Current Dewey Fellows

Lisa Papania, PhD

Dewey Fellow (September 2018 - August 2019)

Lisa Papania teaches design, innovation and business marketing - with a focus on sustainability and creating a circular, community-focused entrepreneurial economy - at Simon Fraser University's Beedie School of Business. She has a PhD from SFU in Canada, and an MBA from Wits Business School in South Africa. Her research interests include: how individuals create ideas; how individuals communicate their ideas to others; how to create, lead and successfully work in innovative teams. Our uncertain world requires leaders that will shape the future positively. Lisa's research and teaching focus increasingly on the environments and circumstances that enable and encourage individuals to identify their own paths to intentionally creating and contributing to meaningful change.

She has extensive experience at major multi-national corporations developing products and leading product development teams in environments facing numerous social and sustainability challenges. As a case writer, she has written many teaching cases that require students to unpack, understand and grapple with complex problems in which the interests of business and society are intertwined. Her teaching focuses on engaging students in developing innovative solutions in consideration of local and broader social and environmental issues. Lisa has published articles, case studies and book chapters on innovation and sustainability. Based on her research and teaching, in 2015 Lisa created an action research project, Lupii Cafe, to enact, support and study positive community-focused sustainability interventions.

Juan Pablo Alperin, PhD

Dewey Fellow (May 2018 - April 2019)

Juan Pablo Alperin is an Assistant Professor in Publishing and the Associate Faculty Director of Research with the Public Knowledge Project at Simon Fraser University. In both of those roles, Juan is an open access advocate, and a researcher of scholarly communication with a focus on understanding the value that the public finds in scholarly work. He believes that research, especially when it is made freely available (as so much of today’s work is), has the potential to make meaningful and direct contributions to society, and that it is our responsibility as the creators of this research to ensure we understand the mechanisms, networks, and mediums through which our work is discussed and used. In the classroom, Juan practices an array of open pedagogy practices, with the hope of imparting on students a sense that they can—and have an obligation to—be publicly engaged citizens after they leave the university. A list of his publications and presentations can be found at, and he can be found on Twitter a @juancommander.

Kathleen Fitzpatrick, PhD

Dewey Fellow (January 2018 - December 2018)

Kathleen Fitzpatrick is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Biological Sciences at SFU.  She received her PhD from SFU in 2005, in the field of Molecular Genetics. She began teaching at SFU, as a limited term lecturer, in the Fall of 2004. Teaching mainly Genetics and Developmental Biology, she continues to do a little genetic research in collaboration with a colleague at Western Washington University, and with the help of an army of undergraduates at SFU. Educational interests include student motivation, metacognition and student self-efficacy. Kathleen has twice been nominated for SFU’s excellence in teaching awards and was a National Academies Education Fellow in the Life Sciences, for the year 2012-2013. Kathleen received a Teaching and Learning Development grant to study the impact of student self-reflection and metacognitive instruction on learning gains and student attitude.

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Michael Filimowicz, PhD

Dewey Fellow (September 2017-August 2018)

Michael Filimowicz is a multi-disciplinary artist and researcher working at the overlapping boundaries of media forms. He is founder of the Cinesonika International Film Festival and Conference of Sound Design, Co-Editor of The Soundtrack academic journal, and general editor of the new Routledge Series, Foundations in Sound Design. He has three research areas: 1) development of new forms of multimodal and audiovisual display, 2) computational creativity in pedagogy and curriculum development, and 3) exploring new syntheses between digital humanities and third wave human-computer interaction. His first book is recently out, Teaching Computational Creativity, with Cambridge University Press. He is a Senior Lecturer in SIAT and Faculty Director of the Philosophers’ Café program.


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