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!
My favorite Japanese coffee shop in Kobe keeps me fuelled with inspiration, comfort, and, of course, lots of coffee.