Obituary of Professor Stephen Evans of ENGL

20 March 2017

It is with great sadness we write to inform you that our dear colleague and friend, Prof Stephen Evans from the Department of English, has passed away. He died peacefully Thursday, 16 March 2017, surrounded by his close family. 

Stephen Evans was an extremely dedicated, hard-working and conscientious academic. He was a brilliant scholar and teacher, as well as a much-loved mentor for junior colleagues and students. Stephen joined PolyU on 4 September 1995, and since this day he worked enthusiastically, rigorously and meticulously on valuable research related to post-colonial Englishes, language policy and planning, English for academic purposes, business and professional communication, language education and English language teaching. His tremendous contribution to the field of applied linguistics lead to a successful and highly acclaimed international reputation as a leading expert in each of these research areas. He inspired everybody he worked with and his passion will continue through the work of colleagues, PhD students and all those who knew him. He was an extremely hard-working Associate Head of the Department and was awarded the Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2015/16 in recognition of his outstanding performance in teaching and his impressive scholarship on teaching and learning.

As a tribute to Stephen, the Department will be organizing a memorial to celebrate the life and enormous contribution made by Stephen to teaching, research and scholarship. We will inform you at a later date of the details. 

In the meantime, we would like to collect stories about Stephen’s passion and achievements, perhaps as a way to bring some comfort and pride to his family. If you have any photos, memories or words you would like to share of Stephen, please send them asap to Mark Nartey or Jeff Shi at:
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We would like to express our sincere gratitude for Stephen’s dedicated service to the Faculty, the Department and the University. We would also like to extend our condolences to his wife Kerry and his daughter Sarah, as well as to other members of the family.

The Department, Faculty and University honour his memory as an outstanding scholar, wonderful teacher and generous colleague. 

On behalf of the Faculty of Humanities and the Department of English,

Chu Hung-lam (Dean, FH) and Hans Ladegaard (Head, ENGL)