Liberal Arts and 55+ Program

Our Instructors

We invite you to browse this list of our instructors, whose expertise spans a wide variety of fields.

  • Dan Adleman

    After finishing his undergraduate degree in English literature and philosophy at the University of... read more

  • Wendy Bancroft

    Wendy has been helping people tell their stories for over 35 years in a series of related careers:... read more

  • Janice Bannister

    Janice Bannister has taught comedy techniques at Douglas College, Capilano University’s Continuing... read more

  • Lindsey bat Joseph

    Rabbi Lindsey bat Joseph has an MA in Hebrew letters with a special interest in liturgy and... read more

  • Emily Davidson

    Emily Davidson is a word enthusiast. A writer of poetry and fiction, her work has appeared in... read more

  • Claire De Boer

    Claire De Boer is a graduate of the prestigious Writer’s Studio program, and a certified Journal To... read more

  • Rapti Dietrich

    Rapti Dietrich has a BA in English and an MA in English literature and linguistics. She also holds... read more

  • Heather Duff

    Heather Duff holds her Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the University of British... read more

  • Christian Duff

    Chris Duff, PhD, has a long track record of teaching and course development in business. He has... read more

  • J. Kit Eakle

    J. Kit Eakle is an internationally known jazz violinist, violin teacher, educator and publisher of... read more

  • Kate Elliott

    Kate Elliott, MUrb (urban studies), is a PhD student at SFU. Her previous work in a cemetery and on... read more

  • William Ellis

    After studies at the University of Michigan (BA English) and Boston College (PhD English), William... read more

  • Sarah Ferguson

    Sarah Ferguson, MFA, PhD, is a theatre director, actor, choreographer and instructor whose work... read more

  • Diane Finegood

    Diane Finegood, PhD, is a fellow in SFU’s Centre for Dialogue, where each spring she guides a... read more

  • Hande Gurses

    Hande Gurses holds a PhD in literary studies from University College London. Her primary... read more

  • Bryan Myles

    Bryan Myles began working with the Bill Reid Centre in October of 2009, and has worked closely with... read more

  • Monica Franz

    Monica Franz is a semi-retired therapist in private practice, a clinical supervisor and an... read more

  • Penny Freno

    Penny Freno is a career coach and educator with a background in career development, employment... read more

  • Gordon Gray

    Born in the Yukon Territory and spending much of his childhood living on a boat on Canada’s west... read more

  • Keiko Honda

    Keiko Honda, PhD, specialized in cancer epidemiology at Columbia University; her work focuses on... read more

  • Rick Hulbert

    Richard Hulbert, M.Arch., RCA, FRAIC, AIA, Retired Architect AIBC, has been an international... read more

  • Isabelle Jolly

    Isabelle Jolly co-owned a gallery in Mexico and participated in About Women for Women by Women, a... read more

  • Veselin Jungic

    Veselin Jungic is a professor at the Department of Mathematics at SFU. He is a 3M National Teaching... read more

  • Amir Kamyab-Nejad

    Previously taught: ... read more

  • Jean Kares

    Jean Kares is an independent scholar, textile specialist, artist and writer. She holds a BA in... read more

  • Nicolas Krusek

    Nicolas Krusek is a musician, conductor, speaker and music educator. After completing a degree in... read more

  • Peter Langer

    Peter Langer taught human geography at the Universidad de Chile in Santiago and the Universidad... read more

  • Lisa MacLean

    Lisa MacLean has a PhD in interdisciplinary studies and an MFA in visual art from UBC. She has also... read more

  • Barry Magrill

    An artist, art historian and specialist in architecture, Barry Magrill has taught these subjects at... read more

  • Elizabeth "Biz" Nijdam

    Elizabeth "Biz" Nijdam is assistant professor (without review) in German Studies in the... read more

  • John Mitchell

    John Mitchell has composed and produced the music for over 500 episodes of animation and 200... read more

  • Garrett H. Polman

    Following an undergraduate liberal arts degree, Garrett studied Greek and Latin literature and... read more

  • Calla Power

    Calla Power graduated with a BFA from Emily Carr University in 2003 and went on to teach drawing... read more

  • Jesse Read

    Jesse Read has performed as principal bassoonist with the Vancouver Opera Orchestra, the CBC... read more

  • Neil Ritchie

    Neil Ritchie, born in Vancouver, attended high school in West Vancouver and graduated with a degree... read more

  • Ingrid Rose

    Ingrid Rose has a Creative Writing Certificate from the Writer's Studio at SFU and a degree in... read more

  • Lealle Ruhl

    Lealle Ruhl received her graduate degree from York University's Program in Social and Political... read more

  • Jim Rupert

    Jim Rupert is a retired researcher with a background in genetics and human evolution. He holds a... read more

  • Cecilia Sierra-Heredia

    Cecilia Sierra-Heredia is a lecturer at the Faculty of Health Sciences at Simon Fraser University... read more

  • Annie Smith

    Annie Smith (BA, MA, PhD) is fascinated by the relationship the audience has to performance. ... read more

  • Marina Sonkina

    Marina Sonkina's initiation into the world of academia happened at the age of 18, as a freshman at... read more

  • Marylee Stephenson

    Marylee Stephenson completed her doctorate in sociology at UBC. She is active as a coach in... read more

  • Perry Taylor

    Reading Enid Blyton’s The Castle of Adventure in the early 1950s led Perry to a childhood... read more

  • Zuzana Vasko

    Zuzana Vasko’s bachelor’s degrees in visual arts and in English led her to teach in both these... read more

  • Christine TN Wong

    Christine TN Wong is originally from Hong Kong where she studied Chinese language and literature.... read more

  • Jing-Huey Yang

    Jing-Huey Yang is an instructor of Mandarin Chinese, a translator and editor. She holds a teaching... read more

Teaching opportunities

Are you a qualified, experienced instructor? Do you have a topic idea that you think would capture the imagination of lifelong learners? If so, we want to hear from you!

Our courses, open to anyone 55+, are academically oriented and intellectually challenging. We do not offer recreational courses or courses leading to the acquisition of a skill (such as languages).

We welcome over 2,500 students annually. We are also credited with offering the most dynamic and wide-ranging courses for mature adults available in the Lower Mainland.

Successful instructors possess special qualities: intellectual awareness, excitement, flexibility, openness, superior listening skills, and an ability to manage a wide range of personality types. They come to us because they have a passion for teaching and learning from lifelong learners.

For more information on how to teach for us, please email your CV and proposed course topic(s) to the program coordinator, Mark Smith.