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BA (British Columbia), Teaching English as a Second Language Diploma (VCC), MFA Creative Writing (Guelph)
Kimberley Alcock is an award-winning writer and editor who worked in publishing for several years before turning to teaching. She taught ESL for nearly 20 years before teaching business and workplace communication, and draws from her experience as a small business owner and public relations expert. She is an advocate of plain language principles in the workplace and her research interests include the art and craft of the sentence.
BA (Honours), MA
Peter Clayton has taught a variety of business and media communication courses in the public and private sector. His research interests include educational technology as well as the social and political implications of mediated culture. He favours plain language, particularly as it relates to social, cultural, and communication theory.
Diploma Broadcast Communications (BCIT), MA Professional Communication (Royal Roads)
BA (Concordia), MA Communication (Simon Fraser), MA Journalism (Communication University of China), PhD cand. (Simon Fraser)
A digital communication specialist with global experience in outreach and program development, Sophia Han has worked with research institutes, public universities, Crown and private corporations in the areas of education, science, communication, and arts for social change. She comes from a multidisciplinary background in media production and publishing, beginning her career as a storyboard artist with the National Film Board after graduating from Concordia University in Montreal. In 2018, she completed dual MA degrees at SFU and the Communication University of China in Beijing. Now a PhD candidate in the School of Communication at SFU, she researches the social impact of communication technologies and digital literacy. Aside from research and teaching, she has mentored at Ladies Learning Code Events throughout Vancouver and enjoys facilitating arts activities at craft fairs in her neighbourhood of Renfrew-Collingwood.
BA (Honours), Diploma Education (University of the West Indies), Teaching English as a Second Language Diploma (VCC), Cert in International Studies (British Columbia), MEd (English Language Education) (University of the West Indies)
Business, Interpersonal and Speech Communications
For over 30 years, Tanya Haye has taught academic writing, business writing, and interpersonal and oral communication courses. In her classes, she uses humour, interaction and collaboration to create a comfortable learning environment, which she hopes will facilitate and motivate her students to be active learners and critical thinkers.
BA, MA, PhD (University of Ottawa)
Written Communication, Rhetoric, Public Speaking
Ashton Howley has taught at various universities and institutions in Canada and Korea. His publications in The Journal of Modern Literature and with Palgrave Macmillan Press explore issues of gender, psychology, and aesthetics in the works of Norman Mailer, among other American authors. His current teaching promotes the development of workplace writing and public speaking skills for students enrolled in all majors and for those enrolled in selected programs. He has been teaching at Douglas College since 2014.
BA (Simon Fraser)
Technical Communication, Writing for the Web
June Madison has been teaching and working as a successful web developer, technical writer, systems consultant, and trainer both locally and nationally for the last 15 years. She has run workshops and coordinated projects for Microsoft, Computer Consultants International, Simon Fraser University, and many others. Along with a partner, she launched the first website development and computerized office training program in 1995. The curriculum developed for those programs became the standard for training and is in use in post-secondary institutions today. Additionally, she has published several technical manuals including software manuals and manuals for the production of television dramas and documentary films. Before her career in technology, June wrote feature articles for the North Shore News, North Shore Weekly, Maple Ridge Times, Business in Vancouver, and other publications.
BA (Simon Fraser), Certificate Journalism (Langara), Certified Structural and Stylistic Editor (Editors Canada), Certified Copy Editor (Editors Canada), MA cand. (Alberta)
With over 15 years' experience as a communicator and editor for world-class public, private, and government organizations, Holly Munn believes that the words we use and the stories we can tell can transform our organizations. Holly is a partner in BrandFreek Communications, a Vancouver-based professional communications firm and provides support for publicly traded and privately held companies.
SB (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), MS (University of California, Los Angeles), Certificate in Conflict Resolution (Justice Institute of BC), PhD (Simon Fraser)
Communication, culture, and conflict; interpersonal and business communication; negotiation and dialogue
Terry Neiman worked as a materials scientist in the US aerospace industry before entering the communication field. He has over 20 years of consulting experience, working with communities, organizations, governments, families, and individuals on conflict resolution, harassment and bullying, technical design and problem-solving, negotiated agreements, and public and private policy consultation. His research focuses on the special role of dialogue in everyday life. His teaching is interactive, blending classroom experience with the study of science, technology, culture, and art.
BA, MA (Simon Fraser), Certified Professional Copy Editor (Editors Canada), Certified Professional Proofreader (Editors Canada)
Editing, Research Reporting, Professional Experience
Maureen Nicholson chairs the Communications Department and coordinates the Post-Degree Diploma in Professional Communication. An editor by trade and a former president of the Editors' Association of Canada, Maureen is an elected municipal councillor for Bowen Island. Her current research interests include editing and attention, and local government and communication.
BAH (Queen’s), MA (Simon Fraser), PhD (University of Toronto)
Media Studies, Critical Technology Studies, Pop Culture Studies, Literacy, Political Economy
Jamie Rennie has been teaching communication courses across Canada since 2006. His background is in film and communication studies, and he completed his PhD in Social Justice Education through the University of Toronto. His research explores internet technology and its educational role in our lives. He shares his own enthusiasm for pop culture and new media with his students, while helping them to develop the skills of critical thinking, scholarly research, and academic writing. He uses various media forms in his classes and encourages students to bring their own cultural and technological experience to the classroom.
BA (Alberta), MA (Western Ontario), Teaching Certificate (Alberta)
After three decades of teaching and learning at Douglas College, Kate Sangha is pleased to report a high level of success achieved by the committed students among the almost 5,000 who have enrolled in her classes, including technical writing students at BCIT. Kate's message to students: "I consider it a great privilege and a serious obligation to empower you through your studies: my classes are designed to prepare you for success in the workplace by helping you to acquire essential knowledge about written communication and to develop your practical writing skills to levels required by employers. I teach POWER writing -- a proven, step-by-step method that can assist you to overcome barriers to writing you may have experienced in the past." Kate's additional professional work experience includes editing, management, and marketing in the book and newspaper publishing industry in California and Alberta, including working on the Canadian Encyclopedia.
Diploma Business Administration (Capilano), MA Professional Communication (Royal Roads)
Workplace Writing, Professional Communication
Following a decade of working primarily in government and politics, Sam Schechter has been teaching in post-secondary education since 2009, including at Vancouver Community College, Royal Roads University, and the University of the Fraser Valley. Sam has taught courses in professional writing, media and public relations, social media, and public speaking. In addition to teaching, Sam also offers private consulting services, mostly focused on public affairs and communications.
BA (Calgary), Diploma Journalism (Grant MacEwan), MA Liberal Studies (Simon Fraser)
Writing for Magazines
BGS (Simon Fraser), Teaching Certificate (BC College of Teachers), MA Intercultural Relations (Antioch)
Intercultural Communication, Interpersonal Communication
Hardman, Amanda (Faculty Emerita)
BA (honours), Teaching Certificate, MA (British Columbia)
Workplace Writing, Academic Writing
Wegner, Diana (Faculty Emerita)
BA (honours) (Manitoba), MA, PhD (British Columbia)
Rhetoric, Workplace Writing, Research Writing, Language Studies