Meet the Engineering Communication Program Tutoring Centre team of instructors:
Dr. Faye D'Silva
Faye D’Silva holds a PhD in Foreign, Second and Multilingual Language Education from The Ohio State University (OSU) in Columbus, Ohio. She also completed an M.A. in Teaching and Learning from OSU where she specialized in TESOL. Her expertise lies in working with multilingual students and instructing in discipline-specific writing. She has taught academic discursive skills to international undergraduate and graduate students at both OSU and the University of Toronto and is currently a Sessional Lecturer/Communication Instructor in the Engineering Communication Program (ECP) in CIV282 and ECE297. She is also a Coordinator for the ECP Tutoring Centre and a Professional Language Development Associate for the DELNA Initiative where she holds workshops for first-year engineers seeking to develop their professional and academic competencies.
Emily Anglin holds an MA in Creative Writing from Concordia University and a PhD in English from Queen’s University. In addition to her work as a Writing Instructor with the Engineering Communication Program, she has taught literature and writing at Concordia, Queen’s, Algoma, and St. Jerome’s Universities. She is also a professional editor, specializing in memoir, academic writing, and fiction. Emily is the author of the short-story collection The Third Person (Book*hug 2017) and the novella Dissolving Views (Coach House Books, June 2021). Her creative writing has also appeared in Minola Review, carte blanche, The New Quarterly, The Whitewall Review, and in the chapbook The Mysteries of Jupiter. Her academic research on how the early modern universities were shaped by political pressures, as seen through the lens of early modern literature, has been published in journals including English Studies in Canada and Shakespeare.
Dr. Maria Cioni
Maria Cioni has a doctorate in History from Girton College, Cambridge University. In addition to academic publications, Maria’s literary non-fiction book, Spaghetti Western: How My Father Brought Italian Food to the West, is published in both print and audio book format. Maria holds a TESOL Canada qualification and applies her years of experience in international education to working with multilingual students to develop their professional engineering communication skills. She has been a Senior Lecturer in APS111T/APS112T courses and a communication instructor in ECE496 and ECE297. Maria continues to write and publish literary non-fiction and she mentors students and writers in creative writing, particularly the literary non-fiction genre.
Dr. Arthur Imperial
Arthur Imperial holds an MA from McMaster University and is a PhD candidate at York University in the Department of Political Science. His dissertation analyzes the affect of Filipino migration through an autoethnographic lens. He has taught in the Engineering Communication Program since 2014 and has been a communications instructor for numerous courses such as ESC101/102, CIV 282, and ECE 297.
Dr. James McMahon
As a PhD candidate in Social and Political Thought at York University, James McMahon 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 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.
Nina Munteanu has a masters degree in science from Concordia University and is an award-winning novelist. She worked for 25 years as an environmental consultant in the field of aquatic ecology and limnology, publishing papers and technical reports on water quality and impacts to aquatic systems. Nina has written over a dozen eco-fiction, science fiction and fantasy novels, and award-winning short stories. Her book “Water Is…”—a scientific study and personal journey as limnologist, mother, teacher and environmentalist—was picked by Margaret Atwood in the New York Times as 2016 ‘The Year in Reading’. Nina’s most recent novel "A Diary in the Age of Water"—about four generations of women and their relationship to water in a rapidly changing world—will be released in 2020 by Inanna Publications. Nina teaches at several writing centres at the University of Toronto, including ECP, Health Sciences, and Woodsworth College.