Brian Hotson, MTS
Director, Academic Learning Services
- Writing Centre and Academic Communications
- Software and Application Support Centre
- Special Projects and Events
Mobile: 902 292 5006
At Saint Mary’s since 2010, Brian has been an education professional for more than 20 years, working 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). He is also the editor of the international blog, Connecting Writing Centers Across Borders (CWCAB), and a member of the editorial board for Inkshed Publications.
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 Association for the Study of Discourse and Writing (CASDW), Canadian Writing Centres Association, 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, digital media theory and production.
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).
Editor, Connecting Writing Centres Across Borders, Writing Lab Newsletter (2017- )
Board member, Canadian Writing Centres Association (2012-2016, 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)
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- )
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 Editor’s 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)
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)
Muhammad Elhabibi, MEd (TESL)
Academic Learning Specialist: English for International Students,
Writing Centre and Academic Communications
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."
Conference and Events Coordinator
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 traveling to warm places, yoga, and binge-watching Masterchef.
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).
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.
BSc (Environmental Studies); BA History (Honours); MA (ACS) (in progress)
Debby has been part of the Saint Mary’s community for many years. She completed her first undergraduate degree in 2007, a Bachelor of Science with a major in Environmental Studies and a minor in Geography. After graduation and a few years in the workforce, primarily in the field of healthcare administration, she decided to return to SMU and completed a Bachelor of Arts, with a major in History (Honours) and a minor in Classics. Her undergraduate work then led her to the interdisciplinary Atlantic Canada Studies Master of Arts program, where she is currently completing her thesis, a historical piece that focuses on medical history in Newfoundland during the first half of the twentieth century.
Outside of her academic pursuits, Debby has been part of the team at the Patrick Power Library for the past several years, and can often be found behind the Circulation desk or upstairs in the stacks.
Languages: Spanish and English
Academic Writing Support Specialist - Graduate Students
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.
BSc (Chemistry) Honours; BSc (Psychology) Honours
Languages: English, Hindi, Tamil, Urdu, and Bengali
Navya has been at Saint Mary’s University for four and a half years. Since joining SMU as an international student, she has had the opportunity to hone her language and writing skills through writing various scientific and scholastic articles. Her academic interests lie in the fields of environmental chemistry and neuropsychology, and her extracurricular interests include reading, kickboxing, and yoga.
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.
Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) Honours
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.
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.
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.