Kristine Smitka, PhD (UofA), MA (UofA), BA (SFU)
Associate Lecturer, Faculty of Arts - English & Film Studies Dept
Kristine Smitka is an Associate Lecturer and the First-Year Coordinator in the Department of English and Film Studies. With a focus on Canadian literature and book history, she has published on Marshall McLuhan’s academic and artistic networks, Sheila Watson’s little-known fascination with photography, and McClelland and Stewart’s publication scheme for Leonard Cohen’s controversial novel Beautiful Losers. Her current research interests include critical university studies and precarious academic labour. She is the Academic Teaching Staff (ATS) Director for the AASUA and sits on the Contract Academic Staff (CAS) Committee for the CAUT.
She has taught a wide range of classes in EFS, including Canadian literature (ENGL 378, 376, 375, 374, and 373); book history (ENGL 397); popular culture (ENGL 384); and narrative theory (ENGL 219). As first-year coordinator, she frequently teaches writing-intensive classes at the 100-level and enjoys the opportunity to work with students from across campus.