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Naila Keleta-Mae in search of black girlhood

Monday, June 25, 2018

Professor Naila Keleta-Mae, Assistant Professor in Theatre and Performance, has a busy summer ahead of her.  Naila is researching black girlhood, performances of black girlhood, and what we can learn from them. This is different from Naila’s past research which has included black womanhood. In addition, Naila is researching why some black female playwrights in Canada self-produce (regardless of past success) and what that says about Canadian theatre production practices. Furthermore, Naila is researching black woman in podcasts and how they contribute to feminist theory and feminist work.

Naila Keleta-Mae sitting on floor Naila integrates her research into her teaching. She calls her teaching philosophy a pedagogy of justice. She includes course materials from voices and perspectives that have historically been, and continue to be, under-represented. In the fall, Naila will teach a course called Black and Free (ARTS 130) about the many ways in which black people have, and continue to be free – despite living in North America, a continent that is steeped in centuries of anti-black racism.

Naila considers herself an advocate for social justice wherein social justice is defined by those who have been oppressed.  She believes that her research and art are a vocation.

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Employment Opportunity for Sessional Instructors

The Speech Communication program at the University of Waterloo is searching for several new sessional instructors to teach core communication courses.  Based in a liberal arts faculty with high national and international standards, the Speech Communication program currently serves approximately 150 majors, 50 minors, and delivers many sections of communication courses to four Faculties from across the University.

Sessional instructors could teach up to three sections per academic term of the following courses: Public Speaking, Interpersonal Communication, Science Communication, or Communication in the Engineering Professions. Each of these courses include emphases on foundational communication competencies and are designed to align with the Speech Communication program objectives. More information on the Speech Communication program can be found here:

Interested instructors should have a PhD or be working toward completing a PhD, and should send a CV and a brief letter of interest that addresses qualifications and teaching philosophy to:

Dr. Robert Danisch

Chair, Department of Drama and Speech Communication

University of Waterloo

200 University Avenue West

Waterloo, Ontario N2L 3G1