Echoes of Poverty

Access and equity in Canadian higher education

Elaine’s Resume/CV

• civic engagement
• community
• democracy
• equity, diversity, and inclusion
• educational leadership & policy
• knowledge mobilization
• narrative
• poverty & social class
• social movements
• sociology of higher education
• stigma
• social justice
• strategic enrolment management


PhD Candidate (Education)
Vanier scholar (2018 – 2021)
University of Victoria, Victoria, BC, Canada

Dissertation: Pushing privileged pillars in Canadian higher education
Supervisors: Dr. Budd Hall (UNESCO Chair in Community Based Research and Social Responsibility in Higher, Professor Emeritus, School of Public Administration) & Dr. Kathy Sanford (Education)

This research explores how Canadian universities are shaping equity, diversity, inclusion (ED) policies and practices from an intersectional lens that includes social class and in particular poverty
Master of Arts in Sociology
University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, Canada

Thesis: The echoes of childhood poverty: Composing lives in higher education
Supervisors: Dr. Vera Caine (Nursing) & Dr. Herb Northcott (Sociology) Committee: Dr. Janice Huber (Education) & Dr. Jana Grekul (Criminology)

This narrative inquiry unfolded alongside three undergraduate students at a large, research-intensive Canadian university to understand how the echoes of persistent childhood poverty shape their university experiences
Bachelor of Arts in Sociology
University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, Canada
Bachelor of Arts in Theatre/English
Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS, Canada
Computer Information Systems Analysis Diploma
Lethbridge College, Lethbridge, AB, Canada
Accounting Diploma
Grant MacEwan College, Edmonton, AB, Canada

Current Employment

Research support services

2016 – Present

  • Organizing focus groups and research forums
  • Conducting structured and semi-structured interviews
  • Facilitating group discussions
  • Design ethics protocols
  • Reviewing academic and grey literature
  • Managing Canadian Commons CVs
  • Taking and synthesizing meeting notes
  • Transcribing interviews
  • Managing research projects from initiation to closure
  • Writing funding proposals
  • Graphically designing research posters and recruitment materials

Known for

  • Effectively communicating with diverse stakeholders
  • Building trust with vulnerable populations
  • Relational ways of being
  • Adhering to institutional, methodological, and relational ethics
  • Designing research products for maximum knowledge mobilization and audience engagement

Communications & Marketing

2016 – PresentEquity, Diversity, & Inclusion Consultant
• Work with private, public, and not-for-profit organizations to develop EDI strategies and plans from an intersectional lens
• Conduct academic and grey literature reviews
• Develop research protocols
• Project management
Summer 2018Representative
Lynne Rienner Publishers, Boulder, Colorado, USA
American Sociological Association 113th Annual Meeting
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA: August 10 – 14, 2018

ROLES: Setup and takedown of tradeshow booth; merchandised inventory; educated visitors on publishing opportunities with Lynne Rienner Publishers; promoted existing titles to educators

I was recommended for this position to help supplement the costs of attending the conference by Dr. Matt Wray, Temple University, Philadelphia
2005 – PresentPersonal Marketing Consultant and Founder
U! [Stand Out]

ROLES: Career consultation, personal branding, creative resume and profile design, client relations
• Exceptional success rate from the profiles and creative resumes developed for clients
• Consistently identify and communicate clients’ competitive advantage
• Personal branding process consistently helps increase clients’ confidence
• Design marketing packages help clients stand out to target employers
1998 – 2010Communications Consultant and Founder
Jam Inc., Edmonton, AB, Canada

ROLES: Creative direction, communications, writing, marketing, budgeting, sales, client relations; project management, conference marketing and communications
• Won graphic design and business development awards for clients’ projects
• Developed a reputation for delivering results that led to referral and repeat international business
• Generated sales that built and sustained the business
• Maintained an environment that fostered creativity
1992 – 1998Communications Coordinator
Merit Contractors Association, Edmonton, AB, Canada
ROLES: Communications, project management, budgeting, graphic design, writing, organizing events and conferences, developing financial tracking systems
RESULTS: • Developed communications and marketing strategies to increase the cost-effective utilization of the membership’s benefit plan (80,000 employees and their family members) • Branded the Association as a leader in the open shop construction industry • Successfully promoted programs and services • Respected by the Board of Directors and committees for consistently achieving results • Took the lead role in the negotiation of benefit plan administrator and provider contracts to support the membership and their families • Respected for my accounting and financial skills in developing and designing systems to effectively utilize limited resources and balance budgets

Teaching Holistically

2018Guest Lecturer (peer-reviewed)
Homeless deterrence technology and …
Social class and inequality (SOCI 215)
Instructor: Dr. Laurel Collins
Department of Sociology
University of Victoria, Victoria, BC, Canada: October 1, 2018
2017 (fall)Teaching Assistant
Introduction to sociology (SOCI 100)
Professor: Dr. Bruce Ravelli
Department of Sociology
University of Victoria, Victoria, BC, Canada

ROLES: Developed and taught tutorial subject matter complementary to the core course (e.g., systemic inequality, media portrayals of social issues, globalization, qualitative methods), taught students the foundations of academic writing, guided students in exam preparation and writing, mentored students, supported marginalized students, marked essay exams, held office hours, taught three sections of tutorials per week (attendance was not mandatory yet there was a 95% attendance rate), created a safe and engaging learning environment
2016Guest Lecturer (peer-reviewed)
Media Portrayals of Social Class

Introductory Sociology (soc 100)
Instructor: Susan Cake, ABD
Department of Sociology
University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, Canada: August 3, 2016
2016Guest Lecturer (peer-reviewed)
Global Inequality: Poverty on international and national stages

Introductory Sociology of Globalization (soc 269)
Professor: Dr. Jeff Brassard
Department of Sociology
University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, Canada: May 31, 2016
2016Guest Lecturer (peer-reviewed)
Understanding the Experiences of University Students: Beyond Statistics, Fairy Tales, and Neoliberal Ideologies
Social Inequality and Stratification (soc 260)
Professor: Dr. Michelle Maroto
Department of Sociology
University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, Canada: March 22, 2016
2006 –
Sessional Instructor
Project Lead–The Business of Writing
Professional Writing Program
Grant MacEwan Community College, Edmonton, AB, Canada

Research Projects

2016Research Assistant
Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies
Athabasca University, Edmonton, AB, Canada
Researcher: Dr. Jason Foster, Assistant Professor
Project: Undocumented Migrant Workers in Alberta: Experiences and Consequences (preliminary research project phase)

Contacted key advocates and community groups working with undocumented workers;
participated in advocacy groups’ pre-formal roundtable meetings;
assisted in organizing workshops with advocates to establish research questions and processes;
determined ways to find and approach undocumented workers, how to develop relationships between researches and advocates, and how to utilize grant funding to benefit all project partners;
wrote follow-up roundtable and research meeting reports;
prepared workshop summary reports for advocacy participants;
conducted literature reviews and produced annotated bibliographies
2015Research Assistant
University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, Canada
Researcher: Dr. Herb Northcott, Professor
Project: History of the Department of Sociology

ROLES: Collected, sorted, and input historical materials; researched publishing options; graphic design and layout of history book

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