Eric Fry

"Together I have been able to combine my practical skills as a technician with a philosophy of human development that is already proving to provide increased engagement and understanding with my automotive students."

Year Graduated: 2013
Program/Degree: C&I Critical, Creative, & Collaborative Inquiry MEd

My name is Eric Fry and I am the instructor of the BCIT Ford ASSET Diploma program at BCIT. My students, working at BC Ford dealerships, are developing the ability to quickly and accurately maintain, diagnose and repair cars and trucks. After working as a technician for ten years, I decided to pursue my passion for teaching at BCIT in 2001. Currently my academic interest is discovering methods to develop transferable critical and creative diagnostic ability in my students. Automotive technology advances so rapidly that the ability to transfer skills between familiar and unfamiliar systems is vital in order to accurately repair today’s vehicles.      

What attracted you to come to SFU and the Faculty of Education / Program you are taking?

My personal interest in critical thinking was what attracted me to the M.Ed. program in Critical, Creative and Collaborative Inquiry.  Coming from a trades background the challenge of tackling a M.Ed. at SFU was initially very intimidating. I was an alternative entry student and this was my first time attending a university.

Who is a faculty member you have enjoyed working with and in what way?

I attribute my success in the M.Ed. program to my SFU professors, Doctors: Bruce Beairsto, Roland Case and Sharon Bailin.  Each have challenged me in different and complementing ways and have been very supportive of my development. I think they find my experience as a tradesman as interesting as I find their experience as an academic. Together I have been able to combine my practical skills as a technician with a philosophy of human development that is already proving to provide increased engagement and understanding with my automotive students.

What inspires you to learn and to continue your education?

I think instructors are the ultimate life-long students. I love to learn new concepts and share them with others. I feel a tremendous responsibility to provide the best training possible for my students as they prepare for their careers in the automotive repair industry. My reward comes by visiting Ford dealerships and seeing my graduates’ succeeding in their chosen career.

Is there anything else you would like to share?

The cohort model of the M.Ed. program was an unexpected benefit. Combining both K-12 and Post-secondary adult educators in the same learning environment will ultimately lead to an improvement in continuity between secondary and post-secondary education. I started my M.Ed. journey focused on developing the “adult learner” but have come to realize that the development of people has little to do with their age. I doubt I would have come to this understanding had my cohort been comprised of only adult educators.