Curriculum Vitae


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Professor Emerita of Interdisciplinary Studies and Spiritual Theology
Regent College
5800 University Boulevard
(604) 224-3245

Academic Degrees

Ph.D. (17th C. English Literature), University of Alberta
Thesis: “The Key in the Window: Marginal Notes in Bunyan’s Narratives” (1992)

M.A. (English) University of Alberta
Thesis: “Narrative Artistry in The Pilgrim’s Progress, The Second Part” (1989)

B.Ed. (With Distinction) University of Alberta (1964)

Honorary Degree

Doctor of Humanities (Honoris Causa), Trinity Western University (1996)

Scholarships And Academic Honours

Governor-General’s Gold Medal (Most Academically Outstanding Doctoral Graduate), University of Alberta, Spring 1992

Andrew Stewart Graduate Prize in Doctoral Research, 1992

Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council of Canada Doctoral Fellowship, 1990-92

Walter H. Johns Graduate Fellowship, University of Alberta, 1990-92

Wilfrid R. May Scholarship, Alberta Heritage Trust Fund, 1988-90

Francis Reeves Bursary for Graduate Study (1964). Full tuition. Awarded but declined.

University of Alberta First Class Standing Prizes, 1964, 1961

James Patrick Folinsbee Memorial Prize in Senior Composition, (Most Promising Writer), 1962

University of Alberta Honour Prize, 1962

Writing / Communications Awards

Award of Merit, Non-Fiction Book, The Word Guild Canadian Writing Awards, 2005

Fellowship of Christian Newspapers Awards, Second Place, Feature Article, 2005

Leading Women Award: Communications and Media, 2004.

Canadian Church Press Awards: First Place, Theological Reflection (Inspirational), 2005; First Place, Feature Article (Newspapers), 2001; First Place, Column, 1997; First Place, Theological Reflection, 1993

Canada Council Arts Grant “B”: Intermediate Non-Fiction, 1993

Leslie K. Tarr Lifetime Achievement Award for Outstanding Contribution to Christian Writing, 1990

(Other awards are noted on Published Works page.)

Guest Lectureships

Under the Green Roof Lectures, Regent College. Some selected titles:

  • “Remembering Margaret Avison / Margaret Avison Remembering,” Spring, 2010.
  • “Heroic Ageing:  Ageing as a Stage of the Life-Long Pilgrimage of Faith,” Spring, 2009.
  • “Tracing Grace in Life’s Transitions,” Summer, 2007.
  • “What has ‘Paris’ to do with ‘Jerusalem’?  Or, What have the Arts to do with Theological Education?” Summer, 2005.
  • “The Chafing collar:  George Herbert’s Uncomfortable Vocation,”  Summer, 2001.
  • “Acting in Good Faith:  The Sacred Drama of John Donne’s Sermons,” Summer, 1996.
  • “Dialogue, Declaration, and Dispute:  Joining the Discussion in the Marketplace of Ideas” Summer, 1993.

Staley Distinguished Guest Lectureships:

Trinity International University, 2002, Series title: “Blow on the Coals of the Heart.”

Ontario Bible College, 1998, Series title: “Jesus in Literature.”

Canadian Bible College, 1993; Series title: “Christians in the Marketplace of Ideas.”

Other Invited Academic Lectureships:

Plenary Address, Christianity and Literature Regional Conference, Trinity Western University: “Margaret Avison: Sighting the Sublime in the City,” May 2007.

Plenary Address, Second International Conference on Spiritual Formation, Dallas TX, May 2001, “I Have Called You Friends.”

Distinguished Guest Lecturer in Interdisciplinary Studies: Trinity Western University, 1994, 1995, “Telling the Truth in an Age of Illusion.”

Convocation addresses:

Queen’s College, Faculty of Theology, Memorial University, St. John’s, Newfoundland.  May, 2010.

King’s University College, Edmonton AB, 2003.

Trinity Western University, Langley BC, 1996.

Canadian Bible College, Regina SK, 1994

Other Speaking And Broadcasting

Listing below is a representative sample only.


Vocatio, Seattle Cohort, “Blow on the Coals of the Heart: Spirituality in the Workplace,” Spring, 2006.

Chapel addresses, Frequent chapel addresses, Regent College Chapel

Preaching: Frequent preaching in churches of various denominations.

Television and Radio Broadcasting:

  • radio interview with California-based program, “Haven,” discussing book, Living on Less & Liking it More, January 2008
  • guest of Michael Enright, CBC Sunday Morning Edition, 2005.
  • guest of Anne Petrie, CBC – Newsworld, re: NIV Inclusive Language Translation. Spring, 2002.
  • profiled in half-hour documentary for “Man Alive,” in series, “Facing God in the New Millennium,” 1999, CBC-TV.
  • host, “Hancock & Company,” 6-part series, Vision TV, 1998.
  • panellist with Tony Campolo, Brian Stiller and Sundar Krishnan, 8-part series, “Mandate for the Millennium.” Vision TV, 1997.
  • radio interviews, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, 1996, 1988; interviews with radio programs, Australia and New Zealand, 1997, 1996; throughout North America since 1975
  • host, “Stories of our Becoming,” Series 1. 13-part series, Vision TV, 1995.
  • 13-part series, “Harpur vs. Hancock,” Vision TV, 1994.
  • regular panellist with Brian Stiller, John Redekop and Susan Scorsone, “Stiller Report,” weekly discussion of current issues. Vision TV, 1990-93.

Conference Speaking and Teaching:

Extensive speaking in Canada, U.S., Australia and New Zealand, 1977 – 1997. Conferences including: Women Alive (many conferences across Canada), Christian Women Communicating International (Australia and New Zealand); Building Together (Vancouver); InterVarsity-U.S.A., Graduate and Faculty Staff (Atlanta, GA); Writers’ Conferences (Billy Graham Writing Schools, Mt. Hebron, “God Uses Ink” Canadian Conferences); Christian Booksellers’ Conferences, Canada & U.S., etc.

Teaching And Curriculum Development

Interdisciplinary and Spiritual Theology Courses for Regent College, Summer, 1993 – present.

Other university-level teaching:

Sessional Instructor, University of Alberta, Senior English courses, 1993-94:
Sessional Instructor, Lakeland College, Introductory English, 1985-86.

Secondary School English teaching:

Edmonton Public School Board (1964-65)
County of Vermilion River #24 (1962-63; 1982-87).

Curriculum Development: Alberta Education, Secondary English Ad Hoc Curriculum Committee, 1982-87.

Christian Education: Teaching and curriculum development in church and Sunday School.
Curriculum materials developed for David C. Cook and Gospel Light Publications.

Professional Society Memberships

The International John Bunyan Society

The Word Guild

Modern Languages Association