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Kathleen James-Cavan BA (Hons), BEd, MA, PhD, MDiv Director, Designated Lay Ministry Program

Ordained to ministry in the United Church of Canada in 2015, the Rev. Dr. Kathleen James-Cavan is the director of the Designated Lay Ministry Program at St. Andrew’s College and, since 1992, a professor of English Literature at the University of Saskatchewan teaching 18th-century British literature.

Although most of her teaching career has been at the University of Saskatchewan, she also taught French as a second language and English language arts in elementary and high schools. She served as minister in two communities of faith in rural Saskatchewan.

Research and Teaching Interests

Her publications and research focus on the works and after-lives of Jane Austen, critical disability theory, and the literary history of the disabled body, especially as represented in the print culture of 18th-century Britain. Her pedagogy is grounded in experiential and collaborative learning.


  • BA (Hons) 1980 Trent University, Peterborough, ON
  • BEd 1982 Queen’s University, Kingston, ON
  • MA 1987 Queen’s University, Kingston, ON
  • PhD 1993 Queen’s University, Kingston, ON
  • MDiv 2015 St. Andrew’s College, Saskatoon, SK


  • K. James-Cavan, 2019. “Deformity: An Essay William Hay.” Couser, G. Thomas, and Susannah B. Mintz, editors. Disability Experiences: Memoirs, Autobiographies, and Other Personal Narratives. Vol. 1. Farmington Hills, MI: Macmillan Reference USA, a part of Gale, a Cengage Company, 2019. 2,000 words. Pp. 172-176.
  • K. James-Cavan, 2012. “‘Cruel Comfort’: A Reading of the Theological Critique in Sense and Sensibility.” Persuasions: The Jane Austen Journal On-Line 32.2 (2012). n. pag. Web (4,660 words)
  • Kathleen James-Cavan, 2008. “‘[A]ll in me is Nature’: The Values of Deformity in William Hay’s Deformity: An Essay.” reprinted in Brueggemann, Brenda Jo and Marian E. Lupo, eds. Disability and/in Prose. London: Routledge, 2008. pp. 17-28.
  • K. James-Cavan, 2005. “‘All in Me is Nature’: The Values of Deformity in William Hay’s Deformity: An Essay.” Prose Studies. 27 (2005): 27-38.
  • K. James-Cavan, 2004. Hay, William. Deformity: An Essay. ed. and intro. Kathleen James-Cavan. Victoria, B.C.: English Literary Studies, 2004. ISBN 0-92064-91-9. 64 pp.
  • K. James-Cavan, 2003. With Peter Hynes, edited Volume 22 Lumen, Selected Proceedings from the Canadian Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies ISSN : 1209-3696. vi + 148 pp.
  • K. James-Cavan, ed., 2001. Austen, Jane. Sense and Sensibility. Peterborough: Broadview Press: 427 pp.   Introduction and Works Cited, Notes, Chronology, Appendices, Select Bibliography, pp. 1-37.
  • K. James‑Cavan, 1997. “Closure and Disclosure: The Significance of Conversation in Austen's The Watsons.” Studies in the Novel, vol. 29, no. 4, (Winter): 437‑52.
  • K. James‑Cavan with Peter Sabor, 1997. "Anna Lefroy's Continuation of Sandition: Point, Counterpoint." Persuasions: The Journal of the Jane Austen Society of North America. Issue No. 19 (December 16): 229‑243.
  • K. James‑Cavan with Barbara K. Seeber, 1994. "`Unvarying, warm admiration everywhere': The Truths About Wentworth," Persuasions: The Journal of the Jane Austen Society of North America, 16: 39‑47.

Professional and Academic Background

  • Director, DLM Program, St. Andrew’s College, University of Saskatchewan, 2020-present
  • Associate Professor, Department of English, University of Saskatchewan, 2001-present
  • Assistant Professor, Department of English, University of Saskatchewan, 1992-2001
  • Teaching Fellow, Queen's University, 1992
  • Sessional Lecturer, Department of English, Trent University, 1990-91
  • Writing Instructor, Academic Skills Centre, Trent University, 1988-1989
  • Teaching Assistant, Queen's University, 1987‑88
  • Teacher (English and French), Victoria County Board of Education, 1982‑87