"The world needs more global conversations because difficult problems, like climate change, will not solve themselves”
At the moment, I wear two hats. One of my hats is as an instructor here at Konan University, the Cube where I will be teaching many courses including Global Challenges and Business Ethics. The other hat is as a doctoral student (and soon to be graduate) of Kyoto University’s Graduate School of Global Environmental Studies (GSGES). My research is focused on two ideas: Providing better Language Education and Finding new ways to teach sustainability and environmental topics. First, I am interested in how to offer engaging and interesting English classes to students, so they can join global conversations. Secondly, I want to learn how to better teach important environmental and sustainability topics so that students are empowered to find solutions to big world problems like global warming. Specifically, I am interested in English as a Foreign Language (EFL), Education for Sustainable Development (ESD), and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Originally, I am from Canada, but I have lived in many places around the world in pursuit of my interests in education. For instance, I have previously worked at Kwansei Gakuin University, the University of Nottingham Ningbo China (UNNC), and Bilkent University in Ankara, Turkey. I earned a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from the University of Calgary, finished the Cambridge Diploma of English Language Teaching to Adults (DELTA), and received a master’s degree in Educational Management from Bilkent University. I hope that my experiences from around the world can bring new insights into the classroom for my students. In my free time, I enjoy building electronic gizmos, reading non-fiction, and hiking around Japan’s beautiful mountains.
I look forward to seeing you in the classroom and learning from the Konan University community!