Ajay Heble

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Director, International Institute for Critical Studies in Improvisation (IICSI) Professor College of Arts School of English and Theatre Studies Guelph, Ontario aheble@uoguelph.ca Office: (519) 824-4120 ext. 53445

Bio/Research

Dr. Heble's research has covered a full range of topics in the arts and humanities and has resulted in 15 books published or in the press, numerous articles or chapters, and over 100 graduate students and post-doctoral fellows trained and mentored.

He was the founding Artistic Director ...


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Bio/Research

Dr. Heble's research has covered a full range of topics in the arts and humanities and has resulted in 15 books published or in the press, numerous articles or chapters, and over 100 graduate students and post-doctoral fellows trained and mentored.

He was the founding Artistic Director of the award-winning Guelph Jazz Festival and Colloquium (he served in that capacity for 23 years, retiring in 2016), and is a founding co-editor of the peer-reviewed journal Critical Studies in Improvisation/√Čtudes critiques en improvisation (www.criticalimprov.com).

Heble is the recipient of numerous awards, including the 2016 Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Impact Award in the Partnership category, the 2014 Dr. Winegard Exemplary Volunteer Award, and a Teaching Excellence Award from the Student Senate Caucus at the University of Guelph. In 2019, he was awarded an honorary degree (Doctor honoris causa) from 17, Instituto de Estudios Criticos in Mexico.

In his teaching, Heble has sought to develop pedagogical strategies that foster connections between what students learn or do at university and how they come to understand themselves as socially responsible citizens


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