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New Arts faculty in 2021: Dr. Ryan Clement

Mon. Nov. 22, 2021

The Faculty of Arts is pleased to welcome new faculty members in several departments this year including: Criminal Justice; English; History; Political Science; Psychology; Religion and Culture; Rhetoric, Writing, and Communications; Sociology; Theatre and Film; and Urban and Inner-City Studies.

We're asking each of our new faculty members to introduce themselves by providing us with a brief profile highlighting their research and courses they'll teach as well as a photo. That way we'll recognize them when we meet them in the halls on campus or in Zoom meetings online!

Dr. Ryan Clement (Rhetoric, Writing, and Communications)

Ryan ClementAccording to Jaqueline McLeod Rogers, Dr. Clement takes the "remedial drudgery out of learning academic writing." (Photo supplied)

Today, we feature Dr. Ryan Clement, Iinstructor in the Department of Rhetoric, Writing, and Communications. Dr. Clement completed his PhD in English Language and Literature at the University of Waterloo. As you'll read, Dr. Clement is well travelled, having been to more than 80 countries, and he has a number of interests outside of academic writing.

Dr. Jaqueline McLeod Rogers is Chair of the Department of Rhetoric, Writing, and Communications. She shares that, "Ryan's Ph.D training in game design as well as his success as a board game designer crosses into his classes, where he often promotes student learning though games and forms of play." She adds that, "Several of us have seen his students engaged and laughing as they learn: he takes remedial drudgery out of learning academic writing."

Please join us all in welcoming Dr. Clement to the Faculty of Arts. And thank you to him for providing his profile info and photo.


PhD – English Language and Literature, University of Waterloo
MA – Communication and Culture, York University and Ryerson University
BA – English, Brandon University


Dr. Ryan Clement holds a PhD in English Language and Literature from the University of Waterloo where his research focused on the emergence of narrative from game mechanics. He also holds an MA in Communication and Culture from York University and Ryerson University where he completed a graphic novel project comparing the globalization of American comics versus Japanese manga. During the summer months, he often works with the International Space University as an adjunct faculty member. In addition to his academic work, Ryan also designs games, publishes creative writing and comics, and has experience both in improvised theatre and multimedia storytelling. Having travelled to over 80 countries and lived on four continents, Ryan enjoys exploring a wide variety of narratives through many different platforms.

His research interests include: Game Studies, Emergent Narrative, Comics, Creative Writing, Speculative Fiction, Space Humanities, Travel Writing, Screen Studies, Comedy, World Literature.


  • Academic Writing: Multidisciplinary – RHET-1105-004, -022
  • Introduction to Rhetoric and Communication  – RHET-1120-001
  • Contemporary Communication Theory – RHET-2137-002
  • Rhetoric of Visual Representation – RHET-3139-001
  • Strategies in Technical and Professional Communication – RHET-3340-001

Academic publications

Clement, Ryan. “‘The Bat-man in the Jar’: The Legacy of John Rollin Ridge’s Joaquín Murieta and the Construction of American Hero.” The Journal of Popular Culture, upcoming publication, 2021/2022.

Clement, Ryan. “Playing with the Kitchen Table: Using Persuasive Games to Promote Empathy Towards People with Anaphylactic Food Allergies.” The Journal of Gaming & Virtual Worlds, vol. 13, iss. 1, 2021: 75-92.

Clement, Ryan. “Playing Canadian: A Brief History of Tabletop Games in Canada.” The Spaces and Places of Canadian Popular Culture, edited by Victoria Kannen and Neil Shyminsky, 2019.

Creative publications

Clement, Ryan. “This Universe is Yours to Explore.” Tales from OmniPark, edited by Ben Thomas, House Blackwood, 2021.

Clement, Ryan. “Runners of the Woods.” Illustrated by Abi Watson, Life Finds a Way, edited by Alina Lyons, Cloudscape Comics, 2019.

Clement, Ryan. “Half: Double Date.” Illustrated by Stephanie Brennan, Strange Romance, vol. 2, edited by Adam Prosser, Phantasmic Tales, 2017.

Clement, Ryan. “One Night on the TTC.” Illustrated by Jeanna LeClair, The Toronto Comics Anthology, vol. 3, edited by Andrew Stevenson, Aaron Feldman, and Allison O’Toole. TO Comix Press, 2016.

Clement, Ryan. “The Great Wall of Pelican Lake.” Never Light a Match in the Outhouse, edited by Matt Jackson, Summit Studios, 2014.

Clement, Ryan. “Hiking the Alps in Flip-flops.” Moose on the Loose, edited by Matt Jackson, Summit Studios, 2012. Winner of Summit Studio’s Travel Writing Contest.