Robin Russell has been a faculty employee at Kwantlen Polytechnic University for 28 years, including 6 years at Douglas College/Kwantlen College. In that time, she has made significant contributions to the ESL profession and has distinguished herself as a dedicated, and passionate advocate for her students, her colleagues and her profession.
- Robin has held many leadership positions during her long career at Kwantlen including Co-Chair of the ELS Department from 2008 – 2011 and Chair from 1994-1995. She was also Chair of Kwantlen’s Education Council from 2000- 2001 and Vice-Chair from 1998-2000.
- Robin has played an active leadership role in ESL professional organizations. She was the Co-Chair of the BC TEAL annual conference in 2008 and was the Vice-President of BC TEAL in 2007 – 2008. She was on the planning committeee for BC TEAL Conference in 1994 and on the local organizing committee for TESOL in 1992.
- Robin has developed a specialisation in curriculum development, co-developing the Kwantlen Diploma in English Language Proficiency and contributing to the development of curricula for health professionals.
- Robin has been a popular and innovative ESL teacher for 28 years, and has developed an expertise in English for Health Professionals.
- Robin has presented numerous workshops locally and internationally, particularly regarding English for Health professionals.
- With funding from a Richmond Literacy Grant and a grant from the Ike Barber Foundation, Robin, with faculty from Kwantlen’s Learning Centre, Richmond Public Library staff and staff from Immigrant Services Society of B.C., implemented a peer-tutor self-access program in the Richmond Public Library based on the model currently used in Kwantlen’s Learning Centre (February 2010).