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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 management 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.

Prior to coming to Dalhousie, I served as the Program Director of the Gwenna Moss Centre for Teaching Effectiveness at the University of Saskatchewan (where I oversaw a team of educational developers, instructional designers, and curriculum developers, as well as taught several course for graduate students and faculty on teaching and learning in higher education).  Before that, I held several positions at the University of Alberta in the area of undergraduate research, educational development, student services, and continuing education.  

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, inquiry based learning, threshold concepts in the disciplines, the scholarship of teaching and learning, faculty attitudes and practices in teaching and learning, curriculum development and course design in higher education, academic development, academic analytics, and educational technologies (in particular e-portfolios and computer-assisted language learning).

In addition to my work here at Dalhousie, I am an Associate Member of the Centre for Higher Education Research and Evaluation at Lancaster University in the UK.  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.

For more information about me, please visit my online portfolio at: https://sites.google.com/site/bradwuetherick/home

Suzanne Le-May Sheffield, Ph.D.
Director
Tel: (902) 494-1894 | Email: Suzanne.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 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 and for the last three years I have been an adjudicator for the 3M National Student Fellowship.  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, lecture capture, developing educational developers, and the impact of informal faculty conversations on teaching innovation. I am on the Review Board of the journal Transformative Dialogues and am a reviewer for the Canadian Journal of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. I have been an educational developer with the Centre since 2002.  Having graduated with a Phd in history in 1997, 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.  I am a recipient of the 2016 Dalhousie Professional and Managerial Group’s Award for Outstanding Achievement. 

Jacob Fletcher
Graduate Teaching Associate
Email: Jacob.Fletcher@dal.ca

I am a MSc student in the Biology Department of Dalhousie. As Graduate Teaching Associate in the Centre for Learning and Teaching, I am responsible for the development of workshops and discussion sessions targeted toward students enrolled in the Certificate in University Teaching and Learning (CUTL) programme, and other Dalhousie graduate students with a passion for teaching and learning. I am also responsible for the coordination of the graduate student issue of the Centre for Learning and Teaching's Focus journal, which features student-written opinion and experience-based articles surrounding a selected theme. Additionally, I will be coordinating Dalhousie's annual TA Day in September, which consists of a variety of workshops and learning sessions targeted toward teaching assistants and other educators in the Dalhousie community.

My interests in higher education include diversity and equality in teaching, and the evolution of education methods through the use of new teaching technologies, professional development and personal growth as an educator.

Susan Joudrey, Ph.D.
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, B.A., M.A., Doctoral Candidate
Educational Developer (Faculty)
Tel: 902.494.4126 | Email: Betsy.Keating@dal.ca

As the Educational Developer (Faculty), I’ll be working to support teaching and learning at Dalhousie by offering assistance and resources to those who wish to refine their teaching, design or update courses, and/or explore alternate teaching methods. Through the CLT, and in collaboration with various faculty and departmental partners, I’ll be offering programs, workshops, and courses as well as meeting individually with faculty members.

Prior to joining the Centre for Learning and Teaching at Dalhousie, I worked part-time as an Educational Developer and taught part-time in the English department at the University of Windsor.

My research interests include cognition and learning in higher education, TA community building and leadership, the scholarship of teaching and learning, feedback and assessment methods, the effects of instructor approach on student learning, writing across the curriculum, and British and Canadian literature. 

Jill Marie McSweeney, PhD
Educational Developer (Graduate Students)
Tel: 902-494-4300 | Email: jill.mcsweeney@dal.ca

As an Educational Developer (Graduate Students), I focus on supporting graduate students and post-doctoral fellows in their roles as teaching assistants, lab demonstrators, markers, instructors and future faculty members. Part of my role at the Centre is working closely with individual students to help them develop and evolve their teaching identities and to create a community of practice and mentorship. I am involved in a variety of programmes that focus on providing professional development for graduate students, and am the Program Administrator for the Teaching Assistant Enrichment Program and the Certificate in University Teaching and Learning. I have a variety of educational development interests, with focus on reflective and contemplative practices and pedagogy, flipped classrooms, graduate student mentorship, imposter syndrome, and student-faculty partnerships.  I am also continuing my doctoral research on the integration of nature into indoor environments, by examining the impact of the physical environment in learning spaces, and how we can begin to conceptualize classrooms as learning places. I am available for consultations with departments and Faculties for graduate-specific teaching and learning workshops. I am also the editor of the Centre's newsletter, Focus  on University Teaching and Learning.

Findlay Muir (On Leave)
Educational Developer (Classroom Planning and Multimedia)
Tel: 494-8450 | Email: Findlay.Muir@Dal.Ca

 

eLearning Team

Saira Akhtar-Alwazeer, MSc
Instructional Designer
Tel: 902-494-3634 | Email: sr867570@dal.ca

As an Instructional Designer I support the design and development of courses and materials for fully online or blended formats, ensuring that conceptual and practical implementation of design for learning is informed by effective pedagogic principles. I can facilitate a range of workshops and am available for individual consultations to promote the effective use of technology to enhance and enrich student learning and to support teaching. I can also assist in the development of innovative approaches to teaching, learning and assessment practice.

Krista Mallory, MAEd, TBDL(MET) (On Leave)
Instructional Designer
Tel: (902) 494-6828 | Email: Krista.Mallory@dal.ca

As an Instructional Designer and member of the elearning team at the Centre, I work with faculty to design and develop blended and online learning environments that facilitate learning and engage students.  Using elearning design principles I assist instructors to determine the most relevant mix of technologies and tools for their class.  I also develop and facilitate workshops on blended and online learning design.

Chad O'Brien, MEd (On Secondment)
Instructional Designer
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.
Adrienne Sehatzadeh
Instructional Designer
Tel: (902) 494-6828 | Email: Adrienne.Sehatzadeh@dal.ca


Administration

Lilli Cromwell
Reception and Budget Assistant
Tel: (902) 494-1622 | Email: Lilli.Cromwell@Dal.ca

Michelle Soucy, BA
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 Certificate in University Teaching and Learning; 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.  I design and coordinate the final production of CLT's Focus on University Teaching and Learning newsletter.

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

I am the SRI (Student Ratings of Instruction) Technical Administrator. I am responsible for the implementation, processing and dissemination of the Student Ratings of Instruction evaluations and reports. I also am the technical support person for the Centre for Learning and Teaching. In this role, I advise on and support any equipment and or technology in the Centre.

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: 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.

Susan Holmes
Professor
Dalhousie University
College of Continuing Education
Tel: 902-494-6430 | Email: Susan.holmes@dal.ca
Lindsay McNiff, MA, MI
Learning & Instruction Librarian
Dalhousie Libraries
Tel: 902-494-4460 | Email: lindsay.mcniff@dal.ca

Nancy Pitts, Ph.D., P.Ag.
Associate Professor, Analytical Food Chemistry
Faculty of Agriculture
Tel: 902-893-6621 | nancy.pitts@dal.ca

Nancy Pitts has three  degrees in agricultural science and food chemistry as well as two mid-career degrees in education (B.Ed., M.Ad.Ed). Over the last couple of decades she has used this combination of expertise and professoinal interest to inform both her teaching (first year chemistry, senior food science courses and graduate courses) as well as her international development activities  with other colleges and universities globally. She has recently taken on the role of Educational Change Facilitator at the Fauclty of Agriculture in addition to her teaching and scholarly activity. In this role she will champion educational change that supports student learning and innovation.

“My personal conviction that good teaching is important has led me to explore scholarly activity in pedagogy and adult education”.
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