Antonio Gomez-Moriana received his post-secondary education at the University of Salamanca and the University of Munich. He immigrated to Ottawa in 1970, and taught at the University of Montreal, where he holds the rank of emeritus professor. During his tenure at the University of Montreal, Gomez-Moriana served as the director of Ancient and Modern Languages, and as the founding director of the Department of Comparative Literature. He was also the co-founder of the InterUniversity Centre for Discourse Analysis and Sociocriticism.
Donald Grayson received his B.A. in English from the University of British Columbia. He later earned a M.Div. (pastoral) from combined study at the College of the Resurrection in Yorkshire, and at the General Seminary in New York City and he was ordained as an Anglican minister in 1963. He returned to school in the seventies and he was awarded his M.Th. by Trinity College at the University of Toronto in 1974, after completing a thesis that examined the work of twentieth-century Catholic monk Thomas Merton. His academic interest in the work of Merton continued into his doctoral studies, and he received his Ph.D. in Religious Studies from St. Michael’s College at the University of Toronto. In 1989, Grayston began teaching religious studies at Simon Fraser University.
Jan Walls received his Ph.D. from Indiana University at Bloomington in Chinese and Japanese Language, Literature and Folklore in 1970; his dissertation examined the poetry of Yü Hsüan-Chi. From 1970 to 1978, Walls was a professor at the University of British Columbia, and from 1978 to 1985 he was a Professor of Pacific and Asian Studies at the University of Victoria. From 1981 to 1983 Walls was First Secretary of Scientific and Cultural Affairs at the Canadian Embassy in Beijing. He then served as the Vice President of the Asia-Pacific Foundation of Canada. In 1987 he joined Simon Fraser University where he founded the David Lam Centre for International Communication and the Asia-Canada programme.
Jerald "Jerry" Zaslove received his B.A. from Western Reserve University, now the Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. He then pursued postgraduate studies at the University of Washington, where he received his Ph.D. in Comparative European literature. Zaslove joined Simon Fraser University as a charter faculty member in 1965 as an instructor within the English department. He came to SFU because of its promise to support interdisciplinary studies and to take advantage of the opportunities that starting at a brand new university afforded. Once Zaslove completed his doctorate he was promoted to the rank of assistant professor and was an associate professor by the early seventies.