Educational Developer, Teaching Support
William Kay is an Educational Developer who promotes and supports teaching excellence, educational leadership and the scholarship for teaching and learning (SoTL) for faculty members at Saint Mary’s University. He pursues this mandate by designing and facilitating pedagogical and curriculum based workshops, cultivating communities of practice around teaching to enhance the student learning experience, and offering counseling and support on SoTL-based classroom research initiatives. He has been teaching in post-secondary education for the past eighteen years. He has extensive international experience having taught and served as an education specialist in Japan and Qatar. He has also led and assisted in several educational development projects and partnerships in Thailand, Laos, and the Philippines. He holds degrees from the University of Toronto and Macquarie University in NSW, Australia. He is currently in the process of completing a Doctorate in Educational Leadership at the University of Calgary. His current research interests are focused in the areas of SoTL, Situated Learning and Professional Learning Communities.
Educational Developer, Curriculum & Program Review
Jonathan E. Shaw
Educational Developer, Intercultural Learning
Jonathan is an Educational Developer specialising in Intercultural Learning at Saint Mary’s University. Much of his work constellates around how we can better understand, promote, and build intercultural learning into university curricula. This includes promoting campus-wide engagement with intercultural learning, highlighting intercultural learning opportunities for students and faculty within the University, and research in the area of international students and pedagogical strategies for intercultural education.
Jonathan holds a B.A in English Literature (University of King’s College), a B.A. (Hons.) in International Development Studies (Saint Mary’s University), and an M.Ed in Curriculum Studies (SMU/MSVU). He hopes to pursue a Ph.D. in the field of intercultural education.
Educational Developer, E-Learning
Jennifer supports faculty in developing effective curriculum design and teaching strategies across campus in face to face, blended and online learning environments for undergraduate and graduate level programs. She is passionate about evaluating and supporting the need for diverse levels of curriculum development for all platforms of learning. Jennifer collaborates with instructors in creating curriculum with learning activities that encourage continued engagement and purposeful learning. Jennifer began her employment with Saint Mary’s in the Division of Continuing Education over a decade ago as the Manager of Extension and Outreach Programs. She is excited to have returned to Saint Mary’s University to continue to provide leadership for all pedagogical aspects of course development and delivery for students, staff and faculty.
Prior to working with Saint Mary’s University Jennifer served as a National Training and Quality Manager for a private sector organization. Throughout her career, she has been afforded the opportunity to create and manage a variety of training and quality projects including New Hire CSR, Sales and Service, Effective Change Management Strategies, Excellence in Leadership and professional development programming for customer service associates, team managers and senior management. She has acted as a catalyst in developing organizational effectiveness programs and strategic business initiatives within the business sector and educational institutions for the past twenty years.
Jennifer is available to provide consultation for staff and faculty.
Program Administrator, Extended Education
Janice is a program planner and student support professional who manages Saint Mary’s University Prep program. She acts a first point of contact for mature students exploring their options for university education. Janice is also responsible for the management of a number of community-oriented programs, including the Elder Learners program and Library program.
Janice’s passion for developing programs and supporting students is a result of over 15 years of working at Saint Mary’s University. From her time with the Executive MBA, where she got her first glimpse into student support, to coordinating a research project aimed at students with disabilities, to now, the Program Administrator for University Prep, she knows that awesome things come from getting an education.
Janice is currently working on a Certificate in Adult Education from the University of Calgary and will complete it in winter 2018. Janice will continue exploring opportunities to nurture her passion for supporting students in a higher education environment.
Academic Learning Specialist: English for International Students
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."
Senior Tutor, Science
BA, Anthropology; BA, English Literature; BSc, Astrophysics (in progress); TESL/TEFL Certification
Kurtis holds a double-major in Anthropology and English from Saint Mary’s. He is also TESL/TEFL certified and spent the last year and a half as an ESL teacher and tutor in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. He is currently pursuing a second degree in Astrophysics at Saint Mary’s in anticipation of a graduate degree. He can often be seen carrying a skateboard.
MA, English Literature; MTS, Theological Studies (U Toronto); BA, English Literature
Erika Flemming has a BA and MA in English Literature (University of Waterloo, University of Toronto), and an MTS in Theological Studies (Wycliffe College, University of Toronto). Erika has worked as a Writing and Language Tutor for over fourteen years in Toronto and Halifax. In her other life, Erika worked for the Presbyterian Church of Canada as a youth and young adult worker. Erika's strengths are in helping students to gain confidence and to navigate the academic setting.
MA, English; BA, History; MA, History (in progress)
Upon the completion of an MA in English, Eric taught honours and AP literature courses for several years at an independent high school but wanted to learn more about the cultural and political impulses that prompted the literature studied. For that reason, he decided to take a break from teaching high school English to earn a degree in History. Eric is now compelting a Master's degree in History at Saint Mary's.
When school is not in session, he likes to ski in the winter and travel to the British Isles in the summer.
Senior Tutor; WHO Coordinator
BA (Hons), Religious Studies; MA, Religious Studies
Mandy holds an Honors Bachelor and Master’s Degree in Religious Studies, both from Saint Mary's University, with a focus on Buddhist Environmental Ethics. Mandy completed a University Teaching Diploma in 2011, and has been a senior tutor and the Writing Help Online Coordinator at the Writing Centre for over 4 years. She is also a part-time faculty member of the Religious Studies Department at SMU, teaching courses in religion and religious experience.
During her undergraduate degree, Mandy was one of the recipients of the SMU Writing Awards, having her paper published online in the first volume of Afficio. Throughout her time at the Writing Centre, Mandy has worked with students from various faculties and disciplines on a broad array of writing assignments. She has also taught numerous academic writing workshops, including writing for the Arts and Business. Mandy has also worked on the Saint Mary’s campus since 2007 as a Teaching and Research Assistant, and prides herself on being a SMU Alumna.
Senior Tutor, Science
BSc, Environmental Studies; BSc Geology (Honours); Masters of Science in Applied Science, Geology (in progress)
Before joining the Writing Centre, Stephen spent several years working in environmental consulting with government and private industry. He studied geology and environmental sciences at Saint Mary’s, conducting research on the evolution of the Scotian Margin. Stephen’s experience includes extensive science writing at the academic level, as well as technical writing within the professional consulting industry. He has published several papers and reports relating to seabed mapping.
PhD, English Literature
Sheelagh Russell-Brown holds a BA and PhD from the University of New Brunswick, and an MPhil from the University of Waterloo. She has taught literature and composition at a number of universities, community colleges, and language schools in Ontario, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia, and after teaching for seven years at an international university preparatory high school in the Czech Republic, is now a part-timer instructor in the English Department at SMU.
Although her specialty is nineteenth and early twentieth-century British literature, she has presented and published papers on Samuel Beckett and Václav Havel, on the memories of the Holocaust among European Roma, on the poetry of Gerard Manley Hopkins, and on Dickensian elements in neo-Victorian literature, At present, she is devoting her free time to developing her creative writing.
BA, Environmental Science; BEd; MA, Geography
Jodi-Ann is a spirited young lady from Jamaica who holds a Bachelor of Education and a Bachelor of Environmental Studies. She has a combination of eight years’ experience in teaching students from the kindergarten to secondary levels. Jodi-Ann is currently pursuing a Master’s in Geography and enjoys having intellectually stimulating (and hilarious) conversations.
She is the author of a very useful guide entitled, “An International Student’s Guide to Attending Canadian Universities,” and is an active blogger, who, in her spare time, engages a diverse audience with her two blogs.
PhD, English Literature (University of Leeds)
Before coming to Saint Mary’s, where he is now an adjunct professor in the English Department and a part-time instructor in the Faculty of Education, Adrian taught in the English Department and the International Language Centre at the University of Innsbruck. His research focuses on early black writing in Britain and the characterisation of black characters in eighteenth-century literature. He co-edited the essay collection (Re)figuring Human Enslavement: Images of Power, Violence and Resistance (Innsbruck University Press, 2009) and is currently working on a monograph that explores the construction of self in eighteenth-century slave narratives and their contemporary rewritings.
PhD, Interdisciplinary Studies (Dalhousie)
Roberto has a PhD in Interdisciplinary Studies from Dalhousie University. Before coming to Canada, he taught at the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City. He also writes film reviews in his spare time.
PhD, Music History and Theory; BA, Music; BA English
PhD, History (Western)
Gregg holds a PhD in History from the University of Western Ontario, where he specialized in the study of U.S.-Spanish relations during the long nineteenth century. He is a part-time faculty member at both Mount Saint Vincent University and Saint Mary's University, and is currently preparing his dissertation for publication. In his spare time, Gregg enjoys reading, writing, watching sports, and going on walks with his dog.
PhD, French Literature (ABD) (Western); MA, French Literature (U Vic); BA, French language and Literature
Currently a PhD Candidate in French Studies, Annick has several years of experience teaching French and writing at the post-secondary level. Her research focuses on polemic and spiritual poetry of the sixteenth-century Wars of Religion, and her articles and reviews have appeared in a number of scholarly journals in North America and in Europe.
In addition to her academic interests, Annick is a professional creative writer, with poems and reviews published in Canadian and international literary journals. Her writing has been longlisted for the CBC’s Canada Writes Poetry Prize, longlisted for The Fiddlehead’s Ralph Gustafson Prize, and nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She is the author of a chapbook, Brotherly Love (Frog Hollow Press, 2016), as well as a forthcoming full-length début (Gaspereau Press, 2018).
BA, Political Science (Honours); BA, International Development Studies (Honours); MA, Women and Gender Studies (in progress)
Isalean is an emergent scholar. She graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. (honors) in Political Science and International Development Studies, and is currently pursuing a M.A. in Women & Gender Studies at Saint Mary’s University. She studies intersecting social power relations with particular focus on race, gender, and class inequality. Her research focuses on the politics of representation, institutions and comparative social policy analysis.
Isalean has over three years of research and teaching experience in both academic and business environments; she has worked in government relations leading policy research, advocacy and lobbying and currently works as a graduate teaching assistant.
She won two writing awards for Best Undergraduate Social Science Paper and was the 2016 recipient of the Atlantic Provinces Political Science Association Larry Collins Prize for Best Undergraduate Political Science Essay. In her spare time she enjoys Netflix, hiking, and cycling.
DMA (Doctor of Musical Arts (Composition)) (U Toronto); MA, Music (Newcastle); BA, Music (Dalhousie)
Fiona studied music at the University of Toronto, Newcastle University, and Dalhousie University, and completed an Advanced University Teaching Preparation program at the University of Toronto.
Fiona’s Doctoral studies in music composition included writing one act operas and researching the experiences of women composing music in Canada. In her creative work, Fiona is particularly interested in exploring relationships between text and music/sound. Fiona has worked as a composer, music director, music instructor, performer, and part time academic at Dalhousie University. Whether she is working with words or with music, Fiona enjoys helping people communicate their ideas.
BSc, Biology; MSc, Science Communications
Amanda holds a BSc in Biology from Dalhousie University and a Master's degree in Science Communication from Laurentian University. Her main research focus has been centered on the effectiveness of Canadian mental health campaigns in youth populations. Amanda enjoys traveling to warm places, yoga, and eating pasta.
Student Transitions Specialist (Academic)
Dennis Mills joined the Saint Mary’s family in 2008, studying Management in the Bachelor of Commerce program at the Sobey School of Business. Originally, from Truro, Nova Scotia, after graduation in 2012 he began working with Enrolment Services as an Enrolment Services Representative in the Service Centre. In 2017, Dennis joined the Studio for Teaching and Learning as a Student Transitions Specialist. He is passionate for improving student experiences, building community engagement and supporting a strong academic environment for Saint Mary’s students. Outside of work, you can find Dennis going for a run, to the gym or spending time with friends and family.
Todd provides administrative and logistical support to the Directors and Executive of the Studio and Faculty of Education. He is responsible for calendaring, scheduling meetings, and coordination and support for committee activities. He also assists with department expenses, budgets and mandates.
Todd has been with the Studio for Teaching and Learning since March 2016. To the Studio he brings a high level of intercultural competence, community engagement, and ethical wisdom, having worked for The United Nations, Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) and a variety of NGOs in Mongolia over a 10 year period.
Media Channels Coordinator
Rebecca is a professional communicator who plans, coordinates, and implements activities on the Studio’s website and social media platforms. She does everything from designing print materials and event signage, to reminding visiting scholars that they should pack an umbrella before travelling to our conferences and institutes in Halifax. Rebecca collaborates with university staff to share great stories about excellence in teaching and engaging communities of learning.
Before coming to SMU, Rebecca studied creative writing and mathematics at the University of Calgary, obtained an Advanced Diploma in Public Relations with honours from the Nova Scotia Community College, performed at the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word for two consecutive years, and taught tourists how to pan for gold next to the Yukon River in Whitehorse (not in that order). Her last name rhymes with Maria.