John Hoben, Faculty of Education, Master’s Student & PhD Candidate was born and raised in Musgrave Harbour, a small fishing community located on the North East Coast of Newfoundland. “After completing my BA (English) and, then, my B.Ed in high school education, I decided to return to my hometown where I subsequently taught for two years. Having always been interested in the law, in 1998 I decided to pursue legal studies at the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario.”
“After graduating from law school and being called to the Ontario Bar I began working with a sole practitioner in London, Ontario. During this time I also was employed as an independent contractor doing legal research and writing legal opinions. However, in 2003 my wife and I decided to return to our home Province. Although I practiced briefly in Newfoundland, I decided to return to school and pursue graduate studies. I will finish my M.Ed. in August 2006 after which time I plan to begin my PhD at Memorial’s Faculty of Education.”
“I enjoy the collaborative and collegial atmosphere at Memorial, which is unlike any other educational institution I have ever attended. Both the Faculty of English and the Faculty of Education here are phenomenal: they both offer a quality education that is engaging, rigorous and which encourages critical thinking. In addition, to academic work I also enjoy creative writing and in 2005 I was one of the winners in the Provincial Arts and Letters Competition. In large part I attribute this success to the writing skills which I developed as a student at Memorial.”
“My PhD thesis proposal is, in large part, an attempt to take advantage of my backgrounds in the fields of law and education. In January 2006 I was fortunate enough to be invited to do a presentation on issues related to freedom of expression with Dr. Paul Wilson of Grenfell College at the Atlantic School Boards Conference in Corner Brook. This presentation grew out of a legal memorandum which I had written for Dr. Wilson while a student in a graduate course which he was teaching. As a result of recent events involving teachers in the Province I subsequently decided to do a qualitative investigation looking at teacher perceptions of free speech and the impact of censorship on teacher attitudes and participation within the educational system. I was able to flesh out additional aspects of my proposal during a graduate course on qualitative research instructed by Dr. Rosonna Tite. I have an excellent PhD Committee in place and my supervisor, Dr. Elizabeth Yeoman, is incredibly supportive and knowledgeable.”
“In the spring of 2006 I also will be teaching an undergraduate course on ethics and the law at the Corner Brook campus of Memorial. I am very enthusiastic about this opportunity and I hope to be able to continue the tradition of high academic standards and professionalism which I have had the privilege to experience while a student at Memorial. Upon completion of my PhD I hope to teach in a university setting and, because of my strong connection to this Province and its excellence in both teaching and research, I hope to find opportunities at Memorial. In fact, I can’t imagine completing my program anywhere else!”
John was the recipient of the A.C. Hunter Prize in English (1996); the Memorial University Endowment Fund Scholarship (1998); the Blake Cassels and Graydon Entrance Scholarship (1999) at the University of Western Ontario Faculty of Law; the Law Society of Upper Canada’s Award for Academic Excellence (2000); and, in 2005 he was one of the Winners of the annual Newfoundland and Labrador Arts and Letters Competition (Poetry, Senior Division).