What­ever Hap­pened To ...

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CBU Alumna: Jen­nifer Reid Job Ti­tle: Pro­fes­sor of re­li­gion Em­ployer: Univer­sity of Maine Farm­ing­ton CBU Ed­u­ca­tion: BA 1990 Cur­rent Lo­ca­tion: Farm­ing­ton, Me. Home­town: Arn­prior, Ont.

Five years af­ter Jen­nifer Reid moved to Point Ed­ward, N.S., she found her­self a sin­gle par­ent with two small chil­dren. This pushed her to make the de­ci­sion to go back to school and earn a de­gree.

Cape Bre­ton Univer­sity was the best choice for her, as it was close to home and pro­vided the ed­u­ca­tion she was look­ing for.

Reid said her fond­est mem­o­ries from CBU come from her time spent fa­cil­i­tat­ing labs and work­ing with the stu­dents and pro­fes­sors in the Mi’kmaq stud­ies pro­gram.

“The friend­ships I made through the Mi’kmaq stud­ies pro­gram were the cat­a­lyst of my re­search fo­cus through­out my aca­demic ca­reer — in­dige­nous/set­tler cul­ture re­la­tions in the colo­nial and post­colo­nial pe­ri­ods. All my pub­lished es­says and books have re­volved around this is­sue.”

Reid went di­rectly from CBU into a highly se­lec­tive grad­u­ate pro­gram at Syra­cuse Univer­sity and she said CBU played a big part in the ca­reer she has to­day.

“While writ­ing my doc­toral dis­ser­ta­tion, I was able to teach as an ad­junct pro­fes­sor for two years at CBU, and that was an in­valu­able op­por­tu­nity that helped me to have the ex­pe­ri­ence I needed to land a teach­ing po­si­tion im­me­di­ately af­ter fin­ish­ing the PhD.”

Reid was also re­cently named a fel­low of the John Si­mon Guggen­heim Me­mo­rial Foun­da­tion.

EDITOR'S NOTE: What­ever hap­pened to ... ap­pears weekly in the Cape Bre­ton Post. Do you know a CBU alumni that we should pro­file for “What ever hap­pened to ….” Con­tact Jenna Tarr at Jen­na_Tarr@cbu.ca for more de­tails.


Jen­nifer Reid grad­u­ated from Cape Bre­ton Univer­sity in 1990.

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