John Muise

Contract Academic Instructor


Carleton Hall 228-1


Several years after enrolling as a graduate student in English at the University of New Brunswick, John Muise began to write his doctoral thesis on the short stories of Katherine Mansfield, and he has since become something of an authority on Mansfield’s life and work. Currently, his primary area of interest is short fiction, although he also teaches both science fiction and non-fiction prose.

While pursuing his doctoral degree, John served as a UNB Teaching Assistant thirteen times, and from 1997-2001, he taught seven sections of English 1103, two sections of English 1145, and one section of English 1146 (Introduction to the Novel). During this time, John also held many non-academic jobs, and when he wasn’t teaching or serving as a TA (or holding various other jobs), he worked as a writing tutor at UNB’s Writing and Study Skills Centre, where his duties included holding workshops and mentoring students who were on academic probation.

In September of 2000, John began teaching at STU, and it was at this time that John began his nine-year tenure as an Arts 1000 Tutorial Leader. John would eventually go on to teach twenty-eight sections of English 1006/Introduction to Literature at STU, and when the name and number of this course was changed in 2015, he proceeded to teach six sections of English 1016/English Literatures in History and culture. John has now taught English 2503/Short Story approximately twenty times at STU, and he has also taught Women Writers II, Comedy, and Tragedy at STU.

More recently, John has been teaching JOUR 1113/Fundamentals of Effective Writing virtually every fall at STU, and this past year he taught both a section of HMRT 2023/Human Rights and Literature and a section of COPP 2013/Fundamentals of Writing at STU. John is scheduled to teach a section of COPP 2013 in the fall, and he is also scheduled to teach Science Fiction 1: Development, Science Fiction 2: Themes, and English 1023/Introduction to the Study of Literature at STU during the upcoming academic year. Hence, John is as much a writing instructor as he is a literature instructor who specializes in teaching short fiction, and he has come to develop a deep interest in all things concerning science fiction and non-fiction prose.

As some of you may know, John now regularly teaches English 1103 at UNB, but he also occasionally teaches English 1144/Reading and Writing Non-Fiction Prose at UNB. John was required to become well acquainted with the key figures and events involved in the development of science fiction when he taught a section of English 2984/Introduction to Science Fiction at UNB several summers ago, and the experience was instrumental in his being offered the opportunity to teach the two aforementioned sci-fi courses at STU.

Prior to entering the doctoral program at UNB, John received his MA in English from Acadia University, and prior to receiving his MA, John received a Diploma in Journalism from Holland College. John interned as a reporter at The Evening News in New Glasgow while he was studying at Holland College, and after he received his Journalism Diploma, he worked as a freelance reporter for both Island Side Magazine and Edge Magazine on Prince Edward Island. John’s MA thesis was devoted to the process of film adaptation, so it is no surprise that he has relied heavily on films in virtually all of the courses that he has taught.

In November of 1997, while pursuing his doctoral degree, John presented a paper on Katherine Mansfield’s short stories at an MLA conference in Chicago, and over the course of the next several years, John had four of his short stories published in The Gaspereau Review. More recently, John finished writing a novella that has been submitted to several prospective publishers, and in September of 2019, John was asked by the organizers NB Media Co-op’s Tertulia series to deliver a presentation on Katherine Mansfield.

In every course that he teaches, John stresses the importance of effective reading and writing while emphasizing key distinctions between periods, genres, and styles. At the same time, John always encourages students to challenge accepted beliefs, especially those concerning human nature. Students in John’s classes therefore have the opportunity to improve their reading and writing skills and to expand their knowledge of the subject matter at hand while improving their critical thinking skills. John typically requires students to submit several formal essays per semester, and he has often offered students the option of submitting a creative piece in place of an essay. With respect to his teaching style, John is inclined to lecture, but he also welcomes questions, discussions, and the prospect of group work.

John has become acutely conscious of the need for an educator to adapt regularly, and as a result, he continues to strive to engage students via texts, ideas, and concerns that are at once familiar and new to them. John has never received a teaching award, but he has been nominated for a teaching award four times: three times (in 2000, in 2008, and again in 2009) at UNB, and once (in 2011) at STU. Please feel free to visit John (preferably during office hours) in room 228-1 of Carleton Hall.