Current Dewey Fellows

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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