Julia Williams

Julia Williams

Director, English Language Studies | Co-ordinator, Applied Language Studies
Yan Li

Yan Li

Associate Professor | Co-ordinator, Chinese Language Program | Director, Confucius Institute

Yan Li has worked as an instructor, freelancer, and translator in China before coming to Canada in 1987. She started teaching at Renison in 1997 and has taught courses in Chinese culture, history, literature, and language.

Vinh Nguyen

Assistant Professor

I was born in Vietnam and immigrated to Canada at the age of nine. After receiving my BA in English from the University of Calgary I embarked on a two-year teaching stint in Tokyo, Japan. When I left Japan, I backpacked around Asia for a year. Upon my return to Canada, I entered graduate school at McMaster University, where I specialized in Asian diaspora literature and culture.

Jeff Wilson

Professor | Chair, Culture and Language Studies
  Contact information:
Tel: 519-884-4404 ext. 28625
Location: REN 1113
Website: professorjeffwilson.wordpress.com  


PhD - University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 

Kimie Hara

Note: Kimie Hara is on sabbatical from September 2017 - September 2018.

Contact Information
Tel: 519-884-4404 ext. 28660
Location: REN 1109



PhD Australian National University  

Joanne Astley

Sessional Lecturer

Daniel Bratton


Daniel Bratton taught Canadian and American literature at Ryerson University and the University of Toronto in Mississauga before spending seventeen years in the Far East, first in South Korea and then in Japan. He was a professor at Miyazaki International College in Miyazaki, Kyushu, and Doshisha University in Kyoto, where he also taught in the Graduate School of Letters at Kyoto University.  Returning to Canada in 2011, he co-founded the Elora Poetry Centre.

Roslyn Zehr

Sessional Lecturer

Agnieszka Wolczuk

Continuing Lecturer | Learning Outcomes Project Co-ordinator

Stefan Rehm

Continuing Lecturer | EMLS Graduate Advisor
Professor Stefan G. Rehm received his BA and Teaching Diploma in Applied Linguistics from the University of Victoria in 1987. He earned his MA and PhD at Queen's University in Kingston in 1990 and 1997 respectively. He teaches academic writing and public speaking to graduate students whose first language is not English.

Contact information

Douglas E. Cowan


Douglas E. Cowan is a professor of Religious Studies and Social Development Studies.

Contact information decowan@uwaterloo.ca
Tel: 519-884-4404 ext. 28607 Location: REN 0219

Christa Schuller

Continuing Lecturer | IOBP Co-ordinator

Nancy Oczkowski

Continuing Lecturer | Professional Development Co-ordinator
Nancy Oczkowski is a continuing lecturer in the department of Culture and Language Studies. She holds an MEd in Second Language Acquisition from the University of Toronto and a Teaching English as a Second Language to Speakers of Other Languages (TESL) diploma from Conestoga College. She is a certified advanced trainer in the Advance Consulting for Education - Teaching English as a Second Language to Speakers of Other Languages (ACE-TESOL) program.
James Corcoran

James Corcoran

Assistant Professor

I am an Assistant Professor of Applied Language and English Language Studies at Renison University College / University of Waterloo. I teach courses in SLA theory, methodology and assessment as well as research writing courses to University of Waterloo graduate students. My research interests include language teacher education, (critical) English for specific/academic purposes, and relations of power in global academic knowledge production. My current research projects include investigations into


Amir Al-Azraki

Director | Assistant Professor, Studies in Islam | Playwright

My primary areas of research interest are Comparative Literature (Arabic and English), Forum Theatre and social change, drama in Education and Language Pedagogy.  I am principally interested in the representation of political violence in modern Arabic and English drama. 

I believe that learning is an experiential and reciprocal process in which students develop a capacity for self-direction and self- generation of ideas, and also they learn through action, experience and exploration mediated in a collaborative and cooperative educational setting.

Soheila Esfahani

Soheila Esfahani

Sessional Lecturer

Asma Ghanem

Sessional Lecturer

Shiraz Sheikh

Sessional Lecturer

Shiraz Sheikh is a PhD candidate at the University of Toronto’s Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations, completing final requirements towards a PhD in Islamic Intellectual History, with a focus on knowledge and learning in the early Ottoman period. His dissertation topic is on the life and works of Molla Şemseddin Fenari (d. 1430), the first Şeyhül-İslam of the Ottoman state. Currently, he lectures on Islamic Civilization at York University’s Department of History.

Kevin Cai

Associate Professor

Dr. Cai’s research interests include regional integration and institution-building in East Asia, China’s foreign relations and foreign policy, cross-Taiwan Straits relations, and various political, security and economic issues in the East Asian region. Dr. Cai is the author of three books and the editor of one volume. Besides, Dr. Cai has also published a number of refereed journal articles, book chapters and other pieces.

Young Gon Kim

Co-ordinator, Korean Language and Culture Studies, East Asian Studies | Director, King Sejong Institute

Research areas: Korean Language & Literature, Language Teaching Theory and Methodology, Language & Culture, Bilingualism

Y.G. Kim received his B.A. in Korean Language and Literature from Seoul University. At the University of Toronto, he completed both an M.A. (East Asian Studies) and an M.Ed. (Language Education) before receiving an Ed.D. in Language Education from the University of Toronto (1992).

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