Dr. Susan Barber

Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Education

  • Email: susan_barber@sfu.ca
  • Phone: 604-808-5119
  • Office: Burnaby: Education Building, Room 8553

Research Interests

My research focuses on teaching and learning through narrative, creative writing and literacy. I have explored the impact of artful instructional videos on teacher development; on Indigenous students who seek identities at university on their own terms; and English Language Learners as they deepen their foundational academic literacy, critical thinking skills and expression as global citizens.

Currently, I am investigating how educators can assist new refugees in resettlement in Canada. Art is a universal language that facilitates communication in the early stages, especially important for those who are pre-literate in their own language(s) or have experienced trauma, and may return them to a sense of belonging and wellbeing in their new communities.

Research Highlights