Matthias Sturm

"I share Dr. Smythe's research interest in digital equity and new literacies."

Program/Degree: Languages, Cultures and Literacies, PhD

My research interest is in digital inclusion and equitable access for vulnerable and marginalized adults. Before coming to SFU I worked for an adult literacy support organization, AlphaPlus, for 15 years supporting service delivery programs in their efforts to build capacity through the use of digital technology. During this time I often observed the effects that policies have on learners, instructors, and administrators by way of accountability, assessments, and access.

Please tell us how you first discovered your program.

Through my previous work and research of the SFU Education Faculty.

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

I share Dr. Smythe's research interest in digital equity and new literacies.

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

Dr. Suzanne Smythe wrote an excellent report for the organization I worked for in 2012.

What inspires you to learn and continue your education?

To better understand the world and effect positive change.

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

It would be like talking to myself not too long ago. SFU is a good choice!