Tim Waddington

"The Faculty of Education at Simon Fraser is replete with interested, talented and immensely diverse scholars.  Know who they are with an eye towards whom your individual interests best align!"

Year Graduated: 2015
Program/Degree: Educational Theory and Practice: Philosophy of Education Stream PhD

"Chasing the Existential Ironic" is the title of my thesis. As the phrase suggests, I have explored the seeming irreconcilably of irony and existentialist thought towards an illustration of teaching and learning as imaginative and ethical engagement, my own hopefully articulate yet reflexively self-resisting rebellion against fundamentalist assurance and (too often) malformative educative outcomes.  Key influences include Friedrich Nietzsche, Albert Camus and Hannah Arendt. Apart from that, I am a father and friend ... with an abiding curiosity about human mendacity and bemusement regarding our collectively nefarious relationship with language. Love - Friendship - Loyalty - Compassion.

Please tell us how you first discovered your program.
I was referred into the PhD program by a colleague and close personal friend, who kindly noticed I was falling into a state of perpetual understimulation and suggested that reading a PhD would be both useful and fulfilling to me. He wasn't wrong, but I still haven't forgiven him.

Who is a faculty member you have enjoyed working with and why?
Standout educators include Dr. Sean Blenkinsop and Dr. Michael Ling, and of course Professor Emeritus Dr. Kieran Egan, founder of the Imaginative Education Research Group (IERG). Each of these gentlemen served to revolutionize my thinking regarding educational purposes and practices.

What do you miss most about your graduate studies in the Faculty of Education?
Reading ... merely for the purpose of good conversation.

What would you say to prospective students who are considering graduate school in the Faculty of Education?
Do your research! The Faculty of Education at Simon Fraser is replete with interested, talented and immensely diverse scholars.  Know who they are with an eye towards whom your individual interests best align!

Is there anything else you wish to share?
Check out my profile on LinkedIn: "Tim Waddington"