Fellows

Who are the Winters Fellows?

The concept of Fellows has a long history. At one time they were exclusively scholars who had been appointed by the Master to align themselves with a particular college for the purposes of research and tutorials. At present, and to better reflect contemporary society, we have broadened this idea. Fellows are chosen from both inside the University community and outside in the world beyond the campus boundaries. They are selected on the basis of the contribution they can make to the academic, intellectual and artistic life of the Winters community. Some have offices in the college, but most do not.

In order to foster a lively and exciting interaction between the fellows and the students, Winters has always endeavoured to appoint not only Fine Arts faculty but also scientists, historians, chemists, geologists, and social scientists, among others. Other fellows include staff, members of the Board of Governors and alumni – all individuals who have shown a commitment and willingness to enrich and enliven our lives here. Together with the students, they are the heart of the college. Indeed, the Winters College Fellows Scholarship Award (presented annually at convocation to Winters students who have achieved academic excellence or made distinguished contributions to college life) is funded by the generous donations of the fellows.

Get to know who they are. Fellows can be a valuable resource for you in the years ahead.


Meet the Winters College Fellows-in-Residence

Ian BalfourIan Balfour
Professor
Dept. of English, Faculty of LA&PS

104 Winters College
ibalfour@yorku.ca
416-736-2100 ext. 77463

Professor Balfour’s teaching and research interests include Romantic poetry and prose, contemporary theory and criticism, and 18th-century literature and philosophy (especially aesthetic theory and philosophy of language). He is the author of Northrop Frye (1988), The Rhetoric of Romantic Prophecy (2002) and of essays on the Romantics (Wordsworth, Blake, Godwin, Inchbald), Walter Benjamin, Paul de Man, and on topics in popular culture (music, TV, film). He co-edited with Atom Egoyan, Subtitles: On the Foreignness of Film, and with Eduardo Cadava, And Justice For All?: The Claims of Human Rights (SAQ), and is the sole editor of a collection called Late Derrida (SAQ). He has taught at Cornell, Stanford, the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University in Frankfurt, and Williams College, among others.


Kym Bird

Kym Bird
Associate Professor
Dept. of English, Faculty of LA&PS

105 Winters College
kbird@yorku.ca
416-736-2100 ext. 22476

Professor Bird, who teaches courses in English, Theatre and Women’s Studies, is the recipient of the Parents’ Association University-Wide Teaching Award, the Graduate Studies Dissertation Prize, Division of Humanities, and the “Excellence in Teaching” Award, all awarded in 1997. That same year, her dissertation was nominated for the Canada-wide dissertation prize and the Governor General’s Gold Medal. The Association of Canadian Theatre Research presented the 2004 Ann Saddlemyer Award to Professor Bird for her book, Redressing the Past: The Politics of Early, English-Canadian Women’s Drama, 1880-1920, published in 2004 by McGill-Queen’s University Press.


Nick Elson

Nick Elson
Associate Professor
Dept. of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics, Faculty of LA&PS

106 Winters College
nelson@yorku.ca
416-736-2100 ext. 55456

The broad field of second language teaching methodology and effective learning; teacher training/education; language assessment/testing; research methods; second language writing; the impact of sociopolitical factors on the ESL classroom; student perceptions of L2 learning and the impact of those perceptions on learning outcomes.