Call me a Prairie boy: I was born in Edmonton, spent formative years in Regina (Go, Lions band!), and settled in Winnipeg for high school (Kelvin) and university (U of Winnipeg). At U of W, I majored in psychology and took as much English as possible.
Still moving eastward, I did graduate studies at York University, starting out in counselling but ending up in psycholinguistics. After my PhD I did a postdoc at the University of Colorado, studying text comprehension.
Then I had the good fortune to land a teaching position at St. Thomas University in Fredericton, New Brunswick, where I’ve been ever since. Over my thirty-five-plus years at STU, I’ve taught cognitive psychology, research methods, statistics, introductory psychology, psychology of music … and probably one or two others. As I teacher, what I have most emphasized—what I’ve “professed”—is student writing (for example, I almost always require multiple drafts). Writing and reading have also been the main topics of my scholarly work.
As I near the end of my teaching career, I begin a new one in freelance editing. Distance courses through Ryerson University (copyediting, proofreading) have been valuable for my editing know-how. Ongoing music performance (woodwinds, choral) has been valuable for my sanity.
Given my “professorial” experience, it’s not surprising that most of the manuscripts I work with are research reports, academic books, and scholarly articles. Even so, my interests are alarmingly broad, from nonfiction trade books to fiction to web content.