Maureen Flynn-Burhoe December 2006


Currently on leave of absence from PhD.


This thoroughly bilingual candidate offers unique skills in education and research. Successful teaching experiences in the fields of visual arts, sociology, Inuit studies, human rights, contemporary social theory and qualitative methodologies include seven years in R. P. Congo, ten years at the National Gallery of Canada and nine terms as contract lecturer for Carleton University. This includes extensive teaching in First Nations education authorities, Nunavut Arctic College and the National Gallery of Canada’s Education Division. At the National Gallery of Canada (1990-2000) she was frequently requested for VIP tours of the Gallery’s entire collection from European to contemporary with a specialty in Inuit art. This candidate has exceptional interpersonal skills with a natural and nurtured ability to spot, draw out and encourage skills and strengths in others. This highly creative individual has sustained visual arts production while working as educator and researcher and as graduate student. This candidate is passionate about the potential of visual arts to contribute to an inclusive public curriculum. She has been featured in CBC radio and television interviews and invited to give public talks, customized tours of museum exhibitions and slide shows in Ottawa, Vancouver, Toronto and Charlottetown. She has also been guest lecturer in university courses in Social Psychology, Sociology of Education, Anthropology, Canadian Studies and Art History at Carleton University, St. Paul’s University, University of Ottawa and the Inuit Art Foundation. An unswerving commitment to providing a forum for First Nations, Inuit and African-Canadian teachers, learners and researchers has led to the hosting of countless student-authored web sites offering cultural and/or generation specific local knowledge. These student-authored web pages are complemented by her shareable web-based resources. Her sophisticated use of technology which includes proficiency in software such as ToolBook, Adobe PhotoShop, EndNote, FoxPro and HTML has facilitated the production and sharing of teaching, learning and research tools for the classroom and beyond. Years of teaching experience have led to the development of a radical but highly effective technology-intense, media-intense, student-centred participatory pedagogy. She is frequently asked by students for references for employment and graduate studies by former students who recognize her sincerity in encouraging students to reach their full potential. This candidate is a team player who encourages the sharing of knowledge-based resources. She is looking for a gender-neutral working environment where her unique experience, knowledge, skills and qualities will be appreciated and reflected in salary and benefits.


Birthplace: Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island; Citizenship: Canadian.


Ph.D. candidate, Sociology, Carleton University, Ottawa, ON. In progress. “Memory Work: A Critical Examination of How Distorted Histories of Benign Colonialism Shape-Shifted into Inuit Art History.”

M. A. Canadian Studies, Carleton University, Ottawa, ON, 1995. CD-ROM. Interactive Multimedia application. “Symbols of womanhood in the work of Inuit artist, Jessie Oonark.” This was the first MA at Carleton submitted on a CD-ROM.


2003-4 Contract Lecturer: Carleton University, Ottawa, ON. Power and Everyday Life.

2002-3 Sessional Lecturer: Nunavut Arctic College, Iqaluit, Nunavut. This was a pilot project in which this candidate was the primary on-site Carleton connection responsible for preparing, promoting and presenting Nunavut-specific introductory Human Rights and Sociology courses. The success of this project led to an agreement signed between Nunavut Arctic College and Carleton University’s Centre for Initiatives in Education. Provided letters of recommendation for one Inuit student who consequently was accepted into the Kennedy School of Governance, Harvard University with a Fulbright scholarship and completed his MA in 2005.

2001 Sessional Lecturer: Off-Campus Aboriginal Program, Carleton University. Fort Frances Seven Generations Education Authority; Moose Cree Education Authority; Akwesasne Education Centre.

1995-2003 Facilitator with Cultural Industries Training Program, Bridging program for Inuit students offered by Inuit Art Foundation. Taught thirteen week introductory Inuit art courses to Inuit students.

1990-2000 Contract art educator with National Gallery of Canada. Gallery talks, designing and facilitating workshops, theme tours of collection. Developed an innovative, inclusive approach to the permanent collection by integrating African Canadian, First Nations, Inuit culture and history.

1998 Supervisor Directed Readings: Inuit Art. Carleton University.

1997-8 Consultant for Canadian Teachers Federation. Prepared extensive bibliographic resource list on African-Canadian history for 1996-7 Mathieu da Costa award project.

1997 Winter and Fall sessions. Lecturer Carleton University’s Art History, teaching Inuit Art 11.314.

1990-5 As volunteer provided material for and facilitated informal art classes for pre-youth of Golden Lake First Nations at held at Golden Lake Makwa Centre c. 6 – 10 classes a year. Worked with community members to raise funds and organize bus trips to Ottawa to visit museums. Maintained contact and interest in Golden Lake activities particularly those organized through addiction counselor Irvin Sarasin. Rhonda Amikons, a student from this group of pre-youth went on to complete her studies in North Bay in the visual arts.

1994 (Summer) Practicum: Teaching and Learning Centre. Developed a model of how graduate students might assist instructors in the use of interactive multimedia applications. Focus: Preparation of material for an interactive multimedia application (CD-ROM) that could be used as support material for Professor Jackson’s Inuit Art Course (Art History 11.314).

1993 (Summer) Practicum: National Gallery Inuit Art Curatorial Section. Assisted Inuit Art Curator, Marie Routledge in preparation for exhibition From the Centre: The Drawings of Luke Anguhadluq.

1986 (Fall) Learning Problems. McGill University, Montreal. Focus: The learning process: reaching learners with various learning problems. (Selected field work and course work).


2005 Status of Women Canada: Contracted to research and submit report on Structural Changes that Impacted on Women’s Lives since 1995.

2005 Prepared illustrated timeline of Mi’kmaq social history.

2004-5 Research Assistant to Professor Donna Patrick, Carleton University. Urban Inuit Research Project

1994-5 Research Assistant to Professor Marion Jackson, Carleton University.


2001 “Reviews: Saqiyuq.” Inuit Art Quarterly. 16:3.

1999 “Shape-shifting and other points of convergence: Inuit art and digital technologies.” Art Libraries Journal. London: Fall.

1999 “Jessie Oonark: Woman in the Centre.” Inuit Art Quarterly. 14. no. 2. (Summer).

1998 “Dance to the Drum: In Celebration.” Inuit Art Quarterly. 13. no. 3 (Fall).

1998 “CD Rom: The Process behind the Creation of “Woman in the Centre” womenspace. 34. (Fall). e-version: http://www.womenspace.ca/vol34k.html

1996 “Shamanism in Inuit Art”. Inuit Art Quarterly. 11. no.1. (Spring).


2005 Ejesiak, Kirt & Flynn-Burhoe, Maureen (2005) Animal Rights vs Inuit Rights. Boston Globe/World News Network. Boston.



2001 “Reflections from the field of cyberspace: practical, ethical and relational issues in Internet based research.” (co-presented with Andrea Doucet.) 18th Qualitatives Conference. McMaster University. May 17-9, 2001.

2000 “Risks and Rights: Imaging the Seal Hunt, a Web-based Project”. 17th Qualitatives Conference. University of New Brunswick. May 18-21, 2000.

1998 “IMM: Oonark.” Women’s Studies, Women’s Equality and the New Communications Technology. Canadian Women’s Studies Association. Université d’Ottawa, May 30.

1996 “A study of the symbols of womanhood in the work of Jessie Oonark using interactive multimedia as a method of exploration,” 10th Inuit Studies Conference, Memorial University of Newfoundland, August 16, 1996.


2000 “Le rôle de l’art dans la société canadienne”. Mini-cours. Institut d’études canadiennes. Université d’Ottawa. 5 mai.

1996 “New Media and Inuit Art,” QAGGIT 1996, Inuit Art Foundation, Carleton University.


2006 speechless https://oceanflynn.wordpress.com

1999 “Inuitartwebliography.” http://www.carleton.ca/inuitartwebliography Launched Fall Qaggit 1999. Inuit Art Foundation. Ottawa. Currently being moved to http://inuitartwebliography.blogspot.com


One-Woman Exhibitions:

1999 “Reflexivité: Double Vision”* July, 1999, Pilar Shepherd Gallery, Charlottetown, PEI.

1992 “Commemoration” June 11 – June 28, 1992. Galerie Intersection, Ottawa, Ontario.

1982 “Papiergraph-Photopapier”.* April, 1982. La corporation des métiers d’art, Chicoutimi, Québec.


1997 Canada Council Art Bank


Currently learning Web 2.0 technologies. HTML, Adobe PhotoShop, ToolBook 5.0, an authoring software package for creating interactive multimedia applications, FoxPro, database (RQBE: Relational Query by Example) includes image management capacity, EndNote, (package for creating bibliographies), Deskscan, Corel Draw, WordPerfect 8, MS Word, PowerPoint, ATLAS-TI.

Bilingual English-French. Lecture at University level in French.

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