The GCAC Team

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Dr. Jane Freeman Dr. Jane 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, workshops, 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 Centre for Academic Communication, where 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.


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 interests 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.​
​​​​​​Art Babayants ​​Art Babayants:​ Art is a PhD candidate​ at the Centre​​​ for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies​ at the University of Toronto and the artistic director of The Toronto Laboratory Theatre. Art has also been teaching English as a second language for more than 20 years and has developed a number ESL/drama projects with his students. For his doctoral dissertation, he is working on a practice-based qualitative study called “In Unknown Languages: Investigating the Phenomenon of the Multilingual Actor." At GCAC, Art leads workshops and teaches "Academic Conversation Skills" and "Oral Presentation Skills."​​​​​
​​​Dr. Daniel Newman ​Dr. Daniel Newman: Daniel is a Visiting Scholar at Massey College. He holds a PhD in English (20th-century British and Irish literature) from the University of Toronto, where he also completed an MSc in Zoology. He has published essays in literary studies and ecology, as well as poetry, fiction, and nonfiction in non-academic journals. Daniel has been at GCAC since 2007, working in the writing centre and teaching "Writing NSERC Proposals" and "Becoming a Better Editor of Your Own Work" for students in the physical and life sciences and the Institute of Medical Science. He is especially interested in how to use a sentence’s structure in order to emphasize or clarify its content.
​​ 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​.
Matt Jones ​​Matt Jones: Matt is a doctoral student at the Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies, where his research focuses on contemporary experimental and political theatre and performance practices. He has been teaching courses in English language and writing since 2005. His writing has appeared in the Canadian Theatre Review, The Globe and Mail, the Montreal Gazette, the Montreal Mirror, This Magazine, and Canadian Dimension. Matt's plays have been staged in Toronto, Montreal, and New York City.  At GCAC, Matt works in the Writing Centre and teaches "Academic Conversation Skills" and "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. 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. 

Shakina Rajendram:  Shakina is a doctoral candidate in the Language and Literacies Education/Comparative, International, Development Education collaborative program at OISE. She is also a research fellow in a SSHRC-funded project exploring oral language and writing development in northern rural communities in Canada. She has taught ESL in Canada and Malaysia and conducted workshops on using technology in language instruction.  At GCAC, Shakina teaches "Oral Presentation Skills."​

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