Writing Centre and Academic Communications

Meet the Staff



Brian Hotson, MTS
Director, Academic Learning Services

 

A professional writer for over twenty-five years, Brian spent ten of these years in educational publishing. With Nelson Canada and Pearson Education, Brian worked as a project manager, developmental editor, and writer, collaborating on the publication of more than thirty titles.

As well, Brian spent ten years as a television producer/director and writer for Ontario’s public educational broadcaster, TVOntario. He also worked as a writer and project manager for the Independent Learning Centre, Ontario’s designated provider of distance education.

He has a BA in History from Lakehead University and a Masters of Theological Studies from Queen’s University (Kingston).

Current
Past-President, Canadian Writing Centres Association (CWCA)
Board Member, International Writing Centres Association
Member, Canadian Writing Centres Association Communications Committee
Member/Mentor, International Writing Centres Association Mentor Match Special Interest Group
Member, Atlantic Canadian Writing Centres Association (ACWCA)
Editor-in-Chief, Writing Lab Newsletter (WLN) Blog
Member, Canadian Association for the Study of Discourse and Writing
Member, Inkshed Publications editorial board
Member, National Association for the Teaching of English

Past
2018 Conference Committee, Canadian Writing Centres Association (U Saskatoon)
2018 Reviewer, Canadian Journal for Studies in Discourse and Writing/Rédactologie
2018 Reviewer, Canadian Writing Centres Association annial conference
2018 Reviewer, Annual Conference on The First-Year Experience (San Antonio)
2017, Steering Committee Member, Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education national conference
2017 Chair, Communications Committee, Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education national conference
2016 Chair, Academic Writing and English Language Learners conference (SMU)
2014 Chair, Academic Writing and English Language Learners conference (SMU)
2014 Co-Chair, Canadian Writing Centres Association national conference (Brock U)
2014 Reviewer, Canadian Writing Centres Association national conference
2012 Co-Chair, Canadian Writing Centres Association national conference (U Vic)
2013 Reviewer, Canadian Writing Centres Association national conference
2013-2014 Chair, Canadian Writing Centres Association
2012-2013 Vice-Chair, Canadian Writing Centres Association
2011-2012 Board Member, Canadian Association for the Study of Language and Learning (CASLL)

Conferences
2018 Canadian Writing Centres Association annual conference (U Saskatoon)
2017 International Writing Centres Association Annual Conference (Chicago, IL)
2017 National Conference on Students in Transition (Costa Mesa, CA)
2016 Annual Conference on The First-Year Experience, reviewer (Atlanta, GA)
2016 Academic Writing and English Language Learners conference (Halifax)
2016 Conference for Peer Tutoring in Writing, presenter (Tacoma, WA)
2015 Conference for Peer Tutoring in Writing (Salt Lake City, UT)
2015 International Writing Centre Association Collaborative (Tampa, FL)
2015 Conference on College Composition and Communications (Tampa, FL)
2015 Canadian Association for the Study of Discourse and Writing (Ottawa)
2015 Canadian Writing Centres Association national conference, presenter (Ottawa)
2014 Academic Writing and English Language Learners (Halifax)
2014 Canadian Association for the Study of Discourse and Writing (Brock U)
2014 Canadian Writing Centres Association national conference, presenter (Brock U)
2013 Canadian Association for the Study of Discourse and Writing (U Vic)
2013 Canadian Writing Centres Association national conference, presenter (U Vic)
2012 Canadian Association for the Study of Language and Learning (Toronto)
2012 Canadian Association for the Study of Discourse and Writing (U Waterloo)
2012 Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (Montreal)
2011 Canadian Association for the Study of Language and Learning (Fredericton)
2011 Canadian Association for the Study of Discourse and Writing (Fredericton)

 


 

 

 

 

Jodi-Ann Walker, BA, Environmental Science; BEd; MA, Geography


Senior Tutor

 

Jodi-Ann is a spirited young lady from Jamaica who holds a Bachelor of Education and a Bachelor of Environmental Studies. She has a combination of eight years’ experience in teaching students from the kindergarten to secondary levels. Jodi-Ann is currently pursuing a Master’s in Geography and enjoys having intellectually stimulating (and hilarious) conversations.

She is the author of a very useful guide entitled, “An International Student’s Guide to Attending Canadian Universities,” and is an active blogger, who, in her spare time, engages a diverse audience with her two blogs.

Eric Franklin, MA, English; BA, History; MA, History (in progress)


Senior Tutor

 

Upon the completion of an MA in English, Eric taught honours and AP literature courses for several years at an independent high school but wanted to learn more about the cultural and political impulses that prompted the literature studied. For that reason, he decided to take a break from teaching high school English to earn a degree in History. Eric is now compelting a Master's degree in History at Saint Mary's.

When school is not in session, he likes to ski in the winter and travel to the British Isles in the summer.

 

 

 

Roberto Montiel, PhD, Interdisciplinary Studies (Dalhousie)

Graduate Tutor


Languages: Spanish

Roberto has a PhD in Interdisciplinary Studies from Dalhousie University. Before coming to Canada, He taught at the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City. He also writes film reviews in his spare time.

 

Sheelagh Russell-Brown, PhD, English Literature


Senior Tutor




Sheelagh Russell-Brown holds a BA and PhD from the University of New Brunswick, and an MPhil from the University of Waterloo. She has taught literature and composition at a number of universities, community colleges, and language schools in Ontario, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia, and after teaching for seven years at an international university preparatory high school in the Czech Republic, is now a part-timer instructor in the English Department at SMU.

Although her specialty is nineteenth and early twentieth-century British literature, she has presented and published papers on Samuel Beckett and Václav Havel, on the memories of the Holocaust among European Roma, on the poetry of Gerard Manley Hopkins, and on Dickensian elements in neo-Victorian literature, At present, she is devoting her free time to developing her creative writing.

 

 

Amanda Saoud, BSc, Biology; MSc, Science Communications

 

Tutor, Science

 

Amanda holds a BSc in Biology from Dalhousie University and a Master's degree in Science Communication from Laurentian University. Her main research focus has been centered on the effectiveness of Canadian mental health campaigns in youth populations. Amanda enjoys traveling to warm places, yoga, and eating pasta. 



Kurtis Anstey, BA, Anthropology; BA, English Literature; BSc, Astrophysics (in progress); TESL/TEFL Certification


Senior Tutor, Science

 

Kurtis holds a double-major in Anthropology and English from Saint Mary’s. He is also TESL/TEFL certified and spent the last year and a half as an ESL teacher and tutor in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. He is currently pursuing a second degree in Astrophysics at Saint Mary’s in anticipation of a graduate degree. He can often be seen carrying a skateboard.

 

 

 

Adrian Knapp, PhD, English Literature (University of Leeds)


Graduate Tutor


Languages: German


Before coming to Saint Mary’s, where he is now an adjunct professor in the English Department and a part-time instructor in the Faculty of Education, Adrian taught in the English Department and the International Language Centre at the University of Innsbruck. His research focuses on early black writing in Britain and the characterisation of black characters in eighteenth-century literature. He co-edited the essay collection (Re)figuring Human Enslavement: Images of Power, Violence and Resistance (Innsbruck University Press, 2009) and is currently working on a monograph that explores the construction of self in eighteenth-century slave narratives and their contemporary rewritings.

Stephen Rankin, BSc, Environmental Studies; BSc Geology (Honours); Masters of Science in Applied Science, Geology (in progress)

 

Senior Tutor, Science

 

Before joining the Writing Centre, Stephen spent several years working in environmental consulting with government and private industry. He studied geology and environmental sciences at Saint Mary’s, conducting research on the evolution of the Scotian Margin. Stephen’s experience includes extensive science writing at the academic level, as well as technical writing within the professional consulting industry. He has published several papers and reports relating to seabed mapping.