Ron Baker was born in London, England in 1924. He served in the Royal Air Force during the Second World War, during which time he trained in Manitoba. After the war, Baker immigrated to Canada and received both his BA (1951) and MA (1953) in English at the University of British Columbia. He pursued doctoral work in the United Kingdom, and was awarded his Ph.D. in English by the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) at the University of London in 1956. He returned to Canada to take up an associate professorship at the University of British Columbia in 1962. After returning to Vancouver, Baker became involved in the planning reports that ultimately led to the creation of Simon Fraser University.
Robin Blaser received his BA, MA and Master of Library Sciences degrees from the University of California, Berkeley. At Berkeley, Blaser met poets Jack Spicer and Robert Duncan, and these men played influential roles in Berkeley’s and San Francisco’s “poetry renaissance” in the 1950s and 1960s. In 1955, Blaser began working as a librarian at Harvard University. Eleven years later, he joined Simon Fraser University’s Department of English as a senior lecturer.
Born and raised in Oliver, B.C. George Bowering completed his undergraduate and graduate studies at the University of British Columbia, receiving his BA and MA in the 1950s. During his time at UBC, Bowering’s poetic career arose as he helped found TISH, the avant-garde literary magazine and as he wrote and published alongside emerging Canadian poets like Frank Davey, Fred Wah, Jamie Reid, and David Dawson. He began teaching at Simon Fraser University in the Department of English in 1972.
Andrea Lebowitz received her BA from The College of New Rochelle, a women’s Catholic college in New York. She earned her MA from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Lebowitz came to SFU in 1965 as a charter faculty member to teach in the Department of English and her research and teaching were heavily influenced by her activism in civil rights and feminist issues.
Ralph Maud was born in the United Kingdom in 1928. He was admitted to Harvard University on a scholarship. He received his BA in 1953 and his Ph.D. in 1958. Before joining SFU’s department of English as a full professor in 1966, Maud had taught at the State University of New York (SUNY), Buffalo.
Roy Miki earned his B.A. from the University of Manitoba, his M.A. from Simon Fraser University, and his Ph.D. from the University of British Columbia. In 1980, he joined the SFU English department as an assistant professor, teaching modern and contemporary North American literature. Miki's research focused on the critical and creative implications of anti-racist theory, Asian-Canadian cultural production and minority literature.
Dale Sullivan received his BA from Humbolt State University in Northern California. He then received his M.Sc. with Honours as well as a Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) degree with Honours from the University of Oregon. He taught briefly at the University of Oregon before he was hired by Simon Fraser University in the Department of English as the university’s second hire, after fellow English faculty member Ron Baker, in 1964.
Jerald "Jerry" Zaslove received his BA from Western Reserve University, now the Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. He pursued graduate studies at the University of Washington, and earned his Ph.D in Comparative European literature. Zaslove joined Simon Fraser University’s department of English as a charter faculty member in 1965.