Tyler Crick is a Master's student in Rhetoric and Communication Design. After studying English Literature, Theory, and Creative Writing at York University, he spent some years working in the IT world. Primary interests include narrative theory, discourse analysis, politics, internet propaganda/trolls, identity theory, and social justice. He also believes, via Marxism, that addressing critical thinking shortcomings in primary education is of great importance and may be best achieved through the rhetoric of digital media. To this end, he would like to eventually focus on writing creatively in undecided mediums. Outside of school, he enjoys tennis and Berlin.
Justine Fifield, Hon. BA English Literature, is an MA candidate in the department of English Language and Literature in the Rhetoric and Communication Design (RCD) stream. After navigating through a number of publishing, public relations and communications roles, Justine returned to academia to further hone her skills as a communicator and pursue a career within the university setting. Currently working as a Career Advisor with the Centre for Career Action while completing her degree, Justine recognizes the importance of good communication in helping others to navigate the waters of their own professional path.
Julie Funk is an MA candidate in the Experimental Digital Media (XDM) stream at UWaterloo’s Department of English Language and Literature. Her research interests include posthumanist rhetorics, embodiment, and the relations between intersubjectivity and human computer interaction (HCI). She was drawn to this program because of its interdisciplinary approach to critical theory, art, and technology. Outside of the classroom, Julie can be found taking walks and petting dogs. She hopes to continue in academia and further her studies.
Stephanie Honour, BA English Literature (StFX University), is an MA candidate in the Rhetoric and Communication Design (RCD) stream at UWaterloo’s Department of English Language and Literature. After progressing through a series of corporate training roles with a national corporation, she returned to academia to pursue her interest in communications and the intricacies of rhetoric in everyday language, marketing, advertising, and media. Aside from reading, Stephanie loves cooking, running, cycling, and playing with dogs.
Salman Jivani, BA (University of Waterloo), studies the effects of rhetoric and propaganda on fundraising. In particular, his focus is on pipeline development and increasing financial support to Universities by analyzing the relationship between alumni engagement and fundraising. Salman is using his findings to create software that helps institutions maximize the number of dollars that they are able to raise by helping them better engage their donors.
Adam Lawlor is a Masters student in the RCD stream. He returned to the University of Waterloo after having completed his undergrad in 2012, as well as some time travelling and teaching English in Costa Rica. He is interested in the ways in which language operates unnoticed, and the effect of language used in the media and every day interactions. A lover of all things literary, “I hope someday to be as voracious and talented a writer as I have somehow led others to believe”, he says.
Diana Moreno Ojeda
Diana Moreno Ojeda is a first year student in the English Rhetoric and Communication Design Masters program. With a BA in Art History and a minor in Philosophy obtained at Los Andes University (Colombia), and an MA in English Language Teaching at the University of Tabriz (Iran), Diana has a strong research focus on discourse analysis and social semiotics. Her MA Thesis, entitled Appraisal Theory in the Identification of the Discursive Choices at Work Behind the Positioning of Powerful Women in Public Discourse, was strongly influenced by the work of Norman Fairclough, P.R.R. White, Ronald Wardhaugh, and Rom Harré.
Diana’s research deals with understanding how language shapes human experience and culture, given that people live in language but are rarely conscious of its subjacent structures and pragmatic operations. In our daily lives we tend to forget that it is through concrete language interactions that individuals and communities experience the world and assume or reject their positions in it. Diana’s research is interested in exploring the processes through which, in this flow of interactions, we negotiate and reshape our fluctuating personas.
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Having received her Bachelor's degree in Sociology from Laurentian University in 1996, Aimee held a series of corporate Marketing and Communications roles over 16 years, developing a keen appreciation for clear, succinct, and persuasive writing, with a particular interest in speeches. In 2012, after a solo backpacking sojourn, she put her career in freelance status and has been successfully supporting clients and their strategic communications projects -- including executive speeches -- ever since. This interest and opportunity has been instrumental in her drive to pursue a Master's degree in Rhetoric and Communication Design at the University of Waterloo. Aimee lives in Toronto.
Amber O’Brien is pursuing a Masters in Literary Studies. Her main area of interest is examining how narratives in science fiction and fantasy texts work to challenge and alter gender ideologies in Western societies.
Kari Pasick Stewart, BJourn (Ryerson), is an MA candidate in the department of English Language and Literature in the Experimental Digital Media stream. She works full-time at Renison University College as the manager of marketing and communications. Kari chose to pursue her MA in order to supplement her knowledge and experience after more than a decade in the field of marketing. “I never want to stop learning,” she says. “The industry is changing so fast. I’m hoping to stay on top of it as much as I can."
Onie Tam, BA (University of Waterloo) is a candidate for an MA in Experimental Digital Media. Onie's (pron. Oh-knee) research areas of interest includes Maritime Canadian Lit., Post-Colonial Lit., Modern and Post-Modern Lit., and the rhetorics of digital media. Her focus is integrating new digital technologies into the traditional literature studies. In her spare time she is the Equipment Manager for the Waterloo Warriors Band, the university's official pep band.
Anthony J. (Tony) Verbruggen graduated with a B.A. in English from the University of Waterloo in 1987. He went on to complete an M.A. in English Literature from the University of Toronto and a Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Windsor. He went on to spend over twenty years teaching English, Communications and Writing in a number of countries. His work experience includes teaching English and Communications at the University of Bahrain and College of the North Atlantic – Qatar. Most recently he helped manage a writing centre at the University of Nizwa in Oman.
After living abroad for eighteen years Tony returned to Canada in 2014 and settled in Kitchener. He is currently exploring employment opportunities related to education and technical writing. His interest in communications and technical writing has led him to undertake a Master’s degree at Waterloo in Rhetoric and Communications Design. He is interested in emerging methods of electronic communication, rhetoric and professional writing.
Ryan Welch is currently in his first year of the Masters program in Rhetoric and Communication Design at the University of Waterloo. Previously, he obtained his BAH in English and Political Science from the University of Guelph, where he dabbled in slacklining and binge watching The Wire. His academic interests are eclectic, ranging from ecocriticism and postcolonial studies to critical discourse analysis and social linguistics. These days, he can be found all around south campus with his head buried in a Jane Austen novel, coffee in hand. His creative exploits include co-authorship of Labour, a play performed in 2014 by the Toronto-based theatre company Coyote Collective. Beyond the academic realm, Ryan is an avid curler, nostalgic snowboarder, and a perpetually disappointed Leafs fan.
Caitlin Woodcock Honours BA (University of Waterloo) is a candidate for an MA in Experimental Digital Media. Coming from a Literature background, her particular interests there include Canadian Lit, Diasporic Lit, and Postcolonial Lit. Having expanded her scope of study to include critical discussions around technology and its uses, she hopes to challenge her patterns of thought and prove to herself that Arts and Technology are not mutually exclusive and that she can exist in both realms comfortably. She has a great love of stories in the most whimsical sense and aims to explore the relationship between story and technology.