Writing and Study Skills Instructor, Robert Gillespie Academic Skills Centre
Jonathan received his Ph.D. in religious studies at the University of Toronto in 2017. During his graduate studies, he was a Writing Fellow at the Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations (St. George campus), where he oversaw the integration of writing instruction strategies into the department’s first-year courses. During that time, he also taught several courses at UTM’s Department of Historical Studies. After graduating in 2017, Jonathan served as a Writing Instructor and Sessional Lecturer at U of T (Mississauga and St. George). He has also published a number of articles as well as one book on early Jewish literature since then.
Jonathan joined the Robert Gillespie Academic Skills Centre in 2019, where he is an Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream (LTA) and Writing Specialist. In this role, Jonathan is involved in a number of student-support programs and initiatives: he holds face-to-face meetings with students to discuss strategies for assignment-writing, reading, and/or study skills; he delivers assignment-specific writing workshops in a variety of courses and disciplines across campus; he teaches the Elements of Academic Reading and Writing Workshops, which are held for six weeks in the Fall and Winter terms; and he holds weekly Writing Cafés for graduate students. Jonathan also provides support to faculty with integrating and/or promoting writing-skills development into their courses. Jonathan also helps to organize and support the WDI. This campus-wide initiative, run out of the RGASC and under the direction of Michael Kaler, provides funding and support for the enhanced use of writing in courses across the disciplines at UTM.