issues and experts

SFU experts available and interesting courses for back to school

August 29, 2018

For help reaching an expert or to look for an expert on another topic, please contact:
Ian Bryce, University Communications, 236-880-2187,

The following SFU experts are available to speak to various topics and interesting courses related to the new school year.

Preparing for back to school:

Donna McGee Thompson, head, Student Learning Commons, 778.782.3294,
- top five studying tips, academic strategies for transitioning to university

Tracey Mason-Innes, director, Residence and Housing, 778.782.4535,

- transitioning to residence life (move-in day happens Wednesday, Aug. 29 from 10-11 am)

Lieke ten Brummelhuis, professor, Beedie School of Business, 
- tips on staying motivated after the summer holidays

Neha Shivhare, professor, Faculty of Education,, 778.798.9202

- Mindfulness techniques and games-oriented learning environments to deal with back to school anxiety.

Ivona Mladenovic, senior lecturer, Biological Sciences, 778.782.7489,

- recently conducted and published study on use of electronic devices in the classroom, how electronic devices can enhance learning. See more on her study:


Planning for the future:

Sarah Lubik, director of Entrepreneurship at SFU, 778.782.9664,

Innovative youth -  how SFU’s Beedie School of Business is working with some local school districts to hone entrepreneurship in schools early on.

Tony Botelho, director, Career and Volunteer Services, 778.782.2191,

- career planning, the link between university and future careers, advice on student and new graduate work search

Rob McTavish, interim director, SFU Now: Nights or Weekends, 604.771.7622,
- back-to-school tips for adult learners, how the average age of SFU adult students has decreased to 29, benefits of lifelong learning and part-time degree completion


LGBT students and schools:

Ann Travers, associate professor, Sociology,, 778.782.6630

- issues transgender students face in schools, transgender students and sports

Jen Marchbank, associate professor, Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies, 604.356.0231 (Only available over the phone) 
- sexist school dress code policies, issues that LGBTQ youth face in school


French Immersion:

Hélène Lalancette, associate director, Bureau des affaires francophones et francophiles, Faculty of Education, 778.782.6866,

- French immersion teacher shortage, teacher education and professional development, post-secondary education in French in BC.


Interesting courses:

Launching Major of Labour Studies

Labour Studies is the study and understanding of labour, working people, and their organizations. Fall courses will explore the intersections of labour with law and policy, the environment, globalization, and pop culture.

Kendra Strauss, director, Labour Studies and The Morgan Centre for Labour Research, 778.782.9816,


Launching Cleantech Sustainable Energy Engineering program

Applications open in October for a new program that will help meet the needs of the cleantech industry. The new Sustainable Energy Engineering (SEE) program, the first of its kind in western Canada, launches next September (2019) and will be housed in a new building currently under construction. The program’s director, Kevin Oldknow spent two decades in the cleantech industry. He can talk about student interest in the program, industry needs and how prospective graduates will impact the industry.

Kevin Oldknow, Director, Sustainable Energy Engineering, 778.782.4519,  


Economics course on poverty with simulation

ECON 182 Poverty and Inequality examines inequality and globalization, poverty and homelessness, redistribution and basic income policies, the monetization of politics, and includes a poverty simulation. The course is taught by professor Krishna Pendakur—a leading expert in the fields of economic inequality and statistical methods for economic applications and 2016 visiting professor at Harvard University.

Krishna Pendakur, professor, Economics, 778.782.5501,


FASS First to help first year students transition into university

FASSFirst courses are specially designed to help new Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences students make a successful transition to university and connect closely with their professors and peers during their first term.


About Simon Fraser University:

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