Faculty Associates

CLT Faculty Associates are faculty members who have a passion for teaching and learning and who seek to take on an educational leadership role at Dalhousie.

Faculty Associates champion teaching and learning initiatives, projects, or interests that resonate both with them personally and with the specific disciplinary teaching needs of their Faculty or our wider university community.  They may also engage in leading some CLT programs and services.  In this way, Associates provide additional depth and connection to the work of the Centre and can be supported where necessary by the CLT team and other Faculty Associates.

CLT Faculty Associates provide a conduit between the central unit of the Centre for Learning and Teaching and the teaching and learning endeavours within their Faculty or beyond.  As an informal advisory group, Associates are well-positioned to inform the work of CLT by conveying the teaching and learning needs of a Faculty to CLT, while CLT is able to share Centre activities with them to increase opportunities for other faculty to learn about CLT services and about institutional policies and procedures.

For more information about the CLT Faculty Associates, please contact Suzanne Le-May Sheffield, Executive Director (Acting), Centre for Learning and Teaching: Suzanne.Le-May.Sheffield@dal.ca.


Lindsay McNiff, MA, MI 
Learning & Instruction Librarian
Dalhousie Libraries
Email: lindsay.mcniff@dal.ca
Phone: 902-494-4460


Rebecca H. Affoo
, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, SLP-Reg, SLP(C) (She/Her/Hers)
Assistant Professor, School of Communication Sciences and Disorders, Faculty of Health
Cross Appointed, School of Dental Hygiene, Faculty of Dentistry
Healthy Populations Institute Flagship Project Co-Lead, Putting ‘Oral Health is Health’ into Action
Email: Rebecca.Affoo@dal.ca

Dr. Rebecca Affoo is a Speech-Language Pathologist and an Assistant Professor in the School of Communication Sciences and Disorders in the Faculty of Health. She is passionate about the scholarship of teaching and learning and implementing evidence-based education.

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

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
Phone: 902-494-7112

Marion Brown, PhD, RSW (she/her)
Associate Dean Academic | Faculty of Health
Associate Professor | School of Social Work

Marion Brown is Associate Professor at the School of Social Work and Associate Dean Academic in the Faculty of Health, responsible for strategic leadership and support for program and curriculum development, implementation, evaluation, and continuous improvement for academic and scholarly innovation; initiatives related to the scholarship of teaching and learning including faculty development; project lead for operationalization of university policy on Holistic Evaluation of Teaching; and coordinator for two Faculty of Health-wide Communities of Practice – one for Inclusive Advising and one for Culturally Responsive Pedagogy and Universal Design. As an educator Marion utilizes critical pedagogies, weaving analyses of power, discourse, and advocacy into politicized teaching and learning processes. She has expertise in qualitative research methods, particularly constructivist grounded theory, narrative, and participatory action methodologies, with skills in in-depth interviewing and focus group data generation.

Laura Cumming, CA, CPA, MBA, BEd
University Teaching Fellow
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


Joy Galloway-Jones, M.A. Ed
Instructor, Faculty of Agriculture
Manager of WIL Programs, Educational Change Facilitator & WUSC Advisor
Email: Joy.Galloway-Jones@dal.ca

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

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.

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.

Eric Poitras, PhD (he/him)
Assistant Professor
Computer Science | CSEd Research Cluster
Email: eric.poitras@dal.ca

Dr. Poitras is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Computer Science at Dalhousie University. He is a learning scientist for the Faculty's Computer Science Education Research cluster initiative. His work focuses on introductory programming skills acquisition and the role of self-regulation in problem solving with technology-rich learning environments. 

Raghav V. Sampangi, PhD
Instructor | Faculty of Computer Science
Email: raghav@cs.dal.ca
Phone: 902-494-7849

Laurel Schut (she/her)
Instructor | College of Sustainability
Email: laurel.schut@dal.ca

Laurel Schut is an Instructor at the College of Sustainability, teaching within the interdisciplinary Environment, Sustainability and Society program. She teaches undergraduate courses focused on food systems and sustainability, conflict management, and environmental decision making. Her service activities within the College include hosting an annual curriculum workshop, co-developing undergraduate sustainability certificate offerings, and holistic curriculum mapping for the Environment, Sustainability and Society program. Laurel is also a Member at Large on Dalhousie’s Academic Quality Team (AQT). With an interest in exploring the connections (and tensions) between faculty wellbeing and teaching effectiveness, Laurel’s contributions as a CLT Faculty Associate focus on teaching and wellbeing.

Ben Tait, PhD, MCCT
Instructor| School of Health Administration
Email: ben.tait@dal.ca
Phone: 902-494-7097

Ben is an Instructor of the School of Health Administration, a member of the Faculty of Health's Growing the Garden of Teaching and Learning team, and is leading a STLHE project to create early and mid-career Canadian teaching awards.  At Dalhousie, Ben has been part of a team looking into how we orientate folks to the University, with a particular focus on teaching and learning practice.  Ben's PhD focused on interdisciplinary approaches to the assessment of performance, and he has a long term interest in developing effective teachers.  He created the UK's Write the Girl project, a nationwide writing partnership for young women, and is a Founding Member of the UK's Chartered College of Teaching.  

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