Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

Kathleen Scherf

Kathleen Scherf

Kathleen Scherf

Name: Dr. Kathleen Scherf
Position: Professor of Communication
Phone: 250.574.6260


Reading, hiking, skiing, yoga, camping, e-biking, travelling.

Research Interests

Creative tourism, cultural tourism, tourist-resident relationships, cultural mapping, deep mapping, sense of place, Canadian literature.


BA, University of Toronto 1982
MA, University of British Columbia, 1984
PhD, University of British Columbia, 1988


Selected Publications/Presentations:

Mary Shellev's Frankenstein: The 1818 Text. Calgary: Broadview Literary Press, 1994. (With D.L. Macdonald); second edition 1999. Third edition 2012.

Sun Peaks: An Evolution of Dreams. Peaks Media, 2011. An illustrated history of fifty years of the resort on Tod Mountain, contracted by the Sun Peaks Resort Corporation.

The Monk by Matthew Gregory Lewis, a Scholarly Edition (1796). Calgary: Broadview Literary Press, 2004. (With D.L. MacDonald)

The Collected Fiction of John Polidori. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1994. (With D.L. Macdonald)

The Collected Poems of Malcolm Lowry. Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press, 1992.

Editor, Studies in Canadian Literature/Etudes en litterature canadienne (refereed journal, 1989-1996).

Beyond the Brochure: An Unmapped Journey into Deep Mapping. Part III (Inquiry, Expression, and Deepening Understanding of Place), Chapter 17 in Cultural Mapping as Cultural Inquiry. Eds. MacLennan, D, Garrett-Petts, W, Druxbury, N. (Routledge, 2015). 338-359.

Deep Mapping as a Pedagogical Tool, Neue Medien in der Kulturellen Bildung, Museums Paedogick Aktuell 101.4 (2015): 28-31.

Co-Creating Social Capital: Creative Tourism and Placemaking. The CREATOUR 2nd International Conference: Emerging and Future Trends in Creative Tourism, University of Minho, Braga, Portugal. 7-9 June 2018.

Relational Tourism in Raval: Residents, Visitors, and Social Media. The Tourism Intelligence Forum, Palma de Mallorca, Spain. 11-14 March 2018.

Social Media in Resident and Visitor Co-Placemaking. Culture, Sustainability, and Place: Innovative Approaches for Tourism Development, Ponta Delgada, Azores, Portugal. Creative Tourism Plenary Session. 11-13 October 2017.

Creative Tourists: Participation in Deep Mapping Barcelona. The State of the Art in Creative Tourism: Leading Research/Advanced Practices/Future Trajectories. University of Coimbra, 1-3 June 2017.

Deep Mapping: Geohumanity, Cartography, and Place. VII International Geohumanities Colloquium, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, 19-22 October 2016.

Cultural Mapping and Deep Downtown. Where is Here? Vancouver Island University, Comox Valley, British Columbia, 22 July 2016.

The Potential of Cultural Mapping for Education.New Media and Education of Aesthetics and Culture, at Klassik Stiftung Weimar. Weimar, Germany. 14-15 November 2014.

Keynote, Mapping the Spirit of Place: Sun Peaks. Mapping Culture: Communities, Sites and Stories, Coimbra, Portugal, 28-30 May 2014.

Keynote, The Mountain and the Map: A Tale of Academic Adventure, with an Example. The Finnish Association of Tourism and Hospitality Research Annual Symposium, Helsinki, Finland. 13-14 March 2014.

Representing the Multiplicity of Place; or Deep Contexts Require Deep Maps, with an Example,in Digital Worlds: Mapping Local Cultures and Telling Local Stories panel, at The International Social Science Council, Montreal, 13 to 15 October 2013. Paper 13 October 2013.

Seven Critical Factors in the Resident Experience at Mountain Resorts.Canadian Mountain Studies Initiative, University of Alberta, Edmonton, 11-14 December 2012.

Beyond the Brochure: Mapping and the Representation of Culture. International Conference Network for Tourism Research and Education, held at Sun Peaks Mountain Resort, 28-30 November 2012.

Employment History

Sept 1988-99 Sessional Lecturer, Department of English, UBC
July 1989-992 Assistant Professor of English, University of New Brunswick
July 1992-96 Associate Professor of English, UNB
July 1993 Tenured, UNB
July 1995-97 Associate Dean of Arts (Undergraduate), UNB
July 1996 Full Professor of English, UNB
July 1997-98 Sabbatical leave
July 1998-99 Associate Dean of Arts (Research and Graduate Studies), UNB
July 1999-2008 Professor and Dean, Faculty of Communication and Culture, University of Calgary (reappointed for a five-year term 2004-09, adjunct appointments extended as well Adjunct Full Professorships in English and in Drama)
Sept 2008-09 President and Vice-Chancellor, Thompson Rivers University
Sept 2009-present Professor, Department of Journalism, Communications, and New Media, TRU
July 2011-2016 Professor of Communications, cross-appointed Department of Journalism, Communications, and New Media and Tourism Management, TRU
Sept 2013-16 Academic Lead, TRU Programs, Europe
Sept 2015-16 Special Advisor to the Provost, TRU
July 2016-2017 Full Professor, Department of Journalism, Communication, and New Media
July 2017-2018 Sabbatical Leave

Courses Taught

2017 CMNS 3020, Travel Media
2017 CMNS 3700, Special Topics, Mapping the Kamloops Art Gallery
2015 Perspectives in Canadian Studies, Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz, Germany
2013 University of Applied Management, Germany: Graduate courses, Leadership in Educational Institutions I and II (summer 2013)
2013 TMGT 4012 Tourism Management Graduating Seminar
2012 and 2013 CMNS 3070 Mountain Studies
2012 CMNS 1160 Intro to Communications Studies
2011 ENGL 3070 Mountain Culture
2011 ENGL 1810 Intro to Professional Communication
2005-2007 COMS 201 Introduction to Communications Studies (largest first year class in the Faculty at 300 students
2000 GNST 201 Canadian Cultural Identity
1999 ENGL 2906 British Literature: Romantics to Modems (correspo
1998-1999 ENGL 3170 Advanced Drama Production
1998-1999 ENGL 6643 Contemporary Canadian Historical Narrative
1996-1997 ARTS 1000 Development of Western Thought
1996-1997 ENGL 6665 Contemporary Canadian Historical Novel
1995-1996 ENGL 3610 Canadian Literature
1995-1996 ENGL 1104 Fundamentals of Clear Writing
1993-1995 FNAT 3000 Theatre Studio Course (individual supervision)
1993-1994 ENGL 6646 Canadian Regional Novel
1993-1994 ENGL 5158 Canadian Historical Novel
1992-1995 ENGL 6105 Directed Reading (see below)
1992-1993 ENGL 6626 Canadian Poetry
1992-1993 ENGL 4183 Fiction by Canadian Women
1991-1992 ENGL 4183 Canada's Indigenous Peoples: Literary Reflections
1991-1992 ENGL 6673 Canadian Poetry
1991-1992 ENGL 3170 Advanced Drama Production
1990-1994 ENGL 2170 Principles of Drama Production
1990-1993 ENGL 2163 Introduction to Drama
1989-1991 ENGL 2000 Reading Representative Texts
1989-1991 ENGL 1133 Introduction to Prose Narrative
1989-1990 ENGL 1143 Introduction to the Novel
1989-1990 ENGL 1000 Introduction to Reading and Writing
1988-1989 ENG 303 Advanced Composition (UBC)
1988-1989 ENG 202 Canadian Literature (UBC)
1982-1989 ENG 100 Literature and Composition (UBC)