Dr. Jane Freeman

Jane Freeman

Dr. Jane Freeman

Director, GCAC

Associate Professor, Teaching Stream


Dr. Jane Freeman is the founding Director of the School of Graduate Studies’ the Graduate Centre for Academic Communication (GCAC). She established GCAC’s modular curricula of non-credit courses, work​shops, and a writing centre, and designed several of the courses a​​nd workshops currently offered by GCAC. She describes the development of GCAC in a chapter in Supporting Graduate Student Writers: Research, Curriculum & Program Design (University of Michigan Press, 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 Senior Fellow of Massey College, former Chair of Massey’s Governance and Nominating Committee, a member of the Stratford Festival’s Senate, former Chair of Stratford’s Education and Archives Committee, and a former board member of the Consortium of Graduate Communication. She completed a book in collaboration with Prof. Ursula Franklin, entitled Ursula Franklin Speaks: Thoughts and Afterthoughts, 1986–2012. At GCAC, courses she designed and taught include Writing SSHRC Proposals, Prewriting Strategies, Becoming a Better Editor of Your Own Work, Academic Conversation Skills, and Oral Presentation Skills.