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
Office: 902-491-6201
Office: 902-491-6202

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Muhammad Elhabibi, MEd (TESL)

Academic Learning Specialist: English for International Students,
Writing Centre and Academic Communications
- Language learning support
- EAP/ESL support
- Intercultural workshops and faculty supports

Main: 902-496-8773
Office: 902-491-6202

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

Academic Services Coordinator
- WHO Coordinator
- In-class sessions and workshops


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

Languages: English, Arabic

Amanda holds a BSc in Biology from Dalhousie University and a Master’s degree in Science Communication from Laurentian University. She is currently a part-time professor with the Engineering Department, as well as the WHO coordinator with the Writing Centre. Amanda enjoys travelling to warm places, yoga, and binge-watching Masterchef.

Secretary, Writing Centre and Academic Communications


Writing Tutors

Steve Cloutier

BA English (Honours); MA (English); PhD (English) 

Steve has been a part of the Saint Mary’s community since 1985 when he began his undergraduate degree. He did his Masters at the University of Windsor (Ontario). Following that, he moved to St. John’s, Newfoundland, where he taught at Memorial University for 5 years until he had the opportunity to do his PhD in the United Kingdom (University of Leicester). His research focused on the work of Dan Billany, an English Marxist novelist who died in the Second World War. His research interests include Marxism, war literature (especially of the two world wars), detective fiction, and the popular culture of the 1980s. He co-hosts a podcast on the 1970s tv series In Search Of (hosted by Leonard Nimoy) and is developing two more podcasts (one about the culture of World War Two and one on Lower Sackville in the 1980s).

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Anupam Pandey


Languages: English, Hindi 

Dr. Anupam Pandey is adjunct faculty at SMU, and has been teaching at SMU and Dalhousie Universities since 2008. Her areas of interest are International Relations, Political Science, International Development Studies, Feminist Studies and Method (of Research) in Social Sciences. She is fluently bilingual in English and Hindi and also understands and speaks a smattering of South Asian languages like Urdu, Punjabi and Malyalam. Her interaction with her students – international as well as Canadian - propelled her to take up the position of a writing tutor at the SMU Writing Centre in order to further their best interests in academics.

Roberto Montiel

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Languages: Spanish and English

Academic Writing Support Specialist - Graduate Students

Mia Samardzic

BA (International Development Studies)

Mia recently completed her studies at Saint Mary’s with a major in International Development Studies and a minor in Criminology. Despite that her time as a student coming to an end, she remains dedicated to learning. She believes that some of the best discoveries can be made from one’s exposure to new experiences, conversations, places and people. Apart from learning, Mia’s interests include traveling, hiking, cooking and photography. 


Adrian Knapp

PhD, English Literature (University of Leeds)

Academic Writing Support Specialist - Graduate Students

Languages: English, German

Adrian has a PhD in English Literature from the University of Leeds and has published articles on eighteenth-century and contemporary literature as well as co-edited the essay collection (Re)figuring Human Enslavement: Images of Power, Violence and Resistance (2009). Before coming to Saint Mary’s, where he is now an adjunct professor in the English Department and a part-time instructor in Atlantic Canada Studies and the Faculty of Education, he taught in the English Department and the Language Centre at the University of Innsbruck. Adrian regularly works with graduate students in the Writing Centre.

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Jennaecia Lewis

Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) Honours 

Languages: English 

Jennaecia is a third-year undergraduate student at Saint Mary’s University. She has a Teaching Certificate in Secondary Science Education as well as experience in teaching and tutoring persons in the sciences. Currently, her focus is on Counseling and Psychological Research. As an educator and an advocate for continuous learning, she indulges in discourse centered around her professional interests.

In her spare time, she enjoys reading from a vast number of genres including YA fiction and fantasy. She is also currently President of the SMU Psychology Society, which focuses on the academic and professional success of Psychology students.

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Martin McLaren

BA (Linguistics); BA (Philosophy) (McGill University); BSc (Mathematics and Computer) (in progress)

Languages: English, Macedonian 

Martin’s research interests include syntax, semantics, and the syntax-semantics interface, as well as computational approaches to linguistic problems (specifically anaphora resolution). He’s also interested in logic and formal methods in linguistics. He hopes to continue his education with a Master's degree in linguistics or computer science after graduation. In his spare time, he enjoys reading and film.


Fiona Ryan

DMA (Doctor of Musical Arts (Composition))

Fiona studied music at the University of Toronto, Newcastle University, and Dalhousie University, and she completed an Advanced University Teaching Preparation program at the University of Toronto. Fiona’s Doctoral studies in music composition included writing operas and researching the experiences of women composing music in Canada. In her current research and creative work, Fiona is particularly interested in relationships between text and music. Fiona has worked as a music instructor, part-time academic, composer, songwriter, and performer. Whether she is working with words or with music, Fiona enjoys helping people communicate their ideas.