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Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of Arts
July 23, 2014
Canadian Excellence

Dr. Renee Ward

Contract Academic Staff

Contact Information
Phone: 519-884-0710 ext.4091
Fax: 519-884-8307
Office Location: DAWB 4-127

Academic Background

  • 2009 PhD   English (Alberta)
  • 2002 MA    English (WLU)
  • 2000 MA    Medieval Studies (Leeds)
  • 1995 BA    English and Canadian Studies (WLU)

Research & Teaching Interests:

I am an interdisciplinary scholar with eclectic but thematically related interests, and historical and cultural contexts heavily inform my research. Liminal figures, from werewolves to knights and warrior women, as well as representations of monstrosity are particular areas of study for me, especially in medieval romance and young adult fantasy. My broader interests include medieval literature and culture, early modern printed materials, and post-medieval representations of the Middle Ages. I also regularly explore materials on writing instruction, especially writing-to-learn strategies, which I believe are crucial to student development.

I enjoy experimenting with alternative pedagogies in all aspects of my teaching, and I engage whole-heartedly in student mentoring. I was also, in 2011-2012, the faculty sponsor for Laurier's chapter of the Harry Potter Alliance, a human rights and equity group which employs parallels from the Harry Potter series in its civic engagement. In the Winter 2014 term, five students in my Medieval Studies special topics course, The Medieval Harry Potter (ML300P), collaborated with the HPA in the organization of LUMOS, a campaign for mental health awareness, and in the running of a two-day art exhibit/craft and bake sale, the proceeds of which were donated to KW Counselling Services, a local mental health organization.

Select Publications:

Critical Articles

Articles on Teaching/Pedagogy