Meet our Staff

 

EDUCATIONAL DEVELOPMENT STAFF

Brad Wuetherick
Executive Director
Tel: (902) 494-6646 | Email: brad.wuetherick@dal.ca

I am Dalhousie’s Executive Director, Learning and Teaching.  In addition to overseeing the Centre for Learning and Teaching, I serve as a member of the senior team in the Office of the Provost and Vice-President (Academic) with responsibility for supporting teaching and learning, and championing the adoption of evidence-based practices in teaching and learning, across the institution.

My research focuses on several aspects of higher education teaching and learning.  In particular, I have been involved with several projects on undergraduate research and the development of research skills at the undergraduate level, equity and student success (in particular looking at indigenous student success and pathways into research), threshold concepts, the scholarship of teaching and learning, faculty attitudes and practices in teaching and learning, academic development, academic analytics, and educational technologies. Over the past seven years since I came to Dalhousie, I have been a co-investigator on ~$4.65 million in externally funded grants, I have published 20 articles/book chapters, and presented more than 80 invited or peer-reviewed keynotes/conference presentations/workshops across Canada, the US, Europe, the Middle East, and Australia.

I have served previously as the VP for Canada on the Board of the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, as the Chair for SoTL on the Board of the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, and as a member of the editorial boards for both the Canadian Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning and the International Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. Prior to coming to Dalhousie, I spent time as the Program Director of the Gwenna Moss Centre for Teaching Effectiveness at the University of Saskatchewan as well as holding several positions at the University of Alberta in the areas of undergraduate research, educational development, student services, and continuing education.  

I can also be found on twitter @bwuetherick or on Research Gate (https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Brad_Wuetherick).  

Suzanne Le-May Sheffield, PhD
Director
Tel: (902) 494-1894 | Email: suzanne.le-may.sheffield@Dal.Ca

As the Director of the Centre, I provide leadership in the day-to-day work of the Centre, leading and contributing to various projects, programs and initiatives within the Centre, as well as working at the institutional level on various committees to foster effective teaching and learning.   I have been an educational developer with the Centre since 2002.  I am a recipient of the 2016 Dalhousie Professional and Managerial Group’s Award for Outstanding Achievement. I am currently an Associate Editor (North America), for the International Journal for Academic Development

I have been active on a variety of national level committees through the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (STLHE) and the Educational Developers Caucus (EDC). I am currently a member of the EDC Accreditation Review Committee.  My research, in the context of the scholarship of teaching and learning and the scholarship of educational development, has included investigations on the teaching development of graduate students, women in academe, the development of educational developers, the impact of informal faculty conversations on their teaching, and educational developers well-being.

After graduating with a Phd in history in 1997 from York University, I taught Modern British History and the History of Science for seven years at York University and at Dalhousie University and during that time published two books and a couple of articles in my area of specialty, women in science.

Nataliya Bukhanova, MD, PhD
Educational Developer (eLearning)
Tel: (902) 494-1622 | Email: nbukhanova@dal.ca

I am an Instructional Designer working as a part of a team to help move face-to-face Dalhousie courses into online environment. Prior to that, I worked in different educational settings developing a variety of e-learning courses for the learners with different learning background, needs and skills, from basic English language courses to highly technical projects for DND and internationally trained MDs. My interests in e-learning include cultural adaptation of online courses, accessibility and technology use.

Kate Crane, MA
Educational Developer (eLearning)
Email: kt677550@dal.ca

Tereigh Ewert
Senior Educational Developer (Diversity and Inclusivity)
Tel: (902) 494-3808 | Email: tereigh.ewert@dal.ca

As the Educational Developer (Diversity and Inclusivity), I collaborate with faculty and instructional staff to create inclusive relationships, curricula, content, assessment, activities, and environments. I work in partnership with individuals and groups to best situate inclusive pedagogy within their disciplinary context(s), within the Dalhousie culture, and within the far broader social context where we work, study, and teach.

I come to the Dalhousie community from the University of Saskatchewan, where I worked for 17 years in educational development applying anti-racist, anti-oppressive, and critical pedagogies to my work. I had the privilege of co-developing an intensive program that advanced knowledge and understanding of Indigenous peoples, histories, world views, and ways of knowing. I have co-developed graduate student teacher courses, and faculty courses on teaching.

My research interests are diverse, but I am particularly drawn to Indigenization, inclusive teaching and assessment, intercultural development, intersectionality, and mental health and illness (and the cultural lenses through which mental health is constructed).

I am also a Qualified Administrator of the Intercultural Development Inventory, and am an Instructional Skills Workshop facilitator.

Bianca Goree, BSc, BEd, MBA Candidate
Educational Developer (eLearning)
Tel: (902) 494-1622 | Email: bgoree@dal.ca

I am a technology education professional with over ten years of experience developing, supporting and delivering online education within the corporate sector. I have developed numerous e-learning courses, online learning paths, hands-on virtual application training, online webinars/workshops, and interactive videos for on-demand consumption. I have expertise in generating a full end to end curriculum consumed and delivered through online channels.

I am currently working with the Center for Learning and Teaching to assist in instructional design and e-learning support for instructors and professors, as they attempt to move courses online for the spring/summer term.

Les T. Johnson, PhD
Educational Developer (eLearning)
eLearning Team Lead
Email: lestjohnson@dal.ca

In my role, I consult with faculty around their online courses and programs—both individually or at the program, department, or Faculty levels. I also serve as a resource for instructional design best practices, provide consultations around accessibility and Universal Design for Learning, and work with faculty/instructors to ensure effective integration of educational technologies.

In addition to educational development, I teach online, blended, and face-to-face courses in the social foundations of education, online teaching, and LGBT+, gender, and women’s studies. My scholarly interests include pedagogy in online courses, qualitative research methods, and transgender identity development.

Susan Joudrey, PhD
Senior Educational Developer (Curriculum)
Tel: (902) 494-1224 | Email: sjoudrey@dal.ca

As the Senior Educational Developer (Curriculum) I support faculty members and academic departments and programs in the area of curriculum design and development. I’m available for individual consultations, as well as department and faculty-specific workshops or retreats. I possess over five years of experience as an Educational Developer and have fulfilled the roles of Acting Director and developer in teaching and learning centres at other Canadian universities. Over the course of my career I’ve collaborated with faculty members, teaching assistants, and graduate students in the area of teaching and learning including course (re)design, curriculum mapping, program renewal, active learning, assessment techniques, and generational learning differences. In addition to my Educational Development work, I’ve taught history and cultural studies courses with a focus on nineteenth and twentieth century identity construction. My research areas within higher education and history include holistic program design, decolonization, colonial representations and expectations of indigeneity, uses of visuality in research and teaching, and place/space and memory. 

Betsy Keating, PhD (on leave)
Educational Developer (Faculty)
Faculty Certificate Program Coordinator
Tel: (902) 494-4126 | Email: betsy.keating@dal.ca

I work with faculty members to support individual teaching practice and professional development in teaching and learning. Whether you’re an experienced instructor exploring alternate teaching methods, you’re designing or refining a course, or you’re new to post-secondary instruction, I can offer support and resources. I’m available for individual or group consultations and offer presentations, workshops, or retreats tailored to your Faculty/Department/School/Group’s needs. In collaboration with CLT staff members and faculty associates, I oversee the Faculty Certificate in Teaching and Learning Program.

Prior to joining Dalhousie, I worked in educational development at the University of Windsor. I’m an active member of the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, the Educational Developers Caucus, and a member of the Executive Committee for TAGSA (Teaching Assistant and Graduate Student Advancement). In addition to educational development, I studied English literature and composition and taught academic writing for a few years. My research interests include cognition and learning in higher education, the scholarship of teaching and learning, course design, communities of practice, writing across the curriculum, and the effects of instructor approach on student learning.

Adrienne Lucas, MA MEd
Educational Developer (eLearning)
Tel: (902) 494-1622 | Email: adrienne.lucas@dal.ca

As a member of the eLearning Team, I consult with faculty members and sessional instructors, to assist them in developing pedagogical and best-practice systems for teaching and learning online using educational technologies.  I have been engaged in this work since 1998 in various capacities and retired in 2015 from CLT.

This is my second, limited-term return to work at CLT since retirement.  I am excited about the current opportunities and to be able to draw on my skillset to support the eLearning Team and faculty members/sessionals across campus.

Jill Marie McSweeney-Flaherty, PhD
Educational Developer (Scholarship of Teaching & Learning | Classroom Spaces, Interim Graduate Students)
Tel: (902) 494-4300 | Email: jill.mcsweeney@dal.ca

Adjunct Status with the School of Health and Human Performance

My portfolio focuses on both classroom research and design, where I focus on understanding and promoting the use of active learning spaces in higher education, and the support the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning at Dalhousie. My doctoral research provides evidence-based and socio-ecological lens to my work, where I focus on integrating a student-centric foci when examining learning spaces. I currently support students, staff, and instructors looking to engage in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) or applying scholarly approaches to their teaching. My research interests include the impact of learning spaces|places on the social, cognitive, and physical wellbeing of students and instructors; the teaching practices of millennial instructors; the scholarship of educational development (SoED); mixed method in higher education research; understanding the robustness and quality of SoTL work; and applying a socio-ecological lens to higher education. I currently teach the Certificate in University Teaching and Learning’s graduate-level course CNLT 5000: Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, and the studio course Scholarly Teaching vs the Scholarship of Teaching.

Anna Meer, HBcomm, MEd
Educational Developer (eLearning)
Email: AMeer@dal.ca

Prior to joining CLT, I worked for the Ontario Public Service for a decade in corporate services, policy analysis, project management, and consulting and hold a Honors Bachelor of Commerce in Finance and Accounting. Since graduating from McGill University with a MEd in 2015, I have held roles in quality assurance, educational development, curriculum mapping, program review, instructional design, and in teaching and learning scholarship for university and colleges in Alberta, Ontario, and Nova Scotia. I have experience in providing a full suite of services in analysis, design, development, implementation, and evaluation. I am a coach and facilitator with newcomer and settlement agencies in Toronto and Northern Ontario and apply an inclusive and anti-oppressive lens not only in the pedagogical ecosystem but where we live, play, work and teach. I support both the FoM and the Centre of Teaching and Learning (CLT) in educational development and consultations; e-learning solutions research, analysis, and dissemination; and instructional design projects and course development. In my role, I collaborate with the members of the Dalhousie community (particularly faculty, instructors, and other instructional technologies support staff) to ensure online course and community spaces are augmented by educational technology to fulfill instructional needs and expectations campus-wide.

Robyn Moore, MA
Educational Developer (Students)
Email: robyn.moore@dal.ca

As an Educational Developer (Students), my portfolio focuses on teaching assistant and graduate student teaching development. I am a co-administrator of the Certificate in University Teaching and Learning (CUTL) and I facilitate the Micro-Teaching Short Course. I also support students through organizing and hosting workshops to support their professional development. Additionally, I enjoy writing for our FOCUS blog and you can find a selection of my work here.

I recently completed my Master of Arts in Health Promotion from Dalhousie University. In addition to my interest in teaching and learning in higher education, I am also passionate about mental health. My undergraduate degree was in Psychology and my master’s thesis explored mental illness and the experience of seeking employment.

Shazia Nawaz Awan, Ed.D.
Educational Developer (Internationalization & Intercultural Competency)
Email: shazia.awan@dal.ca

My role as the Educational Developer (Internationalization & Intercultural Competency) at the CLT involves working closely with the Senior Educational Developer (Diversity & Inclusivity) and the Educational Developer (Indigenization). The focus of my role is to work with faculty and departments to support the process of internationalization of curriculum and provide support to enhance intercultural communication through curriculum and classroom discourse.

I come with extensive experience in classroom teaching and professional development. I have worked with international faculty and students both at Dalhousie University and internationally, outside Canada.

I believe that internationalization is not just a goal to achieve; it is an integrated process to enhance the quality of higher education in the changing contexts of teaching and learning across the world.    

Peter Newbury, PhD
Educational Developer – CLT / Engineering
Email: peter.newbury@dal.ca

I’ve been supporting those who teach (and those who support teaching) for more than a dozen years, first as a Science Education Specialist with the Carl Wieman Science Education Initiative at UBC Vancouver, then as Associate Director of the Center for Teaching Development at UC San Diego, and most recently as Director of the Centre for Teaching and Learning at UBC Okanagan. I advocate for a “pedagogy first” approach following the backward design model - establishing learning outcomes, creating assessments that provide summative and formative feedback, and facilitating effective active learning strategies – and then selecting learning technologies that augment and enhance teaching and learning. My commitment to inclusive teaching is threaded throughout so that more students can be more successful.

I’m always happy chat about active learning classrooms, math, astronomy, #scicomm, data visualization, and building a personal learning network (PLN) on Twitter (you can find me at @polarisdotca.)

Chad O'Brien, MEd
Educational Developer (eLearning)
Tel: (902) 494-6792 | Email: chad.obrien@dal.ca

I am a part of the e-learning team working as an Instructional Designer for the Center for Learning and Teaching here at Dalhousie University.  I work with individuals, groups, departments and Faculties in multiple capacities to ensure that quality online teaching and best practices related to the use of technologies are well understood and properly implemented.  The focus is always on what constitutes good pedagogy, and how technology can facilitate and enrich the learning experience for students.  These goals are often achieved through workshops, training events, consultations and partnerships with various stakeholders.  

I have a grassroots background in teaching, starting my career in a classroom teaching Physics and English with nothing more than a textbook, chalk and chalkboard.  The augmentations to my own practice over the years have given me pragmatic insight into how technology can facilitate learning.  I promote the under-utilization of existing tools, and encourage the use of technology to overcome existing challenges. I also, on occasion, get to test and work on new concepts and technologies that test and push the barriers of pedagogical innovation.

Diane Obed, BSW, MA
Educational Developer (Indigenization)
Email: diane.obed@dal.ca

Diane is an Inuk (Inuit) woman from Nunatsiavut, Labrador, mixed with European settler ancestry.  Diane has lived and worked in K'jipuktuk (Halifax), Mi'kma'ki, for the past 18 years and has experience working with Indigenous youth and students, supporting the development of culturally responsive learning environments. Diane is in this role for a limited term.

Roberta SharpRoberta Sharp

Educational Developer (eLearning)
Email: roberta.sharp@dal.ca

I am an educational designer, part of the eLearning team, working to assist faculty and instructional staff in redesigning courses for the online environment. I have more than 15 years experience planning, delivering, and evaluating fully online and blended courses in the health sciences for both entry level and continuing education contexts. I strive to develop high quality courses that motivate learners and enable their success. I am particularly interested in how online course design can promote deep learning strategies and self evaluation skills.

I believe creating online courses is similar to rug hooking (one of my passions): make a design (be sure it fits the goal, people, place), carefully choose the components (colors, textures), arrange the components in an appealing way, ask for reaction and feedback, rip out the parts that don’t work, replace with bits that work better. Online courses are a work of art. 

I have recently joined the eLearning team at the Centre for Learning and Teaching to assist with the current challenge of moving most courses online due to COVID-19. 

Kate Thompson, PhD
Educational Developer (eLearning)
Email: thompskm@dal.ca

As an Educational Developer (eLearning), I consult with faculty and instructors with the goal of adapting their courses for online delivery. This consultation involves working with faculty to determine which educational technologies and pedagogical strategies can be applied to maximize student learning and retention. 

I completed the Certificate in University Teaching and Learning during my graduate degree at Dalhousie. My graduate work in cognitive psychology focused on memory, attention, and learning. I also have five years of instructional design experience during which I created computer-based and instructor-led training materials for various military clients. My educational philosophy centers around creating interactive and engaging learning experiences, as well as tailoring teaching and assessment strategies to the type of learning that needs to occur.

VISITING FELLOW

Heather A. Smith
Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Fellow
Professor of Global and International Studies
University of Northern British Columbia

Currently on leave, Smith is a Visiting Scholar in the Department of Political Science at Dalhousie University and a 2018 BCcampus Scholarly Teaching Fellow. She is the recipient of the 3M National Teaching Fellowship (2006), the Canadian Political Science Excellence in Teaching Award (2012), and a two time recipient of the UNBC Excellence in Teaching Award. She is also a Regional Vice-President Canada for the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (ISSOTL). In her most recent administrative position, she was the Director of the Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology at the University of Northern British Columbia (2012-2018).  Other past professional activities include: Co-Section Head, with Janice Newton for Canadian Political Science Association Teaching Workshop and Teaching and Learning Politics Section, (2011), Chair, Canadian Political Science Association Board of Directors subcommittee on developing a teaching award (2009) and Chair, International Studies Association Canada Professional Development Committee, (2009-2012).

Among her most recent publications are:  With Tracy Summerville “Can We Talk? Four Conversations We Need to Have about Teaching and Learning in Canadian Political Science” The Canadian Journal of Political Science, published online (April 2017) , pp. 263-279; with Angela Kehler, Roselynn Verwoord, and Heather Smith, “We are the Process: Reflections on the Underestimation of Power in Students as Partners in Practice” The International Journal of Students as Partners, (May 2017), Vol 1(1), available at: https://mulpress.mcmaster.ca/ijsap/article/view/3176/2759; Heather A. Smith “Unlearning: A Messy and Complex Journey with Canadian Foreign Policy” International Journal, (2017), Vol. 72(2) 203–216. 


ADMINISTRATION

Fami Mawla
SRI Student Assistant
fami@dal.ca

Fami is a computer science co-op student working as the SRI student assistant for the Fall 2020 term. He will be working on various projects related to the SRIs and also helping support the university community with all their SRI needs. 

 

Jake Nissen
Videographer
Email: jake.nissen@dal.ca

I am the Centre's videographer and my job is to assist programs within the university with all their video needs that may arise throughout the year with regard to communicating lessons and labs with students and faculty.

I am a graduate of the Radio and Television Arts program at NSCC, I have spent the last 5 years doing freelance video work in the areas of sports, corporate story telling, end event livestreaming.

 
Lee Cai Pook Clendenning
Administrative and Operations Assistant
Email: leecai.pookclendenning@dal.ca
 

Michelle Soucy Rankin
Communications and Event Planning Officer
Tel: (902) 494-6641 | Email: michelle.soucy@Dal.Ca

I am responsible for the co-ordination of event management of the Centre's professional development conferences, orientations, and workshops, as well as all external events hosted on behalf of the Centre.  In addition to my event planning role, I am responsible of the administration for the Centre's Teaching and Learning programs; the University-wide Teaching Awards; the Teaching and Learning Grant Awards Programs, and other programs or events offered by the Centre.

I am responsible for the promotion and development of the Centre’s profile and public image, including maintaining and managing the Centre’s online presence and designing all promotional and communications materials.  

 
Bruno Roy, BA
Technical Administrator, Student Ratings of Instruction
Tel: (902) 494-2706 | Email: bruno.roy@dal.ca

Bruno Roy began his career at Dalhousie University in 1999, after graduating from Dalhousie with a Bachelor Degree in Sociology and Anthropology. Throughout this time, he has supported faculty with technical troubleshooting and computer-based projects. Currently, Bruno leads the institution's Student Ratings of Instruction team, and leads the implementation, processing and dissemination of the SRI evaluations and reports. He also supports the Centre with technical troubleshooting, as well as advise on and support equipment and technology.  In 2019, Bruno received the Blue Expert certification.
 
Amanda Ryerson
Office Manager (Interim)
aryerson@dal.ca 
 
 

FACULTY ASSOCIATES

Christian Blouin, PhD
Assoc. Professor
Centre for Genomics and Evolutionary Bioinformatics
Faculty of Computer Science AND
Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Tel: (902) 494-6702 | Email: cblouin@cs.dal.ca

Dr. Christian Blouin is an associate professor in the Faculty of Computer Science and in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. He is assisting Faculties, Schools and program directors to build curriculum maps. His work on curriculum mapping has given him the opportunity to work with a wide range of discipline, and help devise many plans to collect curricula information from a large number of instructors.
Kim Brooks
Professor of Law
Schulich School of Law
Tel: (902) 494-7112 | kim.brooks@dal.ca
Margie Clow Bohan, PhD
Manager
Dalhousie University Writing Centre
Tel: (902) 494-3379 | Email: c.bohan@Dal.ca

Laura Cumming, CA, CPA, MBA, BEd
Lecturer – Accounting
Rowe School of Business, Faculty of Management
Email: lcumming@dal.ca

Laura Cumming is an Accounting Lecturer in the Faculty of Management.  She has recently formed a Teaching Community of Practice in the FoM to encourage faculty to work together to address teaching and learning challenges and improve teaching quality.  Laura’s service activities within the Rowe School of Business include curriculum mapping for CPA Canada’s Professional Education Program, hosting teaching workshops, and sitting on a rapid task force to improve teaching quality.  She believes in the importance of experiential learning and strives to provide her students with opportunities to extend their learning with real world experiences.

Karen Gallant, PhD
Assistant Professor
Recreation and Leisure Studies
School of Health and Human Performance
Faculty of Health
Email: karen.gallant@dal.ca | Phone: (902) 494-1196

 

Gillian GassGillian Gass, PhD
University Teaching Fellow, Department of Biology
Tel: (902) 494-8445 | Email: gillian.gass@dal.ca

Dr. Gillian Gass is a University Teaching Fellow in the Department of Biology. She has many interests in science education that relate to her background in biology and the history of science, including the nature of science, conceptual change, accessibility, explanation, and laboratory and online learning. She has organized reading groups and workshops on teaching and learning, and enjoys talking about teaching with colleagues within science and beyond.

Susan Holmes
Professor
Dalhousie University
College of Continuing Education
Tel: (902) 494-6430 | Email: susan.holmes@dal.ca

Clifton Johnston, PhD
Department of Mechanical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering
Email: clifton.johnston@dal.ca
Phone: 902-494-8985

Dr. Clifton Johnston is an Associate Professor and NSERC Chair in Design Engineering in the Faculty of Engineering. His research is in the area of cardiovascular fluid mechanics, sports engineering and design theory, practice and education. Dr. Johnston is President of the Canadian Engineering Education Association.

Lindsay McNiff, MA, MI (on leave)
Learning & Instruction Librarian
Dalhousie Libraries
Tel: (902) 494-4460 | Email: lindsay.mcniff@dal.ca
Anne Marie Ryan, PhD
Senior Instructor, Earth Sciences Department
Cross-appointed: Environmental Science
Tel: (902) 494-3184 | Email: amryan@dal.ca

Dr. Anne Marie Ryan is a Senior Instructor in the Earth Sciences Department, with a cross-appointment in Environmental Science. Anne Marie has been working to build a community of teaching practice and support with early-career faculty in the Faculty of Science, and has given a variety of workshops on teaching strategies, questions, blended learning, and others through the Centre for Learning and Teaching. Anne Marie is also available for one-to-one consultations to discuss a variety of aspects regarding teaching and learning.
Raghav V. Sampangi, PhD
Instructor | Faculty of Computer Science
Faculty Associate | Centre for Learning and Teaching
Tel: (902) 494-7849 | Email: raghav@cs.dal.ca

Jennifer van Dommelen, PhD
Senior Instructor, Department of Biology
Faculty of Science
Email: jvandomm@dal.ca
Phone: 902 494-1584