What is your style of teaching?
With humour, engagement, and lots of in-class exercises and discussion, especially discussions that relate to communications and current events.
What materials and media do you use in the classroom?
PowerPoint, podcasts, paper handouts, Moodle, and hoping to add iPad to my lectures this fall.
What is the most engaging assignment you give?
Demonstrate your non-fiction writing skills by writing 150 words on one of the these topics: my car, my bedroom, or the the last meal I ate in a restaurant.
When grading a student, what do you look for?
Adherence to the assignment criteria, critical thinking, imagination and proper spelling, grammar and syntax.
What kind of student would love your class?
Good to great writers and communicators, or those who strive to be. Curious students who like to ask questions. Students seeking practical, marketable skills.
What is one piece of advice you have for students?
Give the instructor what he or she wants. Read the assignments carefully, ask questions, and if you receive a disappointing mark, ask for a meeting with me!
What area in your field are you most knowledgeable about?
Magazine publishing, business writing formats and techniques, and the world of professional communications.
What is one accomplishment you are proud of?
Earned my M.Ed. from SFU in 2010, and was chosen to be the student speaker at convocation.
Are you currently involved in something interesting outside the classroom?
I'm a member of the Western Magazine Award Foundation, and I continue to work as a freelance writer, editor and communications consultant as time allows.
Is there anything else the student should know before taking your class?
Prepare to laugh, and to work hard.