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Dr. Gerry Turcotte

Q & A with Dr. Turcotte: A Glimpse into his Life


introducing dr. gerry turcotte

Dr. Gerry Turcotte became St. Mary’s third president and vice-chancellor on July 1, 2011. With impeccable academic credentials and outstanding leadership qualities, Dr. Turcotte will develop a bold and creative vision to take St. Mary’s into a new era of growth and development.  

Originally from Montreal, Dr. Turcotte spent the past 25 years in Australia in a number of academic and administrative roles, most recently as Associate Provost and Executive Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences at the University of Notre Dame, the only private Catholic university in Australia.

Educational Highlights:

  • BA (Honours) in English Literature from McGill University

  • MA in English Literature from the University of Ottawa

  • PhD in English Literature from the University of Sydney


  • Awarded Governor General’s International Award for Canadian Studies, 2011

  • Past President of the Australasian Council of Deans of Arts and Social Sciences

  • Co-editor, The Oxford English Literary History, Oxford University Press, Vol. 12 (forthcoming)

  • Two-time President of the Association for Canadian Studies in Australia and New Zealand

  • Secretary of the International Council for Canadian Studies for two terms – the first person in the Asian Pacific to sit on the executive.

  • Foundation director for the Centre for Canadian-Australian Studies at the University of Wollongong

  • Raised over $350,000 in grants for major research projects and other research related initiatives, including a five-year corporate partnership with Canadian telecommunications company, Nortel Networks, which funded a speaker’s series with David Suzuki, Margaret Atwood, and others.

  • Shortlisted, The Age Book of the Year, for his novel Flying in Silence


  • 2006    Carrick Award for Outstanding Contribution to Australian University Teaching (Federal Government)

  • 2001    Outstanding Teaching Award, Higher Education. NSW Minister for Education and Training, and Australian College of Education Teaching Award (State Government)

  • 2000    OCTAL/Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Contribution to Teaching and Learning, University of Wollongong

  • 2004    Winner: New Feature Film Writers Fellowship, Film and Television Office. NSW State Government

  • 2002    “The Language Ghosts.” Written and Performed at the Sydney Opera House.


Authored some 200 publications including 15 books. Below are a few of his works:

  • The novel, Flying in Silence

  • Four collections of poetry and a multimedia work called Border Crossing: Words and Images

  • Peripheral Fear: Transformations of the Gothic in Australia and Canada and a co-edited volume entitled Unsettled Remains: Canadian Literature and the Postcolonial Gothic shortlisted for the Gabrielle Roy Prize for Literary Criticism

  • First collection of the works of the Aboriginal playwright Jack Davis entitled The Maker of History

  •  Canada-Australia: Towards a Second Century of Partnership with Kate Burridge and Lois Foster

  • Compr(om)ising Postcolonialism(s): Challenging Narratives and Practices with Greg Ratcliffe

  • Diasporic Spectrality: Minorities and Cultural Assertions in Canada, Australia & Beyond, with Gaetano Rando.

  • Produced articles, reviews and feature programs for The Australian, The Sydney Morning Herald and for ABC Radio respectively and managed the extremely successful Writer’s Choice series in Sydney for seven seasons.

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