Interim Department Chair, Arts and Cultural Management
11-422J, Allard Hall11110 – 104 AvenueEdmonton, AB780-633-3975
Dr. Leslie Vermeer has been teaching at MacEwan since 2002 with a consistent focus on language and communication. She holds master's degrees in English and education, and her doctoral dissertation is a critical examination of Alberta's English Language Arts curriculum for senior eecondary education. This investigation uses the tools of close reading to demonstrate a purposeful stratification in high school English that harms some of Alberta's most vulnerable learners and has intergenerational consequences, particularly poverty.
The author of The Complete Canadian Book Editor (2016), a resource for editors and writers, Dr. Vermeer has worked as a professional writer, editor and reviewer for more than 25 years and has edited or worked on some 200 books. She has been a member of the board of NeWest Press since 2007 and is a member of Editors Canada. As a grammar nerd, a long-time logophile and a committed bibliophile, Dr. Vermeer is committed to teaching and enjoys working with students at all levels as they explore language, writing, editing and communication.
Available to supervise honours or individual study students.
Teaching and Research Interests
Dr. Vermeer's research asks questions around how language produces privilege and how students are shaped by education policy. Her current research analyzes how daughters and mothers are represented in literature for children and teens. She has also been researching micro-publishing and political economy, Alberta's publishing history and the role of publishers in post-oil boom Alberta, topics that emerge from her studies in print culture and book history. All of her academic work is organized around the question "Who benefits?" and adopts an intersectionalist feminist framework.
Dr. Vermeer's teaching is consistently informed by praxis, that is, practice engaged by theory and theory engaged by practice, with the intention of making positive change. She believes that being an active professional writer and editor, as well as a scholar, helps her remain current in the classroom, and working with students keeps her professional skills nimble.
Selected Publications / Presentations / Conference Papers
Vermeer, Leslie. The Complete Canadian Book Editor. Calgary: Brush Education, 2016.
Vermeer, Leslie. "Micro-Publishing and Political Economy: Publishing Resilience." Social Theory, Politics and the Arts conference. Minneapolis, MN, October 2017.
Vermeer, Leslie. "Alberta Exceptionalism and the Precariousness of Literary Culture." International Conference on Books, Publishing & Libraries. London, England, July 2017.
Vermeer, Leslie. "The NDP, the TRC, and Why We Might Make the Same Mistakes Again." Canadian Society for the Study of Education (Congress 2017). Toronto, ON. May 2017.
Mackey, Margaret, Leslie Vermeer, Dale Storie, and Elizabeth DeBlois. "The Constancy of the School Canon." Language and Literacy 14.1 (2012): 26-58.