MA (Women's Studies) , 2004
BA (Psyc) , 1998
Dr. Megan Bulloch is helping change what post-secondary undergraduate education looks, acts, and feels like.
Bulloch graduated with a Master’s Degree in Women's Studies at SFU in 2004 before going on to complete a PhD in psychology from Ohio State University. She is one of the inaugural eight faculty members who helped establish Quest University Canada, a liberal arts and sciences university in Squamish, BC that she describes as an “upstart start-up.” She is a Social Sciences Curriculum Coordinator and Faculty Social Sciences Tutor.
“Faculty tutors at Quest challenge students to grapple with complex concepts, and question traditional ways of doing or understanding things no matter how hard that may be,” says Bulloch.
One of the driving goals, she explains, that made her want to be so heavily invovled in helping build Quest was to create a more equity-focused post-secondary experience—both in terms of how and what was taught. Bulloch traces this inspiration back to her SFU graduate school program.
“Women in academia need a grounding in feminism because it’s not a women-friendly place to work. They need to learn how to negotiate for their rights. During my program at SFU, Dr. Sue Wendell said, 'Don’t be the one that brings cookies to the faculty meeting.’ I have remembered that ever since,” she says.
In one of her classes, Bulloch invited students to explore how sexism plays out in their own everyday life and facilitated a dialogue on the topic. “We talked about catcalling, and how the female students found it aggressive and intimidating and the male students think it’s a compliment. We held a space for one another; it was magical,” she says.
Though Bulloch gave up a lot to be where she is, she doesn't regret her decision.
“I had a tenure-track job at Pacific University Oregon and a cute little house in a little town in the Willamette wine valley. Then I left it to spend 18-hour days helping to build this brand new organization. My friends thought I was crazy,” she says.
After teaching just one class during her job interview at the fledgling university, Bulloch was hooked. “Undergraduate students were putting together graduate-level concepts from astronomy and psychology. I was like, this is wild. I knew I had to teach there,” she says.
- Written by Jackie Amsden and the Office of Graduate Studies & Postdoctoral Fellows.
Published in 2015