Hi, I’m Joel. On this website, you can find information about my academic work and my writing for other non-academic venues. The stuff I write about tends to be related to human meaning-making endeavors — the things that interest me the most in this regard are language, music, religion, and love.

Academically, I’m an applied linguist who works in the orbits of writing, education, and sociolinguistics. I work in the Faculty of Education at Simon Fraser University; before that I taught and did my PhD in the Department of Language and Literacy Education at the University of British Columbia.  I mostly teach subjects related to writing, language, and applied linguistics.

I’m the author of Sects, Love, and Rock & Roll (Cascade Books, 2010) a not particularly serious book about the Christian rock music scene of the 1990s, and co-author of Perspectives on Teaching English at Colleges and Universities in China (TESOL Press, 2015). I’m currently one of the editors of the Canadian Journal for Studies in Discourse and Writing/Rédactologie.

I live in Vancouver, BC with my wife Sarah and our two sons. Thanks for visiting and keep in touch.