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.

  • 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

  • Alex Bertram

    Alex is a writer and editor with broad experience in academic and trade publishing. During her time... read more

  • Padraic Coffey

    Padraic Coffey was born in County Sligo in the west of Ireland. He attended University College... read more

  • Daniela Cohen

    Daniela Cohen is a graduate of the Writer’s Studio at SFU. She holds a bachelor of education from... read more

  • Emily Davidson

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

  • Rapti Dietrich

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

  • Efrat El-Hanany

    Dr. El-Hanany is a faculty member in the Art History and Women and Gender Studies Departments... 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

  • Monica Franz

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

  • Yoriko Gillard

    Yoriko Gillard has been researching human relationships—kizuna—since the Great East Japan... 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

  • Hande Gurses

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

  • Rick Hulbert

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

  • Jean Kares

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

  • Ken Klonsky

    Ken Klonsky is director of Innocence International, co-author (with Rubin Carter) of Eye of the... 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

  • Marlene LeGates

    Throughout most of her teaching career, Marlene LeGates taught history and women's studies at... 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

  • Stan Markotich

    Originally from Vancouver and a student at Simon Fraser University, Dr. Markotich graduated from... read more

  • Amaan Merali

    Amaan Merali is a historian of the Ottoman Empire with additional expertise in British India. His... read more

  • Elizabeth "Biz" Nijdam

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

  • Garrett H. Polman

    Garrett pursued graduate studies in Greek and Roman literature and history at the University of... read more

  • Jesse Read

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

  • Eva Schubert

    Eva Schubert is a university instructor with a passion for writing and history. She has taught in a... read more

  • Nilofar Shidmehr

    Nilofar Shidmher, PhD, MFA, is a creative writing-informed research scholar and a bilingual writer... 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

  • Anastasiia Stepanchuk

    Anastasiia Stepanchuk is a PhD candidate in clinical neurosciences at the University of Calgary.... read more

  • Marylee Stephenson

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

  • Valeria Vergara

    Valeria Vergara, PhD, is particularly interested in the communicative and perceptual capacities of... read more

  • Christine TN Wong

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