Current occupation I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Education at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada, and I am coordinating ESL 204, a 6-credit course.
Brief outline of PhD research My thesis examined teacher personal narrative use in Japanese university English language classrooms. I employed a mixed methods approach with multiple case studies. This research is of relevance to both practicing classroom teachers and teacher educators because it explores the role and significance of personal stories told by teachers.
Why did you choose to study for your PhD in the School of Languages and Social Sciences? Based in Japan at the time of my studies, I was looking for a distance learning programme which did not require residency; this was important because I was teaching full-time and had a family to take care of.
What did you find most useful about the PhD programme? I appreciated how the required elements in the first two years formed the basis of the final thesis. For example, the Research Methods portfolio assignments, such as describing the advantages and disadvantages of two of my data collection methods, were all incorporated into some part of my thesis.
How has your PhD helped you in your current occupation? I was hired by Concordia University as a Lecturer and when I received my PhD shortly before my contract began, my faculty rank changed to Assistant Professor and so did my salary! I am hoping that with a PhD, I will land a tenure-track position in the near future.