Conferences and Professional Presentations

“Mantissa” for Agency Town Hall, New York Life. Invited. 9 December 2016. (co-presenter)

“COHLIT Instructional Design Services for the Rutgers Community” (co-presenter). Rutgers Online Learning Conference. Hyatt Regency New Brunswick, January 11-12, 2016.

“The Quality Online Course Review (QOCR) Initiative at Rutgers University” (co-presenter).

“Agile Course Design: Teaching & Learning with the OIRT Instructional Design Team” (co-presenter).

“From Class to Cloud: Technology, Learning and Current Trends in Digital Environments” (co-presenter). New Jersey Institute of Technology Provost’s Workshop Series. NJIT campus, Newark. April 8, 2014.

“Writing Tools for Self-Regulated Learning” Presentation and Prototype Demo (co-presenter). College English Association 45th Annual Conference. Baltimore, March 27-29, 2014.

“Supporting Active Visual Learners in the Writing Center – A Research Study” International Society for the Advancement of Writing Research – WRAB III, Paris, 19-22 Feb 2014

“Automating Writing Assessment: Future Classrooms, Curricula, And Pedagogies” HASTAC 2013 – The Decennial: New Horizons, New Narratives, New Codes Toronto Canada, April 25-28, 2013.

“Are there no teachers here? Automating teaching and assessment” Conference on College Composition and Communication, Las Vegas Nevada, March 13-16, 2013.

“I Shot Myself: 365 Days of Self-portraits” The Quantified Self Meet-up. New York, New York, July 24, 2012. Video.

“Christos Dikeakos’ Olympic Village Landscapes” Traffic: Conceptualism in Canada. University of Toronto, November 26-28, 2010.

“I Shot Myself: User-Generated Portraiture”

  • University Art Association of Canada Annual Conference. Toronto, November 6-8, 2008
  • The Agency of Images: A Panel Discussion on the Future of Photography. Panelists: Ron Burnett, John O’Brian, Sharla Sava. Glocal and Surrey Art Gallery: Vancouver, March 14, 2009.

“Surveillance as Empowerment and Self-Expression” Communication and/as Aesthetics Panel, Canadian Communication Annual Conference. Vancouver, June 5, 2008.

“Communications Research: A Look at Photography’s Contribution to Web2.0” CultureNet Program, Capilano College. 15 March 2008.

“Staged Photography in Contemporary Art” University Art Association of Canada  Annual Conference. University of Waterloo, November 2-3, 2007.

“Creating Self-Identity On-line” Interacting with Immersive Worlds Conference. Brock University, June 4-5, 2007.

“Why Pictures Flickr: An Examination of Digital Photography” Theatricality Panel, Vancouver Art Gallery, February 3, 2007.

“The Political Culture of the Counter-Tradition in Vancouver Art” Vancouver Art and Economies  Lecture Series. ECIAD and Artspeak Gallery Vancouver (Fall 2005); Guest Lecture, Department of Art and Design, University of Alberta, Edmonton (Fall 2005).

“In/ Security” Keynote Address. Baja to Vancouver Exhibition, Vancouver Art Gallery, June 2004.

“A Critical Beauty: Photoconceptual Art in Vancouver” College Art Association, Seattle, Feb. 2004

“Treachery and Betrayal: The Image of Guy Debord” Kootenay School of Writing. Vancouver, May 2002.

“Art Strikes Back: Aesthetics in Postmodern Culture” Rethinking Marxism Conference. University of Massachussetts, Amherst, March 2000.

“22 Oz Thunderbolt – The Art of Jayce Salloum” Panel, Vancouver: Contemporary Art Gallery, 1999

“Stan Douglas – Film Installations” Panel, Fine Arts Department, University of British Columbia, 1999

“Ray Johnson: New York’s most famous unknown artist” The Banff Centre; Mount Allison University, Sackville N.B. and University of  Lethbridge, Alberta. Fall 1998

Selected Publications


Chapters in Books

“Christos Dikeakos’ Olympic Village Landscapes” Catriona Jeffries Gallery Anthology of Exhibition Essays 8. Vancouver: CJ Press. Fall 2011 (87-101).

“Cinematic Pictures: The Legacy of the Vancouver Counter-Tradition.” Vancouver Art and Economies. Melanie O’Brian, ed. Vancouver: Artspeak Gallery and Arsenal Pulp Press, 2007: 47-67.

Peer-Reviewed Journals

Why Photography Matters as Art as Never Before by Michael Fried.”  [Book Review] RACAR Canadian Art Review  2011 (36:1)  65-68.

“Igniting the Mercurial: A Conversation about Vancouver Culture.” [Interviewer] The Capilano Review. Summer 2009 (3.8) 128-150.

“In the Studio with Damian Moppett.” [Interviewer] The Capilano Review. Fall 2008 (3.6) 47-65.

“Gridlock: Antonia Hirsch’s World Map Project. The Capilano Review. Spring 2007 (2.50) 68-81.

“‘Art is all Over’: The Centre for Communications and the Arts at Simon Fraser University (1965 – 1972)” West Coast Line 2006 (39.3) 80–89.

“Jeff Wall: Regarding the Jewish Cemetery.” Unfinished Business – Photographing Vancouver Streets 1955-1985.  Co-published: Presentation House Gallery Vancouver and West Coast Line, 2006: 175–184.

Exhibition Catalogue Essays

“Picture Elements: The Photographic Activity of Evan Lee.” Surrey Art Gallery, Canada. Open Book series (2008). Also available online at the Surrey Art Gallery.

“Precarity” Postscript 28. Essay to accompany News Works: Robyn Laba exhibition. Vancouver: Artspeak Gallery (Summer 2007).

“Determining the Cultural Ecology: Ray Johnson and the New York Corres-Sponge Dance School of Vancouver.” How Sad I am Today: The Art of Ray Johnson and the New York Correspondence School exhibition catalogue. Vancouver: Belkin Gallery, 2000: 11– 26.

“The Fine Art of Communication.” Ray Johnson: Correspondences exhibition catalogue. Exhibition itinerary: Whitney Museum, New York; Wexner Center, Ohio. Flammarion and Wexner Center, 2000:121–131.

“Antonia Hirsch” exhibition pamphlet. Open Space Gallery, Victoria B.C. 2000

“Dear Whitney Museum, I hate you. Love, Ray Johnson.” Sackville, N.B.: Owens Art Gallery and Struts Gallery, 1999

“Thecla Schiphorst: Opening the Door of Perception.” Altered Visions exhibition catalogue. Vancouver: Artspeak Gallery, 1998: 28–43.

“erewhon.” Six: New Vancouver Modern exhibition catalogue. Vancouver: Belkin Gallery,1997:44–54.

“The Filliou Tapes – from Political to Poetical Economy (caught in the word storm of May).”  Robert Filliou: From Political to Poetical Economy exhibition catalogue. Vancouver: Belkin Gallery, 1996:16 – 48.

Articles in Magazines

“ePortfolios: Foundational Measurement Issues” by Norbert Elliot, Alex Rudniy, Perry Deess, Andrew Klobucar, Regina Collins, Sharla Sava. The Journal of Writing Assessment. Vol. 9, Issue 2: 2016 Article Link

“Treachery and Betrayal: The Image of Guy Debord” W7  Fall 2003. Available online at

“Roy Kiyooka: Discovering the Lyrical Landscape” C Magazine Nov. 1998: 26 – 32.

“As if the Oceans were Lemonade” Front Magazine  May 1998 (9.5).

Sava, Sharla and Hank Bull. “Skin: An interview with Kate Craig” Boo 11 (Spring, 1998)