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Athabasca University

Jane Arscott, Ph.D.

Director, Bachelor of Professional Arts
Associate Professor and Coordinator, Human Services

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Education

  • B.A. (HONS) Queen's
  • M.Litt. Oxford
  • Ph.D. Queen’s

Biography

Dr. Arscott has been teaching at Athabasca University since 1998. During that time she designed and produced the Human Services program of the Bachelor of Professional Arts degree that opened to students in 2000.

She collaborates with other members of the academic instructional team to coordinate the program and provide stimulating course offerings to students. Jane relies of the expertise of staff in many departments, especially Margot Young, for advising and planning individualized programs for students. She takes pride in the success of students in the Human Services program.

Jane has been involved in two projects funded by the Department of Human Resources and Development. More information about this activity is given on the Research page. In both endeavours Dr. Arscott co-led the activities with Dr. Ingrid Crowther.

She is writing a new course Human Services 306 which will introduce students to the Human Service program. Revisions to the program regulations are underway that add many crosslisted and new courses to the program.

Publications

Still Counting: Women in Politics Across Canada, co-authored with Linda Trimble (University of Alberta).  Peterborough, ON: Broadview Press, 2003.

In the Presence of Women: Representation and Canadian Governments. Edited with Linda Trimble. Harcourt Brace, 1997.

“More headroom Under the Dome.” Linda Trimble and Jane Arscott. Alberta Views (June 2005).

“'Il reste encore des travaux à faire’ :  Feminist and Political Science in Canada and Quebec” co-authored with Manon Tremblay, Canadian Journal of Political Science  XXXII:1 (March 1999), 125-151.

“‘More Women’: The RCSW and Political Representation, 1970” in Women and Political Representation in Canada, ed. Manon Tremblay and Caroline Andrew (Ottawa: University of Ottawa Press, 1998), 145-169.

“Thinking Straight about Public Policy in the 70s and 90s.” Canadian Woman Studies special issue 16 (1996), 110-118.

“Ending Injustice as a Precondition for Political Equality: The Emancipatory Discourses of Mary Wollstonecraft and Marie de Gouges” in Quilting A New Canon: Stitching Women’s Words, ed. Uma Parameswaran. Toronto: Sister Vision Press, 1996. 25-42. 

“A Job Well Begun… Representation, Electoral Reform and Women’s Interests” in Gender and Politics in Contemporary Canada, ed. Francois-Pierre Gingras (Toronto: Oxford University Press, 1995), 56-84.

“Twenty-Five Years and Sixty-Five Minutes after the Royal Commission on the Status of Women” International Journal of Canadian Studies, special issue 11 (1995), 33-56.

“Opening Up the Canon,” Studies in History and Politics VI (1989), 47-75.

“Mill's Alleged Advocacy of Centralization,” Mill News Letter, XXI (Summer, 1986), pp. 2-5.

Other Scholarly Contributions

Producing Results in Prior Learning A Report from the Gateways Project. Jane Arscott, Ingrid Crowther, Margot Young and Linda Ungarian (2007, 150 pp). 

History of Women in Politics at “Be on the Ballot: Women Impacting Local Government” sponsored by Alberta Municipal Affairs and Housing Edmonton, Alberta, January 22, 2007.

“Learning More about PLAR Learners: A Sneak Preview from the Gateway Final Report,” with Ingrid Crowther Recognizing Learning, Recognizing Skills Conference, Sixth International Forum on Prior Learning Assessment and Qualification Recognition sponsored by Canadian Association for Prior Learning and Assessment (CAPLA) in partnership with Human Resources and Social Development, Fredericton, October 16, 2006.

“Staking Out a PLAR Research Agenda in Canada,” panelist, as above, October 16, 2006.

“Brain Gain and Learning Losses: An Interim Report from the Gateways Project,” CAPLA Fall Focus Workshop, Toronto, November 25, 2005.

Moving Forward in Prior Learning: A Report from the Gateways Project. Jane Arscott, Ingrid Crowther, Margot Young and Linda Ungarian (2006, 119 pp).

“Gateways PLAR-Utilizing PLAR to Demonstrate Its Value to Enhance Employability in the Human Services,” presented by Dr. Jane Arscott and Dr. Ingrid Crowther, Beyond PLA: Unleashing the Power and Potential Within People,” Friday, June 4, 2004.

“Still Counting: 10 Elections Later and Still No Change,” Northeastern Political Science Association Annual Meeting, Boston, Mass., November 10, 2004.

Still Counting: Women in Politics Across Canada An Update” presented with Linda Trimble, YWCA Women’s Political Action Forum 2004 Resource Kit. Edmonton: 2004. (print, video and cd.)

“Feminism and Political Science in Canada and Quebec,” Roundtable Participant. Annual Meeting of the CPSA, University of Sherbrooke, Sherbrooke, Quebec, June 1999.

“Past Experiences of a Sessional in Women’s Studies” at a Research Day Forum “Intellectual Challenges to Teaching and Research in Women’s Studies sponsored by Women’s Studies at the University of Alberta, October 24, 1998.

“Authority and Voice: Women of Halifax Address the Royal Commission on the Status of Women,” Conference on Women, Work and Well-Being in Atlantic Canada, Mount Saint Vincent University and Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, April 30, 1998.

“A Picture in Need of an Explanation: Social Policy and the Royal Commission on the Status of Women” Annual Meeting of the CPSA, University of Ottawa, May 31, 1998.

“Women’s Electoral Space in Canada: Glass Ceilings, Flying Wedges and Revolving Doors,” Annual Meeting of the CPSA, University of Ottawa, June 2, 1998. [Co-authored with Linda Trimble].

“A Bomb ‘Primed and Ticking’: The Report of the Royal Commission on the Status of Women,” presented at the Symposium on Creating Change: Advancing Women’s Social, Political and Legal Issues on the Anniversary of the Persons Case held at the Faculty of Law, Saint Catharine’s Ontario, June 4, 1997.

“Gender and Canadian Citizenship: Canadian Models 1966-1996,” a double session at the annual meeting of the Canadian Political Science Association, Brock University, St. Catherine’s Ontario, June 2-4, 1996.

“The Royal Commission on the Status of Women on Immigrant Women: Its Erasure of Race and Ethnicity.” Race, Gender and the Construction of Canada, October 19-22nd 1995, Conference Proceedings of the University of British Columbia Centre for Research in Women's Studies and Gender Relations Vol. 5, Number 1, 1996, (42 pp.)

“Natural Rights and Unnatural Wrongs: The Rights and Wrongs of Women's Claims to Citizenship,” A paper presented at “Symbols, Myths and Images of the French Revolution. A Colloquium in Honour of James A. Leith held September 18-21, 1996 hosted by the Department of History of the University of Regina, Regina Saskatchewan.

“Canadian Women and ‘Second-Class’ Citizenship, 1970,” Annual Meeting of the Canadian Political Science Association, Brock University, Saint Catharine's Ontario, June 4, 1996.

“Setting the Stage or Removing the Props: Federal Plans for Gender Equality, 1970-1995,” Women's Studies Seminar, Dalhousie University, November 18, 1995.

“The Deliberate Choice of False Universalism: the Royal Commission on the Status of Women's Erasure of Race,” presented at the Conference on Gender, Race and the Construction of Canada sponsored by the Centre for Women's Studies and Gender Relations, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, October 20-22, 1995. [A revised version of this paper was presented to the Women's History Group, Halifax, Nova Scotia, November 30, 1995].

“Twenty-Five Years and Sixty Five Minutes after the Royal Commission on the Status of Women,” Women's History Group, Halifax, January 10, 1995.

“Between the Individual and the Collectivity: Freedom of Political Association and the Clubs,” Selected Papers of the Consortium on Revolutionary Europe, 1750-1850, ed. John Severn. (Winter 1995): 404-411.

 “‘On His Blindness’: Tocqueville and the Prerequisites for Civil Society,” Atlantic Chapter of the Conference for the Study of Political Thought, Halifax, Nova Scotia, November 25, 1994.

“Women in the Mirror of Public Policy,” presented to the Colloquium on Women and Political Representation held at the University of Ottawa, Ottawa, September 29-30, 1994.

“Women and Provincial Legislatures,” a double session of the annual meeting of the Atlantic Provinces Political Studies Association, chair, held at St. Mary’s University, Halifax, Nova Scotia October 15-16, 1994.

“Women in Sub-National Legislative Bodies in the Provinces and Territories of Canada,” co-organizer with Linda Trimble (University of Alberta) of a Roundtable held at the annual meetings of the Canadian Political Science Association meetings, Carleton University, Ottawa, Spring 1993.

“Between the Rock and a Hard Place: Women Candidates for the Legislature in Newfoundland and Nova Scotia,” Annual meeting of the Canadian Political Science Association meeting to be held at Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario, June 7, 1993.

““L'Utilité de batter sa maîtresse’ in which Satire Bloodies More than Female Noses,” Women and Texts in Pre-Revolutionary France, Waterloo University, May 2-5, 1993.

“Counting Small Numbers: Women Legislators in Nova Scotia,” Atlantic Provinces Political Science Association, Mount Saint Vincent University, Halifax, Oct. 17, 1992.

“The Tale of Two Marys: Economic Rights as a Precondition for Political Rights,” Conference for Women-Focused Research, University of Winnipeg, Winnipeg, Sept. 25, 1992.

“Women and Political Leadership in Nova Scotia,” Atlantic Provinces Political Science Association, organizer, panel discussion, Mount Saint Vincent University, Halifax, Oct. 17, 1992.

Commentator, New Reproductive Technologies and Public Policy, annual meeting of the Canadian Political Science Association, University of Prince Edward Island, Charlottetown, 1992.

“Doubting Thomas: Responses Sexual Harassment,” Women's Studies Seminar, Dalhousie University, Dec. 1991.

“Women in Front (of the Classroom),” Political Science Colloquium, Dalhousie University, Nov. 1990.

“Remembering the Massacre in Montreal,” Dalhousie University and University of King's College, Jan. 1990.

“Rhetoric, Rights and Revolution: Women and the Declaration of the Rights of Man and Citizen,” Special Session of the Canadian Political Science Association in Honour of the bicentennial of the French Revolution, “Rights and Political Order,” Quebec City, June 1989.

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