Open Learning Faculty Members
In all OL courses, you receive personalized attention from your Open Learning Faculty Member. You will interact primarily through the Moodle course site and sometimes by email, telephone, video or web conferencing, depending on the course.
Dr. Maleea Acker is a geographer, poet, researcher, and environmental journalist. Her most recent book is Hesitating Once to Feel Glory, with Nightwood Editions (2022). She holds a Doctorate in Geography and teaches at TRU Open Learning, the University of Victoria, and Camosun College.>> View personal website
Professor Phillip Allingham attended the University of British Columbia (UBC) on a Canadian Legion scholarship. He took Honours English, Classical Studies, and Theatre. Philip earned a BA Hons., MA (Ed. Admin.), MA (Eng), and his PhD at UBC in 1988. Since then, Phillip has...>> View full bio
Rob Anderson lives in Kamloops, and he and his wife have three adult children and nine grandchildren (yes, nine!). Rob has an undergraduate degree in Commerce, CPA, CGA designations, and an MBA in Finance. For Open Learning, Rob teaches advanced financial accounting,...>> View full bio
Renee Anderson's nursing career is rooted in many years of acute care medical surgical experience. She joined TRU in 2000 and has taught a variety of BScN courses, including acute care practice, pharmacology, nursing psychomotor skills, and simulation. She is a proud and humble...>> View full bio
Dawn Andrews, BA (Psychology), BSW, MSW, RSW, and ADED, is a published author and professional educator. She has over 25 years of counselling experience in social and health services (e.g., social services, crisis centres, the BC Ministry of Health, and the federal Veterans Affairs...>> View full bio
Dr. Puneet Arora is an internationally trained medical doctor with specialization in Forensic Medicine and Toxicology. He has also obtained higher education in the fields of medical law and ethics, business administration, and science education. Paneet has been teaching at TRU since 2014 on...>> View full bio
Dr. Maureen Atkinson is a professional historian who was raised in Kamloops, BC, but she has lived in Northern British Columbia for over 30 years. Dr. Atkinson has a degree in History from University of Northern British Columbia, an MA from Athabasca University, and...>> View full bio
Ravinder Sarah Bains, who prefers to use her middle name, Sarah, grew up in Ontario and moved to BC in 2018. She acquired her BSW from the University of Victoria and her MSW from Dalhousie University. Sarah Bains has worked in the educational and...>> View full bio
Chandra Balakrishnan has been in the mathematics education field for over 20 years as an instructor and curriculum developer in both K-12 and post-secondary education. He has presented to educators in both Canada and the US, highlighting storytelling as a vital tool in all...>> View full bio
Jessica Barak is a practicing Certified Clinical Anesthesia Assistant (CCAA). She started at TRU with her RRT and then earned her Bachelor of Health Science. Jessica's experience working with TRU Open Learning has been wonderful as she helps guide the aspiring AA's.
Bob Barlow was born and bred in Victoria, BC. He attended University of Victoria, and then had a lengthy career in the IT industry before joining UCC/TRU in 2000. Bob retired from on-campus in 2013 and was hired back as an Open Learning Faculty...>> View full bio
Dr. Allison Barnes enjoys working for TRU, a university that values life-long learning and innovative course delivery. She teaches Open Learning courses on Introduction to Philosophy and Introduction to Critical Thinking. She is also Adjunct Professor at the University of Victoria. In her PhD...>> View full bio
Kai Bauman is currently an Assistant Teaching Professor and Open Learning Faculty Member with TRU. He teaches a variety of accounting courses and has an interest in case writing. Kai is a Common Final Examination (CFE) Honour Roll member of CPA Canada. He lives...>> View full bio
Teaching has been a passion for Dr. Sylvia Bell for over 20 years. In both K–12 and higher education, student success is an important driver for her. Sylvia is dedicated to helping others achieve their academic goals by employing best practice in teaching adult...>> View full bio
Dr. John Douglas Belshaw (he/him) is a settler-Canadian who resides and works on the traditional lands of the Coast Salish peoples (the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm, Skwxwú7mesh, Stó:lō, and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh Nations). He has degrees in History from the University of British Columbia, Simon Fraser University, and the...>> View full bio
Dr. Dana Bernier earned her PhD in Developmental Psychology from the University of Waterloo, specializing in infant language development. She also has an MA and BSc in Psychology, as well as a BSc in Nutritional Science from the University of Manitoba. In addition to...>> View full bio
Anne Beveridge's first career was in nuclear medicine & endocrine research. She went to law school at the University of British Columbia for her LLB and LLM, where her thesis was based on criminal law. She gained practical legal experience in business law, including...>> View full bio
A lifetime of work in the forestry industry continues with Phil Blanchard's course, FRST 3073: Forest Harvesting. This course is designed to help new NRS Program graduates earn necessary credits towards their registration as a forest professional in BC. Phil Blanchard has been happy...>> View full bio
Paul Bradbury has fifty years of experience in Medical Laboratory Sciences. He worked at the University of Alberta Hospital in Edmonton, Vancouver General, and the Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloops. Paul has been a Senior Instructor in Medical Laboratory Sciences at the British Columbia...>> View full bio
Dawne Bringeland focuses on teaching everything "people"! Dawne believes that people or employees are an organization's most important assets; soft skills and leadership skills are essential throughout an organization, from top to bottom.
Vicki Bruce is an experienced educator and child and youth professional. Her practice is with children, youth, and families experiencing a variety of social issues. Intervention frameworks include relational, narrative, social competence, and resilience approaches to practice. Bruce's research has focused on youth transitioning...>> View full bio
Susan Buis (she, her, they) resides where the unceded lands of the Nlaka'pamux Nation meet Secwepemcúlucw. The beauty of these lands inspires her life and writing, and for this she is most grateful. Her poems and nonfiction stories have been published in Canadian literary...>> View full bio
Juan Caldera-Noriega's extensive education and interests include: BSc, MA, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, MM, Tec de Monterrey, PhD, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT), Australia, University Teaching and Learning Certificate, Simon Fraser University, Online Learning Facilitation Certificate, Thompson Rivers University, Business Executive Development...>> View full bio
Dr. Tara Chambers is a Teacher-Scholar Doctoral Fellow, SSHRC Doctoral Fellow specializing in Renaissance literature. She is a Sessional Instructor at Thompson Rivers University and an Open Learning Faculty Member for ENGL 2111: English Literature from Chaucer to Milton, ENGL 3841: The English Novel...>> View full bio
Peter Chevrier is an experienced communications and marketing professional and educator with BBA, MBA, IAP2, and EOC-IO credentials. He has over 30 years of experience in private and public sector organizations.
Stewart Churlish earned his CPA and MBA at Royal Roads University. He started his career in government. first in BC and then in Alberta. Stewart then retired in 2007 as an Assistant Deputy Minister and started teaching in 2009 at Royal Roads University and...>> View full bio
Dr. Natalie Clark is a Professor at TRU in the Faculty of Education and Social Work, and a Faculty Member for TRU Open Learning. She continues to practice as a trauma therapist specializing in trauma, and an Indigenous girls group facilitator. Dr. Clark has...>> View full bio
Vanessa Colleran is a passionate educator and Registered Veterinary Technologist (RVT) with extensive experience facilitating courses in the Animal Health Distance and Open Learning programs for Thompson Rivers University (TRU). She is an Open Learning Faculty Member for the Veterinary Technician (VTEC) Clinical Work...>> View full bio
Dr. Georgann Cope Watson is a member of the Faculty of Education and Social Work at TRU. She is invested in qualitative research methods that inquire into Decolonization and Reconciliation, the Praxis of Critical and Feminist Pedagogy, and the Pedagogy of Online Teaching. Her...>> View full bio
Sandra obtained her diploma in nursing (1988 Selkirk College), BSN (2002 UBC), Master of Nursing (2007 Athabasca University), and perinatal specialty certification (2006 BCIT). Sandra obtained Canadian Certified Nurse Educator (CCNE) Certification (2021). Sandra has worked in acute care, education, and clinical operations....>> View full bio
Admitted to the Supreme Court of Western Australia and the High Court of Australia, Karen Dawson earned her BA at Simon Fraser University in Political Science and Criminology before completing her LLB (Honours) and LLM (Distinction) in Australia. Karen has been Instructing graduate and...>> View full bio
Ashley De Santis graduated from the AHT Program at University College of the Cariboo in 2003. As a Registered Veterinary Technician (VTS), she has worked in specialty and emergency practice since graduation. She has been instructing in AHT programs in BC since 2010. Ashley...>> View full bio
Dr. Wade Deisman teaches courses in policing, criminological theory, security, and intelligence. Prior to moving to the lower mainland, Dr. Deisman worked as a full-time faculty member in the Department of Criminology at the University of Ottawa and taught courses in Sociology and Communications.
Dr. Karen Densky has a PhD in Curriculum Theory & Implementation and currently teaches in the MEd program at TRU. Her research interests are in the areas of teacher identity, creativity, and transformational learning. Karen has an extensive background in international education and has...>> View full bio
Laurie Dew is an instructor with the Veterinary Technology Open Learning Program. She has a background in Veterinary Emergency and Referral Practice. Laurie enjoys working with students and new grads to further their passion for the field — because Veterinary Medicine is amazing!
Dr. Katia Dilkina has a keen and broad interest in Psychology. She received her PhD in Cognitive Psychology from Carnegie Mellon University in 2009. Her educational background is interdisciplinary, and her graduate and postgraduate work focused on computational modelling of memory and language, with...>> View full bio
Richard Duguay is a part-time instructor with Thompson Rivers University, Open Learning. He has been involved with workplace health and safety for many years, and his background is in occupational hygiene. He is also employed full time as a supervisor with WorkSafeBC. Richard strongly...>> View full bio
Steven Earle has been working as a geologist for over 40 years, both in industry and academia. He has been teaching at the post-secondary level for almost 30 years. Steven is the author of two Earth Science textbooks: Physical Geology and Environmental Geology. He...>> View full bio
Lisa Elliot has worked in the Medical Laboratory field for over 20 years in many different roles. Outside of work, she enjoys the outdoors and everything Vancouver Island has to offer.
Dr. Nancy Elliot has a rich and demonstrated history of working in the natural resources and geomatics industries. Dr. Elliot brings years of bird and vegetation sampling experience to TRU.>> View personal website
Tara Ettinger holds a BSW and MEd in Counselling Psychology, and is currently a PhD candidate, having received the National SSHRC Doctoral Award. A counselling therapist for over 20 years, Tara has spent many years working with children, youth, and families in trauma. Her...>> View full bio
Ron has worked at a wide range of jobs in his 50-year career. He retired in 2014 but he is currently working part-time online to deliver TRU's two online introductory astronomy courses. His BA and MSc degrees are in physics with the MSc...>> View full bio
Amanda Ewanyshyn graduated from the Master of Fine Arts program at the University of Alberta and has since maintained her artistic practise while teaching courses in fine arts. She has had the privilege of teaching visual arts courses for over 10 years, now, and...>> View full bio
Dr. Chantal Faucher has been teaching various topics in criminology and criminal justice for several years. These include introductory topics, as well as crime and media, sociology of law, young offenders, and theories of criminal behaviour. She is also a researcher who has worked...>> View full bio
Dr. Ellen Faulkner has been teaching at TRU since 2017, first with the Department of Sociology and more recently with TRU Open Learning. She teaches CRIM 4121: Crime and Media, and SOCI 4221: The Social Construction of Crime and Deviance.>> View personal website
With a doctorate in Canadian history and studies in global and American affairs, Dr. Norman Fennema has taught face to face and online in many areas. His teaching has included, but is not limited to, Canadian and American social and cultural policy, history in...>> View full bio
Dr. Jean Ferri completed her PhD in Clinical Psychology at Simon Fraser University in 1992 and registered with the College of Psychologists of British Columbia in 1993. She is proud to be an online faculty member at Thompson Rivers University where she has taught...>> View full bio
Cael Field is a Respiratory Therapist and Educator. He is alumni at TRU and Royal Roads University, currently working in the TRU Respiratory Therapy Program and TRU Open Learning.
Dr. Allan Fletcher's undergrad and graduate degrees are both in art history, but his doctorate is in art education and curriculum design. He has taught Art History for close to 40 years and visual studies and cultural theory for almost 30 years. Much of...>> View full bio
Dr. David Florkowski has worked in Health Care and teaching for over 20 years, both in Canada and abroad. He began his career as an auto mechanic and still works on his own vehicles. David enjoys teaching and sharing pearls of wisdom through his...>> View full bio
Edward (Ted) Fuller is a Professional Engineer and Professional Geoscientist. He has a MSc in Physical Geography from Simon Fraser University, a BGS General Studies from TRU Open Learning, and BSc (Honours) in Geology from Western University. He has been an Open Learning Faculty...>> View full bio
Dr. Serena George (she/her) holds a BA, MEd, and PhD. She is a counselling practitioner who works from a trauma-informed lens to empower and connect with others in their healing journeys. Dr. George is a Registered Clinical Counsellor with BCACC and a Canadian Certified...>> View full bio
Dr. Pam Gurney is a faculty member in the BEd and MEd Programs at Thompson Rivers University. Pam has facilitated a variety of professional development opportunities for teachers and CEAs regarding assistive technology and special education. Pam was an elementary and high school teacher...>> View full bio
Dr. Bernadette Harris feels privileged to have studied and earned degrees from the University of Illinois (Physics), San Diego State (Astronomy), and the University of Virginia (Astronomy). Be Harris enjoys travelling and has experienced diverse areas of the continent.
Dr. Percy Hébert is an amateur photographer. His interests include biology, ecology, animal behaviour, seabird biology, and conservation biology.
Dr. Rosalie Hilde has worked in various senior marketing management positions and has taught at post-secondary institutions for over 25 years. She has received awards and recognition for her teaching and research, including the best doctoral dissertation from the Academy of Management Critical Management...>> View full bio
Dr. Chelsea Horton is a historian and educator of settler heritage with a PhD in Indigenous History from the University of British Columbia. She works at the intersection of academic and applied histories. Based in Snaw-Naw-As territory on Vancouver Island, her primary areas of...>> View full bio
A founding partner of Forward Law LLP and formerly Senior Legal Counsel and Director of Privacy for the British Columbia Lottery Corporation (BCLC), David Hughes has taught various law courses at TRU, both online, and in person, since 2010. In his law practice, David's...>> View full bio
Jillien Humphrey has worked as a therapist/ social worker since 2001 throughout Northern BC and the Interior region. She specializes in working with individuals with mental health issues and eating disorders. She also works as a hospital social worker and understands the complexities that...>> View full bio
Dr. Aaron Hunter is a researcher and teacher, with interests in Computational Logic and Artificial Intelligence.
Dr. David Huntley is a geomorphologist and glacial geologist with extensive research experience in geological hazards, such as landslides and tsunamis. He teaches TRU Open Learning courses in Geology.
Carolyn Ives has been teaching English since 1992, including previous full-time faculty positions at MacEwan University and at TRU. She is currently a Coordinator, Learning and Faculty Development in the Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) at TRU. Previous roles include Academic...>> View full bio
Ashley Jones teaches online as the Open Learning Faculty Member for BIOL 0501: General Biology, and BIOL 0601: Provincial Biology at Thompson Rivers University.
Dr. Franziska Karlen was born and raised in Switzerland, where she fell in love with learning languages. In 1991, Franziska moved to Canada and completed her master’s degree and her Doctorate in Education. She has worked with students from Kindergarten to Graduate School and...>> View full bio
Dr. Randall Kimmel incorporates his 20 years of business leadership and 18 years of university teaching into both his pedagogy and his research. He earned a BA, MBA, and PhD in Finance, with a minor in Statistics. He taught at Mercyhurst, Kent State, and...>> View full bio
Dr. R. Bruce Kirkley has been with Open Learning since 1994. His areas of expertise include Canadian Theatre and Drama, Digital Media and Performance, Program Development, and Quality Assurance in Higher Education.
Derek Knox teaches college prep Math 0401 (grade 10), Math 0523 (grade 11), Physics 0501 (grade 11) and Physics 0601 (grade 12). He is also the treasurer of the Thompson Rivers University Faculty Association (TRUFA) professional development fund. Derek lives in Vancouver, and his...>> View full bio
Dr. Eric Kuan Yu Chen has been a chemist and an instructor for over 15 years. In his free time, he enjoys playing music, playing volleyball, and social dancing.
Dr. David Kumka is an Information Systems Consultant, Lecturer, and Researcher specializing in enterprise and solution architecture. His academic interests include database security, software architecture, artificial intelligence, and computer science education.>> View personal website
Dr. Suzanne LeBlanc holds a BA, MA, and PhD in sociology from the University of Toronto, and an MBA and MEd (Counselling) from the University of Northern British Columbia.
Mike Lemphers is a respiratory therapist and associate teaching professor in the respiratory therapy (RT) program at TRU. Mike is passionate about working with students who are interested in learning about RT equipment, cardiopulmonary physiology, or mechanical ventilation, as he teaches many of these...>> View full bio
Dr. Grant Lenarduzzi has worked for 31 years in Public Education at multiple levels and positions. His experience includes 12 years teaching and supervising in post-secondary Graduate Programs.
Roxane Letterlough is a mother of four and is from the St’át’imc Nation. She completed her undergrad at Simon Fraser University (Bachelor of Arts, Post Baccalaureate Diploma, Bachelor of Education) and her master’s degree from the University of British Columbia (Indigenous Knowledges and Indigenous...>> View full bio
In 1984, Lynnette Lettinga and her future husband both received their BSc degrees in Chemistry at TWU and then got married. You might say, "The chemistry was right"! Lynnette and her husband, Marten, lived in Williams Lake, BC, for 25 years. They then lived...>> View full bio
Dr. Susan Lidster works as part-time instructor in the TRU School of Education and with TRU Open Learning. Prior to working at TRU, she worked for several years as a secondary school counsellor. Her research interests are counsellor wellness and the transition from...>> View full bio
Dr. William Little has a PhD in Sociology from the University of Victoria and a MA in Sociology from York University. His interests include Contemporary and Classical Social Theory, Biopolitics, Martial Arts Studies, Media, and Popular Culture.
Doug Loblaw has been an Open Learning Faculty Member for 28 years. He holds a position of Faculty Emeritus at Capilano University after 28 years of teaching in the School of Business. Doug was Project Manager for the establishment of Rafik Hariri University, Beirut,...>> View full bio
Dr. David Loewen has been a professional administrator in health care and post-secondary. He is now an entrepreneur, researcher, and writer. Dr. Loewen has been a post-secondary faculty member for many years, in a variety of disciplines, including human resource management, business, interdisciplinary studies,...>> View full bio
Kim Love lives on Vancouver Island where she has been nursing and teaching, since 1988, in a variety of settings, from hospital, community, university, and distance education. She completed her diploma in the traditional classroom format. Her education started with a BScN, completed via...>> View full bio
Dr. Duncan Low was Executive Director of the Vancouver East Cultural Centre before turning to academic study. He completed his MA, in 2008, and PhD, in 2016, at Simon Fraser University. He has authored several articles on the economic impact of the 2010 Olympics...>> View full bio
Dr. Marie Low has been an Open Learning Faculty Member since 2009. She currently teaches five courses: ENGL 1001; CMNS 1161, 2171, and 4531; and MKTG 4491. She also worked on several TRU curriculum development projects and is an adjunct faculty member at...>> View full bio
Dr. Ken Lum obtained his BA (Honours) degree in Psychology from the University of British Columbia (UBC), and he has MSc and PhD degrees in Psychology from Purdue University in Indiana. Ken has taught at both UBC and Purdue University. He has been with...>> View full bio
Dr. Jodi Lundgren holds a PhD in English from the University of Washington, and her scholarly articles and reviews address Canadian and Indigenous literature. She has also published poetry and fiction, including novels for young adults. Residing with gratitude on the traditional territories of...>> View full bio
Dr. Anne MacGregor enjoys working with graduate students in the Faculty of Education and Social Work and seeing the caring and support those students give to one another and the people they work with. She feels their knowledge and experience make a richer learning...>> View full bio
Dr. Mairi MacKay recently retired from teaching Biology at TRU. She specializes in Cell Biology, Genetics, Biochemistry, and Immunology.
Dr. John Marasigan has his PhD in Psychology from the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium. He has been teaching in Open Learning since February 1993. John teaches PSYC 2101: Statistics for Social Sciences and PSYC 4991: Directed Studies. He is one of the first...>> View full bio
Dr. Alicia Mazari-Andersen earned a BSc and MSc in Biology at the University of Mexico and a PhD in Botany at the University of British Columbia. She has been a TRU Open Learning Faculty Member since 2007, and has taught at other institutions, including...>> View full bio
Dr. Jeff McLaughlin comes from Winnipeg, where he received his PhD in Philosophy at the University of Alberta. He is the author and editor of numerous books. His areas of interest include applied ethics, popular culture, and Holocaust studies. Jeff has taught at TRU since 1993.
Dr. Rocky Mirza holds a PhD from Simon Fraser University and teaches at TRU Open Learning and University Canada West. He has four published books on history, politics, and economics. Rocky has co-authored textbooks and study guides for micro and macro principles of economics....>> View full bio
Dr. Javad Mirzaei's teaching and research interests are focused on general, organic, and materials chemistry. As a life-long champion of the field of chemistry and a passionate educator, he makes full use of innovative instructional techniques, including interactive assignments, simulations, and videos. In addition,...>> View full bio
Christina Mohr teaches Chemistry in Open Learning. Her teaching interest lies in practical skills development in chemistry. In her spare time, Christina likes to spend time with her family and her dog and enjoys the outdoors.
Wayne Nickel holds a master’s degree from Carleton University and has been in practice for over 50 years. He has worked in Children's Aid Societies, the BC Provincial Government as a supervisor and manager, at nonprofit organizations focusing on children and youth, addiction agencies,...>> View full bio
Lanette Nordick is a passionate nurse educator who began as an HCA almost 30 years ago. She then proceeded on to be an RN, while also teaching future HCAs, since 1997. Lannette is invested in the education of compassionate HCAs to support our age-ed...>> View full bio
Jana Noskova is a full-time university instructor and Open Learning Faculty Member, since 2012. She has many years of experience delivering accounting, accounting systems, and taxation courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels.
Heather is an Associate Teaching Professor, Academic Coordinator, and Simulation Coordinator of the Respiratory Therapy program at TRU. She is a Graduate of the RT program at Cariboo College.
John O'Brien has been teaching accounting and other related courses since 1983. He has a deep understanding of accounting and Office software. His friendly approach to supporting students is appreciated; most often, his emails include "Cheering you on!" or similar encouragement.
Susan O'Connor holds a MBA from Simon Fraser University. She works in strategic and marketing planning, execution, and management at regional, national, and international levels. She teaches MKTG 2431: Marketing and MKTG 4481: Integrated Marketing Communication, and previously taught MKTG 4431: Retail Marketing, BBUS...>> View full bio
Carol Pakkala teaches law for public sector managers. She holds a Juris Doctor from University of British Columbia, a BA (Criminology and International Relations) from University of Toronto, and a post-secondary instructor's diploma from Vancouver Community College. Carol practiced law with legal aid before...>> View full bio
Dr. Iain Pardoe lives in the mountains of Nelson, British Columbia, where he teaches and writes online post-secondary statistics and mathematics courses. He teaches for Thompson Rivers University Open Learning and The Institute for Statistics Education. He was formerly an online instructor for Pennsylvania...>> View full bio
Frances Paski is a science and mathematics faculty member for ABE Advanced Level students at TRU Open Learning. Frances believes that students should develop fundamental skills in critical thinking, logical thinking, quantitative reasoning, and communication in general. She is enthusiastic about empowering students to...>> View full bio
John Patterson is a full-time Adult Basic Education (ABE) English and Law instructor at Vancouver Community College, and a part-time ABE English instructor with TRU Open Learning. He attended Simon Fraser University, the University of British Columbia, and the BC Institute of Technology.
John Patton earned a BHSc and became a Registered Respiratory Therapist Anesthesia Assistant (RRT AA). He has been an Open Learning Faculty Member at TRU for 15 years and is a CCAA National Exam member. John Patton is an advanced cardiovascular life support (ACLS),...>> View full bio
Dr. Kale Pauls has a PsyD (Psychology), MA (Criminal Justice), and BA (Psychology). Kale uses his experience as a leader in policing, combined with his research and academic experience, to mentor his students.
Christine Petersen is an Associate Teaching Professor. She earned her MSc in Environmental Science Ecology at TRU, BSc Zoology at University of British Columbia, as well as her Medical Lab Tech, and her BC Teaching Certificate. Christine became a member of the TRU faculty...>> View full bio
Ashley Podeszwa is an Open Learning Faculty Member at TRU. She teaches in the Veterinary Technology Program
Terrance P. Power is a professor of strategic and advanced international studies. He sits on several national boards, including The Knowledge Management Institute of Canada, the Comprehensive Security Studies Group, and The Academic Board of the Institute of Strategic and International Studies. In 2008...>> View full bio
Dr. Diane Purvey is a historian who specializes in the study of childhood, social workers and institutionalization, school leadership, and the experiences of women in Canada's past. She is the author of several articles and co-author of Private Grief, Public Mourning: The Rise of...>> View full bio
Dr. Musfiq Rahman is an Associate Professor in the Department of Computing Science at Thompson Rivers University. His research interests are mainly in the areas of security and resource management in emerging wireless networks. Teaching is one of Musfiq's primary passions, and he enjoys...>> View full bio
Dr. Gloria Ramirez holds a PhD in Developmental Psychology and Education from the University of Toronto. She has more than 30 years of teaching experience in Colombia, England, and Canada. At Open Learning she teaches research methods in education. Her research, supported by competitive...>> View full bio
Dr. Matt Reudink is a Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at TRU and an Open Learning Faculty Member. He teaches Animal Behaviour and Evolution through Open Learning, and many other courses in person. Matt's main research interests are behavioural ecology, evolution, and...>> View full bio
Sheila Rice, now retired, worked for over 35 years in hospital medical laboratories, and in Microbiology for most of that time. She has taught at TRU and Open Learning for over 16 years. She loves quilting and cats.
Nancy has her BScN from Western University and MHS from Athabasca. She currently teaches HLTH 3101: Client-Directed Care Management. Nancy has held various executive leadership positions in Health Care Administration across Canada, with a specialty in Primary and Community Health Care Services with a...>> View full bio
Robert Rippin has an undergraduate degree in chemistry from the University of Victoria, and a degree in Environmental Public Health, with a specialty of waterborne diseases. In addition to routine regulatory oversite and education of water system operators, Robert works as an advisor...>> View full bio
Dave Rittenhouse earned a BSc in general biology in Lethbridge, a MSc in comparative anatomy in Calgary, and a Respiratory Therapy (RT) from TRU, in Kamloops. He teaches Anatomy-Physiology I and II, and Pathophysiology. Dave's research interests include 3D imaging, animation, and augmented and...>> View full bio
Dr. Veda Roodal Persad has taught Mathematics and Statistics at the postsecondary level both face-to-face and at a distance for many years. She continues to enjoy her teaching online at TRU Open Learning.
Dr. Jessica Rourke obtained her PhD in Social-Personality Psychology from the University of Victoria. In addition to teaching at TRU Open Learning, she teaches at University of Victoria and works in the field of restorative justice. Her research interests include forgiveness, pedagogy, and experiences...>> View full bio
Dr. Monica Sanchez-Flores (she/her) is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at TRU. She has a PhD in Sociology and MSc in Social and Political Theory, both from the University of Edinburgh. She earned her BA in Public Administration at El Colegio de Mexico, Mexico...>> View full bio
Dr. Ulrich Scheck specializes in German Romantic and contemporary literature. He has taught at Mount Allison University, Queen's University, and Thompson Rivers University. Dr. Scheck has authored and edited over a dozen books, and published numerous refereed articles, reference works, and reviews. He has...>> View full bio
Dean Scovill is an instructor and course curriculum developer in drinking water courses in Open Learning. He was formerly a Drinking Water Officer and currently an engineer assistant for a large municipal drinking water system.
Aditya Sharma has a master’s degree in Health Administration from the University of British Columbia (UBC), a master’s degree in Community Health Sciences from University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC), and a master’s degree in Statistics from Tribhuvan University, Nepal. He has taught statistics...>> View full bio
Dr. Manu Sharma is an Assistant Professor at Thompson Rivers University in the Faculty of Education and Social Work, where she teaches foundational courses in the Master of Education program. Her research interests and publications in the field of education are based on equity...>> View full bio
Dr. Mridula Sharma is a Computer Science professor with more than 25 years of teaching experience. She has been teaching in the TRU Computing Science department for the last 10 years and has been teaching online at Open Learning for seven years. She now...>> View full bio
Linda Sheehan has been an Open Learning instructor since 1999 and taught human and physical geography at North Island College for over a decade. Linda chose a teaching-focused academic path and is particularly interested in environmental related issues, and our relationship with the rest...>> View full bio
Dean Sinclair, CRSP, has been working in safety since 2001. His professional experience includes extensive program auditing, safety management system development, and training and mentoring for a wide variety of private and government clients. Dean has been a TRU Open Learning Faculty Member since 2016.>> View personal website
Carol is a Registered Polysomnography Technologist and Registered Respiratory Therapist with over 35 years in healthcare/acute care, diagnostic, community, and patient education. She has worked more than 15 years in a hospital-based sleep laboratory. Carol has been an OLFM at TRU for over 10...>> View full bio
Timothy Spielman's background includes being a start-up tech executive, consultant, and university educator, with over 30 years of experience in these fields. He is a FCPA, FCMA with a background in information systems and controls, along with a dual concentration MBA in strategy...>> View full bio
Candis Spiers is a Critical Care RN with an MN in nursing. She teaches HLTH 1021: Nutrition for Health and Changing Lifestyles, and NURS 3651: Return to Registered Nurse Practice for TRU as well as teaching in another BSN program. Candis loves the outdoors,...>> View full bio
Dan Spring is a professional journalist and media expert with 25 years of experience. He has published in a variety of international magazines and local newspapers on topics ranging from social justice to global economics. Dan's graduate research is focussed on communications, the complex...>> View full bio
Dr. Don Stanley has combined academics with journalism, including a TV-focused column for the Vancouver Sun. Specializing in American literature, he has long admired the way in which that multifarious country produces great writers in great numbers with such nonchalant ease. Don's current favorites:...>> View full bio
Dr. Julia Stanley completed her undergraduate degree at Sweet Briar College in Virginia, her MSc at Duke University, and her PhD in physics at the University of Calgary. Julia enjoys riding horses and competes in show jumping.
Dr. Nan Stevens enjoyed a 15-year teaching career in the K–12 system in alternate and community-based education. As a teacher educator in the TRU School of Education, Nan set up practica and taught undergraduate and graduate courses focusing on inclusive education. She also supported...>> View full bio
Dr. Christian Tabi Amponsah (Chris) holds a PhD in Organization and Management with General Business specialization from Capella University, USA. Chris has an MBA (Finance) and a Civil Engineering degree from the University of Leicester, UK. He has published 32 articles in addition to...>> View full bio
Dr. Charmaine Tener has been an Open Learning Faculty Member and TRU Instructor for almost two decades. She has several years of experience as a leader and director in both the private and public sectors. She is described as a caring faculty member,...>> View full bio
Dr. Andreas Tomaszewski (He/Him/His) is a German-born Sociologist of Hungarian and Polish origin and has degrees from German and Canadian universities. He focusses on crime, deviance, and their control, as well as social justice issues. Dr. Tomaszewski has taught at universities in Ontario, Ohio,...>> View full bio
Amy Tucker is a University Instructor and Open Learning Faculty Member at Thompson Rivers University, where she has been teaching and conducting research since 2007. Before becoming an educator, she primarily worked in education, training, recruitment, career development, and management.
Dr. Trent Tucker holds a PhD in Management Sciences from Waterloo University, an MBA from Rotman at the University of Toronto, and a BSc in Mathematics from the University of Alberta. Trent spent 15 years in industry (Imperial Oil / Methanex / HATCH /...>> View full bio
Tracy has twenty years hands-on business experience and is a lifelong learner. She has a Marketing PhD from Northcentral University, Arizona and has been involved in the writing of several Canadian textbooks. Tracy is the mother of two adult sons and two Siamese cats....>> View full bio
Shacara Wasilieff has been an Instructor for the Veterinary Technician program, teaching Anatomy and Physiology, Clinical Pathology and Math. She is an alumnus, having graduated from the on-site Veterinary Technology program in 2008. Shacara has been in the veterinary industry since 2003, working in...>> View full bio
Dr. Biggi Weischedel has worked and studied in Germany, Canada, California, Montana, Colorado, and New Zealand. Her doctoral research at the University of Otago, in New Zealand, focused on online marketing aspects such as email marketing and web analytics, as well as marketing strategy,...>> View full bio
Kirsten Wilson graduated with her diploma in Animal Health Technology from University College of the Cariboo in 2001, and she worked in veterinary clinics as a Registered Veterinary Technologist ever since. She has taught Veterinary Technology for almost 15 years and joined TRU Open...>> View full bio
Marnie Wright is the Associate Vice President of Human Resources at University of the Fraser Valley and has worked in the field of Human Resources for over 25 years. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration and a Master of Arts in...>> View full bio
Dr. Tigerson Young has been a Registered Psychologist in BC since 2007 and has been listed on the Canadian Register of Health Service Psychologists since 2008. In addition to his PhD in Clinical Psychology, Tigerson has his MS degree in Law. He has been...>> View full bio
Mahmoud Ziaei obtained his BSc (1969, Physics) at Tabriz University, Iran; his MSc (1973, Quantum Electronics) at Essex University, UK; and his PhD (1977, Solid State Physics) at Oxford University, UK. Mahmoud was a Physics faculty member at Tehran University, Iran, 1977–1988. He immigrated...>> View full bio
Beth de Beer has an MA from Simon Fraser University with a focus on Corrections, Female Offenders and Feminist Theory. Her experience includes work in adult and youth probation, corrections, and prison education. Beth's research areas concentrate on correctional issues, female offenders, fear of...>> View full bio