John Currie

John Currie's headshotJohn Currie, PhD
Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream PWC

Degrees & Institutions: 

PhD, Adult Education & Community Development
Department of Leadership, Higher and Adult Education
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), University of Toronto

Master of Journalism
Graduate School of Journalism, University of British Columbia

Bachelor of Education - First Class Standing
Lakehead University

Honours Bachelor of Arts - High Distinction, Dean’s List Scholar
University of Toronto Mississauga

Business Administration Diploma - High Honours
Sheridan Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning

Courses Taught Summer/Fall/Winter 2020:

WRI 490 Character, Narrator, Psychic Space (Special Topics in Writing)
WRI 380 Podcasting
WRI 375 Writing about Environment and Ecology
WRI 225 Community and Writing
WRI 173 Expressive Writing

Selected Publications:

Currie, J. (2019). The naïve narrator in student-authored environmental writing. Assay: a journal of nonfiction studies, 6.1. Retrieved from

Currie, J. (2019). Silence in the classroom: From reacting to rapport. Transformations: The Journal of Inclusive Scholarship and Pedagogy, 29(1), pp. 89-98. 10.1353/tnf.2019.0005

Currie, J. (2014). Teaching expressive writing for ecological understanding: An ecocritical look at student- authored nonfiction narratives. In D. Plumb (Ed.), Proceedings of the 33rd Annual Conference of the Canadian Association for the Study of Adult Education (pp. 65-68). Ottawa: The Canadian Association for the Study of Adult Education.

Currie, J. (2013, January). Why teach writing with peer-model course texts: Theoretical perspectives. In Dean's  Graduate Student Research Conference 2013.

Currie, J. & Price, R. (2010). Peer editing groups at the University of Toronto Mississauga: Observations on student-run editorial groups in the writing classroom. In N. Simmons (Ed.), Opportunities and new directions: Canadian SoTL research (pp. 71-78).  Waterloo, ON: University of Waterloo.

Research Interests:

My research focuses on science writing; ecocriticism; student authorship; narrative nonfiction pedagogy.

Research Areas:

Science and Environmental Writing Rhetoric and Narrative
Creative Nonfiction
Student Authorship and Publication
Composition Pedagogy