Curriculum Vitae

History Department

University of Saskatchewan

9 Campus Drive

721 Arts Building

Saskatoon, Saskatchewan S7N 6A5

Phone: 306-966-1333

jessicamariedewitt@gmail.com

 

EDUCATION

Ph.D. Candidate, History, University of Saskatchewan, Expected 2018; Dissertation (Untitled): Comparative History of State and Provincial Parks. Dissertation Committee: Geoff Cunfer, Bill Waiser, Keith Carlson, Martha Smith-Norris, and Ernie Walker

M.A., History, University of Rochester, 2011; M.A. Thesis: “A Convergence of Conservation and Recreational Ideals: The Cook Forest State Park Campaign, 1910-1928.”

B.A., Summa Cum Laude, History, Bethany College WV, 2008; Senior Thesis: “A Lifestyle Off the Beaten Path: Cook Forest State Park and the Men and Women of Its Tourism Industry.”

 

RESEARCH AND TEACHING INTERESTS

State, Provincial, and National Parks

Environmental History

Recreation

Tourism/Eco-Tourism

Urban Nature

Spatial History

Canadian and American West

Contemporary US History

 

CONFERENCE PARTICIPATION

“Provincial and State Park History and Its Connection to Contemporary Society,” Graduate Research Conference 2014, University of Saskatchewan

March 7, 2014

“’Nearby and Natural’: Stretching the Definition of Nature in Ontario’s Bronte Creek Provincial Park and Pennsylvania’s Point State Park,” NiCHE Prairie Environment Network Workshop, University of Saskatchewan

April 26, 2014

“Softening the Divide Between Natural and Man-Made: Exploring the Flexible Definition of Nature in Two Urban State and Provincial Parks,” 2014 Fort Garry Lectures, University of Manitoba

May 2, 2014

“’Nearby and Natural’: Stretching the Definition of Nature in Ontario’s Bronte Creek Provincial Park and Pennsylvania’s Point State Park,” 2014 Canadian Historical Association Annual Meeting, Brock University

May 26, 2014

“Harvesting Nostalgia: A Historical Look at the Farm Park Concept and its Conflicting Function in Breaking Down and Strengthening the Barrier between Urban and Rural Life in North America”, Second World Congress of Environmental History, Guimarães, Portugal

July 2014

“Parks For and By the People: Acknowledging the Role of Non-Elites in the Formation and Protection of State and Provincial Parks in the United States and Canada,” Environmentalism from Below: Appraising the Efficacy of Small-Scale and Subaltern Environmentalist Organizations, University of Alberta

August 7, 2014

“Reviving the Distant Clarion: The Ecological Degradation and Expedient Restoration of Pennsylvania’s Clarion River,” American Society for Environmental History 2015, Washington, D.C.

April 2015

“Is All History Now Environmental History? The Anthropocene in Historical Context,” Lead Organizer and Participant, Special Roundtable Co-Sponsored by the Environmental Studies Association of Canada and the Canadian Historical Association, Congress 2015, University of Ottawa

June 2, 2015

“Park Formation as Catalyst for Restoration: A Pennsylvania River’s Ecological Revivification,” Canadian Historical Association 2015 Meeting, University of Ottawa

June 3, 2015

Research Presentation, Beyond Borders: A Workshop on Transnationalism, University of Saskatchewan

September 11, 2015

“’Unsurpassed Natural Setting for a Great City’: An Urban Renaissance, Point State Park, the Ohio River Valley, and the National State Park Movement,” New Paths in the Environmental History of North America and the Ohio Valley, The Filson Historical Society, Louisville, Kentucky

October 9, 2015

“’Fortunately Our American Neighbours have been Experimenting’: Influences and Objectives During the Formative Years of the Albertan Park System, 1930-1960,” Western Canadian Studies Association 2015, University of Manitoba

November 5-7, 2015

“Middle Park Syndrome: Securing a Place for Provincial and State Park History in Canadian and US Conservation History,” American Society for Environmental History, Seattle

March 30-April 2, 2016

“Tales of a Park Not Yet Created: The Fish Creek Provincial Park Questionnaire, 1974,” Canadian Historical Association, 2016, University of Calgary.

May 30-June 1, 2016

“”Oh, that doesn’t count. You’ve got to have a park with water”: Visualizing the Flexibility of “Natural” in Pennsylvania’s State Parks,” Pennsylvania Historical Association, 2016, Shippensburg University

October 6-8, 2016

“Social Media and Canadian History” Lead Organizer and Participant, Roundtable Sponsored by ActiveHistory.ca, Canadian Historical Association 2017, Ryerson University

May 2017

““Cd’A Indian Tribe wants Heyburn State Park Back”: An Examination of Federal, State, and Indigenous Environmental Conflict,” American Historical Association, Washington D.C.

January 4-8, 2017

 

PUBLICATIONS:

Jessica DeWitt, “Between Stewardship and Exploitation: Private Tourism, State Parks, and Environmentalism,” RCC Perspectives: Transformations in Environment and Society: Environmental Knowledge, Environmental Politics (December 2016): 41-46.

Jessica DeWitt, “Parks For and By the People: Acknowledging Ordinary People in the Formation, Protection, and Use of State and Provincial Parks,” in Environmental Activism on the Ground: Processes and Possibilities of Small Green and Indigenous Organizing, eds. Liza Piper and Jonathan Clapperton, under contract with University of Calgary Press (expected 2017).

 

BOOK REVIEWS

Jessica DeWitt. Review of Rimby, Susan, Mira Lloyd Dock and the Progressive Era Conservation Movement. H-Pennsylvania, H-Net Reviews. September, 2014.

Jessica DeWitt. Review of Reichwein, PearlAnn, Climber’s Paradise: Making Canada’s Mountain Parks, 1906–1974. Canadian Journal of History 50.3 (2015): 601-603.

Jessica DeWitt, Review of Workman, Allen K., Schoodic Point: History on the Edge of Acadia National Park. Maine History 50 (Summer 2016): 109-110.

Jessica DeWitt. Review of Piper, Liza and Lisa Szabo-Jones. Sustaining the West: Cultural Responses to Canadian Environments. Environmental History (22.3): DOI: https://doi.org/10.1093/envhis/emx077.

 

SCHOLARSHIPS AND AWARDS

Folklore Fellowship, University of Saskatchewan and Saskatchewan History and Folklore Society

September 2014-August 2017

Recipient of Joan Mitchell Travel Award, Laurier Archives, Waterloo, Ontario

2014

Doctorial Graduate Scholarship, History Department, University of Saskatchewan

2011-2014

 

RESEARCH EXPERIENCE

Research Assistant, for Geoff Cunfer, “Sustainable Farm Systems: Long-Term Socio-Ecological Metabolism in Western Agriculture, 1700-2000” Project

September 2013-Present

HGIS Lab Assistant-Contract Mapping and Website Editor, for Geoff Cunfer, University of Saskatchewan HGIS Lab

September 2012-Present

 

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Guest Lecturer, “Conquering the Digital Realm: Crafting the Historian’s Trade for the Digital Age,” HIST 498: Oral History, University of Saskatchewan

February 2, 2015

Guest Lecturer, “North America’s Best Idea?: The Significance of National Parks in the American and Canadian West,” Imagining American and Canadian Wests, University of Saskatchewan

February 4, 2014

Teaching Assistant, Post-Confederation Canada, University of Saskatchewan

Term 2 2013.

Guest Lecturer, “North America’s Best Idea?: The Significance of National Parks in the American and Canadian West,” Imagining American and Canadian Wests, University of Saskatchewan

February 12, 2013

Teaching Assistant, Canadian History from the Pre-Contact Period to 1867, University of Saskatchewan

Term 1 2012.

Teaching Assistant, The Americas, University of Saskatchewan

Term 1 and 2 2011-2012.

 

GIS PROJECTS

Seven Maps of Nuclear Testing in the Marshall Islands, for Martha Smith-Norris, Book Manuscript

Map of Community-Based Organizations in Saskatchewan, for Gloria DeSantis, Tara Todd, and Paul Hackett

Austrian Map Digitization Project, for Sustainable Farm Systems: Long-Term Socio-Ecological Metabolism in Western Agriculture, 1700-2000

 

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Editor and Chief, Folklore, Magazine of the Saskatchewan History and Folklore Society

September 2014- Present

Member and Social Media Assistant, American Society for Environmental History Graduate Student Caucus

September 2014- Present

Webmaster, University of Saskatchewan HGIS Lab and Sustainable Farm Systems Project

September 2014-Present

Network in Canadian History and Environment (NiCHE) New Scholars Representative

June 2014- June 2015

Network in Canadian History and Environment (NiCHE) Social Media Editor

April 2014- Present

Contributor, The Otter, Blog of Network in Canadian History of the Environment

Adobe InDesign – Introduction Course, University of Saskatchewan

August 19, 21, 2014

Discussion Leader, NICHE New Scholars Digital Discussion of Wilderness and Waterpower by Christopher Armstrong and H.V. Nelles

November 27, 2013

Historical GIS Workshop and Seminar, Instructor: Geoff Cunfer, HGIS Lab at the University of Saskatchewan

September 2012- April 2013

 

DEPARTMENTAL TALKS

Folklore Magazine and Department Involvement in Social Media,” 2015 History Book Launch and Research Celebration, Department of History, University of Saskatchewan

February 13, 2015

“Networking and Self-Promotion: Navigating the Academic Corner of Social Media,” Online Presence Workshop, Department of History, University of Saskatchewan

February 11, 2014

 

CONFERENCE PLANNING

Conference Planner, Dissent and History: First Annual Graduate Student Conference, Department of History, University of Rochester

February 2010

Organizer, Historical Societies Leadership Forum, Jefferson County Historical Society, Brookville, Pennsylvania

June 2007

 

RELATED PROFESSIONAL SKILLS

GIS, ArcMap 10.1

Blogging

Social Media

Adobe InDesign

 

INTERNSHIPS

Archival Intern, Jefferson County Historical Society, Brookville, Pennsylvania

May-August 2007

 

DEPARTMENTAL/UNIVERSITY SERVICE

Social Director, History Graduate Student Committee, History Department, University of Saskatchewan

2012-2013; 2013-2014

Student Member, Search Committee for Environmental History Position, History Department, University of Saskatchewan

January 2013

Secretary/Treasurer, History Graduate Student Committee, History Department, University of Saskatchewan

2011-2012

Board Member and Conference Planner, University of Rochester History Graduate Student Society, History Department, University of Rochester

2009-2010

 

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT/OUTREACH

Volunteer, Saskatoon SPCA

September 2013-Present

Member, “Wild About Saskatoon”

May 2013-Present

Interviewer, “Election 2008 Oral History Project” Sponsored by Office of the Rochester City Historian, the Monroe County Historian’s Office, the Monroe County Library System, and the Rochester Regional Library, Rochester, New York

April 2009

 

LANGUAGE

German- Can Read with Dictionary

 

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIP/AFFILIATIONS

Member, Canadian Historical Association

September 2013- Present

Member, American Historical Association

January 2013- Present
NICHE (Network in Canadian History of the Environment)

September 2011-Present

 

 

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