The Foundations of Academic Literacy course is led by Dr. Steve Marshall, Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education at Simon Fraser University.

Dr. Steve Marshall, Associate Professor

Steve Marshall, Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education, is the Course Supervisor of FAL X99. He has a Ph.D from the Institute of Education, University of London. In addition to teaching FAL X99, Steve teaches courses in the Faculty of Education’s Professional Development Program and in the Ph.D in Languages, Cultures, and Literacies. Steve is currently Principal Investigator (co-investigator, Danièle Moore) for a SSHRC-funded research project focusing on multilingualism and academic literacy. He is also author of Academic Writing: Making the Transition, published by Pearson Education Canada.

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Susan Barber, Lecturer

I am a Lecturer in the Faculty of Education and have been teaching at SFU since 2003.  Both my PhD and Master’s are in Arts Education in writing, literature and philosophy of education.  My research interests are in creative writing and narrative, learning through literature, aesthetics, moral education and teacher education.  I have lived in and taught English in France, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Nepal.  Currently my academic projects are in creating instructional videos for writing and developing courses for distance (online) education. 

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Marela Dichupa, Limited-Term Lecturer

I have been teaching Foundations of Academic Literacy (FAL X99) since 2007.  My own academic work is interdisciplinary; it is located in the intersection of Philosophy and Visual Culture Studies. I build on the notion of the gaze as an aspect of dialogue that defines social dynamics. One of the tasks of the educator is to elicit the countergaze—a moment of insight when one recognizes the gaze and its action.  My current work stems from ideas I developed to earn my PhD in Curriculum and Instruction (SFU). A few of the other courses I have taught at SFU are Introduction to Reflective Practices in Education (EDUC 252), Curriculum Development (EDUC 471), and Curriculum & Instruction in an Individual Teaching Specialty (EDUC 823).

Daniel Dunford, Limited-Term Lecturer

Daniel is a Limited Term Lecturer with FAL and designs and delivers writing workshops for the Professional Development Program in the Faculty of Education.  He has a M.A. in English with a concentration in writing, rhetoric, and linguistic pragmatics.  Daniel taught writing and rhetoric courses for the English Department at SFU for 13 years and has taught Foundations of Academic Literacy for the last 5 years. As a writing consultant in SFU’s Writing Centre (from 1997-2001), Daniel worked with hundreds of students from across the disciplines at all levels of language fluency. He loves teaching and delights in helping students understand the context-dependency of language.

Anne Hales, Limited-Term Lecturer

Anne is a Limited Term Lecturer in the Faculty of Education, and has been teaching in the FAL program since its inception in 2006. She received her BA and MA in History from Simon Fraser University, and is currently pursuing her doctoral degree in Education at the University of British Columbia in curriculum studies. She has worked as a secondary school English and Social Studies teacher since 1994. Her research interests include teacher education and critical theory.


Kerstin Heilgenberg, Lecturer

Over the past five years, I have worked as a researcher and lecturer at SFU’s Faculty of Education. Prior to coming to SFU, I was a member of the Centre for Academic Literacy at the Institute of Education, University of London, UK. My research focuses on academic literacy, students in transition from High School to university, and on international education. Aside from Foundations of Academic Literacy, I also teach a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses at SFU. Outside of university, I taught at High Schools in Canada and England.

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Joel Heng Hartse, Lecturer

Joel is a Lecturer in the Faculty of Education, where he teaches FAL and TEAL-related courses. His PhD in Language and Literacy education is from the University of British Columbia, and he previously taught in the UBC-Ritsumeikan Academic Exchange Program, UBC’s TESL Certificate program, and at several universities in China. His research focuses on second language writing and the globalization of English.

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Ena Lee, Senior Lecturer

Ena is a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Education and is the Course Coordinator of FAL X99. In addition to teaching FAL X99, she teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in Teaching English as an Additional Language. She received her BA in Linguistics (SFU), MEd in Second Language Education (OISE/UT), and PhD in Language and Literacy Education (UBC). Her research interests (and the foci of her doctoral and post-doctoral research) include critical pedagogy and critical academic literacy, anti-racist education, student and teacher identity, and teacher education in relation to the field of English as a second language.

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Jan MacLean, Senior Lecturer

Jan is a Senior Lecturer with the Faculty of Education. She has a PhD in Arts Education and has been teaching with the faculty since 2005. Her research interests include literacy, aesthetics and inclusion through the arts.

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Rob Manery, Sessional Instructor

Rob is a Sessional Instructor with FAL. He has previously taught English at a private school in Vancouver. Rob is a doctoral candidate in Curriculum Theory and Implementation whose work focuses on literature and moral education.

Tim Mossman, Sessional Lecturer

Tim holds an M.A. (TESOL) and a B.Phys. Ed., both from UBC, and has many years of experience in the EAL/ESL field, both in Canada and in Japan. In addition to teaching in the Foundations of Academic Literacy course, Tim has taught at UBC, Douglas College, and Fraser International College. Tim is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the Languages, Cultures, and Literacies program in the Faculty of Education. As the EAL Services Coordinator in the Student Learning Commons (SLC), Tim contributes to and participates in SLC activities such as individual consultations with students, developing and presenting workshops, consulting with faculty and other instructors, creating print and online resources, and mentoring student peers, all with a focus on EAL support.

Aisha Ravindran, Sessional Instructor

Aisha is a Sessional Instructor with FAL. She holds an MEd and an MA and PhD in English Language and Literature. Aisha was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and has been teaching courses in Academic Writing, Literature, and Communication, in India and in the United Arab Emirates at George Mason University’s UAE campus and the American University of Ras Al Khaimah, where she was the Chair of the Department of English. She is currently a PhD student in the Languages, Cultures and Literacies program, and her research interests include international education and student and teacher identities.