In the Faculty of Native Studies, Nancy has taught NS 111 (Contemporary Perspectives in Native Studies), NS 476 (Perspectives on Aboriginal Heath and Wellbeing), NS 590 (Community-Based Research), and NS 690 (Advanced Indigenous Research Methodologies). She also taught NS 360, a special topics class on Indigenous prison writing, which will be offered again in Spring 2020. In all of her classes, Nancy brings the strength of her training as a literary scholar, which means that students have the opportunity to learn close reading analytical skills and discourse analysis, as well as getting to explore literary and artistic texts in classes where they might not otherwise encounter such texts.
Nancy's teaching philosophy is decidedly student-centered and participatory. She loves to learn from and with her students, and she is always encouraging them to share and build their views together in a thoughtful and collaborative manner. Whenever possible, Nancy incorporates community-based educational activities into her courses--whether that be asking students to attend a community event and write a reflection as a component of their class work, or asking them to engage more deeply in a term-long community-engaged individual or group project. Nancy believes that our collective learning is richer when we engage with each other and with the topics at hand in both academic and community spaces.
If you are a graduate student with research interests in Indigenous prison writing, penal abolition, the criminalization of Indigenous peoples, carceral cultures, arts programs in prisons, and/or community-engaged or community-based education, please contact me to discuss how I might be able to support your research.