ASRW has fantastic instructors, who bring a wide range of scholarly expertise to the study of research and writing. We are discourse analysts, linguists, film studies scholars, creative writers, philosophers, literary theorists, and published authors; and we have a broad range of research interests (e.g., gender / sexuality, disability, health care, human rights, homelessness, travel, linguistic diversity, and social and mass media) which provide the lenses through which we teach scholarly research and writing.

We are a small academic unit within UBC’s Faculty of Arts – grouped with both the Arts One Program and the Co-ordinated Arts Program (CAP), under the umbrella of “First Year Programs.” We are currently 21 full- and part-time faculty members, several of whom also teach elsewhere within UBC, such as in the Department of EnglishVantage College,  the Department of Philosophy, and the Social Justice Institute.

In addition, we are active, engaged scholars trained in a variety of disciplines. We conduct our own research, present at conferences, and produce scholarly publications. Consequently, we can introduce you to the research culture at UBC and “show you the ropes” of academia!

We care deeply about our students. Because of our small classes, we have the opportunity to get to know you – and you to know us! – more than is usually possible in large first year courses.

Follow the links to the left of this page to learn more about our current faculty, as well as our administrative faculty and staff.