PhD Spanish & Latin American Studies U of A (2018)
Dr. Stephen Cruikshank has an eclectic educational background that began teaching in English and Spanish high school classrooms, led to international studies in Cuba and Brazil, and graduate programs in both Victoria and Edmonton specializing in language instruction, comparative literatures, literary theory, and Latin American culture. He has taught over 14 different undergraduate courses across different universities, presented conference papers in the U.S., Canada, and Cuba and was a SSHRC doctoral fellow for his research on the remediation of gender and racial stereotypes in Cuban artistic expressions.
An advocate for efficacy in literary studies, Dr. Cruikshank's English instruction aims to connect students to the value of literature in their own life narratives and pursuits. He encourages a connection between the literatures we read and the futures that we imagine for ourselves. His language instruction as Kings targets a task-based approach where students engage with the language rather than simply reproduce it. On his spare time, he enjoys community building with his friends, family, and church, snowboarding in the Rockies whenever he gets the chance, writing poetry, and playing the guitar.