Fil-Canadian May Farrales, 1st Filipino tenured professor at Simon Fraser University

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May Farrales
May Farrales is an alumna of Simon Fraser University Class of 1997. Photo from Jeepney Cafe.

Filipino-Canadian May Farrales has been given tenure as a professor at Simon Fraser University (SFU), the first Filipino to be given the post at the prestigious educational institution in Canada.

Dr. Farrales begins her post as Assistant Professor in Urban Social Change, cross-appointed with the Department of Gender Sexuality and Women’s Studies, effective August 1, 2020.

The SFU alumna received her appointment as a tenure-track professor on July 9.

The Fil-Canadian academic community greeted Farrales’ appointment with pride for a fellow Filipino who will be holding the permanent position at a prominent university.

“Having an institutional home at SFU will enable Dr. Farrales to continue doing this work and to grow in exciting directions,” said Asst. Professor John Paul Catungal of the University of British Columbia.

SFU stated that the Filipino professor will teach courses on migration and Queer geographies in the Department of Geography.

Dr. Farrales, who came from a family of educators, was born and raised in Vancouver, Canada to Filipino parents Lydia, a former teacher in the Philippines, and Emmanuel, her chemist father.

The full-blooded Filipino professor holds a Ph.D. in Geography from UBC and recently completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Northern British Columbia in Prince George.

The dissertation of Farrales sketches out how gender and sexual paradigms in the Philippines are brought to Canada through labor migration and are re-scripted in relation to racial, gender, and sexual regimes.

Dr. Farrales is also the assistant managing editor of ACME: An International Journal for Critical Geographies.

More Pinoys are being recognized in the field of academics abroad including University of the Philippines alumna Luisa Igloria who has been named Poet Laureate of Virginia in the United States.

Lory Cainila, a teacher at C. Elizabeth Rieg Regional School, received the Excellence of Education Award in Bowie, Maryland, USA.

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