Academic Learning Services vision is based in competences in academic expression and knowledge acquisition. We provide supports and services to faculty, students, and staff in the following areas:

  • Academic writing and communications

  • Digital literacies and software training

  • Intercultural mentoring and support language supports

  • Digital media production and supports

We are

  • Writing Centre and Academic Communications

  • Software and Applications Support Centre

  • English for International Students

  • Special Projects and Events


Our staff

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Brian Hotson, MTS

Director, Academic Learning Services
- Writing Centre and Academic Communications
- Software and Application Support Centre
- Special Projects and Events

Mobile: 647-229-0073
Main: 902-491-6201
Office: 902-491-6202
Brian.Hotson@smu.ca
Burke 111

At Saint Mary’s since 2010, Brian has been a professional writer for more than 30 years. He has worked as an education professional for more than 20 years, in universities, educational publishing, and educational television. He is a Past-President of the Canadian Writing Centres Association (CWCA/ACCR) and a founding member of the Atlantic Canadian Writing Centres Association (ACWCA).

Prior to working at Saint Mary’s, Brian worked for Pearson Education as a writer, as well as for Nelson Education as a multi-media producer, developmental editor, project manager, editor, and writer, mainly in Science. He also worked at TVOntario, Ontario’s educational broadcaster and digital learning partner, as a director, producer, and writer, as well as a writer and project manager with the Independent Learning Centre (ILC), Ontario Ministry of Education’s designated partner in distance education and Ontario’s largest online high school. He has a BA in History from Lakehead University and a Master’s of Theological Studies from Queen’s University, Kingston.

Currently, Brian is a of member of the Atlantic Canadian Writing Centres Association, Canadian Writing Centres Association, Canadian Association for the Study of Discourse and Writing (CASDW), Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC), National Communication Association (NCA), and National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE).

Brian’s interests include social justice spatialities, multiliteracies and plurilingualism, and digital media theory and production.

Publications

Articles

Bell, S. & Hotson, B. (2019). Defining Our Digital Identities. WLN (accepted).

Dansereau, D. A., Carmichael, L. E., & Hotson, B. (2019). Building first-year science writing skills with an embedded writing instruction program. Journal of College Science Teaching (accepted).

Service

  • Editor, Connecting Writing Centres Across Borders, Writing Lab Newsletter (2017-2019)

  • Board member, Canadian Writing Centres Association (2011-2016, 2018- )

  • Board member, International Writing Centres Association (2017-18)

  • Publisher, Afficio Journal, Saint Mary’s University (2017- )

  • Member, Editorial Board, Inkshed Publications (2016- )

  • Board member, Canadian Association for the Study of Language and Learning (Inkshed) (2011-2012)

Reviews

  • External program reviewer, English Writing Proficiency/Writing Centre Program Review, Bishop’s University (2017)

  • Peer reviewer, Canadian Assoc. for the Study of Discourse and Writing Journal (2018)

  • Proposal reviewer, First Year Experience Conference, National Resource Center (2018)

  • Proposal reviewer, International Writing Centres Assoc. conference (2017- )

  • Proposal reviewer, Students in Transition Conference, National Resource Center (2017- )

  • Proposal reviewer, Canadian Assoc. for the Study of Discourse and Writing conference (2015- )

  • Proposal reviewer, Canadian Writing Centres Assoc. conference (2013- )

Conferences

  • Session co-presenter: International Writing Centres Association-National Conference on Peer Tutoring in Writing > Digital media and writing centres: Where are we now? Where are we going? with Stephanie Bell, York University and Jackie Grutsch-McKinney, Ball State University (Columbus, OH, 2019)

  • Panellist: Canadian Assoc. for the Study of Discourse and Writing conference > Where have all the essays gone? Print-based conventions of classroom writing vs. digital writing tools: A debate! with Stephanie Bell, York University and Boba Samuels, University of Toronto (Vancouver, 2019).

  • Paper: Canadian Writing Centres Association conference > Report Support Program: A two-year study of the effects of writing tutoring on GPA on first-year Biology students (Vancouver, 2019)

  • Session co-presenter: Canadian Writing Centres Association Conference > Tooling up the multi: Thinking in, with, and through digital writing tools with Stephanie Bell, York University (Vancouver, 2019).

  • Panellist: International Writing Centres Association Collaborative (Pittsburgh, 2019) > Writing Center Journals Editors’ Round Table

  • Session co-presenter: International Writing Centres Assoc. Collaborative (Pittsburgh, 2019) > Writing tutor-digital technician hybriding: Combining software support and writing tutoring through multiliteracies with Stephanie Bell, York University.

  • Presentation: Atlantic Canadian Writing Centres Association Conference (Halifax, 2019) > Digital Writing Centres: Where we are and might be heading

  • Invited speaker, co-presenter: SouthWestern Ontario Writing Centre Symposium (Toronto, 2018) > Exploring digital frontiers of scholarly (classroom) writing with students: Tooling up your praxis with Stephanie Bell, York University.

  • Keynote: TESL NS Conference > Plurilingualism Can Do Some Work (Halifax, 2018)

  • Paper: Canadian Writing Centres Association > Establishing writing supports in China (Saskatoon, 2018)

  • Paper: National Conference for Peer Tutors in Writing > Embedding writing supports in Science courses (Tacoma, 2016)

  • Panellist: Canadian Writing Centres Association Conference > Centres on the Periphery: The Funding and Location of Writing Centres in Atlantic Canada (Ottawa, 2016)

  • Paper: Canadian Writing Centres Association Conference > English 1205 Tutoring Pilot Program (Victoria, 2013)

Conferences organized

  • Conference chair: Academic Writing and English Language Learners Conference (Halifax, 2019)

  • Conference organizer: Canadian Writing Centres Association (Vancouver, 2019)

  • Conference organizer: Atlantic Canadian Writing Centres Association Conference (Halifax, 2019)

  • Conference organizer: Canadian Writing Centres Association (Saskatoon, 2018)

  • Conference Steering Committee; Chair, Communications Committee: Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education Conference (Halifax, 2017)

  • Conference chair: Academic Writing and English Language Learners Conference (Halifax, 2016)

  • Conference organizer: Canadian Writing Centres Association Conference (Ottawa, 2016)

  • Conference chair: Academic Writing and English Language Learners Conference (Halifax, 2014)

  • Conference co-chair: Canadian Writing Centres Association Conference (St. Catharines, 2014)

  • Conference co-chair: Canadian Writing Centres Association Conference (Victoria, 2013)

  • Conference SIG organizer: Canadian Writing Centres Association, Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education Conference (Montreal, 2012)


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Rob MacArthur

Manager, Software and Application Support Centre

Main: 902-491-6332
Office: 902-496-8168
Rob.MacArthur@smu.ca
AT 107


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Muhammad Elhabibi, MEd (TESL)

Academic Learning Specialist: English for International Students,

Writing Centre and Academic Communications

Main: 902-496-8773
Office: 902-491-6202
Muhammad.Elhabibi@smu.ca
Burke 115

Languages: English, Arabic

Elhabibi M. is an Academic Learning Specialist who facilitates the language learning process for International Students with the focus on linguistic and academic challenges they may encounter. Elhabibi's 35-year teaching experience in five different contexts is supplemented with an MEd/TESL, Cambridge CELTA, International House of London Language Awareness Certificate, two Educational Diplomas and two undergraduate degrees. Residing in Halifax since 2011 with his family, wife and three daughters, Elhabibi has worked for three different universities, Mount Saint Vincent (2011-2013), Lakehead University, ON (2013-2014) and Saint Mary’s University (2014-Present). 

Elhabibi's experience and ongoing research into learners’ styles, strategies, cultural influence, and prior education of students brought him vital extra insights into their needs and challenges to find solutions that help in self learning. 

Elhabibi's third year of one-to-one teaching mode requires him to research into this type of teaching and learning; it also enables him to go through a huge variety of different genres of writings and readings. The most significant comment from a Chinese student Elhabibi received: "You did not give me a fish; you taught me how to fish."


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Amanda Saoud, BSc (Biology), Master of Science (Science Communication) 

Academic Services Coordinator

Main: 902-491-6203
Office: 902-491-6202
Amanda.Saoud@smu.ca
Burke 112

Languages: English, Arabic

Amanda holds a BSc in Biology from Dalhousie University and a Master’s degree in Science Communication from Laurentian University. Her research focus is on knowledge translation and effective technical communication. She is currently running the WHO program and coordinating Special Projects in the Studio. Amanda is also a part-time professor with the Engineering Department at SMU.