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Lesley Curthoys

Associate Professor

Email: 
lcurthoy@lakeheadu.ca
Phone Number: 
+1 (807) 343-8744
Office Location: 
SN 2005B
Office Hours: 
Mon-Fri 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Academic Qualifications: 
Research Interests: 

My primary research interests focus on bioregional literacy: place-based knowledge, connection, and actions that enable one to reclaim and sustain both cultural and ecological dimensions of community wellbeing). Related to this interest is development of a community-oriented interpretive planning framework. Community-directed heritage interpretation places the emphasis on local perspectives and involvement: it empowers citizens to deepen their relationship to home by bringing their knowledge and experiences to the forefront of the interpretive planning process. In essence, CHI is about local people exploring, celebrating, and presenting their own heritage. Other research interests include the role of heritage interpretation in effective landscape stewardship and creation of meaningful visitor experiences.

I strive to provide learning opportunities that encourage a passion for life-long learning. I believe that educators have the responsibility to prepare students with the theoretical knowledge and practical skills necessary to meet the challenge of developing just and sustainable living practices. I also believe that the most effective and rewarding learning environment is one that is challenging, participatory, experiential, and open to diverse viewpoints. Where appropriate, courses are designed to provide opportunities for students to make connections and contributions to the local region and beyond through service learning initiatives.