Liberal Arts and 55+ Program

Our Instructors

We invite you to browse this list of our instructors, whose expertise spans a wide variety of fields.

  • Susan Baxter

    Susan Baxter’s eclectic interests have taken her writing from television to transplants and humour... read more

  • Dan Adleman

    After finishing his undergraduate degree in English literature and philosophy at the University of... read more

  • Sikeena Karmali Ahmed

    Sikeena Karmali Ahmed has an MA in English and cultural studies from the American University in... read more

  • Laurie Anderson

    Dr. Laurie Anderson is the Executive Director of Simon Fraser University, Vancouver. Laurie has... read more

  • Megory Anderson

    Dr. Megory Anderson is an expert in end of life studies. She is a theologian, educator, and... read more

  • Wendy Bancroft

    Wendy Bancroft has been helping people tell their stories all her working life. Her career began as... read more

  • Janice Bannister

    Janice Bannister has taught comedy techniques at Douglas College, Capilano University’s Continuing... read more

  • Lindsey bat Joseph

    Lindsey bat Joseph has a BA in religious studies and applied ethics and a B.Ed. from the University... read more

  • Michael Bourne

    Michael Bourne is a writer, teacher and literary critic based in Vancouver. He is a regular book... read more

  • Shawn Michael Bullock

    Shawn Michael Bullock, PhD, is an assistant professor of science education in SFU's Faculty of... read more

  • Ernest Bumann

    Ernest Bumann, born and raised in Switzerland, received his PhD in Egyptology from the Hebrew... read more

  • Tricia Carpenter

    Tricia Carpenter has been a resident of WindSong Cohousing since 1996, is a past member of their... read more

  • Charles Carroll

    Charles Durning Carroll did undergraduate work in philosophy at Vassar College in New York State.... read more

  • Krystel Chehab

    Krystel Chehab, PhD, teaches art history at Columbia College and previously taught at UBC. Her... read more

  • Ted Cohn

    Ted Cohn is a professor emeritus of political science at SFU. He received his PhD at the University... read more

  • Julian Concepcion

    Julian Concepcion, PhD, teaches finance and economics at the Vancouver campus of Fairleigh... read more

  • Robert Conrad

    Robert Conrad is a learning and development consultant with PwC (PricewaterhouseCoopers) and has 20... read more

  • Mano Daniel

    Mano Daniel, PhD, is a philosophy instructor at Douglas College. He received his doctorate from the... read more

  • G. Elijah Dann

    G. Elijah Dann has a PhD in philosophy from the University of Waterloo and the Doctorat en... read more

  • Brenda Davison

    Brenda Davison, PhD candidate and lecturer in the mathematics department at SFU, was formerly an... read more

  • Claire De Boer

    Claire De Boer is a graduate of the prestigious Writer’s Studio program, and a certified Journal To... read more

  • Alexander Dick

    Before his current post at UBC, Alex Dick received his PhD from the University of Western Ontario... read more

  • Rapti Dietrich

    Rapti Dietrich has a BA in English and an MA in English literature and linguistics. She also holds... read more

  • Sarah Dobbs

    Sarah Dobbs has been an arts consultant for over twenty years. Of both Canadian and Irish... read more

  • Evdoxios Doxiadis

    Evdoxios Doxiadis is an assistant professor and academic coordinator with SFU’s SNF Centre for... read more

  • Earl Drake

    Earl Drake is an historian and former Canadian diplomat who spent many years in Asia.... read more

  • Heather Duff

    Heather Duff holds her Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the University of British... read more

  • Tom Durrie

    Tom Durrie has an MA in counselling psychology and an M.Mus. in opera production and direction. He... read more

  • J. Kit Eakle

    J. Kit Eakle is an internationally known jazz violinist, violin teacher, educator and publisher of... read more

  • Margaret Easton

    Margaret Easton holds master's degrees in liberal studies and gerontology from... read more

  • Mary Jane Edwards

    Mary Jane Edwards is an internationally known specialist on Canadian literature. She received her... read more

  • Efrat El-Hanany

    Dr. El-Hanany is a faculty member in the Art History and Women and Gender Studies Departments... read more

  • William Ellis

    After studies at the University of Michigan (BA English) and Boston College (PhD English), William... read more

  • Tom Esakin

    Tom Esakin, MA, has designed and taught sustainability curricula for Ryerson University and... read more

  • Monica Franz

    Monica Franz is a semi-retired therapist in private practice, a clinical supervisor and an... read more

  • Chris Erickson

    Dr. Erickson teaches in the Department of Political Science at the University of British Columbia.... read more

  • Sarah Ferguson

    Sarah Ferguson, MFA, PhD, is a theatre director, actor, choreographer and instructor whose work... read more

  • Graham Forst

    Graham Forst has an interdisciplinary PhD in literature and philosophy. His doctoral thesis was... read more

  • Penny Freno

    Penny Freno is a career coach and educator with a background in career development, employment... read more

  • Jen Geary

    Dr. Jen Geary’s practice is informed by her theory. In her thesis work for her Master of Arts in... read more

  • Dean Gingrich

    Dean Gingrich is recently retired from the energy industry, where he has been a project... read more

  • Kevin Ginnell

    Kevin Ginnell, BA (Hons), MA, PhD (SFU), has research interests that range from Canadian and... read more

  • David J. Gossen

    David J. Gossen received his MA in 1994 and his PhD from UBC in 2001. Since then, he has taught a... read more

  • Gordon Gray

    Born in the Yukon Territory and spending much of his childhood living on a boat on Canada’s west... read more

  • Larry Green

    Larry Green, Ph.D., is a practicing psychotherapist with over 40 years of experience as well as a... read more

  • Margaret Isabel Hall

    Margaret Isabel Hall is an associate professor in the Faculty of Law, Thompson Rivers University.... read more

  • Mason Harris

    Mason Harris received his BA from Harvard University in 1961 and his PhD from the State University... read more

  • Sabrina C. Higgins

    Sabrina C. Higgins joins the SNF Centre for Hellenic Studies in the Fall of 2016. She holds an... read more

  • Sebastian Huebel

    Sebastian Huebel is a PhD candidate in UBC’s Department of History, where his research concentrates... read more

  • Rick Hulbert

    Richard Hulbert, M.Arch., AIBC, RAIC, AIA, is an international award-winning and published... read more

  • Robert Ingram

    After graduating with a BA in French from the University of Birmingham (UK), Robert Ingram took a... read more

  • Richard Ingram

    Richard Ingram, PhD, has worked in disability studies at Ryerson University and in health sciences... read more

  • Hugh Johnston

    Hugh Johnston is a professor emeritus of history at SFU, where he taught for 36 years. For 11 of... read more

  • Amir Kamyab-Nejad

    Previously taught: ... read more

  • Jean Kares

    Jean Kares is an independent scholar, textile specialist, artist and writer. She holds a BA in... read more

  • Jonathan Katz

    Jonathan Katz earned a BA from Wright State University (Ohio), an MA from the University of... read more

  • Willeen Keough

    Willeen Keough was born on the eastern edge of the easternmost province, where iron cliff-face... read more

  • Hyoshin Kim

    After receiving a BA from Ewha University in Seoul, Korea, and master's and doctoral degrees from... read more

  • Michael Kluckner

    Michael Kluckner is a Canadian writer and artist, the author of a number of books. His early books... read more

  • Sharon Koehn

    Sharon Koehn, PhD, is a clinical research professor in the Department of Gerontology at Simon... read more

  • Eirini Kotsovili

    Eirini Kotsovili is a lecturer with SFU’s SNF Centre for Hellenic Studies. She studied history and... read more

  • Dimitris Krallis

    Dimitris Krallis is an associate professor and academic coordinator with SFU’s SNF Centre for... read more

  • Nicolas Krusek

    Nicolas Krusek is a musician, conductor, speaker and music educator. After completing a degree in... read more

  • Josh Labove

    Josh Labove, a PhD candidate in geography, holds a BA (Hons) from the University of Chicago and an... read more

  • Glenn J. Landry

    Glenn J. Landry obtained his MA and PhD degrees at SFU, examining the circadian mechanisms of food... read more

  • Peter Langer

    Peter Langer taught human geography at the Universidad de Chile in Santiago and the Universidad... read more

  • Keith Lawrence

    Keith Lawrence holds a Bachelor of Music degree from UBC. He played in the violin section of the... read more

  • Keith Lay

    Keith Lay has been passionately involved in the creation of digital media since 1989. In the... read more

  • Marlene LeGates

    Throughout most of her teaching career, Marlene LeGates taught history and women's studies at... read more

  • Clinton Lee

    Clinton Lee has a bachelor’s degree in Accounting, an MBA in Finance and a doctorate in Business... read more

  • Bob Lesperance

    Bob Lesperance holds a master's degree in defense studies from the Royal Military College of Canada... read more

  • Dan Levitt

    Dan Levitt, MSc., CHE is the Executive Director, Tabor Village where he shepherds the enhancement... read more

  • Robb Lucy

    Robb Lucy is the author of How Will You Be Remembered? A Guide For Creating and Enjoying... read more

  • Shawne MacIntyre

    Shawne MacIntyre holds a master's degree in museum studies from the University of Toronto. She is... read more

  • Lisa MacLean

    Lisa MacLean has a PhD in interdisciplinary studies and an MFA in visual art from UBC. She has also... read more

  • Stan Markotich

    Originally from Vancouver and a student at Simon Fraser University, Dr. Markotich graduated from... read more

  • David Maxwell

    David Maxwell began his academic career as a student at SFU, receiving BA and MA degrees in... read more

  • Michael McConkey

    Michael McConkey has a PhD from McGill University and has taught at York, St. Mary's and Royal... read more

  • Kathy McGrenera

    Kathy McGrenera, M.Ed. (Toronto), is a founding member and the current treasurer of Quayside... read more

  • Antone Minard

    Antone Minard, born and raised in San Diego, received his PhD in folklore and mythology from UCLA.... read more

  • John Mitchell

    John Mitchell has composed and produced the music for over 500 episodes of animation and 200... read more

  • Ashraf Mohammed

    Ashraf Mohammed has a PhD in Public Health from the University of Cape Town, an MSc in Medical... read more

  • David Moscrop

    David Moscrop is a PhD candidate in political science at the University of British Columbia in... read more

  • Justin Newell

    Since 1985, Justin Newell (Italian-born and multilingual) has been lecturing on art history for... read more

  • Orville Nickel

    Orville Nickel has been involved in various law enforcement and public safety roles throughout his... read more

  • Maria Virginia Acuña

    Maria Virginia Acuña is a musicologist specializing in early music and operatic repertoire of the... read more

  • Christopher Pearson

    Dr. Pearson is a faculty member in the Art History Department at Capilano University in North... read more

  • Garrett H. Polman

    Following an undergraduate liberal arts degree, Garrett studied Greek and Latin literature and... read more

  • Ulrike Radermacher

    Prior to joining the SFU Beedie School of Business to launch the Executive MBA in Aboriginal... read more

  • Jesse Read

    Jesse Read has performed as principal bassoonist with the Vancouver Opera Orchestra, the CBC... read more

  • Anneke Rees

    Anneke Rees, previously a coach in the mentorship program of the Canadian College of Health... read more

  • Ardalan Rezamand

    Ardalan Rezamand is a PhD student and a sessional lecturer at SFU. He specializes in Middle Eastern... read more

  • Mandy Richmond

    Mandy Richmond has been the head of junior school at both Collingwood School in West Vancouver and... read more

  • Neil Ritchie

    Neil Ritchie, born in Vancouver, attended high school in West Vancouver and graduated with a degree... read more

  • Peter Robbins

    After completing his B.Sc. in geology at UBC, Peter Robbins began teaching in 1978. He completed an... read more

  • Julie Robillard

    Julie Robillard, PhD is an assistant professor of neurology at UBC, and a member of faculty at the... read more

  • Joe Ronsley

    Joe Ronsley, a native of Chicago, received his BA, MA, and PhD from Northwestern University. He... read more

  • Ingrid Rose

    Ingrid Rose has a Creative Writing Certificate from the Writer's Studio at SFU and a degree in... read more

  • Harold Rosen

    Harold Rosen is a community interfaith educator. He teaches and designs courses on world religions,... read more

  • Lealle Ruhl

    Lealle Ruhl received her graduate degree from York University's Program in Social and Political... read more

  • Amyn B Sajoo

    Educated at the University of London and at McGill University, where he received his doctorate,... read more

  • Ivan Sayers

    Ivan Sayers is a fashion historian who specializes in the study of women’s, men’s, and children’s... read more

  • James Sexton

    James Sexton has doctorates in English from the University of Oregon (1980) and the University... read more

  • Barry Shell

    Barry Shell is a retired writer living in Vancouver. Shell worked at Simon Fraser University where... read more

  • Peijian Shen

    Throughout most of his academic career, Peijian Shen taught and conducted research in Chinese... read more

  • Nilofar Shidmehr

    Nilofar Shidmher, PhD, MFA, is a creative writing-informed research scholar and a British Columbia... read more

  • Annie Smith

    Annie Smith (BA, MA, PhD) is fascinated by the relationship the audience has to performance. ... read more

  • Kevin Smith

    Kevin Smith, LLB is a staff lawyer with the Elder Law Clinic of the B.C. Centre for Elder Advocacy... read more

  • Marina Sonkina

    Marina Sonkina's initiation into the world of academia happened at the age of 18, as a freshman at... read more

  • Roberta Staley

    Roberta Staley is completing her Master’s degree in graduate liberal studies at SFU. She is an... read more

  • Perry Taylor

    While at the University of Winnipeg in the '60s, Perry Taylor became attached to the circle of... read more

  • Sharon Tenenbaum

    Sharon Tenenbaum has won multiple international awards as a fine art photographer. Sharon prides... read more

  • Vitaliy Timofiiv

    Vitaliy Timofiiv is a lecturer in the Department of History at UBC. He has also taught and... read more

  • David Tracey

    David Tracey is a writer, designer and public speaker who specializes in community ecology. He has... read more

  • Carol Tulpar

    In mid-life, Carol Tulpar completed her Master of Arts in liberal studies at SFU. As a young woman,... read more

  • Vlad Vintila

    Vlad Vintila holds a BA in English and German from Transilvania University of Brasov, Romania, and... read more

  • Steven Wilson

    Detective-Constable Steven Wilson is a member of the Delta Police Department’s Economic and... read more

  • Rob Wilson

    Rob Wilson, MBA, MFA, is a PhD researcher in UBC’s Interdisciplinary Studies Graduate Program,... read more

  • Christine Wong

    Christine Wong is an independent scholar and education consultant. She has taught courses in... read more

  • Robyn Woodward

    Robyn Woodward, PhD, is an adjunct professor of archaelogy at SFU. She is also a trustee and... read more

  • Tony Xiang

    Originating from China, Tony Xiang came to Canada as an international student pursuing his graduate... read more

  • Andy Yan

    Andy Yan holds a master’s in urban planning from UCLA. Director of SFU’s City Program, he is also... read more

  • Pohsuan Zaide

    Pohsuan Zaide, PhD, is an adult education instructor, group facilitator and therapist in private... read more

Teaching opportunities

Are you a qualified, experienced instructor? Do you have a topic idea that you think would capture the imagination of lifelong learners? If so, we want to hear from you!

Our courses, open to anyone 55+, are academically oriented and intellectually challenging. We do not offer recreational courses or courses leading to the acquistion of a skill (such as languages).

We welcome over 2,500 seniors annually. We are also credited with offering the most dynamic and wide-ranging courses for mature adults available in the Lower Mainland.

Successful instructors possess special qualities: intellectual awareness, excitement, flexibility, openness, superior listening skills, and an ability to manage a wide-range of personality types. They come to us because they have a passion for teaching and learning from lifelong learners.

For more information on how to teach for us, please email your CV and proposed course topic(s) to the program director, Rosalyn Kaplan.