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Message from the Chair

We are part of Canada's fastest-growing and most ambitious university, located in the pulsing heart of its largest and most cosmopolitan city. In many ways, Toronto’s cosmopolitanism is Ryerson’s, and likewise our Department’s, all of which is reflected in the variety and vitality of our student body, our faculty members, our course offerings, and our scholarly, research and creative work as individuals. 

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    • Department: Dr. Derkatch’s research and teaching focus on rhetorical theory and criticism, particularly rhetorics of science, medicine, and health. Dr. Derkatch received the 2013 Ryerson Faculty of Arts New Faculty Teaching Award.
    • Department: Andrew O’Malley is an associate professor in the Department of English, specializing in children’s and popular cultures. He is the Director of the Children’s Literature archive, and is the author of two monographs: The Making of the Modern Child: Children’s Literature and Childhood in the Late Eighteenth Centuryand Children’s Literature, Popular Culture, and Robinson Crusoe
    • Department: Dr. Boyd’s “The Texting Wilde Project: Developing Computer-Assisted Methods for the Analysis of Life Writing” was awarded a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada grant.
    • Department: Professor Lorraine Janzen Kooistra was named one of Ontario’s most outstanding university teachers by the Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations in September 2013.
    • Department: My current research project investigates the historical significance of the museum as an evolving cultural institution during the late-eighteenth and early-nineteenth centuries, and examines its close relationship to a set of key tropes associated with Romantic literature and visual culture, in particular those related to memory, antiquity, and the re-imagining of the past.