Brent Amburgey

"I'm very interested in issues such as international education, intercultural communication, intercultural sensitivity, and identity issues in language learning."

Program/Degree: Languages, Cultures and Literacies, PhD

I'm originally from the Pacific Northwest United States and did my MA in Applied Linguistics (TESOL) at Portland State University. After graduating, I worked in higher education in Tokyo, Japan for four years. I also spent six months teaching in Hungary, during the interim between PhD applications and moving to Vancouver to start studies at SFU.

Please tell us how you first discovered your program.

I found the Languages, Cultures and Literacies program through online searches for Education or Linguistics that put an emphasis on culture.

Please tell us why you chose the Faculty of Education at SFU for your studies.

There were many factors that went into choosing SFU, including: the content of the program matching my interests, being impressed with the faculty and current students during a campus visit, no additional fees for international graduate students, and the amazing setting that Vancouver offers.

Who is a faculty member you have enjoyed working with and why?

I have been very impressed by Dr. Saskia Stille, who facilitated my campus visit and is currently my pro-tem adviser. She is incredibly focused, has great ideas/advice, and always a friendly presence.

What inspires you to learn and continue your education?

After finishing my MA, I was able to work in higher education for 4 years. I saw the impact that I could have in that setting and wanted to further develop my skills and qualifications. The LCL PhD program can help set me on a path to making a career of positively impacting the lives of students in higher education.

What would you say to prospective students who are considering graduate school in the Faculty of Education?

Though I'm still new to SFU, I've been very impressed by the faculty members and the structure of the program. From day one, I have felt very supported and valued.

Is there anything else you wish to share?

I'm very interested in issues such as international education, intercultural communication, intercultural sensitivity, and identity issues in language learning.