The Novel in English Since 1975
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