I grew up in Newfoundland and Bermuda, before moving to Alberta and attending high school in Red Deer. I majored in economics during my undergraduate years at the University of Alberta. After graduate studies at the University of Toronto, while residing at Massey College at the time when Robertson Davies was its Master, I spent a year and a half at Balliol College, Oxford.
In 1981, I began teaching economics at Ryerson Polytechnical Institute, now Toronto Metropolitan University. Since then I have witnessed the institution's rapid evolution. Besides my teaching, I was for several years a senior tutor at Toronto Met's distance education arm, Open College, and did intermittent broadcaster work on Toronto's classical, jazz, and education radio station, now JAZZ-FM. I am also author of a McGraw Hill economics textbook, Understanding Economics, now in its ninth edition.
In the early 2000s, I was Director of Toronto Met's humanities-based Arts and Contemporary Studies program. I also served in various capacities at the Literary Review of Canada, this country's answer to The New York Review of Books. My last years as a full-time faculty member involved several interim stints, including as Chair of Toronto Met's Department of English, Director of its School of Occupational and Public Health, Dean of Arts, and Secretary of Senate. Since my retirement in 2015 I have consulted on several university projects and I am completing a novel entitled The Wayward Stoic.
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