The GCAC Team

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Dr. Jane Freeman ​​​​​Dr. J​​ane Freeman: Jane is the founding Director of the School of Graduate Studies’ the Graduate Centre for Academic Communication (GCAC), formerly the Office of English Language and Writing Support. She established ’s modular curricula of non-credit courses, work​shops, and a writing centre, and designed several of the courses and workshops currently offered by GCAC. She describes the development of GCAC in a chapter in Supporting Graduate Student Writers: Research, Curriculum & Program Design (2016).  Jane completed a BA and a BEd at Queen’s University, an MA at the University of Warwick, and a PhD at the University of Toronto. Her areas of expertise are Shakespeare, classical rhetoric, and oral and written communication. She is a member of Massey College's Corporation, the Stratford Festival’s Senate, and the Consortium of Graduate Communication's Board. She recently completed a book in collaboration with Prof. Ursula Franklin, entitled Ursula Franklin Speaks: Thoughts and Afterthoughts, 1986–2012. She is currently writing a book on writing effective research proposals.  
Dr. Peter Grav Dr. Peter Grav: Peter is an Associate Professor (teaching stream) and full-time faculty member at GCAC. He teaches a wide range of courses and workshops on both writing and speaking. His current research into academi​c writing practices examines how published authors cite their primary and secondary sources, a topic upon which he has spoken at national and international conferences. He is the author of Shakespeare and the Economic Imperative and articles published in Comparative Drama, The Literary Encyclopedia, and Shakespeare. Peter received his honours bachelor's degrees in English and in Second Language Teaching from the University of Ottawa and, in 2005, was awarded his doctorate at the University of Toronto.
Dr. Rachael Cayley Dr. Rachael Cayley: Rachael is an Associate Professor (teaching stream) in the Graduate Cen​tre for Academic Communica​​tion, wher​e she teaches both academic writing and speaking. Before joining the University of Toronto, she worked as an editor at Oxford University Press in Toronto. She has a PhD in philosophy from the New School for Social Research and a BA in political science from the University of British Columbia. Rachael has a blog, Explorations of Style, and tweets about academic writing. Her blog and activity on Twitter both reflect an ongoing interest in social media as a site for professional development for academic writers. Her current research concerns the way that thesis supervisors approach their role in assisting novice academic writers tackle major writing projects.
Dr. Daniel Aureliano Newman: Daniel is an Assistant Professor (teaching stream) at the GCAC. He holds a PhD in English from the University of Toronto, where he also completed an MSc in Zoology (now Ecology & Evolutionary Biology). Daniel teaches various writing courses and workshops, mostly for students in the physical and life sciences.  He has published essays in literary studies and ecology, as well as poetry, fiction, and book reviews; his academic book Modernist Life Histories: Biological Theory and the Experimental Bildungsroman is forthcoming in 2019. One of his current projects examines how scientists embed narratives in their writing and diagrams; a better understanding of these narratives, he proposes, could help develop new strategies for improving scientific communication--between specialists as well as between specialists and general audiences.


Part-Time Instructors

​​ Andrea Day: ​Andrea works in the Writing Centre and is a Teaching Assistant for the Writing SSHRC Proposals course. Andrea is a PhD student in the Department of Engl​​ish. Her research inter​ests are Victorian and children's literature, but she ​enjoys working with students from a broad range of disciplines. She also works at the Writing Centre at University College.​​​
​Ashley Williamson: Ashley is a PhD candidate at the Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies at the University of Toronto. Her primary research focus is on living history museums in Canada, heritage performances, and Canadian drama and literature.  She has been a TA for Traditions of Drama and Theatre at UTM’s Department of English and Drama since 2013. Ashley has also worked as an actor and director for the stage. This fall she will be teaching "Oral Presentation Skills" for GCAC.

​​ Ivan Semeniuk​Ivan Semeniuk:​​ As a science journalist and broadcaster, Ivan covers the science beat for The Globe and Mail. His reporting has taken him from mountaintop observatories and underground labs to the east room of the White House. His previous roles include US news editor for Nature, the world's leading scientific journal, bureau chief for New Scientist magazine, and producer and columnist with the Discovery Channel's Daily Planet. He is a former Knight Fellow in science journalism at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and in his spare time he is the writer and host of the popular astronomy series Cosmic Vistas on the Oasis channel.​  At GCAC, Ivan teaches "Introduction to Science Journalism" and last year he was the recipient of the Sanford Fleming Medal for outstanding contributions to the public understanding of science​.
Dr. Katie Fry: Katie is a senior PhD Candidate at the Centre for Comparative Literature, University of Toronto. Her research focuses on nineteenth- and twentieth-century literature in English, German and French. She has taught courses in academic writing at the Department of Arts, Culture and Media (U of T Scarborough), the Writing and Rhetoric Program (Innis College), and English language academies in Toronto and Madrid. At GCAC, Katie teaches "Academic Writing 1: Focus on Essentials."
​​ Dr. Paulie McDermid​​Dr. Paulie McDermid: ​Paulie has taught graduates and undergraduates at universities in Canada, Ireland and the UK for over ten years. His teaching and research interests include second-language acquisition, cross-cultural communication, performance studies, Spanish cultural studies, and gender and queer studies. He completed a Ph.D. in Spanish literature at Trinity College Dublin and published a monograph on the theatre of Federico García Lorca. Paulie is also an established performance artist.  With lived experience of migration, he is committed to supporting success for international students and newcomers.  At GCAC, Paulie teaches "Academic Conversation Skills" and "Oral Presentation Skills."
​Dr. Trevor Cook: Trevor began teaching in the Writing Centre in 2005, and has taught multiple sections of "Oral Presentation Skills" and "Becoming a Better Editor of Your Own Work", as well as consulted for GCAC’s proposal writing courses. Previously, Trevor was an instructor at the Queen’s University Writing Centre and a Research Assistant at the Royal Military College of Canada, where he assisted in the preparation of a digital writing guide for military personal.  He is a past recipient of OGS and SSHRC scholarships and has taught full-time in the departments of English at both Trent University and York University.

​​Dr. Peter Sabatini Dr. Peter Sabatini: Peter specializes in clinical molecular diagnostics that aims to establish genetic causes for a variety of inherited diseases. He obtained his PhD at the University of Toronto studying mechanisms of cardiovascular disease. As an industrial postdoctoral fellow at Luminex, he helped design and validate genetic tests for both inherited and infectious diseases. Peter also has extensive experience advising graduate and undergraduate students in preparing biomedical research proposals, peer-reviewed publications, and poster presentations.  At GCAC, Peter teaches 'Writing CIHR Proposals" for students in the physical and life sciences.  ​
​​ Scott Jamieson: Scott joined GCAC in September 2009 and since then has primarily taught "Academic Writing 1: Focus on Essentials", Academic Writing 2: Focus on Grammar" and "Academic Conversation Skills."  He completed his M.Ed. at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education in the Language and Literacies Education Program, and his professional interests include investigating the impact of context on teaching and learning as well as on second language writing. Scott is a second language learner as well. He studied Continental Philosophy in French-language universities in Canada (at Université Laval and at the Université de Montréal), and so he fully appreciates the trials and tribulations of communicating in an additional language in academic settings. 

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