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John Currie

Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream
416 946 5112
Office Location:
CCT 4003

Programs: PWC
Specialization: Expressive writing; journalism; science and environmental writing; ESL

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


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.


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


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