Meet Your Tutors

Meet the Engineering Communication Program Tutoring Centre team of instructors:

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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

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Nina Munteanu

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.

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Dr. Muhammad A. Shah

Muhammad Shah completed his Doctorate (EdD) in TESOL at the University of Exeter, UK. He holds an MA in ELT & Linguistics from UOL, Pakistan and an MEd in Educational Leadership and Policy from OISE, University of Toronto (UofT). Prior to the Engineering Communication Program, he spent a decade in the Middle East, teaching academic English to post secondary students. As a Communication Instructor for APS111, APS112, TESL Ontario certified instructor, and an IELTS examiner licensed by the University of Cambridge, Muhammad has considerable expertise in assessing a range of writing skills and offering guidance to nascent as well as proficient writers. He was nominated for the Banting Postdoc Fellowship 2019-20 by the OISE, UofT, and has several peer-reviewed publications in indexed journals. While his previous research focused on lifelong learning, language pedagogy, learning motivation, and multiculturalism, Muhammad is currently working on an edited book project titled Writing Programs for Engineering and Science Students: International Perspectives.

Lucas Wilson

Lucas is currently completing his PhD in Comparative Studies at Florida Atlantic University. He holds an MA in English from McMaster University, as well as an MTS from Vanderbilt University, with a Certificate in Jewish Studies and a Certificate in Religion in the Arts and Contemporary Culture. His academic work has appeared in Canadian Jewish Studies and Flannery O’Connor Review and in edited collections published by The MLA, SUNY Press, and DIO Press. His public-facing work has appeared in The AdvocateReligion DispatchesQueertyLGBTQ NationRVA Magazine, and Whosoever. In addition to teaching at UofT, Lucas also teaches at Seneca College.

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