Here is the most recent version (2021) of my curriculum vitae. I try to update it yearly.
A Brief Bio
Since my time at Queen’s, I have been fortunate enough to hold other appointments elsewhere. In 2008, I was the Visiting Research Fellow in the Department of Political Science and International Relations at Victoria University of Wellington. I have also taught at the International Study Centre in the UK, Kwansei Gakuin University in Nishinomiya, Japan where I was the Visiting Professor of Canadian Studies. In 2010 and 2014, I taught graduate courses at Charles University in Prague and University of Economics in Slovakia. From April to June, 2015, I was the Seaker Chan Visiting Scholar at Fudan University in Shanghai.
I have taught undergraduate and graduate courses on a diverse number of Canadian politics areas including federalism, political parties, intergovernmental relations, and public policy here and at other universities. For several years, I taught the first year introductory course, POLS 110 and have been teaching it again since 2019. I regularly teach a third year course on electoral systems and fourth year seminar on political communications. Clicking on the teaching link will take you to the courses and their outlines. Clicking on the course evaluation link above will tell you about some of my strengths and weaknesses (gulp!) as a teacher. In 2013, I was awarded the Frank Knox Award for Excellence in Teaching and in 2010 the W. J. Barnes Teaching Excellence Award.
Some of my major administrative work includes Chair of the Queen’s University International Centre Council (1998-2006) and Undergraduate Chair of the Department of Political Studies (2015-2017 and 2004-06). I have been Educator in Residence at the Centre for Teaching & Learning. From 2010 to 2012, I was Chair of the proposed Teaching and Learning Centre Building Committee and also served on the Board of McGill-Queen’s University Press and have served on its Publications Review Board.
Since 2017, I have been Chair of the Queen’s University Arts and Science Faculty Board. From 2015-18 I was Associate Head, Department of Political Studies at Queen’s.
For over a decade, I was a member of the Advertising Review Board for the Auditor General of Ontario, a board that enforces legislation regulating government advertising in Ontario. In 2016 I was part of an expert panel for Elections Nova Scotia with respect to government communications which produced a report called A Question of Fairness: Regulating Government Communications and Government Advertising in Nova Scotia. In 2002, I provided advice to the Auditor General of Canada on government advertising (which in 2002 led to the Gomery Commission). In 2018, I was asked to provide testimony to the Standing Committee on Government Operations and Estimates and was quoted extensively in its report, Reaching Canadians with Effective Government Advertising.
My work on citizen engagement has primarily been around citizens’ assemblies both here and abroad. I have been asked to provide advice to the U.K. and New Zealand governments on citizens’ assemblies and have been an external advisor to several including the 2015 Citizens’ Assembly on English Devolution. In 2016 I had the privilege of being appointed by the Bank of Canada as an expert panelist to help guide an Advisory Panel on the choice of the new $10 bill.
I have also been active in debates around electoral reform most recently having providing advice to parliament’s 2017 Select Committee on Electoral Reform and BC’s 2018 Referendum on electoral reform.
In 2018 I was appointed by the provincial government to serve as a member of the Board for the Ontario College of Teachers, an independent body that regulates Ontario’s 200,000 teachers. I am vice chair of its Governance Committee and serve on its Executive, Discipline and Fitness to Practice Committees.