Interview with a Professor

Getting to Know Redeemer's Faculty

By: Helana Mulder, reporter

Professor’s name: Murray Stiller

Department: Media and Communications

How did you come to Redeemer?

I came to Redeemer by a series of coincidental events connected by the time in my life and different people. I have taught at a lot of universities and have been involved in building a very substantial film program in Western Canada which connects students to the film industry, business opportunities, studios, and unions. I was quite well known out there but was frustrated in some of the quality of work. There’s not a lot of room for conversation about making meaningful media. When I came here and offered to help where I could and asked to participate more, it just felt like the right thing to do.

How long have you been teaching at Redeemer?

Last year I taught part-time, and this year I’m teaching full time. Last year I flew back and forth from British Columbia two or three times a month, but this year I just go home for one week a month.

Where are you from?

I grew up in Southern Ontario, just north of Toronto. I went out to British Columbia when I was younger and attended Trinity Western University. I got married, had kids, and stayed out there, but I come back to Ontario fairly regularly.

What’s your favourite thing about Redeemer?

I was drawn to Redeemer because of the community the way the school has set up the university for students to learn to care for each other. The dedication of students to each other and their studies and the eagerness of students to do well is great to see.

If there was a movie about your life, what genre would it be and who would play you?

I would be obliged to say, Ben Stiller, because everyone asks if I’m related to him. It would be a satirical comedy that makes fun of everything, including and particularly, myself.

What is your favourite song/album or who is your favourite artist at the moment?

I’m a Rush fan through and through, along with Oscar Emmanuel Peterson and the Tragically Hip. I’m as Canadian as they come.

Favourite pizza topping?

Things that aren’t good for you. Spicy meat.