Jane Freeman

PTA Jane Freeman

Jane Freeman

School of Graduate Studies

Jane Freeman is Professor, Teaching Stream, at the School of Graduate Studies (SGS) and the founding Director of the Graduate Centre for Academic Communication (GCAC). 

She established GCAC’s modular curricula of non-credit courses, workshops, and Writing Centre, and designed several of the courses and workshops currently offered by GCAC. The GCAC’s design puts graduate students at the centre of their own curricular design by allowing them to decide what communication skills they want to improve next, and when they want to do so. The program was awarded a Writing Program Certificate of Excellence from the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) and chosen as one of five graduate communication models from around the world to highlight in the book, Supporting Graduate Student Writers: Research, Curriculum, and Program Design (2016). 

Professor Jane Freeman is a Senior Fellow of Massey College, a former Chair of the Stratford Festival’s Education and Archives Committee, and a member of the Stratford Festival’s Senate. A frequent guest lecturer both on campus and off,  Professor Freeman was awarded the Institute of Medical Science (IMS) Course Lecturer Award in 2017. In 2018, she initiated the establishment of an award for Writing Instruction at U of T: the Margaret Procter Award for Excellence in Writing Instruction. She collaborated on a book with Ursula Franklin, and has published numerous peer-reviewed articles and book chapters on topics relating to GCAC’s curricular design and development, classical rhetoric, and Shakespeare.