BISC Faculty Profiles
The BISC faculty profiles are an opportunity for you to get to know our faculty in Kingston and the UK.
Selection of faculty is paramount in maximizing:
- High academic quality
- An international setting
- Real-world examples from your curriculum
BISC faculty members demonstrate the commitment and competence to provide both academic and experiential learning opportunities in a small, high-intensity residential community. All faculty selected to teach at the BISC are fully-qualified, experienced in their subject areas, and active researchers. Many live on campus.
The BISC's rigorous faculty selection process is conducted by senior personnel and faculty from both Queen's University (Canada) and the BISC. All faculty appointments are made and ratified by Queen's University under the auspices of the Senate and all courses taught by faculty at the BISC are fully accredited by Queen's University.
Dr. Scott McLean
Building upon an interest in archaeology and the history of the Herstmonceux Castle estate, in 2012 Scott developed the BISC Field School in British Archaeology. The programme offers students the opportunity to explore the history and archaeology of Roman and Medieval Britain while acquiring field experience working on an actual archaeological excavation. He has developed courses focussed upon both the Castle’s history and the relationship between Canada and South-east England. He is also responsible for the development of an archive of materials related to the Castle’s deep and complex history. All of the above offers students a varied experiential learning experience that allows them to approach history in a variety of ways. Whether ‘digging up the past’ through archaeological excavation, or conducting archival research, students are encouraged to engage with primary materials in an interesting and meaningful way. He has published a number of books, including William Wye Smith: Recollections of a Nineteenth Century Scottish Canadian (With Michael Vance 2008) , and Researching Your Ancestors in Simcoe County: A Study in Migratory Patterns and Family History, (2012) and is currently writing a book on British media perceptions of Canada and the Canadian Army during WWII.
Mary Beth Kitzel
Mary Beth Kitzel is the Director of the Field School in Deaf Geographies and a lecturer in Human Geography at the BISC. Deaf Geographies has recently emerged as one of the most exciting new areas of Human Geography. Drawing together questions of embodiment, communication, culture and belonging, Deaf Geographies ask what these fundamental building blocks of humanness look like through the eyes of a community who perform their cultural and social geographies in the visual. Field school participants take courses augmented by practical, primary research projects conducted in conjunction with some of the world’s leading experts. Kitzel, a historical geographer who studies at the University of Sussex, specialises in the history of early modern and Victorian English Deaf communities. In summer, 2013, she ran the first Deaf Geographies conference ever, based at the castle.
Ruth Cereceda has been our Hispanic Studies specialist at the BISC since 2009. She teaches first year Beginner’s Spanish and upper year courses in Art History. Some recent field trips in her courses have included taking part in a salsa workshop, watching some of the latest Spanish and Latin American cinema productions at the Spanish Film Festival in London, visiting El Prado museum in Madrid, and a practicum on "how to go out for tapas."
Her current research focuses on contemporary cultural exchanges that occurred between Hispanic communities within the Atlantic Arch, and more specifically, in the study of the Spanish painter Eduardo Sanz. She is also the Art and Architecture editor for Entretanto magazine.
Since 2012 she has also been the Warden in Bader Hall, which means she is responsible for building the relationship between students, staff, and faculty, with a focus on community integration. She is a very popular figure with our students.
Ruth has a wide range of interests, including photography, travelling, and ballet dancing. Having lived in different countries, she speaks Spanish and English, some French and Russian, as well as bit of Portuguese.
Originally from Santander, Spain, Ruth has spent most of her life from an early age between England and Spain, including a fateful visit to Herstmonceux Castle as a tourist when she was young!