Tiffany Banow is a Registered Dietitian with a degree in Nutrition from the University of Saskatchewan, and has a passion for good food. In addition to teaching at St. Peter’s College she has taught courses for Carlton Trail Regional College and has diverse experience coaching people in making healthier food choices. She facilitates regular workshops for the Saskatoon Health Region and provides nutrition consulting for businesses and the food industry. She has contributed her expertise to a variety of print and online sources including Chatelaine, the Star Phoenix, www.everydayhealth.com, and has been featured on CTV News Saskatoon and Regina, and Global Saskatoon. She is a member of the Saskatchewan Dietitian’s Association and Dietitians of Canada.
Tiffany enjoys growing her own food, experimenting in the kitchen, organizing, thrifting, and spending time outdoors with her husband, Ryan, and adorable dog, Ruby. She also likes dark chocolate, red wine, a good cup of coffee, music, board games and the colour yellow.
Classes: Nutrition 120
Kelley Jo Burke
Kelley Jo Burke is an award-winning (most recently the City of Regina Writing award for “Ducks on the Moon” and the Saskatoon and Area Theatre Award for Excellence in Playwriting for “The Selkie Wife”) playwright and poet, a director, storyteller, documentarian, and broadcaster for CBC Radio.
She dramaturges, directs and produces for stage and radio and is the host/producer of CBC Saskatchewan’s radio arts performance hour SoundXchange. She has also written and produced a number of documentaries for CBC Radio’s Ideas.
Her published plays include Ducks on the Moon: A Parent Meets Autism, The Selkie Wife, Jane's Thumb, and Charming and Rose: True Love, and her poetry and essays have appeared in Grain, CVII, The Fiddlehead, and in a number of anthologies.
Kelley Jo Burke was the 2009 recipient of the Saskatchewan Lieutenant-Governor’s Award for Leadership in the Arts.
Classes: English 309
While I was born in a small town in Saskatchewan, then grew up in Saskatoon, I have travelled a great deal living at one point for four years in Italy. I have visited many of the places discussed in these courses, seeing for example where Joan of Arc was captured by the Burgundians, where Louis XVI was executed and where Napoleon Bonaparte is buried. I look to bring this to my teaching, for the more real an event becomes to you, the more you can speak about it with a knowledge that shows significance, and evidences analysis. In the end, you do not simply see what it meant to be a leader in the past, but what it means to become one in the present.
Classes: History 122
Allan Casey (MA in Journalism) has had a long freelance career, specializing in adventure travel and environmental writing. His features have appeared in many magazines: Canadian Business, Adbusters, Canadian Living, Reader's Digest, Canadian Geographic. He has been a contributing editor to Books In Canada and Western Living, the editor of Synergy and the founding editor-publisher of Broadway Magazine. He has received numerous Western Magazine Awards and National Magazine Award nominations.
His book Lakeland (Greystone Books), a literary non-fiction blend of travel and ecology, won the 2010 Governor General’s award for non-fiction. A long-time instructor, Allan loves the classroom and his writing courses have helped hundreds with their writing careers.
Classes: English 308
MATH 110, 116 & STAT 244
BIOL 120, 121 & 224
Hi, I have been a biology instructor for 19 years. I started at the University of Saskatchewan in 1994 and have been instructing biology at St. Peter's College since 2001. I have been involved with instruction of many biology courses over the years. These include: Biology 107/108 (biology for non-majors), Biology 110 (past introductory biology course, now Biol. 120 & 121), Biology 120, Biology 121, Biology 211 (Genetics, now Biology 226), Biology 253 (Ecology, now Biol. 228), Biology 263 (Population Ecology) and Biology 350 (Honours field course).
I love teaching at St. Peter's College. My philosophy is students should always be the first priority. St. Peter's small class size and sense of community allow this philosophy to be easily fulfilled. In class I try to use everyday examples to keep students interested, and throw in the odd lame joke just to make sure the students are awake. My passion for teaching has also extended into the community college setting, including Cumberland Regional College, Carlton Trail Regional College, NORTEP/NORPAC and Northlands College. Biology is not my only field of interest, I have taught many computer and photography courses.
I grew up on a farm in rural Saskatchewan, and after spending a few years in Saskatoon I returned to my roots. My wife, son and I live on a small farm near Pleasantdale and love the peaceful lifestyle of this setting. Plus, all the wildlife and beautiful scenery appeals to me as a biologist and photographer.
Neil Currie is a composer, pianist, conductor, and lecturer who obtained Bachelor's and Master's Degrees in Experimental and Clinical Psychology before obtaining his Doctorate in Musical Arts from UBC.
He studied with leading Australian composer Peter Sculthorpe and has completed two major composer residencies with symphony orchestras in Adelaide and Saskatoon. His commissions include those from London guitarist John Williams and organist Simon Preston. His music appears on nine commercial CDs, including Passionscape, which is devoted entirely to his orchestral music and Rollin' Down #1, which netted Land's End Chamber Ensemble (Calgary) a Western Canada Music award for best classical recording in 2006. He is also an active pianist/vocalist whose jazz piano trio played two contracts for Holland America Lines in 2004. He has played five contracts as Specialty Pianist for Disney Cruise Lines since 2008.
Currie has been the recipient of numerous grants and has been juror for the Australia Council, Canada Council, and Saskatchewan Arts Board. Rhapsody (from Symphony) received a Western Canada Music Award nomination for outstanding classical composition in 2006; Concerto for Trombone and Orchestra (Tumbling Strain) received a national JUNO nomination for outstanding classical composition in 2007. Urban Diversions, a CD of Currie's original jazz compositions, was released in June, 2007. Currie taught many subjects in the Department of Music at the University of Saskatchewan from 1999-2006. He was appointed Acting Head of Composition at Grant MacEwan College in Edmonton in 2007 for a one-year replacement position and joins the faculty of St. Peter's College for the first time in 2010.
Classes: Music 111
Iman El Meniawy
With a background that includes a Chemical Engineering Bachelor degree and an MBA, my teaching philosophy is influenced by my hands-on business experience, where I worked within cross functional teams to achieve goals, set operational strategies, managed and developed people, created new ideas and products, and most recently by my experience as an entrepreneur. Having had the privilege to occupy senior positions in the multinational company, Unilever, and to run my e-commerce and consulting and trading businesses, I involve students in real life business situations, share with them business cases, and entice them to produce knowledge through linking the course material to their own experiences.
Benjamin Franklin said, “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.”I believe in activity-based learning in which students get the opportunity to apply the course concepts through projects with real purposes, audiences, and tangible outcomes.
Beyond the classroom and work environment, I enjoy spending time with my husband and twoteenagers, who are both athletes at provincial and national levels. Travelling has been a part of my life since the early age of 1, where I grew up, lived, visited, and worked in many places around the globe such as, Canada, Egypt, Russia, Italy, the UK, the U.A.E (Dubai), France, Switzerland (Geneva), the USA, and Hungary (Budapest).I enjoy swimming, Yoga, and cooking, where I like to explore with new and different recipes.
Classes: Commerce 100
DRAM 118 and 119
Angus is artistic director of the Dancing Sky Theatre in Meacham. This theatre company was co-founded by Angus and his wife, Louisa, who are both theatre graduates – Angus from the University of Saskatchewan in 1985, and
Louisa from Concordia in 1989. Since the founding of Dancing Sky in 1992, they have performed many plays, employed over one hundred actors, directors and other theatre professionals, as well as, taken works on tour. Among the plays that Dancing Sky Theatre has produced are: Street Wheat by Saskatchewan playwright Mansel Robinson, and Gold on Ice by Saskatoon writer Geoffrey Ursell.
Angus wishes that there was more time to teach the students all that he knows!
KIN 121, 122 & 150
In the spring of 1998 I completed my BSc Phys Ed (with Distinction) from the University of Saskatchewan and, duringthat process, I also obtained my Certified Exercise Physiologist designation through the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology. Subsequently I enrolled in the U of S' Kinesiology Master's program and achieved my MSc in the winter of 2000. My thesis was a longitudinal study funded by the Heart & Stroke Foundation looking at the relationships between: perceptions of the physical self, physical activity, smoking, and disordered eating behavior in adolescent females across Saskatchewan over a two year period.
Then, from 2000-2005, I worked within the Fitness and Recreation Department at The Banff Centre for Continuing Education and, during my tenure there, I was fortunate to occupy a variety of positions which exposed me to numerous professional experiences. Initially I was hired as a consultant that primarily utilizd my background in Exercise Physiology; however, as I made my way through the organization, I ended up in a more administrative role as the Director of the Department, which required oversight of a wide variety of divisions including: Fitness & Health, Aquatics, Climbing, Community Programs, and other fee-for-service activities. In addition to this, I also had the unique opportunity to be a part of a Cardiac Rehabilitation Program and see it grow from inception to a full-fledged community program sponsored by the Health Region.
In 2005 I returned to the U of S to accept a term position as the Health and Fitness Coordinator in the College of Kinesiology, which included two semesters of teaching Kinesiology 281.3 - Fitness Foundations for Life. After the term position conlcuded I capitalized on my enjoyment of teaching and went on to continue sessional lecturing for the College of Kinesiology, the U of S' Indian Teaching Education Program (ITEP), the U of S' Royal West Transition Program, as well as St. Peter's College. The courses that I have taught include: Kinesiology 121.3 - Functional Basis of Physical Activity; Kinesiology 225.3 - Introduction to Exercise Physiology I (Muscle & Metabolism); and Kinesiology 226.3 - Introduction to Exervise Physiology II (Cardio-respiratory).
I am fortunate to have the opportunity to teach at St. Peter's College as it is a unique environmnet in which there is a real sense of community. It is my opinion that the smaller classes better facilitate a more meaningful experience for both the students and the instructors. I hope that the closer contact I have with the students at St. Peter's will not only enable an enhanced learning experience, but will also promote a healthy lifestyle as students learn to practically apply the theories learned.
COMM 101 & ECON 114
NS 107, SOC 111 & 112, COMM 105 & 211
ART 111 & 211
Clint Hunker B.F.A., M.F.A. is a sessional instructor with the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Saskatchewan .He is a landscape painter that follows the practice of pleine aire painting and has been part of solo and group exhibitions at the Mendel Art Gallery in Saskatoon and has had works exhibited in Vancouver Edmonton and Tokyo. His subject matter is currently the fields , town ,and marshes of the area surrounding Aberdeen, Saskatchewan as he prepares for a solo exhibition at Art Placement scheduled for the fall of 2012.He works predominately in oil and soft pastel.
ART 112 & 212, ARTH 120 & 121
Grant McConnell lives with his wife and three children in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. He works as an artist and educator. Born in York County, Ontario in 1958, he studied Fine Arts at Mount Allison University in Sackville, New Brunswick before moving to Saskatoon in 1981 where he completed a Master of Fine Arts at the University of Saskatchewan.
He is known primarily for his acrylic on wood painting which is derived from an ongoing investigation of subject matter related to Canadian historical themes. This work varies in approach, from a more meditative engagement with still life, to imagery which includes urban and rural landscape references and animal life. Mixed media is an increasingly significant part of his practice, as is three-dimensional work.
McConnell’s most recent work was exhibited at the Toronto International Art Fair in November, 2010. Our Royal Guests was exhibited at Nouveau Gallery in Regina, September 2010. River Gods was seen at Darrell Bell Gallery in Saskatoon from November 15, 2009. Exhibitions include Tales of Dominion, which was toured nationally by the Mendel Art Gallery in the early 1990's; Memory in Place, which toured Saskatchewan; The Post-Colonial Landscape:A Billboard Project, mounted by the Mendel Art Gallery; On Shifting Ground: A Four-Part Conversation From Saskatchewan, which traveled to the Hong Kong Arts Centre, Hong Kong, in 1996; Home and Animal, seen at the Swift Current Art Gallery and at Bugera/Kmet Gallery in Edmonton; and Recent Work: The Horse, at artplacement in Saskatoon. Also in 2002, Still Life Opening, a two person exhibition with Will Forrestall was mounted at the Rosemont Art Gallery in Regina and at the New Brunswick Museum in Saint John in the summer of 2004. Fresh Machine: Far From Montreal, was mounted at the Kelowna Art Gallery in 2003 in the two person exhibition Fieldworks. His stone and bronze monument marking the site of the Eaton Internment Camp of 1919 was dedicated in Saskatoon in September, 2004. The sculptural work ‘Inspired Words Portal’ was unveiled in the board room of the re-opened College Building at the University of Saskatchewan in September, 2005. His bronze huskie ‘Duke’ was installed in front of Griffiths Stadium in 2007.
His work is represented in the collections of the Mackenzie Art Gallery, Regina; The Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon; The Saskatchewan Arts Board; The Regina Public Library/ Dunlop Art Gallery; SaskTel; Sask Power, Co-Operators Insurance, as well as other corporate, public and private collections in Canada. He has worked as the curator of the University of Saskatchewan Art Collection, and as an independent curator. McConnell is lecturer in art and art history at St. Peter’s College in Muenster, Sk. where he has taught for 20 years, and he teaches Canadian Art History at the University of Saskatchewan. He served a term as a director of the Saskatchewan Arts Board, and is past chair and an active member of CARFAC Saskatchewan. He currently sits as President and National Spokesperson on the National Board of CARFAC, (Canadian Artists Representation).
GEOL 108 and 121
On the farm where I grew up there was a tall andrickety cupboard,covered in peeling white paint, and propped against a wooden granary. That cupboard contained my most prized possessions: a collection of rocks and dry old cow bones. The cupboard disappeared long ago, and my collection with it, but I have since done my best to accumulate enough rocks to make up for the loss. (Not so much the cow bones.)In 1994 my rocks and I went to the University of Saskatchewan where we earned a B.Sc. and an M.Sc. in geology. Some of my rocks came with me to the Pennsylvania State University where I completed my doctorate in 2007. I now keep my rocks, my husband, and two dogs on an acreage near Dundurn SK.
I am interested in Earth-system science. This is a way of understanding events in Earth’s history by looking at the interactions amongst a wide range of components that work on Earth’s surface and within it. All of the components affect the system and are affected by it, so when something happens (climate change, for example) there is no such thing as an isolated cause. A single event might be the trigger, but many components, such as ocean circulation, weathering of rocks, glaciation, and so on, all contribute to the final outcome that is recorded in the rock record. The consequencescan be much greater than we would expect from the initial trigger itself, and sometimes the results are wildly counter-intuitive.I use computer models to study the chemical “fingerprints” that Earth-system change leaves behind in rocks.
My teaching philosophy is deeply influenced by my time as a student, and by working with students with learning disabilities. I have come to appreciate that different peoplelearn in different ways, and one of the things I enjoy most about teaching is the creative challenge of figuring out what those ways are for each student. This doesn’t work well as a one-sided process. It works best when there is teamwork between me and the student. The biggest difficulty is convincing students that it is safe to be frank about their perceived learning limitations.
As an instructor, I place an emphasis on the “why” of things, because it is much easier to remember facts when you understand how they fit into the big picture. Once the facts have context and meaning, then you can use them to solve problems, and to create new ideas. Building that initial understanding requires that you know what you don’t know—in other words, it requires that you identify the source of any confusion to the best of your ability. In my experience, terrible frustration with course material can sometimes boil down to a small misunderstanding that is easy to fix, if you know where to look. In my view, a key objective of teaching is giving students the skills to articulate what they don’t know.
Classes: Philosophy 140
Classes: English 365
Classes: Commerce 204
CHEM 112 and 250
I was born and raised in Krakow (Poland). After graduating with a master’s degree in chemistry at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, I continued my education in the United States and obtained a Ph. D. from the University of Georgia in Athens (GA). Eventually life brought me and my family to Canada and I’ve been doing research at the University of Saskatchewan in the College of Agriculture and Bioresources and teaching chemistry. Please see my C.V. for details of my professional career.
Kurt Van Kuren
PSY 120 & 121
Biographical Information Originally from Southern Ontario, where he earned his living as guitarist and singer, Br. Kurt entered the Benedictines in 1983, becoming a fully-professed monk in 1987. He earned a B.A. Summa Cum Laude in Philosophy from St. John's Collegeville Minnesota, and an M.A. Magna Cum Laude in East/West Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies San Francisco. He is currently Project Director for the Loehr Organic Project, and the Abbey Webmaster. He recently completed his term as President of the Saskatchewan Organic Directorate.
I completed my PhD in history at the University of Saskatchewan and have been teaching there, at St. Peter’s College and at a number of other institutions for the past 9 years. My first book, Diefenbaker and Latin America: The Pursuit of Canadian Autonomy was published last year and my current research examines Diefenbaker’s relationship to the Hellenic World (Greece, Cyprus and the Greek-Canadian Community). My wife Eleni and I have three children under the age of 8 (which also means I’m perpetually sleep deprived.) I’m a huge soccer fan and inevitably pepper my lectures with soccer references (for example, the Canadian federal-provincial relation is like a coach trying to get a team full of superstars on the same page) which I think helps students to better understand the material (and occasionally drives them nuts.)
Classes: History 152
ENG 110, 113, 114 & 253
Barbara Langhorst spent winters in Edmonton and summers at Baptiste Lake until 1974, when she and her parents moved to an acreage 10 miles south of Athabasca, Alberta. This allowed Barbara three blissful years of horseback riding and country life. When she turned 18, she moved to Edmonton once more, married, and began work for the government. Three years later her son was born, and soon her daughter. She enjoyed almost a decade staying home with her children.
At age 32, Barbara became a first-year student at the University of Alberta. She planed to study Education, but instead completed a B.A. Honours in English (with First Class Honours). Trained as a generalist, with a wide variety of courses that span many centuries, Barbara was intrigued by the social function of poetry. Her doctoral thesis, Peripheral Blue, examines the ways that the tools learned in reading experimental work enables readers to perceive otherwise invisible repetitions and variations in text and life itself. The dissertation marks a radical form of teaching, a new pedagogy, and has shaped the collage-based, collaborative method of Barbara's technique of instruction. She trains students to be flexible, courageous readers and writers who look for meaning in textual and world events that may appear disconnected.
Barbara taught for five years at the University of Alberta during her doctoral studies, and received the University Teaching Services Graduate Student Teaching Award, the Faculty of Arts Graduate Student Teaching Award, and a variety of scholarships. In 2002, she and her family moved to Saskatchewan to be nearer dear friends, and heard of a remarkable Benedictine college. Barbara was interviewed, but had no offer of employment until after the family was settled in Quill Lake. The email from then President Colleen Fitzgerald simply asked: "Where would you like your contract sent?"
In 2004, Barbara received the Master Teacher Award at St. Peter's, and took on the role of Humanities Coordinator. This position included the creation and direction of the Fr. James Gray Academic Centre for Excellence, designed to help students learn university skills such as research, essay writing, time management, exam-writing, study and presentation skills. The position also allows her to teach three full-year equivalents: two first year English Literature and Composition courses, and one Canadian Literature.
As part of Academic Council, Barbara proposed the expansion of the Writing Diploma to make it attractive not only to students set on writing as a career, but also to those across the disciplines, and to those with degrees already. This meant creating two new Creative Nonfiction classes and having them accredited by the University of Saskatchewan, hiring professional writers as teachers, creating a summer workshop program where students could mix with writers from across Canada in critical but ungraded settings, overseeing and mentoring interns, maintaining the Canada Council for the Arts Reading Series, and aiding students in producing St. Peter's journal of the literary and visual arts, the Society. She is grateful for the work of fellow staff members and Administration who have helped to realize these goals. Presently the Chair of Academic Council, Barbara monitors and works with Council to address the various needs of the broader College. She continues to teach three full-year course equivalents.
Having left Quill Lake in 2005, Barbara and her family reside south of Humboldt on an acreage populated by two horses, two inside cats, two outside cats, and one bouncy indoor-outdoor black Labrador retriever. Her primary research interests remain the reading and writing of experimental poetry—and the indications this work has for teaching.
Classes: Economics 111
GE 124, GE 121
Phone: 306 682 7888
Fax: 306 682 4402
Joy is excited to be a part of the engineering courses offered at St. Peter’s College. Joy got her B.Sc. in Ag/Bio Engineering at the University of Saskatchewan in 2000 and completed her M.Sc. at the University of Alberta in 2002. She worked as a Research Engineer for three years before starting her Ph.D. back at the University of Saskatchewan. Her research area focused on manure management and gaseous emissions from the livestock industry. While finishing her Ph.D., Joy was a full time lecturer in the College of Engineering and discovered her love of and passion for teaching.
Upon completion of her Ph.D., Joy began working as a project manager at the Prairie Agricultural Machinery Institute (PAMI) in Humboldt, SK. At PAMI, Joy manages the Applied Bioenergy Centre (ABC) and research projects involving grain storage and drying. Joy’s work with the ABC includes several waste to energy projects such as solid state anaerobic digestion, energy crop production, biochar production and utilization, biomass logistics and combustion. While working at PAMI, Joy has continued teaching at the U of S as a sessional lecturer and adjunct professor in the College of Engineering.