Welcome to our newest faculty and staff members
Accounting and Finance | Arts Computing Office | Arts Undergraduate Office | Dean of Arts Office | Drama & Speech Communication | Economics | English Language & Literature | Fine Arts | French Studies | Political Science | Sociology & Legal Studies | Spanish & Latin American Studies | Stratford Campus
Accounting and Finance
Mark Arnason | Lecturer | has a 28-year career in the high tech industry, including 10 years in management consulting with companies like Accenture and Deloitte, and 15 years of senior executive experience in the enterprise software space. He was an executive at IBM Software Group and ran their $1.4B communications sector. He has 25 years of teaching experience.
Jordan Bable | Assistant Professor | is a researcher in financial and managerial accounting, including determinants of investor and employee behavior, primarily experimental methods. His teaching interests include managerial and financial accounting. In 2016 he received the Deloitte Foundation Doctoral Fellowship.
Andrew Bauer | Assistant Professor | Canada Research Chair in Taxation, Governance and Risk |worked with the accounting firm EY for six years, earning CPA designation, and earned his PhD in accounting at UWaterloo with a specialization in tax. He was previously on faculty at the University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign) since 2011.
Ross Lu | Assistant Professor | has research interests in economic consequences of corporate governance disclosure, managerial ability and bank loan pricing. His teaching interests include financial and managerial accounting. He contributes to SAF by strengthening research and teaching in our financial accounting area.
Seda Oz | Assistant Professor | has research interests in financial institutions, information intermediaries, regulation and corporate disclosure. Her teaching interests include financial accounting, financial statement analysis and empirical research methods. In 2016 she was awarded the McGill All Star Professors award.
Dan Rogozynski | Lecturer | has a 20-year career as a Senior Financial Officer in various companies including Big Sky Hospitality Limited, Cara Operations Limited, and Sleeman Breweries Limited. He has six years of adjunct teaching experience. At SAF he teaches in taxation as well as supports the Waterloo Centre for Taxation in a Global Economy.
Adam Vitalis | Assistant Professor | has research interests that include using experimental methods to explore the limitations of information processing in financial and audit settings. His teaching interests include assurance and management accounting.
Arts Computing Office
Bill Baer | Information Technology (IT) Director |
Pratheepan Balasingam | IT Specialist, Psychology |
Arts Undergraduate Office
Emily Hudson | Curriculum Assistant | has been with the University since 2013 and found her home in the Arts Undergraduate Office this past year. She enjoys helping departments with their plan and course changes, berry picking and axe throwing.
Kitti Muzslai | Financial Analyst (Research) | answers any administrative or eligibility questions about research accounts in the Faculty of Arts. She has worked on campus for four years in similar research financial analyst/administrative roles. In her spare time, she enjoys cleaning (seriously) and spending time with her energetic preschooler.
Sherri Sutherland | Senior Development Officer | is Certified Nonprofit Professional with over 30 years of experience in fundraising, board governance, program development, and volunteer management. She has a BA in Human Relations from High Point University. Originally from North Carolina, this year she celebrated 25 years of living in Canada with her husband and two daughters.
Kevin Carey | Lecturer | is an interdisciplinary teacher-scholar whose work focuses on higher education and rhetorical theory. Drawing on institutional histories, critical pedagogy, and philosophy, his research examines tensions between progressive aims and conservative functions of higher education.
Jordana Cox | Assistant Professor | bridges communication studies, performance history, and public humanities. She holds an Interdisciplinary PhD in Theatre and Drama with a graduate certificate in Rhetoric and Public Culture. At Northwestern University, she held a Graduate Fellowship in Ethics and Civic Life, and coordinated experiential learning initiatives at the Center for Civic Engagement.
Bharat Sud |Lecturer | has research interests in long-term effects of marketing strategy on brand performance and cross-category effects of marketing strategy. He is currently preparing a manuscript based on his dissertation from the University of Western Ontario, for submission to the Journal of Marketing Research.
Andrea Jonahs | Lecturer| teaches GENE199 Communications in the Engineering Profession, as well as other courses in Science and Technical Communication. She also brings strengths in the rhetoric of science and technology and in the area of critical race theory.
George Lamont | Lecturer | is an experienced teacher of STEM communications. He teaches GENE199 Communications in the Engineering Profession, as well as other courses in Science and Technical Communication. He also brings broad strengths in English literature and rhetoric.
Karin Staley | Administrative Coordinator and Advisor, Undergraduate Studies | is a graduate of Centennial College in Digital Animation and completed a postgraduate work in Digital Visual FX at Sheridan College. She worked for 15+ years in the film and television industry; and was a curriculum/content/front end web developer at D2L. Before joining the Fine Arts, she taught with the WRDSB.
Nicole Nolette |Assistant Professor | specializes in minority studies (Acadie, Ontario, Western Canada, and Québec), French Canadian theatre, and literary translation (theatre) into French in a minority context. After a postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard University (2014-2016), she taught at Acadia University. Among her publications is the award-winning Jouer la traduction.
Shelby Davies, Graduate Program Coordinator, joined Political Science and Global Governance last October after three years of contract work in Graduate Studies Postdoctoral Affairs. She provides support to graduate students across three programs, and feels fortunate to work with so many great students, faculty, and staff in Arts.
Sociology and Legal Studies
Christina Lashbrook | Administrative Assistant | provides department support to both faculty and staff. She came to Sociology and Legal Studies after 10 years of administration experience within Mechanical & Mechatronics Engineering and has been employed on campus since moving to the Waterloo area over 15 years ago.
Andrea Quinlan | Assistant Professor | completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Science and Technology Studies at Cornell University and taught Gender & Women’s Studies at Trent University. Her expertise is in contemporary social theory, science and technology studies, gender studies, and legal studies. She is the author of The Technoscientific Witness of Rape: Contentious Histories of Law, Feminism, and Forensic science.
Annik Bilodeau | Lecturer | researched the evolution in the treatment of cosmopolitanism in Spanish American literature and was nominated for the Governor General’s Gold Medal for best dissertation in the Social Sciences and Humanities and the CALACS Outstanding Dissertation Prize. She currently examines the representation of the female cosmopolitan artist in the works of Elena Poniatowska.
Tracy Klassen-Jacobs | Administrative Assistant |
Tabatha Dominguez | Lecturer | has nearly 20 years of industry experience, as well as experience as a lecturer in the Lazaridis School of Business and Economics, Wilfrid Laurier University. In 2015 and 2016, she worked as a sessional instructor for the Stratford Campus, teaching Introduction to Global Business and Business Ethics.
Karin Schmidlin | Lecturer | returns to Stratford’s undergraduate and graduate programs, teaching User Experience (UX) and Applied Leadership. She won a 2017 Arts Award for Excellence in Teaching; has 14 years of design and digital media experience; and holds a BA from the University of the Arts, Zurich, and a Master of Digital Media.
Sebastian Siebel-Achenbach | Lecturer | has taught courses including Cross-cultural Digital Business, Entrepreneurship, Applied Leadership and Management and modern European history. He holds a doctorate from the University of Oxford, an MBA from Wilfrid Laurier University, and has six years of experience working in industry.
Leah Zhang-Kennedy | Lecturer | holds a PhD in Computer Science from Carleton University. Her work bridges design and research from computer science, human-computer interaction, and graphic design. She has four years of industry experience working as a designer.
Looking back at the arc of the Faculty of Arts
When I began my current role as Associate Dean (Research) in 2012, the Arts strategic planning process was just gaining speed. Its initial consultation phase had been wide-ranging and transparent. The subsequent refinement of priorities and write-up involved many staff, students, and faculty. The resulting document was circulated, discussed, revised, and then passed overwhelmingly at Arts Faculty Council.
This year, the Faculty of Arts passed an amendment to our 2014-19 Strategic Plan with references to the 2015 Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC). The aim was to have the revised Strategic Plan reflect the Arts’ commitment to indigenization of the academy, in the spirit of the TRC’s Calls to Action bearing on universities and education.
To summarize, then: we had consulted, pondered, and planned for two years. And yet our original plan failed to mention a moral and institutional imperative that we recognized as utterly essential within only two years.
Given that it’s possible to overlook something of extraordinary importance when attempting a strategic plan, is it even worth the profound costs in time and energy required? Why go to the trouble of telling a complex and detailed story of what your priorities are, and your actions will be, when circumstances or your own aims might change dramatically?
These are familiar questions in research administration. Researchers can find grant applications frustrating; they may ask why they should go through the motions of pretending to know what papers they’ll be writing, what students they’ll be supervising, what conferences they’ll be attending four or five years in the future. Disciplines, researchers, and institutions change over those time periods. Any proposal written now is pretty speculative relative to outcomes years down the road. The point of speculating in such precise operationalized detail can be obscure.
Yet the planning of precise details for one’s future research – or for other endeavours - has virtues well beyond the question of whether those particular details will hold in the future. Many researchers report that coming up with a research plan is an important way of gaining perspective and taking stock of their broader academic interests and ambitions. Set aside the notions of planning as a matter of fussy bureaucratic organization; I’m talking about the importance of occasionally seeing ourselves in a larger narrative, stepping back from the quotidian, shaking off the routine of courses and committees, 2-hour meetings and 12-week terms, that otherwise dominate the academic schedule.
When I started as Associate Dean, too, there were things I hoped to accomplish – a set of interconnected plans for transparency, efficiency, and effective advocacy for Arts research. Some of those specific plans came to fruition to some degree; others have been so thoroughly overtaken by events that I can hardly remember them; still others were predicated on ignorance that I was fortunate to have corrected by working with generous expert colleagues.
As it turned out, the majority of tasks I worked on throughout my time as ADR arose on the fly, often due to projects and initiatives originating outside the Faculty or even the University. These projects were unforeseeable in advance, and sometimes inconceivable in retrospect too – administrative equivalents of Escher staircases that were somehow climbed, though I’m damned if I can remember how. Yet, even where the original plans were pared away by exigency until they were little more than content-free structure, they still framed a story about, broadly, why the Faculty of Arts and its researchers matter. It was just a story that included a lot of unplanned priorities and events slotted into the orbit of larger intentions.
Looking back at the arc of the Faculty of Arts over the time I’ve been lucky enough to work in it – including my time as an administrator – I see a community that has benefited from asking itself the same kinds of questions we all profitably ask as individuals too. How do I want to develop and improve in my many roles? What practical or intellectual puzzles or problems do I want to illuminate? What sort of colleague do I want to become? What responsibilities should I bear in light of the privileges I hold? Our questions and answers are inevitably imperfect, but they help us see our work in a larger context. For me, at least, this sort of narrative ultimately affords some optimism. It enables me now to look back and say: Here is how things were with us. These are things we did together. And here is how we will do better, too.
Then there are the erstwhile Pickle Forks – the four sculptures that occupied the former Hagey Hall courtyard (site of the Hub now). On April 30, 2015, the four steel sculptures, created and installed by artist Ron Baird in 1971, were removed and stored on campus. As was reported at the start of the Hub construction, the intention was to reinstall the sculptures on campus… somewhere, someday. Last year Mr. Baird accepted the Dean’s invitation to join the discussion about reinstallation. After Doug Peers and Kathryn MacDonald met with the artist along with a representative from Plant Ops, it was agreed that a plan would be drafted to re-configure the sculptures (which the artist himself refers to as pickle forks!) on the front lawn of the PAS building – the grassy area facing the Ring Road and University Avenue beyond. Mr. Baird drafted a concept to combine the four pieces into a single Swiss-Army-knife-like sculpture (see rending below, which is not scale). However, we have a wrench in the works now, as Plant Ops is reassessing the proposed location. Meanwhile, the Pickle Forks remain in storage limbo, patiently waiting for promotion to a multi-tool sculptural installation.
Inside Arts is published each term. Comments, ideas, and submissions are always welcome. Please contact Wendy Philpott.