© 2018 Matt Jones

Teaching

I teach across the fields of performance studies, theatre history, contemporary literature, critical theory, and cultural studies. I also have several years of experience teaching academic writing and presentation skills.

 

Please get in touch to view my syllabi, teaching evaluations, or statement of teaching philosophy.

Course Instructor

 

Department of English, University of Toronto Scarborough:

   Canadian Drama (2019)

Department of Arts, Culture and Media, University of Toronto Scarborough:

            Critical Reading, Thinking and Writing for Arts, Culture and Media Programs (2018)

            Advanced Seminar in Performance Theory (2017)

            Theatre History II: Early Modern and Popular Theatre (2016)

Graduate Centre for Academic Communication, University of Toronto:

 

            Oral Presentation Skills (2018)

            Academic Conversation Skills (2012-2018) (13x)

            Academic Writing 1: Focus on Essentials (2012-2017) (5x)

English and Liberal Studies, Seneca College of Applied Arts and Technology:

 

            Creative Writing (2014)

English Department, Concordia University:

 

            English Composition I (2010-2011) (2x)

Teaching Assistant

Department of Arts, Culture and Media, University of Toronto Scarborough:


   But Why Is It Art? (2018-19; 2x)

Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies, University of Toronto:

            Advanced Performance: Mainstage (2017-2018)

            Dramaturgy (2017)

            Canadian Theatre History (2014)

            Performance III: The Resource Show (2013-2014)

            Drama: Form and Style (2012-2013)

Engineering Department, Concordia University:

 

            Technical Communication for Engineers (2010-2011) (2x)

Invited Lectures

 

“Becoming Soldier: Re-enacting the War on Terror on Stage.” Invited by Dr. Frederik Byrn Køhlert. American Studies Research Seminar Series. University of East Anglia, UK. 4 Dec. 2017.

 

“Satire, Black Humour, and Islamophobia: The Case of Charlie Hebdo.” Invited by Dr. Dominic Davies. Comics and Graphic Novels: The Politics of Form Network. The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities. University of Oxford. 1 Dec. 2017.

 

“Political Performance and Guantánamo Bay.” Invited by Dr. Heather Fitzsimmons-Frey. Lakeshore Collegiate Institute, Toronto. 26 Oct. 2016.

 

“Performing Multiple Identities: Caryl Churchill’s Postmodern Gender Theatre.” Invited by Dr. Daniel Newman. Concordia University, Montreal. 26 Nov. 2014.

 

“Six Theses on Asterios Polyp.” Invited by Dr. Frederik Byrn Køhlert. Ontario College of Art and Design, Toronto. 25 Sept. 2014.

 

Invited Lectures (in department)

 

“Practice as Research: Creating Death Clowns in Guantanamo Bay.” Invited by Dr. Stephen Johnson. Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies, University of Toronto, 15 Jan. 2018.

 

“Teaching Theatre and Global Ethics.” Invited by Dr. Barry Freeman. Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies, University of Toronto. 13 Oct. 2017.

 

“Ten Things to Know about Brecht and Meyerhold.” Invited by Dr. Xing Fang. Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies, University of Toronto. 16 Feb. 2017.

 

“Death Clowns in Guantánamo Bay.” Invited by Dr. Jenn Cole. Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies, University of Toronto. 31 Oct. 2016.

 

“The Fires of Wajdi Mouawad.” Invited by Dr. Baņuta Rubess. Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies, University of Toronto. 25 Oct. 2016.

 

“Michel Tremblay and the Origin of Québécois Drama.” Invited by Dr. Baņuta Rubess. Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies, University of Toronto. 29 Sept. 2015.

 

“Death Clowns in Guantánamo Bay.” Invited by Dr. Stephen Johnson. Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies, University of Toronto. 18 Mar. 2014.

 

“Caryl Churchill’s Drunk Enough to Say I Love You and the Politics of Postdramatic Theatre.” Invited by Dr. Barry Freeman. Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies, University of Toronto. 16 Oct. 2012.

Student Testimony

From teaching evaluations:
 

“The open environment allowed us not only to speak our minds, but refine each others ideas and come t[o] greater conclusions. Matt's mediation of these discussions was invaluable.” (Theatre Theory, UTSC 2017)
 

“Matt was very helpful when I was struggling with my assignment; he patiently went through everything that I didn't understand, and helped me get through my presentation this semester.” (Theatre Theory, UTSC 2017)
 

“Matt teaches very well, passionate about the topics that we have discussed in class, very good at leading discussion and do listen to our opinions. He is also very helpful when I need extra help from assignment, he gives good advice on how to do them and understand the materials in class. Great instructor overall, would recommend him to school for future teaching.” (Theatre Theory, UTSC 2017)
 

“The instructor was very engaging and animated in each lecture/class, inviting the students to partake in in-class readings of play excerpts for participation.” (Theatre History, UTSC 2016)
 

“There was great assistance through email and office hours. When emailing the instructor they were very fast in responding. Most of the responses were within minutes, at the latest it would be a day. The speedy responses through email were very helpful and supportive towards my learning and being able to understand the work. The help during the office hours for clarification and assistance with assignments was very supportive of my learning in the course. The support that was given was very encouraging.” (Theatre History, UTSC 2016)
 

From anonymous surveys:
 

“I feel comfortable enough to fail and to ask strange questions” (Theatre Theory, UTSC 2017)
 

“[I appreciate] the variation of topics each week, the diverse set of readings, the fact that classes are held in a seminar-like manner, your friendly approachable demeanor.” (Theatre Theory, UTSC 2017)
 

“I very much like how easy you’ve made it to foster discussion. You let us go on tangents up to a point, which I appreciate. You allow us to stumble as we try to organically form notions and ideas, within reason, at our own pace” (Theatre Theory, UTSC 2017)
 

“We talked about the topic with each other as a group of 3 or 4 in the last few weeks. I think it helps me to improve my English and be more brave to speak out. That’s great.” (Critical Writing, UTSC 2019)

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