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

Course Supervisor

Steve is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education. He has been teaching FAL X99 since 2006. Steve researches academic literacy and plurilingualism across the disciplines in higher education. Steve is the author of Academic Writing: Making the Transition (Pearson Canada, 2012) and Advance in Academic Writing (Pearson ELT, 2017).

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Robert Manery

Course Coordinator

I have taught FAL since its inception in 2006. Previously, I taught English at a private school in Vancouver. My research focuses on the intersection of moral education, epistemology, and the English Language Arts curriculum. My work investigates concepts of open-mindedness, intellectual humility, difficulty, and the limits of understanding within an exploration of literature and literary instruction.

Dr. Marela Dichupa


Dr. Marela Dichupa has been teaching Foundations of Academic Literacy (FAL X99) since 2007.  Her own academic work is interdisciplinary; it is located in the intersection of Philosophy and Visual Culture Studies.  Recently, she has also completed her training in somatically oriented psychotherapy with the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute in November (260 hours total for Levels 1 & 2). Other courses she has taught at SFU include Introduction to Reflective Practices in Education (EDUC 252), Curriculum Development (EDUC 471), and Curriculum & Instruction in an Individual Teaching Specialty (EDUC 823).


Daniel Dunford


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.

Ismaeil Fazel


Ismaeil is a senior PhD candidate in TESL at the Department of Language and Literacy Education at UBC. He has also earned a sub-specialization in Measurement, Evaluation, and Research Methodology from the Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology at UBC. Ismaeil has taught courses in academic writing, assessment, applied linguistics, and research methodology. Chief among his research interests are English for Specific/Academic Purposes (ESP/EAP), academic writing, academic discourse socialization, and assessment. He aspires to promote research-based pedagogical practices and practice-based research that address real-life issues in education.

Aisha Ravindran


Aisha is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Languages, Cultures, and Literacies in the Faculty of Education at SFU, and has been teaching FAL X99 since 2015.  She holds a PhD in English with a specialization in American poetry, and has taught graduate and undergraduate courses in world literature, literary theory, academic writing, and communication in diverse international contexts. Her research focuses on internationalization of higher education, and English as an Additional Language student and teacher identity and agency from posthumanist and Deleuzo-Guattarian perspectives.

Zuzana Vaskoe


Zuzana has taught FAL since 2009, and previously taught English Language Learners in a broad variety of contexts. With background studies in English and in Arts Education, Zuzana enjoys helping students develop critical thinking and work toward building confidence in their academic writing. Her Ph.D. focused on how the arts - notably writing and visual art - can be means of building personal connections with the natural world, which in turn help bring about the cultural change with regard to environmental stewardship. Among her current research is the development of empathy through writing from another's perspective.

Pedro dos Santos

Teaching Assistant

Pedro is a PhD student in Languages, Cultures and Literacies, at the Faculty of Education. He holds a B.A. in English language and literature, and an M.A. in Applied Linguistics. He has experience teaching English as an Additional Language, English for Academic Purposes, and Portuguese as an Additional Language, in Higher Education and other educational contexts. His research focuses on language and content integrated in higher education.