Career: Education & Academia

Nicholas Day

Teacher

Soon after arriving on campus, Nick jumped into his King’s journey. Nick got heavily involved in student life. He played soccer for and captained the King’s Blue Devils, he ran the Amateur Athletics Association, he worked in the Wardroom, and he…

John S. Weeren

Founding Director of Princeton Writes

John Weeren finished Foundation Year Program (FYP) in 1982, yet still spends his days on a campus that reminds people of Hogwarts. But it’s not King’s. It’s Princeton. As an undergraduate student, Weeren’s first encounter with collegiate life was…

Tamara Franklin

Associate Professor, Department of Psychology and Neuroscience, Dalhousie University

Tamara Franklin faces a conundrum in her research. “We are limited by the thing we are trying to understand,” she says. That “thing” is the human brain. Think about that. Tamara is Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology and…

Rachael Cadman

PhD candidate, Interdisciplinary Studies, Dalhousie University

Working in fisheries governance in Labrador may seem like a world away from studying Contemporary Studies and Classics at King’s – however, for Rachael, it was fairly logical progression. Rachael’s goals as an undergraduate at King’s were simple;…

Scott Andrew Christensen

Advanced ITC Teacher at Saudi Aramco College Preparatory Program, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia

Scott Christensen did a little time travelling in 2019. He had enrolled in a program to teach creative writing offered at the University of Cambridge in England. “I walked around King’s College at Cambridge,” Scott says, “and it took me back to my…

Temma Frecker

Middle School Teacher and Curriculum Coordinator: The Booker School in Port Williams, NS

Temma Frecker is pretty clear about her teaching philosophy. She says, “Empowerment is foundational for me—giving the students the tools and the confidence to help them delve into whatever is important to them.” It’s a philosophy and a teaching…

Shannon Brownlee

Associate Director (Cinema & Media Studies); Assistant Professor - Cinema and Media Studies; Gender and Women's Studies

Shannon Brownlee discovered a kind of academic freedom when she went to King’s. “I never felt like I was, what’s the word? Grade grubbing? It was never about the grade,” Shannon says. “It was about the material and the learning—learning for the joy…

Laurel Collins

Lecturer, University of Victoria; City Councillor, Victoria

It was mid April in 2011. Laurel Collins was walking through the market in the Northern Uganda city of Gulu. She was working with the office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees—her field placement as she finished up her Masters degree at Royal…

Michael Da Silva

Banting Postdoctoral Fellow, Faculty of Law/Institute for Health and Social Policy, McGill University

Ask Michael Da Silva what he does, and he will say, “I’m a teacher and a writer.” Ask him about what and you get a snapshot of a man who has embraced academia. “I am a lawyer by training, but I have done graduate work in philosophy and I continue…

Johanna Skibsrud

Assistant Professor of English at the University of Arizona

When Johanna Skibsrud was just 18, she felt restless. Part of it was being a teen wanting to get on with life and to become a writer. But there was something else. She had finished the Foundation Year Program (FYP) at King’s and it had been, well,…

Tatiana Kunwongse

Writer, Editor at Wisdom Wide Ltd., Bangkok

“It’s a mouthful,” Tatiana (Tanya) Kunwongse says. “Get ready for it.” Tatiana is about to describe her job in Bangkok, Thailand. It’s a job that has taught her the difference between a sea bass and a red snapper. “People have been using the same…

David Hugill

SSHRC Postdoc Fellow at Simon Fraser University

David Hugill didn’t set out to pursue life as an academic. But something happened during his time at King’s in the Contemporary Studies Program (CSP) that propelled him through a Master’s degree at Trent University, a PhD at York and into a…

Stephanie Dick

Assistant Professor, University of Pennsylvania

Standing in an airport on her way home for the holidays, Stephanie Dick heard two men talking about their families. “They seemed like really good people. Really good dads,” she says. “And then one of them said, ‘It’s a shame, though. Jessica…

George MacLean

Vice President Academic, University of New Brunswick

Wearing a black t-shirt and jeans, he moves to the front of the stage, his fingers working the frets of his electric guitar. It’s solo time and he’s in a zone. This is George MacLean, lead guitarist for the Fredericton rock ‘n roll cover band Van…

Shauntay Grant

Lecturer, Department of English, Dalhousie University

In a verse penned some time ago, Shauntay Grant writes, ”My mother says when I was young I’d follow her, room-to-room, asking the same question: ’Why’? I think that ever since I’ve been asking. I hope I never find the answers. It’s the questions…

Barry L. Craig

Principal, Huron University College

Barry Craig will embark on a new chapter in his career this summer, as Principal of Huron University College. “To be able to lead an institution very similar to King’s, nothing could be a greater cap to my professional life than that,” he says.…

Natalie Meisner

Associate Professor at Mount Royal University

Natalie Meisner is both thoughtful and eloquent when she talks about her craft as playwright. “I do think of the play as a kind of exquisite blueprint. It is still a work of art but it isn’t really breathing, it isn’t alive until people inhabit…

Cassandra Hallett DaSilva

Secretary General, Canadian Teachers’ Federation

When Cassie Hallett DaSilva arrived at King’s, which for the BAH ’91 graduate now seems a lifetime ago, she had a law career in her sights. Well, rarely does life’s path follow a straight line. She quickly realized that her place was in the…

Laurelle LeVert

Associate Vice-President, UNB Saint John

For Laurelle LeVert, Associate Vice-President of the University of New Brunswick, Saint John, it all comes back to service. “My priority,” she says, “is to keep that engine running – to keep students thriving and learning, to support the faculty so…

Jennifer Corcoran

Assistant Prof, Dept. of Microbiology & Immunology (Cross Appointee, Dept. of Surgery), Dalhousie University Faculty of Medicine

Dr. Jennifer Corcoran says that like many research scientists, she’s interested in how things work. For the past year and a half she’s run her own lab at Dalhousie University, where her team is currently studying virus-induced cancers like Kaposi’s…

Ian Kenny

Programme Coordinator and Communications, Graduate School of Social Sciences Summer Programmes Office, University of Amsterdam

On a special shelf in Ian Kenny’s room at the University of Amsterdam sit three letters. He treasures them. They are glowing letters of reference from three of his professors at King’s that helped him win the prestigious Amsterdam Merit Award. It…

Wilson Bell

Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy, History, and Politics - Thompson Rivers University

Wilson Bell loves being in the classroom. The father of two is an Associate Professor at Thompson Rivers University, but growing up in rural Nova Scotia, he says he “didn’t know what a thesis statement was” before attending King’s. “A lot of (my…

Trevor Adams

Instructor of Meteorology, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Trevor Adams is happy to talk weather. “It’s sunny right now,” he says from his Florida home, “but we have a broad low moving north of us that’s been giving us rain for the last few days.” Trevor has been talking weather professionally, as a ‘TV…

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