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Esther Enns, Phd

Senior Advisor, Teaching & Learning


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William Kay, EdD

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.

Will 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. Will recently completed 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.


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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.



Jennifer Tupper

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.



Janice Teale

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.



Mandy MacArthur

Educational Technology Assistant

Mandy supports the Educational Development and e-Learning Centre at The Studio for Teaching and Learning. She works directly with the Educational Developer of Curriculum Design and Training to assist faculty with online course content development and delivery.

Mandy has worked for Saint Mary's University for over ten years, previously as a Senior Writing Tutor and the Writing Help Online Coordinator at The Writing Centre, as well as roles in research and teaching assistance. These roles allowed her to enhance her background in online course delivery and instructional content design. Mandy has coordinated numerous academic conferences and workshops, including the Academic Writing and English Language Learners conference and the Summer Writing Workshop. She is also currently a part-time faculty member of the Religious Studies Department, teaching courses in Religion and Religious Experience, which provides her with a well-rounded skillset to offer both faculty and student support.

Mandy holds a Master of Arts and Honor’s Bachelor Degree in Religious Studies from Saint Mary's University, specializing in Buddhism and Environmental Ethics. She also holds a University Teaching Diploma from Saint Mary's University.



Shauna McDonald Chiem

Program Support Technician

Shauna supports eLearning courses with The Studio for Teaching and Learning. Shauna has worked at Saint Mary’s University for the past 17 years. During the past 10 years, she has assisted with faculty, staff, and students with expertise in training of software, technology issues and development of online courses.   Shauna is available to provide consultations for eLearning faculty, teaching assistants and students.


Robin Marecek

Administrative Assistant



Rob MacArthur

SAS Manager

Rob has been with the SAS in various capacities since the summer of 2016. As current acting manager, he is using his experiences in customer service, consulting, and self-employment to redesign the delivery of services at the former CAT. The foundation for the redesign is based on starting with a customer-first focus and applying a service design lens to the service offerings. He is excited at the potential - in partnership with the SAS team - to reimagine how we support the university community in making the most of applying software use to learning and work opportunities as the relevance of software continues to grow.     


Jay Williams

Instructional Multimedia Analyst


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Kurtis Antsey

Teaching Technology Assistant

Kurtis holds a double-major in Anthropology and English from Saint Mary’s, and is currently pursuing a degree in Astrophysics. A PC building hardware enthusiast, he also has experience with graphic and software design, book editing, and media creation.

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Michael Conrad

Teaching Technology Assistant

Michael recently joined SAS in September of 2017. He is a SMU alum, where he graduated with majors in Criminology and Political Science. He is familiar with both Windows and OSX operating systems, and has taken particular interest in the multimedia aspect of the position. When not at work, Michael is usually out for a run or at home practicing music.

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Stephen Rankin

Teaching Technology Assistant

Stephen has been with the SAS since August 2017, and is a previous student of Saint Mary’s University where he studied Earth and Environmental Sciences. He has experience working with Windows, Mac, and Linux systems, with both hardware and software. Stephen’s main role with the SAS includes support for the Brightspace learning management system.

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Anshika Tandon

Teaching Technology Assistant

Anshika holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree from India where she specialized in the branch of Electronics & Communication domain. She has 3 years of experience as a technology consultant in the aerospace and transportation industry. Working as a design engineer, she was instrumental in designing and developing technology modules for Airbus and Boeing aircrafts. As a quality assurance engineer, she contributed in the development of train control systems for major international companies. Her experience in those fields helped her to become a Teaching Technology Associate at the SAS. Currently, she is pursuing her MBA from Sobey School of Business. 

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Walled Yousuf

Teaching Technology Assistant

Walled Yousuf is an international student from Bangladesh, pursuing a Bachelor of Commerce in Finance, with a previous degree in Human Resource and Management Information Systems. He started working with the Software & Application Support Centre in November, 2016, assisting students, faculty and staff with their software and application issues. He is the key person for scanning ICE (Instructor Course Evaluations) and also provides support with Brightspace, SMUCV, Office 365, Mac & Windows OS, and the Scantron process. He has over five years of experience in student leadership and is the vice president of Saint Mary’s University Bangladeshi Students’ Society, which is the biggest student-run society at SMU.    

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Dennis Mills

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.








Muhammad Elhabibi

Academic Learning Specialist: English for International Students
Academic Learning Services

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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Arlene Bell

Secretary, Writing Centre


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Kurtis Antsey

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.

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Erika Flemming

Senior Tutor; WHO Coordinator
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. 

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Eric Franklin

Senior Tutor
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.


Stephen Rankin

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.


Sheelagh Russell-Brown

Senior Tutor
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.


Jodi-Ann Walker

Senior Tutor
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.


Adrian Knapp

Graduate Tutor
PhD, English Literature (University of Leeds)
Languages: German

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.


Roberto Montiel

Graduate Tutor
PhD, Interdisciplinary Studies (Dalhousie)
Languages: Spanish

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.


Sarah Feltham

PhD, Music History and Theory; BA, Music; BA English


Gregg French

PhD, History (Western)
Languages: Portuguese

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.


Annick MacAskill

PhD, French Literature (ABD) (Western); MA, French Literature (U Vic); BA,  French language and Literature
Langauges: French

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). 

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Isalean Phillips

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.

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Fiona Ryan

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.

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Amanda Saoud

Tutor, Science
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. 


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Project Manager, International Mobility


Alida Campbell

Project Manager


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Rebecca Faria

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.