On Beert Verstraete
Beert C. Verstraete
260 Milne Avenue
New Minas, Nova Scotia B4N 4C8
CITIZENSHIP: Canadian and Dutch
1950 - 1958 Primary and some secondary schooling in Zwolle, The Netherlands.
1967 Bachelor of Arts, Honours English and Latin, University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario.
1968 Master of Arts, Latin, University of Western Ontario.
1972 Doctor of Philosophy, Classical Studies, University of Toronto, Ontario.
Dissertation Topic: "The Development of Propertius' Poetic Technique in Books I-III."
Awards, Scholarships, and Fellowships
1963 Ontario Scholarship; University of Western Ontario Board of Governors Scholarship.
1967 University of Western Ontario Board of Governors Gold Medal.
1967 - 1970 Ontario Fellowship.
1970 - 1972 Canada Council Doctoral Fellowship
Academic Work History
1974 - 1975 Sessional Lecturer in Classics (Department of Languages), University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario.
1975 - 1976 Visiting Assistant Professor in Classics (Department of Classics), University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia.
1977 (March - April) Consultant and Writer, Curriculum Development Branch, Ministry of Education, Toronto, Ontario.
1978 - present Professor of Classics (Department of History and Classics), Acadia University, Wolfville, Nova Scotia; tenure obtained in 1983; promotion to the rank of associate professor in 1984; promotion to the rank of full professor in 1991; on sabbatical leave, 2002-3, 2010-2011; Chair of the Department of Classics, 1990-2000; Chair of the Department of History and Classics, 2006-2009; retired, 2011; will be teaching Classics 3113 and 3123 in the winter term of 2012.
Other Work History
1972 - 1974 Department of Employment and Immigration, Toronto, Ontario:
1977 - 1978 assistant counsellor; student summer-employment office supervisor at Ryerson Polytechnical Institute; counsellor (in management training)
Teaching Experience and Responsibilities at Acadia (since 1990)
Greek - at all levels.
Latin - all levels; also, for 15 years, the first year Latin course through correspondence.
Classical Studies (courses listed roughly in the order of when they were first taught) - Greek Literature in Translation; Latin Literature in Translation; Scientific Terminology based on Greek and Latin; Roman Law; Greek and Roman Epic; Ancient History (in 1988-89 only); The Greek and Roman Novel; World Literature (The Ancient Near East and the Greco-Roman World); Gender and Sexuality in the Greek and Roman World; Introduction to Greek Civilization; Introduction to Roman Civilization; Roman Historians and Historiography; From the Trojan War to the War on Terror - The Motives and Ethics of War (First-Year Interdisciplinary Studies course accepted towards the Classics major).
Other Programmes - contribution of lectures and seminars to: World Literature (Interdisciplinary Studies 2406), 1985-1995; Peace Studies (IDST 2216), 1989 – 1994; World Literature II (IDST 2423); Entomology (Biology 4153); Engaging Literature: Critical Reading & Writing (English 1406); Lesbian and Gay Studies (Sociology 3803); History of European Men, Masculinity, and Gender from the Middle Ages to 1800 (History 3463).
Course Development - Introduction of a new senior Greek course, Greek 3106, Hellenistic Greek; taking over of Classics 2263, Latin Elements in English (discontinued in the early 2000’s); reorganization of Beginner’s Latin (Latin 1006) through long distance and classroom delivery; redesigning of Scientific Terminology (Classics 2233) and Roman Law (Classics 3113); preparation of lectures and seminars for IDST 2216 (Peace Studies), and IDST 2406 (World Literature); introduction of Classics 2423 (now 3423), The Greek and Roman Novel; introduction of Classics 3123, Gender and Sexuality in the Greco-Roman World; introduction of the Greek and Roman Novel (Classics 2423, now 3423); designing of the material for my sections in the introductory Greek and Roman civilization courses; developed IDST 2413, World Literature I, now Classics 2573 (this was the first half of the former IDST 2406 and used much material from the earlier developed but later discontinued course on Greek and Roman Epic); introduction of Classics 3343, Roman Historians and Historiography; introduction of IDST 1713, From the Trojan War to the War on Terror: The Motives and Ethics of War (taught, together with Eric Alcorn of the Department of Biology, Enin a one-month modular format for the first time in the Winter term of 2010, as part of the transdisciplinary CONNECTIONS initiative for first-year students); course material put increasingly online since 1997.
Honours Thesis Supervision - Margaret -Anne Ellison, The Life and Career of Agrippina the Younger, the Mother of Nero (spring 1988); Deborah Deane Outerbridge, The Life and Career of the Emperor Commodus: Historical and Psychological Perspectives. (spring 1991); Elizabeth Claire Ellison, Women in the Christian Church under the Roman Empire (spring 1991); Stephen S.S. Lee, The Trial of Socrates (spring 1994); Christine Ann Cullingworth, The Myth of Atlantis: Historical, Geological, and Archaeological Perspectives (spring 1995); Leanne Wells, The Pompeian Domus (spring 1998); Cynthia Lipe, The Roman Gladiatorial Games and Imperial Politics (spring 1999); Sarah Trask, Magic in the Greco-Roman World, with Special Reference to Apuleius’ Apology and Metamorphoses (spring 2001); Stephanie Romkey, Mixed Borderline and Histrionic Personality Disorder and the Reign of the Emperor Gaius (Caligula) (spring 2004); Jesse Zink, O Tempora, O Mores: Lessons about the Late Republic from Catiline and his Context (spring 2004); Benjamin Hahn, Social Status and Friendship in the Late Roman Republic (spring 2007). Kathryn Furtado, Liberty, Unity and the Princeps: The Changing Focus of Roman Politics and Literature at the End of the Republic and in the Early Principate (spring 2009).
Peer Consulting and Programme Development - Attendance of two-day workshop in May 1992 on peer consultation in university teaching organized by the Acadia University Faculty Development Committee; founding member of the Peer Consulting Group which resulted from this workshop and functioned until 1995. In 2008 and 2009, active participation in the meetings of the work group of the CONNECTIONS pilot project in the conceptualization and designing of a series of transdisciplinary courses, taught in module-format, for first-year students at Acadia.
Educational Technology Sessions - Have attended such sessions at Acadia University since 1997.
Academic: (since 1990)
October 2010, “Propertius 4.10 in counterpoint with the other aetiological elegies in book four,” annual meeting of the Atlantic Classical Association (ACA) at Saint Mary’s U; revised version presented at the annual meeting of the Classical Association of Canada (CAC) at Kings College-Dalhousie U. in May 2011.
October 2009, “Propertius 4.6: The poet as panegyrist and vates,” annual meeting of the ACA at the U. of Prince Edward Island.
October 2008, “The idealized pueri delicati in Horace’s Odes,” annual meeting of the ACA at Mount Allison U.
October 2007, “Book IV of Propertius’ Elegies: why is it problematic and puzzling?” annual meeting of the ACA at Dalhousie U.
October 2006, “Erasmus’ Defense of Epicureanism in his Colloquies: from the ‘Banquet’ Colloquies to the Epicureus,” annual meeting of the Atlantic Classical Association, University of New Brunswick.
May 2006, “Epicureanism: A Philosophy That Was Both Pragmatist and Materialist in Greco-Roman Antiquity,” annual conference of the North-Central Sociological Association, Niagara Falls, ON
October 2005, “Don Quixote and the Ancient Greco-Roman Novels: Are There Any Literary-Generic Affinities?” paper presented at the international Don Quixote Symposium organized by the Department of Languages and Literatures at Acadia University.
April 2005, “Classical Studies, Ethnography, and Social Interactionism,” annual conference of the North-Central Sociological Association, Pittsburgh.
October 2004, “Some New Perspectives on the Study of Homosexuality in the Greco-Roman World,” annual meeting of the ACA at Mount Allison University; revised version presented at the annual meeting of the Classical Association of Canada in Banff, May 2005.
May 2003, “The Originality of the Marathus Elegies of Tibullus,” annual meeting of Classical Association of Canada, University of New Brunswick; a revised version of this paper was presented at the annual meeting of ACA at Mount Allison University in October 2003.
May 2002, “The Originality of Propertius’ Cynthia,” annual meeting of the CAC, University of British Columbia.
May 2001, “The Sappho Translations of P. C. Boutens,” Canadian Association for the Advancement of Netherlandic Studies, Laval University.
May 2000, “Further Thoughts on the Flemish Revival,” annual conference of the CAANS, University of Alberta.
October 1999, "The Latin Emblem Poems of Ioannes Sambucus," annual conference of the ACA, University of New Brunswick.
June 1999, "The Flemish Revival in Classical Context," annual conference of the CAANS, Université de Sherbrooke.
August 1998, "Classical Roman Perspectives on the Erotic, Obscenity, and Pornography," International Conference on Pornography, California State University at Northridge.
October 1997, "The Literary Achievement of Louis Couperus in The Comedians," annual meeting of the ACA, Dalhousie University, Halifax, N.S; revised version at the annual meeting of the CAANS, University of Ottawa, May 1998.
October 1996, “The Ring Found Inside the Fish: A comparison of the use of a Similar Folklore Motif in Herodotus and a Dutch-Frisian Folktale”, annual meeting of the ACA, Mount Allison University, Sackville, New Brunswick; versions of this paper also given at the 1997 annual meetings of the CAANS and the CAC.
October 1995, “Alexander the Great in the historical fiction of Mary Renault and Louis Couperus: A study in Contrasting Portrayals,” annual meeting of the ACA, Acadia University; a revised version of this paper was presented at the annual meeting of the CAANS, Brock University, St. Catharines, Ontario, in June 1996.
June 1995, respondent to a paper at a conference, “Christianity and the Classics III,” Institute of Christian Studies, Toronto
October 1994, "Augustan elegy: A Countercultural Poetry?" annual meeting of the ACA, Dalhousie and Saint Mary's Universities, Halifax, Nova Scotia.
October 1993, "The Greco-Roman Novels of Louis Couperus," annual meeting of the ACA, Mount Allison University, Sackville, New Brunswick.
November 1992, “Social and Economic Impediments to Radical Reform in the Greco-Roman World,” annual meeting of the ACA, University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, New Brunswick.
November 1992, “Social Constructionist Homosexuality and Marcusian Eros: Reflections of a Classicist,” Conference, “La Ville En Rose,” Concordia University and L’Université du Québec à Montréal.
October 1992, “The Emblemata of Sambucus: An English Translation in Progress,” biennial Atlantic region meeting of the Canadian Society for Renaissance Studies, Acadia University.
November 1991, “The Contribution of Social Constructionist Theory to the Study of Gender and Sexuality in the Greek and Roman World,” annual meeting of the ACA, Memorial University, St. John’s, Newfoundland; updated and expanded version of this paper presented at the annual meeting of the CAC in May 1992.
June 1991, “Asceticism and Celibacy in the Early Christian Church: An Expression of Zeitgeist or a Christian Idiosyncrasy?” Conference “Christianity and the Classics II,” Institute of Christian Studies, Toronto
May 1990, “Literary Scholarship and Criticism in Roman Studies over the Past Decade,” annual meeting of the CAC, University of Victoria, British Columbia (invited paper).
May 1990, “The Low Countries in Tacitus’ Annals: an Epic and Tragic Landscape,” annual meeting of CAANS, University of Victoria.
Popular papers (since 1990)
November 1990, “Classical Mythology in Contemporary Culture,”(illustrated), Acadia Science Fiction Club.
March 1995, "Christianity and the Classics," Acadia Student Christian Movement.
October 1996, “The Controversies Surrounding Greek Paederasty,” Women’s Studies Programme Gender and Sexuality Lecture Series.
November 2005, presentation to Acadia Pride on soon-to-be-published book
I have also made presentations over the years to the Acadia Classics Society.
Workshops and Special Sessions
October 1994, conducted a workshop, "Doing lesbian and gay history,” at a national conference at Dalhousie University; prepared and distributed an extensive bibliography.
May 1998 and 2010, organized and chaired a special session on ancient Greek paederasty at the annual meeting of the Classical Association of Canada, University of Ottawa in May 1998; organized, together with Dr Tom Hubbard, Professor of Classics at the University of Texas in Austin, and chaired a session on the same subject under the title of “Diachronic aspects of Greek paederasty,” at the annual CAC meeting of May 2010 at the U. Laval.
Translations and Editions
Contributor as Latin translator to Alan R. Young, editor, The English Emblem Tradition vol. 5: Henry Peachman's Manuscript Emblem Books, Index Emblematicus series, University of Toronto Press, 1998.
Co - editor for Classics in The English Emblem Tradition, vol. 4, Index Emblematicus, ed. Peter H. Daly, University of Toronto Press, 1998.
Contributor as Latin translator to Alan R. Young, editor, Emblematic Flag Devices of the English Civil Wars 1642 - 1660, The English Emblem Tradition, vol. 3, University of Toronto Press, 1995.
Co - editor for Classics in The English Emblem Tradition, vol. 2, Index Emblematicus, ed. Peter H. Daly, University of Toronto Press, 1993.
Contributor as Latin translator to Alan R. Young, editor, The English Tournament Imprese, New York: AMC Press, 1988.
Contributor as commentator and Latin translator to Early Liberal Education for Young Children, in Collected Works of Erasmus, vol. 26, ed. J. K. Sowards, University of Toronto Press, 1985.
With Arnold A. Lelis and William A. Percy, The Age of Marriage in Ancient Rome. Lewiston, NY: The Edwin Mellen Press, 2003.
With Vernon Provencal, Same-Sex Desire and Love in Greco-Roman Antiquity and in the Classical Tradition of the West. Binghamton, NY: The Harrington Press, 2006. Also published as the Journal of Homosexuality, Volume 49, Numbers 3 / 4, 2005.
“The Originality of Tibullus’ Marathus Elegies,” Same-Sex Desire and Love in Greco-Roman Antiquity and in the Classical Tradition of the West, Beert Verstraete and Vernon Provencal, editors. Binghamton, NY: The Harrington Press, 2006, 299-313.
“New Pedagogy on Ancient Pederasty,” The Gay and Lesbian Review Worldwide, May-June 2004, 13-14.
“The Flemish Revival: An Archaizing Movement? Comparisons with Greco-Roman Antiquity,” Canadian Journal of Netherlandic Studies 21 (fall 2000), 21-25.
“Recent Scholarship on Homosexuality in the Greco-Roman World,” Journal of Homosexuality 40 (2000), 145-162.
"Classical Roman Perspective on the Erotic, Obscenity, and Pornography," Porn 101: Eroticism, Pornography, and the First Amendment, James Elias et al. editors, Amherst, NY: Prometheus Books, 1999, 535-544.
"The Ring inside the Fish: Comparison of the Use of a Similar Folklore Motif in Herodotus and a Dutch-Frisian Folktale," Canadian Journal of Netherlandic Studies, 19 (1998), 14-18.
"Alexander the Great in the Historical Fiction of Mary Renault and Louis Couperus: A Study In Contrasting Portrayals," Cahiers des Etudes Anciennes 34 (1998), 151-157.
"The Literary Achievement of Louis Couperus in his Greco-Roman Novels, with Special Reference to De Berg van Licht," Canadian Journal of Netherlandic Studies 18 (1997), 45-52.
Entry on William G. Fletcher (Professor of Classics at Acadia, 1967 -77), in Ward W. Briggs Jr. (ed.), Biographical Dictionary of North American Classicists, Westport CT, London: Greenwood Press, 1994, p. 187.
“The Low Countries in Tacitus' Annals: An Epic and Tragic Landscape,” Canadian Journal of Netherlandic Studies 13 (spring 1992), 13 - 16.
“Classical References and Themes in Salman Rushdie’s The Satanic Verses,” Classical and Modern Literature 10 (1990), 327-334.
"Erasmus' Christian Humanist Appreciation and Use of the Classics," in Christianity and the Classics, ed. Wendy Helleman, Lanham-London: University Press of America, (1990), 91-107.
“Creative Translation in Guido Gezelle’s Version of Longfellow’s The Song of Hiawatha,” Canadian Journal of Netherlandic Studies vol. 10, no. 2 (Fall 1989) 5-9
“Watson Kirkconnell’s Translations of Vondel: A Critical Appreciation” Canadian Journal of Netherlandic Studies vol. 10, no. 2 (Fall 1989), 1 - 4.
“Panegyric and Candour in Statius, Silvae 3.4,” Studies in Latin Literature and Roman History, vol. 5, ed. Carl Deroux, Brussels: Collection Latomus, (1989), 405-413.
“Male Homosexualities and Homosocial Arrangements in Roman Society and Literature,” in History, Volume II in the “Homosexuality, which Homosexuality?” Conference Papers, Amsterdam: Free University, (1987), 94-106; this was an in-house publication.
"New Approaches in the Literary-Critical Study of Roman Poetry," Classical Views: Echos du Monde Classique 31 (1987), 341-354.
- "The Revolution Brought by Christianity in Attitudes to Homosexuality: Recent Publications Addressing the Issue," Canadian Lesbian and Gay History Network Newsletter 3 (1987), 7-8.
"Originality and Mannerism in Statius' Use of Myth in the Silvae,” L'Antiquité Classique 52 (1983), 195-205.
"The Implication of the Epicurean and Lucretian Theory of Dreams for Falsa Insomnia in Vergil, Aeneid 6. 896," Classical World 74 (1980), 7-11
"Slavery and the Social Dynamics of Male Homosexual Relations in Ancient Rome", Journal of Homosexuality 5 (1980), 227-236.
"Propertius' Use of Myth in Book Two," Studies in Latin Literature and Roman History, Vol. 2, ed. Carl Deroux, Brussels: Collection Latomus, (1980), 259-268.
"Homosexuality in Ancient Greek and Roman Civilization: A Critical Bibliography," Journal of Homosexuality 3 (1977), 79 - 89.
"Ovid on Homosexuality", Classical News and Views 19 (1975), 79 - 83.
Contributor to D.F.S. Thomson, "Recent Scholarship on Catullus (1960-1969)," Classical World 65 (1971), 116-126.
- Recent Studies on Homosexuality in Ancient Greek and Roman Civilization, Toronto: Canadian Gay Archives, 1982. Supplement in Canadian Lesbian and Gay History Network Newsletter 1 (1985), 19-20.
Reviewed in Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2006.08.28 (electronic journal): Christian Laes, Kinderen bij de Romeinen: Zes Eeuwen Dagelijks Leven [“Children among the Romans: Six Centuries of Daily Life”]. Leuven: Davidsfonds, 2006
Martha C. Nussbaum and Juha Sihvola, eds., The Sleep of Reason: Erotic Experience and Sexual Ethics in Ancient Greece and Rome. Chicago and London: University of Chicago Press, 2002, in Phoenix 58 (2004), 348-353.
Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2004.07.55 Emiel Eyben, Christian Laes, and Toon van Houdt (ed.), Amor-Roma: Liefde en Erotiek in Rome. Leuven: Davidsfonds, 2003.
Reviewed in Italian Quarterly 41 (Winter-Spring 2004), 97-103:
Peter Burke, Varieties of Cultural History. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1997; Robert Black, Humanism and Education in Medieval and Renaissance Italy. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2001.
Nancy S. Rabinowitz and Lisa Auanger, eds., Among Women: From the Homosocial to the Homoerotic in the Ancient World. Austin: University of Texas Press, 2002, in the Bulletin of the Committee on Lesbian and Gay History 17 (spring 2003), 18-21.
Andrew Calimach, Lovers’ Legends: The Greek Gay Myths. New Rochelle, NY: Haiduk Press, 2002, in Mouseion 2 (2002), 413-414.
Craig A. Williams, Roman Homosexuality: Ideologies of Masculinity in Classical Antiquity. Oxford University Press, 1999, in Journal of Homosexuality 41 (2001), 167-170
Ellen Greene, The Erotics of Domination: Male Desire and the Mistress in the Latin Love Poetry, Baltimore and London: Hopkins University Press, 1998, in Phoenix 54 (2000), 177-179
Reviewed in Phoenix 52 (1998), 149-153:
Rethinking Sexuality: Foucault and Classical Antiquity. Edited by David H.J. Larmour, Paul Allen Miller, and Charles Platter. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1997.
Roman Sexualities. Edited by Judith P. Hallett and Marilyn B. Skinner. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1997.
Reviewed in Italian Quarterly 36, nos. 1349-140 (Winter-Spring 1999), 110-112, 110-112, 124-126: Pat Southern. Domitian: Tragic Tyrant. Bloomington and Indianapolis: Indiana University Press, 1997. Julian Bennett. Trajan, Princeps Optimus: A Life and Time. Bloomington and Indianapolis: Indiana University Press, 1997. Jonathan Sawday. The Body Emblazoned: Dissection and the Human Body in Renaissance Culture. Paperback (corrected) edition. London and New York: Routledge, 1996.
E. Courtney (ed.) P. Papini Stati Silvae (Oxford Classical Text series, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1990), in Phoenix 46, (1992) 380-382.
Noel Clark (transl.), Joost van den Vondel: Lucifer (Bath: Absolute Classics, 1990), in Canadian Journal of Netherlandic Studies 12 No.2 (Fall 1991), 50.
David M. Halperin, One Hundred Years of Homosexuality: and Other Essays on Greek Love (New York and London: Routledge, 1990); John J. Winkler, The Constraints of Desire: the Anthropology of Sex and Gender in Ancient Greece (New York and London: Routledge, 1990) ; and David M. Halperin, John J. Winkler, and Froma I. Zeitlin (ed.), Before Sexuality: the Construction of Erotic Experience in the Ancient Greek World (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1990), in Journal of the History of Sexuality 2 (1991), 289 - 293.
Peter Brown, The Body and Society: Men, Women, and Sexual Renunciation in Early Christianity, (New York: Columbia University Press, 1988) in Journal of the History of Sexuality 1 (1990), 316-318 .
Sara Lilja, Homosexuality in Republican and Augustan Rome, (Helsinki: Societas Scientiarum Fennica, 1983), in Classical Views: Echos du Monde Classique 28 (1984), 500-504.
Vern L. Bullough, Sexual Variance in Society and History, (New York: John Wiley & Sons, 1976), in Journal of Homosexuality 3 (1977-78), 189-191.
I have also published short reviews in non-refereed magazines.
Refereeing of Papers and Editorial Responsibilities
I have refereed manuscripts for the University of Illinois Press, Journal of Homosexuality, Journal of the History of Sexuality, Helios, Phoenix and Mouseion, formerly Classical Views: Echos du Monde Classique (Phoenix and Mouseion are the official journals of the Classical Association of Canada), and Renaissance and Reformation; served on the Editorial Board of the Journal of the History of Sexuality, 1996-1998; served on the Editorial Board of Phoenix, 1999-2001; have served on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Homosexuality since 2003.
1991 - 1994 Co-recipient with Dr. Alan Young (Acadia University) of a three -year Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council research grant to edit, translate, and analyze a collection of English Civil War imprese, emblematic literature by Henry Peacham, Jeremias Prexel’s, The Christians Zodiake, and the Emblemata of Ioannes Sambucus (the last work also in collaboration with Dr. Peter Daly of McGill University).
1989, 1991, 1992, Acadia University Faculty Association Collective Agreement
1997, 1998, 1999, 2005 article 25.55 grants.
1982 - 1998 (most years) SSHRC General Fund grants.
1980, 1981, 1987 Research grants from Harvey T. Reid Summer Study Fund (Acadia).
1986 - 1987 Co-recipient (with Dr. Alan Young of Acadia University and Dr.Peter Daly of McGill University) of a SSHRC research grant for a transcription and translation of an early seventeenth century Hessian travel diary, written in German and Latin by a visitor to England in 1611.
Current Research Interests
My current research interests are: literary criticism of Roman poetry; history of sexuality in Greco-Roman antiquity; Neo-Latin literature; and the Classical Tradition. At present, I am the co-editor, together with Dr. Tom Hubbard, Professor of Classics at the University of Texas in Austin, of a collection of papers, entitled, Age-Discrepant Male Homosexuality: Multi-Disciplinary Perspectives, which offers a series of psychological, legal, anthropological, biological, historical and social-critical perspectives on this controversial subject and which has been tentatively accepted for publication in by the Left Coast Press. My current major project is a book-length study of male homoerotic poetry which starts with classical antiquity (especially its Roman side) and then moves on to consider the radically new socio-cultural, psychological, and aesthetic departures for this genre which has taken place in the west during the 19th and 20th centuries; I have chosen, Soulscapes of Eros: Studies in Male Homoerotic Poetry, Ancient and Modern, as the title of this work.
Chairing, Administrative and Committee Responsibilities at Acadia
2009 - 2010 Internal reviewer on the Committee to Review the English and Theatre Studies Programme
Winter 2010 Alternate on the University Review Committee
Fall 2009 Cognate-department member of the English Review Committee
2008 - 2010 Acadia University Faculty Association (AUFA) representative on the Employment Equity Committee
2007 - 2010 Elected member of the Senate Library Committee
July - Dec. 2008 Elected member of Senate
2006 - 2009 Member of the Committee of Faculty of Arts chairpersons
2006 - 2009 Chair of the Department of History and Classics
2006 - 2007 Alternate on the University Review Committee
2004 – 2008 AUFA representative on the Appointments Committee
2006 – Present Head of the Department of History and Classics
2006 – Present Alternate on the University Review Committee
2004 – Present Representative of the Acadia University Faculty Association on the Appointments Committee
2000 – 2002; 2003 – 2006 Co-ordinator of Classics, Department of History and Classics
2000 – 2002 Member of the Faculty of Arts Curriculum Committee Chair of Committee, 2001-2002
2000 – 2002; 2003 - 2004 Member of the Honours Committee, Department of History and Classics
2000 – 2001 Member of the Senate Nominating Committee
2000 – 2001 Past President of the AUFA (served on the Executive)
1998 – 2000 President of the AUFA
1997 - 1998, 1992 - 1995, 1987 - 1990 Elected member of Senate
1997 - 1998 Member of Editorial board, AUFA Communicator (Acadia University Faculty Association)
1994 - 1997 Acadia University Faculty Association representative on the Triennial Group Benefits Committee, now a standing committee
1994 - 1997, 1988 - 1989 Elected Member of the University Review Committee
1993 - 1997 Faculty Representative on the Presidential Equity Advisory Committee (Vice-Chair and Chair, 1996 - 97)
1993 Member of the Ad Hoc Committee for the Orientation of new Senators
1990 – 2000 Chair of the Department of Classics
1990 – 2000 Departmental Representative on the Faculty of Arts Planning Committee
1987 - 1998 Elections Officer, Faculty of Arts
1991 - 1996 Acadia University Representative of the Canadian Federation for the Humanities
1992 - 1995 Alternate for the Faculty of Arts Representative on the Academic Sector Planning Committee and the University Planning Committee
1990 - 1993 Faculty Representative on the Presidential Advisory Committee on Sexual Harassment
1987 - 1993 Representative of the Faculty of Arts on the Faculty of Science Council
1989 - 1992, 1984 - 1987 Member of the Library Committee (Chair, 1986 - 87, 1990 - 1992)
1991 Member of the Ad Hoc Faculty of Arts Committee on French Programmes
1986 - 1988 Member of the Kirkconnell Scholarship Essay Contest Committee
1985 - 1987 President of the Faculty Club of Acadia University
1980 – 1983 Faculty Elections Officer
I have also served on various University search, departmental search, and departmental review committees.
Major University Documents Prepared
1992 Self-Study of the Programme of Classics
2006 - 2007 Self-Study of the Programmes of History and Classics(with much assistance from Departmental colleagues)
Service in National and Regional Organizations
2010 - present Appointed member-at-large of the Equity Committee of the Classical Association of Canada (CAC)
2007 - 2008 Served on an ad hoc fundraising committee of the Canadian Association for the Advancement of Netherlandic Studies (CAANS)
2001 –2002 President of the Nova Scotia Association of University Teachers
2001 – 2002 ANSUT representative on the National Council of the CAUT
2001 – 2002 AUFA Trustee on the Board of the Defence Fund of the Canadian Association of University Teachers
1999 - 2001 Past President of the Canadian Association for the Advancement of Netherlandic Studies
1998 – 2001 AUFA observer and representative on the Council of ANSUT
1998 – 2001 Alternate AUFA Trustee on the Board of the CAUT Defence Fund
1998 – 2001 AUFA delegate and alternate on the National Council of the CAUT
1996 - 1999 President of CAANS
1996 - 1998 Adjudicator in the national Latin sight translation contests sponsored by the Classical Association of Canada
1991 - 1993 Vice-President of CAANS; CAANS Programme Chair for the annual conferences of 1992 and 1993
1990 - 2001 Secretary of the Atlantic Classical Association
1985 - 1986 Member of the CAC Nomination Committee
1983 - 1985 Secretary of the CAC
1981 - 1983 Regional Representative on the Council of the Classical Association of Canada External Review
1994 Participated as an external reviewer in the review of the Department of Classics at Mount Allison University.