Shawn Brake

NameShawn Brake
School School of Interdisciplinary Studies
ProgramGeneral Arts & Science
Academic and Professional Designations
  • ​Master of Arts
  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours)
  • Certificate of Teaching ESL Linguistics
  • Certificate of Liberal Arts
  • TESL Canada Standard 3 [Permanent]
Title Dean, School of Interdisciplinary Studies
​Program/School Portfolio
  • ​General Arts and Science Program (Diploma)
  • Technical Communication (Graduate Certificate)
  • Applied Research (Graduate Certificate)
  • Public Service (Graduate Certificate)
  • Teaching English as a Second Language (Graduate Certificate)
Areas of Expertise & Interest
  • ​English literature – post-colonial studies; Indigenous literature; Bakhtin specialist
  • Second language acquisition – English language assessment (IELTS, TOEFL, TOEIC, MELAB, CLB, Cambridge suite of exams)
  • Post-secondary transfer credit systems
Industry Experience, Professional Currency Activities
  • ​25 years as faculty (undergraduate and graduate level): English literature, communications, philosophy, mythology, art history, history, ESL.
  • 17 years as academic administrator: Director of Adult Education, Chair, Dean.
  • Currently trainer for IELTS Examiners in the Western hemisphere
Major Research Projects, Scholarly Activities, and/or Publications


  • English Proficiency in College Students (International, Generation 1.5, Standard English as a Second Dialect, and Native Speakers) from First Semester to Diploma Completion – expected publication in November 2020
Additional InformationShawn enjoys working with faculty and administrative areas in the development of non-traditional modalities of education delivery (e.g. online, hybrid, hyflex, modular/block). He is also passionate about improved post-secondary transfer credit systems and works with various organizations (college articulation committees, BCCAT, and ONCAT) on this front.