Tyler has a PhD in English (Western University), an MA in Interdisciplinary Studies (Western University), and a BA in English (University of Victoria). A specialist in Writing Studies, he teaches undergraduate courses in academic writing and academic skills and works one-on-one with students and faculty at the Robert Gillespie Academic Skills Centre. Tyler has held a number of administrative positions at UTM, including Coordinator of the Writing Development Initiative and the Director of the RGASC. He is currently the Associate Director, Research at the Institute for the Study of University Pedagogy.
Tyler’s current research interests include writing transfer, writing assessment, university transition, Writing across the Curriculum (WAC), and discourse analysis. In 2014/2015, he was appointed as a visiting scholar at the University of Johannesburg in South Africa working at the Academic Development Centre where he conducted research on the relationship between the discourse of academic writing instruction and the growth of English as an International Language. He is currently a Research Associate at the University of Dar es Salaam (UDSM) in Tanzania where he is collaborating with Communication Studies faculty on a longitudinal research project studying the impact of mandatory first-year Communication Skills courses and consulting on the development of Tanzania’s first university writing centre. He has published in academic journals including Discourse & Writing, The Canadian Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, the International Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, Across the Disciplines, and the Journal of College Student Retention.
In his spare time, Tyler enjoys going on outback canoe trips, listening to live music, and travelling.