Meet Your Tutors

Meet the Engineering Communication Program Tutoring Centre team of instructors.

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Dr. Faye D’Silva

Faye D’Silva has a Ph.D. in Foreign, and Second Language Education from The Ohio State University (OSU) in Columbus, Ohio. She also holds an M.A. in TESOL from The Ohio State University where she taught academic writing to international undergraduate and graduate students. Her expertise lies in teaching academic literacy skills to multilingual students and she has experience teaching ESL at the post-secondary level in both Toronto and Columbus. Currently, she is a sessional lecturer in the Engineering Communication Program at the University of Toronto and a coordinator for the program’s writing centre. Additionally, she instructs undergraduate writers at the Woodsworth Academic Writing Centre. Her research interests include academic literacies development and source-based writing.

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Jessica Taylor

Jess Taylor graduated from York University with a major in Creative Writing and a minor in Science and Technology Studies. She went on to pursue a Master’s degree in English in the Field of Creative Writing at The University of Toronto. She is a TESL certified instructor. Jess is the host and founder of The Emerging Writers Reading Series, which she started in 2012. Currently, she is a writing instructor in the Engineering Communication Program. She also teaches writing and literature courses at Seneca College.

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Dr. James McMahon

As a PhD candidate in Social and Political Thought at York University, James has taught various social science courses at York University which were designed to be foundational, and where effective writing and reading skills were integrated into the curriculum. His experience includes tutoring students on a wide range of topics as well as on strategies that students can apply through practice and time management. Currently, James McMahon is a sessional instructor at the University of Toronto and his roles and responsibilities are focused on teaching effective oral and written communication skills. His primary research interests are political economy and political theory.

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Nina Munteanu

Nina Munteanu has a Master of Science degree from Concordia University and is an award-winning science fiction and fantasy novelist. She is editor of Grimoire Books, Future Fiction (Italy) and Europa SF. She also writes for Amazing Stories and other science fiction magazines. Nina has served as a writing coach to writers wishing to publish since 2009 and has held numerous creative writing workshops for a diverse range of writers. She also tutors students from first year to graduate level in the Health Sciences Writing Centre.

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Patrick Phillips

Patrick has a highly interdisciplinary background. He completed a B.F.A. from OCAD University, and an M.A. in Curriculum Studies from OISE/University of Toronto. Together with a TESL certification and cross-disciplinary approach of writing in earth sciences, fine art, and education, Patrick has over eight years of experience helping both undergraduate and graduate students to improve their academic communication skills, including advanced writing, presentation, and critique. He has worked as a professional tutor and Writing and Learning Consultant at OCAD University. Currently, he is a sessional and writing instructor in the Engineering Communication Program. Hoping to continue his education and writing experience into policy studies, he presently enjoys a specific interest in writing pedagogy, arts-based research methodologies, critique and feedback practices, and the ways in which disciplines are maintained through language.

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Matt Strohack

Matt Strohack is a communication instructor in the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering. He possesses a Masters in English, and is completing a doctoral degree. With a secondary background in environmental education, Matt brings an interest in sustainability to his work with the Engineering Communication Program.

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Ted Nolan

Ted Nolan has worked in the Engineering Communication Program since 2011. He received his MA in the Field of Creative Writing from the University of Toronto, and his Teaching English as a Second Language certification from the Canadian Centre for Language and Cultural Studies. His research interests include poetics, music and sports culture. He publishes under the name E Martin Nolan and is an associate editor at The Puritan Magazine, where he also helps run the blog, The Town Crier. His essays have appeared in The Detroit Free Press, The Toronto Review of Books and The Barnstormer, among others.

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Cheryl Runke

Cheryl Runke received her MA in English in the Field of Creative Writing from the University of Toronto. She also holds a Master of Science degree, has worked as a Speech-Language Pathologist and is a TESL certified instructor. She has tutored students from a variety of academic backgrounds. Her award-winning short fiction has appeared in various Canadian publications such as Prairie Fire Magazine and the Hart House Review.

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Catriona Wright

Catriona Wright received her BA in English and History from McGill University and her MA in English in the Field of Creative Writing from the University of Toronto, where she completed a manuscript of short stories under the supervision of Barbara Gowdy. She has led creative writing workshops for high school students and has tutored students from a variety of academic backgrounds. She is also a TESL Canada certified ESL instructor, and she taught communication, English grammar and academic writing courses for three years prior to joining the Engineering Communication team at the University of Toronto. Her award-winning poetry, short fiction and essays have appeared in numerous Canadian publications, including The New Quarterly, Grain, Joyland, PRISM International and Prairie Fire.