Community-Engaged Learning Coordinator, SASAH
Joel Robert Burton is a Ph.D. candidate in English at Western University, where the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council has funded his research on confession and testimony in the contemporary novel. At Western, he works as a writing tutor in the Access Transition Program, Indigenous Services. He completed degrees at Dalhousie University and St. Francis Xavier University, where he was a J. P. McCarthy Scholar and nominee for the Rhodes scholarship. In 2011, Joel presented a research poster on cultural memory sponsored by the Harris Centre of Regional Policy and Development at the international meeting of the North Atlantic Forum. In 2012, he completed certificate programs on community change at the Pillar Nonprofit Network in London, Ontario and on social change at the Coady International Institute in Nova Scotia. At Coady, Joel’s capstone project was on the convergence of community-engaged scholarship and advanced research in the Humanities. In this project, Joel developed a method of conducting interviews rooted in the storytelling practices of Atlantic Canada that he will implement in a practice-based research initiative.
Media Technician, Faculty of Arts & Humanities
I hold a Cultural Studies degree from Trent University with an Honours Specialization in Film, Video and Media. During my undergrad I worked for the student and community newspaper Arthur where I eventually became one of the Coordinating Editors for Volume 35 (2000-2001). Through this experience I honed my skills in production, and was able to integrate my university education with practices in visual culture, media literacy and community-based activism. Subsequent to my degree, I completed studio training in contemporary media and filmmaking. My diversified work history includes working with NGOs coordinating and leading youth experiential learning programs. This method of learning has had such a positive effect on my own growth and development that I embrace all opportunities to guide others along that path. I nurture the better parts of myself by teaching and practicing yoga, travelling, playing ukulele, writing stories, and collaborating with others on fun media projects. I am thrilled to be contributing to SASAH by working with the students to help them develop skills in media production, and to support them in the experiential learning component of their education.
SASAH Social Media Coorindator
I have been involved in the arts as a student, practicing artist, designer, and instructor. Currently, I work with the School for the Advanced Studies in Arts and Humanities (SASAH) at Western University as the Visual Identity and Social Media Coordinator. In this role, I have the unique opportunity to work with the students while contributing to various social media/public relations for the School, including the recent update of the SASAH student blog. I hold a degree in Graphic Design (2003), a BFA from Emily Carr University of Art and Design (2010), and I will be defending my MFA thesis from Western University in August 2014. My research interests focus on issues of collective memory, history and feminism in contemporary art, film, and photography.