Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

Will Garrett-Petts

Will Garrett-Petts

Will Garrett-Petts

Name: Dr. Will Garrett-Petts
Position: Professor & AVP Research
Affiliation: English
Phone: 828-5410


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Visual arts curatorial work and writing creative nonfiction, arts-based research: recent initiatives, presentations, and exhibitions include "The Museum of Jurassic Technology and 'Defeating Authorship'"; "Everyday Cartography"; "Where is Here: Small Cities, Deep Mapping, Sustainable Futures"; "Cultural Mapping: Debating Spaces & Places," Valletta Malta; "iCreate Cape Breton," University of Cape Breton; the "Spectres of Evaluation" Conference, U of Melbourne; "Community-Engaged Research," MacEwan University; "Making Artistic Inquiry Visible" Residency at the Banff Centre; "Witness Marks" at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria; "Proximities: Artists' Statements and Their Works Exhibition" at the Kamloops Art Gallery; "Relocating the Homeless Mind Exhibition" at the Comox Valley Art Gallery.

Research Interests

Small Cities Research, Cultural Mapping, Community-Engaged Research, Rhetoric and Composition, Interarts Studies and Visual Culture, Canadian Literature and the Other Arts,


Ph.D. (U of Alberta, 1992), M.A. (UBC), BA (UVic)


BOOKS & CATALOGUES: Duxbury, Nancy, W.F. Garrett-Petts, and David MacLennan, Cultural Mapping as Cultural Inquiry (2015); W.F. Garrett-Petts, James Hoffman, and Ginny Ratsoy, Whose Culture Is It, Anyway? (2014); Garrett-Petts, W.F., Writing about Literature (2013, 2nd ed); Imaging Place (2009), Ed. Craig Saper, W.F. Garrett-Petts, and John Craig Freeman; The Last Best West: An Exploration of Myth, Identity, and Quality of Life in Western Canada (2009), Ed. Anne Gagnon, W.F. Garrett-Petts, James Hoffman, et. al; Artists' Statements and the Nature of Artistic Inquiry (2007), Ed. Rachel Nash and W.F. Garrett-Petts; Proximities: Artist Statements and Their Works (2005). Ed. W.F. Garrett-Petts and Rachel Nash; The Small Cities Book: On the Cultural Future of Small Cities (2005). Ed. W.F. Garrett-Petts; Relocating the Homeless Mind: Memory, Landscape, The Small City and Rural Community (2004). Garrett-Petts, W.F., Donna Mattila, and Donald Lawrence; Garrett-Petts, W.F. and Donald Lawrence. PhotoGraphic Encounters: The Edges and Edginess of Reading Verbal and Visual Narratives (2000); Garrett-Petts, W. F. Writing About Literature: A Guide for the Student Critic (2000); Integrating Visual and Verbal Literacies (1996). Eds. W.F. Garrett-Petts and Donald Lawrence.

Employment History

Associate Vice-President, Research & Graduate Studies(2012 present)
Associate Dean of Arts (2011-12)
Chair, English and Modern Languages (2004-2007; 2008-2010)
Professor, English and Modern Languages (2005-present)
Research Director, Small Cities Community-University Research Alliance (2001-2012)
Chair, School of Journalism (2000-2002)
Chair, Senate Sabbatical Leave Committee, 2012 present.
Member, Senate Tenure and Promotion Committee, 2012 present.
Chair, Senate Tenure and Promotion Committee, 2014 2016.
Member, Provost's Council, 2012-present.

Courses Taught

English 110 (first-year composition)
English 111 (introduction to prose fiction)
English 221 (survey of British literature)
English 307 (Studies in Rhetoric)
English 308 (Creative Nonfiction)
English 309 (Writing in the Disciplines)
English 316 (Literature and the Other Arts)
English 330 (Practical Criticism)
English 420 (Canadian Literature)
English 426 (Special Studies in Canadian Literature)
English 478 (Scholarly Editing)
Visual Arts 373 (Photography and Literature)
Graduate Studies courses and thesis committees in MEd program

Professional Affiliations

Adjunct faculty member, University of Coimbra, 2015 present.
Member, Research Universities Council of British Columbia, 2013-present.
SSHRC Leader, Thompson Rivers University, 2013 present.
SSHRC Reviewer, Insight Program, 2011-present.
External Committee Member, Promotion and Tenure, and Sabbatical Committee, Emily Carr University, 2011-present.
Member Scholar with the International Institute for Qualitative Methodology (IIQM), University of Alberta, 2010-present.

Have held memberships in A.C.C.U.T.E., Canadian Council of Teachers of English, Canadian Association of Chairs of English, National Council of Teachers of English, Conference on College Composition and Communication, Inkshed, Association for Canadian Studies, Modern Language Association.

Manuscript reviewer for Mosaic, Journal of Canadian Studies, and The American Review of Canadian Studies, The International Journal of Arts in Society, International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, Geography Compass, 1996-present.