Alumni Profiles

Since the beginning of the MAIH in the fall of 2005, our alumni have experienced success in their subsequent endeavours. MAIH Alumni have done well at various activities, including doctoral studies, career advancement, and employment procurement. Here is a sample of some of the accomplishments our alumni have achieved:

Anna Beresford:  After completing her MAIH (Philosophy stream) degree in 2017, Anna took up doctoral studies in the School of Environment, Resources and Sustainability at the University of Waterloo, supported by a four-year $100,000 grant, an Ontario Graduate Scholarship for 19-20 ($15,000) and a President’s Scholarship ($5,000).  Recently, she won a Mitacs Globalink Research Award to do six months of field work/research in Shetland and Orkney UK based out of the University of Aberdeen.

Richard Bergen: After earning his MAIH (English stream) in 2014, Richard received a SSHRC doctoral scholarship and began doctoral studies at the University of British Columbia.  He is now a doctoral candidate at UBC in his final year of study. 

Katharine Bubel:  Katharine graduated from the MAIH (English stream) in the fall of 2009.  She subsequently earned her Ph.D. at the University of Victoria, supported by a SSHRC doctoral scholarship.  She is currently an Assistant Professor of English at TWU, specializing in American literature and ecocriticism.

Leah Cameron:  Following the completion of her MAIH (English Stream) in 2015, which was supported by a SSHRC, Leah continues to publish and present on subjects such as theopoetics, poetry and music and theological aesthetics. She taught Academic Writing at Columbia Bible College for 3 years and is currently teaching Writing, Introductory English and Foundations at TWU. This is in conjunction with teaching voice in her own Music Studio, as well as fitness classes/yoga at local facilities.

Sydney Harker: Sydney completed her SSHRC-funded MAIH (History stream) in May 2018. She is currently a doctoral student in History, specializing in gender and colonial studies, at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario where her studies are supported by a SSHRC doctoral scholarship.

Mary Jane Helder: Mary Jane, a high school teacher, graduated with her MAIH degree in 2017, after completing her major research paper on the writings of Jane Austen and Charlotte Brontë.  She is currently on the faculty of Credo Christian High School, where she teaches English, Literary Studies, and French.

Laura Van Dyke:  After graduating from the MAIH program (English stream) in August 2011, Laura was awarded a SSHRC doctoral scholarship and earned her doctorate in English from the University of Ottawa.  She is currently teaching in the Department of English and Creative Writing at TWU.

Daniel Worden: Daniel graduated from the MAIH program with honors in the fall of 2010.  Upon the inception of the program, he chose a history stream with a concentration in early Church history.  Daniel completed a doctorate at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland in 2016, researching, writing, and tutoring at St. Mary's College, the University's Divinity School. The University of St. Andrews awarded him the Donald M. Baillie scholarship for theology in conjunction with a generous stipend for living expenses.  Daniel began teaching part-time at TWU in 2018, while continuing to serve in a home ministry in Lynden, WA (USA) that supports widows and orphans.

Ariel Little: Ariel Little completed her SSHRC-funded M.A.I.H. (English stream) in the Fall of 2018, specializing in the works of Louisa May Alcott, L. M. Montgomery, and Frances Hodgson Burnett. Shortly thereafter she took up a position as an English instructor at Thompson Rivers University. In 2020, she commenced her doctoral studies in English at the University of British Columbia, where her studies are supported by a SSHRC doctoral scholarship.

Sandee Volkenant: Sandee is an engaged high school teacher in the Langley School District where she teaches English, Philosophy, and Psychology. She was a part-time student in the History-stream MAIH, successfully completing her degree in 2019. Her MA work continues to inform and enhance her work as a teacher.