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Kathleen Kellett is an accomplished Ryerson University faculty member who has a distinguished track record as a researcher, professor and administrator. Since joining Ryerson in 1992, she has consistently demonstrated her ability to effectively collaborate with colleagues on research projects, elicit students’ best efforts in the classroom and participate in program development.
Dr. Kellett is an associate professor in the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures, where she is known for delivering engaging and thought-provoking courses. She was also the lead academic coordinator between the Faculty of Arts and Ryerson’s G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education from 2013 to 2016. Dr. Kellett’ administrative service within Arts has also included serving as interim chair of the Department of Sociology from 2011 to 2012 and chair of the Department of French and Spanish (now the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures) from 2001 to 2009. As well, she was the academic coordinator for Sociology from 2011 to 2012, and The Chang School academic coordinator for French from 2007 to 2009. Before joining Ryerson, Dr. Kellett was an assistant professor at the University of Saskatchewan.
Dr. Kellett played a key role in developing and implementing the Ryerson English as a Second Language Foundation Program (RESLFP), which has experienced great success since its inception. She also supervised the development of the Certificate in Social Sciences and Humanities, and liaised with the Spanning the Gaps: Access to Post-Secondary Education program. As well, she collaborated with Dr. Nenita Elphick, program director of the Arts program area at The Chang School, on a 2013 report about best practices between the faculty and the school. Dr. Kellett has served on a number of university-wide committees, including on the Academic Standards Committee and the Faculty Tenure Committee. In 2016, she received the Dean’s Service Award for her exemplary administrative leadership in Arts.
As a researcher, Dr. Kellett has explored and published articles about Franco-Canadian minority literatures and cultures – particularly Franco-Ontarian literature – as well as immigrant voices in Canadian literature. Her other research interests include feminist critical theory, narratology and literary detective fiction. In 2015, she co-edited a book with Dr. Ruth Panofsky, professor in Ryerson’s Department of English, called Cultural Mapping and the Digital Sphere, a collection of essays examining how technology has facilitated interdisciplinary collaboration on Canadian cultural works.
Dr. Kellett holds a PhD in French (1991) and an MA (1983), both with a specialization in Quebec literature, from the University of Toronto, and a BA (Hons.) with a major in French literature and a minor in English from Simon Fraser University. A member of Ryerson’s Yeates School of Graduate Studies since 2001, Dr. Kellett is affiliated with the MA in Immigration and Settlement Studies and the Modern Literature and Culture Research Centre. Outside of Ryerson, her pursuits in academia have included serving as an external evaluator on program reviews at both the Department of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures at Brock University and the Department of Languages at Lakehead University.