May 1, 2013
Office of the Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic) It is with the greatest of pleasure that I announce the appointment of Dr. Jill Scott as the Vice-Provost (Teaching and Learning), effective May 1, 2013. Dr. Scott is currently co-chair (with Dr. Brian Frank) of the Provost’s Advisory Task Force on the Student Learning Experience, a major focus of which is the assessment and evaluation of the Fundamental Academic Skills identified by the Academic Plan as central to the Queen’s student learning experience. In her new position, she will work closely with the Provost in a variety of areas related to the student learning experience, including quality assurance. The Centre for Teaching and Learning, because of its role in supporting improvements to the student learning experience at Queen’s, will report to Dr. Scott once she takes up her appointment.
Dr. Scott, who joined Queen’s in 2001, is Professor, Acting Associate Head and Undergraduate Chair in the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures. She is also cross-appointed to Gender Studies and affiliated with Cultural Studies. Dr. Scott has taught German language and literature as well as a wide variety of interdisciplinary courses on cross-cultural conflict and human rights. Her research on teaching and learning explores the use of technology to enhance student engagement, and her project, “From Twitter Teaching to MicroWriting,” has been funded by a Procter and Gamble Higher Education Grant and by the Centre for Teaching and Learning.
Dr. Scott is the author of two books, Electra after Freud: Myth and Culture (Cornell University Press, 2005), and A Poetics of Forgiveness: Cultural Responses to Loss and Wrongdoing (Palgrave, 2010). Her co-edited volume (with Leo Riegert and Jack Shuler), Thinking and Practicing Reconciliation: Teaching and Learning Through Literary Responses to Conflict, is forthcoming with Cambridge Scholars Press.
Dr. Scott’s current research harnesses the passion of stories and storytelling to expand and complicate discourses of restorative justice. The project, entitled “Storying Justice,” reads literary and cultural texts, as well as legal and quasi-legal processes and documents, as imaginative frameworks that can lead to the development of new models of justice, such as narrative justice and generative justice. Dr. Scott received the SSHRC Aurora Prize for her research in the area of forgiveness and conflict resolution, which resulted in the publication of A Poetics of Forgiveness. In addition, Dr. Scott is the author of articles on German literary modernism, knowledge mobilization, and outcomes-oriented learning strategies.
Dr. Scott has taken an active role in serving Queen’s, as a member of the University’s Senate (2007-10), the Internal Academic Review Committee, the Queen’s National Scholar Appointment Committees, and the Principal’s Academic Planning Committee. I am delighted that Dr. Scott has accepted the responsibilities of this role. Please join me in welcoming Dr. Scott to her new position.