Morning Keynote Speaker
Nick Mount is a nationally recognized student and teacher of Canadian literature with a record of commitment to undergraduate, public education.
Mount began his teaching career as a Teaching Fellow at the University of King’s College in Halifax. In 2001, he joined the University of Toronto’s Department of English. He is currently Associate Professor and Associate Chair of the Department, responsible for administering the courses and programs of some 3,000 English undergraduates.
Besides courses in Canadian literature, he teaches the Department’s most popular first-year course, Literature for Our Time. His lectures for this class have been broadcast and podcast on TVO’s Big Ideas and are used in other courses across Canada. He regularly gives public talks and interviews on the arts in Canada, with appearances at the Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art, the Arts & Letters Club of Toronto, and on CBC Radio’s Sunday Edition.
Professor Mount earned his undergraduate degree (B.A. Hons., 1993) from the University of Victoria, and his graduate degrees from Dalhousie University (MA 1994, PhD 2001). He is a two-time finalist in TVO’s Best Lecturer Competition, a province-wide search for the best lecturer in a post-secondary institution. He has won the Faculty of Arts & Science’s Outstanding Teaching Award (2007), the President’s Teaching Award (2009), and a National Magazine Silver Award (2009). In 2011, he was awarded a 3M National Teaching Fellowship, the country’s highest teaching award.
Professor Mount is the fiction editor for the Walrus and the author of When Canadian Literature Moved to New York (University of Toronto Press), winner of the 2005 Gabrielle Roy Prize. He is currently writing a book about the CanLit Boom of the 1960s.
Afternoon Keynote Speaker
Shelagh Crooks is a Professor in the Department of Philosophy and the Faculty of Education at Saint Mary’s University, and has been teaching in her discipline for over 25 years. She has worked extensively in the development of educational policy at Saint Mary’s, as chair of the Senate Committee on Teaching and Learning, and as chair of the Senate Committee responsible for developing a new instrument and procedure for conducting course evaluations.
She has been recognized by her own institution for effective teaching (2003 and 2008), and for educational leadership (2007), and, in 2006, she became Saint Mary’s first Teaching Scholar. In 2009, she received the Association of Atlantic Universities Award for Teaching Excellence.
Shelagh has published extensively on philosophy education and critical thinking, including articles on developing the disposition to be critical, critical literacy, argumentative thought and metacognition. She has presented workshops on teaching critical thinking for colleagues at local, regional and national conferences, and is a regular speaker at the annual in-service held for social studies teachers by the Nova Scotia Teachers’ Union. She is most interested lately in the idea of Threshold Concepts in Philosophy.