Writing Services Coordinator
Renée is the Writing Services Coordinator at the Student Learning Commons (SLC). She has a BA in French Literature, with a Minor in English Literature, and an MA in Linguistics, both from the University of Texas at El Paso. She has a strong background in academic and technical writing, with research interests in second language acquisition and computer-assisted language learning. Renée McCallum comes to the SLC from the SFU School of Engineering Science, where she taught writing and communication courses and worked with undergraduate and graduate students on a variety of writing, presentation, and other communication skills.
Graduate Learning/Writing Facilitators
Graduate writing facilitators provide support for graduate students working on their theses, term papers, journal articles, grant applications, and other writing related to their graduate studies. Facilitators work with students one-on-one through in-person consultations and online support at all three campuses and for students working at a distance. Furthermore they facilitate open and integrated workshops, the Open Writing Labs, and are active with both the Thesis Boot Camp and reBoot.
Benjamin is a PhD Candidate in the School of Communication at Simon Fraser University where he studies work and labour in the 21st century. Before coming to BC, he earned his MA in Communication from Johns Hopkins University and BA in Communication and Theatre from Lewis & Clark College. He has worked as a teaching assistant for various courses in Communication and has served as a research assistant on studies of work in Vancouver's software industry, debt activism, and cultural worker organizing.
Laura is an MA student in Clinical Neuropsychology. She completed a Bachelor of Arts degree with Honours at the University of Victoria. She has experience working with diverse clinical and student populations as an educational tutor, psychometrist and research assistant. She is grateful to have the opportunity to work alongside fellow graduate students discussing their research ideas, and she values helping people use writing strategies to convey these ideas effectively.
Lisa (M.A. in Sociology, University of Victoria) is a PhD candidate in Sociology at SFU. She has a great regard for teaching and learning, believing it is an ongoing, iterative process. Throughout her time at UVic and SFU, she has been a Teaching Assistant (TA) in Sociology (both online and in the classroom); a workshop facilitator at the SFU Annual TA/TM Day; a facilitator for the International Instructional Skills Workshop (ISW); a Career Services Graduate Student Peer Educator; and a Graduate Writing Facilitator (GWF). In her role as a GWF, she enjoys collaborating in the creation and facilitation of different workshops for graduate students as well as working one on one with graduate students and inviting their participation into improving their writing practices. She incorporates awareness and advocacy of the diverse body of students at SFU to her teaching practices and is a dynamic and passionate educator with a strong commitment to creating a positive learning experience.
Poh is pursuing a second doctorate in Faculty of Education. Her research focuses on science literacy in the early years. Poh also holds a PhD in Experimental Medicine and stem cell research from the University of British Columbia. After graduating, she worked in the biotech industry and eventually became a successful entrepreneur where she is the founder and CEO of two businesses. She has extensive experience in different writing styles and formats in science, education and business. Poh also had an extensive background in public speaking and presentations. She was a 2013 TEDx speaker and has presented to both national and international audience from a variety of levels, including academic and industry
Robyn is a PhD candidate in Educational Psychology. She completed a BA in English and Psychology and an MS in Educational Psychology and Methodology from the State University of New York at Albany, where she also worked as a writing tutor for three years. Her current research focuses on Montessori Education and prosocial behaviour, although she also enjoys studying the history of psychology and educational philosophy. Other academic interests include sociology, rhetoric and composition, and literary theory. After working at the SLC for the past three years, Robyn continues to enjoy being part of the team, always appreciating how much she learns from her students’ and colleagues’ works.