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Dean J Thompson

Freelance Proofreader & Content Writer

Location:Pierrefonds, Quebec, Canada
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PhD, English Literature (2004-2010, awarded Nov. 2010)
University of Exeter, United Kingdom

Master of Arts, English (awarded 2003)
Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Bachelor of Arts Bachelor of Arts, English/Sociology (Double Major, awarded 2002) Bishop’s University, Lennoxville, Quebec, Canada

Professional Experience

Teaching Assistant 2004-2006 The University of Exeter, Devon, UK

As a teaching assistant in Exeter’s Department of English I successfully planned and taught seminars in English literature at the undergraduate level on the first-year module Past & Present 1. I completed the first phase of training in year one of PhD studies which involved becoming acquainted with seminar moderation and grading on the module, followed by the second phase in year two of my studies which consisted of running the fourteen-week seminar on my own. I held office hours weekly in order to address students’ individual concerns with writing, course load and assignments, and assisted in proof-reading, along with the required duties of evaluating and grading undergraduate work.

In Autumn 2004 I was awarded the prestigious Renaissance Scholarship by the University of Exeter on the basis of the potential recognized in my application for making a positive contribution to the University of Exeter’s rising status as one of the UK’s premier research institutions (ranked 15th in the UK for research out of 159 higher education institutions according the 2008 RAE rating, and recently scored 9th in The Times league table). The scholarship guaranteed both full funding for PhD studies and a position in the teaching assistantship programme.

Extracurricular Achievements
One of my most exciting personal achievements outside of academia was having, in 2008, a short story entitled “The Deer Head” published in Succour: The New Fiction, Poetry and Art, ed. Anthony Banks, Spring/Summer 2008 (16-18).

Employment History

Proofreader, Editor and Writer (Freelance/Private) Sept. 2010-Present

-- Providing editing, proofreading and writing consultation for clients’ academic,
creative and corporate writing
-- Writing and publishing web content/articles on a freelance basis (e.g.,,

Inventory Manager Nov. 2009-Aug. 2010
Joshua Perets Group Inc.

-- Team lead for shipping personnel at Company’s head office
-- Maintaining inventory levels at the head office and all stores necessary to support
-- Produced Forecasts based on strategic planning and historical sales
-- Managing all incoming and outgoing stock in company’s head office and databases
-- Managed logistic activity with freight companies to ensure all cargo is dispatched
in the quickest and most cost effective manner
-- Producing shipping manifests, labels, invoices and reports

Occupancy Survey Programme Administrator 2007-2008
Southwest Tourism, Exeter, Devon, UK +44 (0)1392 445112

Duties and responsibilities included:
-- Organizing occupancy survey mail out/mail-merge for holiday accommodations
(B&Bs, hotels, campgrounds, etc.)
-- Organizing survey results through data system for submission to UK federal
-- Fielding queries and addressing concerns of survey participants
-- Awarding prizes to participants

In addition to learning and grappling with often complex data systems, working at the tourism board offered a great opportunity to be a part of a research institution outside of the university, one with specific business objectives to meet and in which there was expectation to perform – with little margin of error – under the pressure of strict deadlines.

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