A native of Drogheda, County Louth, Stephen has taught at university level since 2002 and with study abroad students since 2005. He read for a Master of Arts in English (Creative Writing) at Queens University Belfast and a Bachelor of Arts at Dublin City University, where he was nominated for the Bank of Ireland Millennium Scholarship Award. In recent years, he has continued his studies at the Centre for Teaching and Learning, University College Dublin.
A specialist in small group facilitation, Stephen has taught on several study abroad programs and in October 2012 was named IES Abroad Instructor of the Year. Focusing on the creative arts in Ireland, in particular, writing and photography, he has a passion for mentoring students in all aspects of their study abroad experience.
Stephen writes short fiction and poetry and has been shortlisted for awards including the Hennessy New Irish Writing Award and The Fish Short Story Prize. His work has been published in several creative writing journals and anthologies including New Soundings: An Anthology of New Writing from the North of Ireland, published by Blackstaff Press in 2004.
A keen photographer, Stephen was awarded the distinction of Licentiateship of the Irish Photographic Federation (LIPF) in 2011. He loves to ride his bicycle and has travelled extensively in Europe, the USA, Australia, Asia and the Caribbean.