Dr. Erika Kustra, Director, Centre for Teaching and Learning
Dr. Erika Kustra joined the University of Windsor as the Director of Teaching and Learning Development, Centre for Teaching and Learning in 2008. She is the Chair of the Canadian Educational Developers Caucus (EDC), on the Board for the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education's (STLHE), and has been in educational development for over 20 years, beginning part-time in 1997, full-time in 1999. Erika completed her post-doctoral work in physiological psychology at McMaster University, and was an educational developer in the Centre for Leadership in Learning there for ten years. She has taught university-level small and large classes with undergraduates, graduates and faculty using a variety of active learning methods including discussions, inquiry and problem-based learning, labs, and demonstrations. She co-authored guides on Leading Effective Discussions, Learning Outcomes Assessment and Educational Developer’s Portfolio; and publishes on the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, educational development, and teaching culture. She is leading a multi-institutional SSHRC grant exploring teaching culture. Erika was part of a collaborative team that won the Alan Blizzard Teaching Award, and has received the Leadership Award at the University of Windsor.
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Timothy Au-Yeung, Online Learning Systems Administrator
Tim Au-Yeung is the Online Learning Systems Administrator for the University of Windsor. He is responsible for the administration and configuration of the Blackboard Learn System used at the University of Windsor. He holds a Bachelor of Education and Bachelor of Mathematics from the University of Windsor. He is also a licensed teacher in the province of Ontario.
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Dr. Pierre Boulos, Learning Specialist
Pierre joined the CTL in 2008 as a Learning Specialist and coordinator of the University Teaching Certificate. He also holds the position of Special Advisor, Internationalization and Education in the UWindsor Research Ethics Board. He is also a faculty member in the Argumentation Studies PhD Program. Pierre is the President of the International History, Philosophy, and Science Teaching group. His disciplinary research is in argumentation, logic, and philosophy of science. Pierre has published in the scholarship of teaching and learning, research ethics, history and philosophy of science, and argumentation studies.
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Laura Chittle, GATA Network Coordinator
Laura Chittle is the GATA Network Coordinator where she is responsible for supporting GAs and TAs in their roles, through facilitating their access to various materials, workshops, and mentorship programs designed for their professional development. She is a graduate of the MHK program and is currently a PhD student in the Faculty of Human Kinetics.
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Elizabeth Ismail, Digital Outreach Coordinator, GATA Network
Elizabeth Ismail co-manages the GATA Network as the Digital Outreach Coordinator. She is a University of Windsor alumna with experience working as a teaching assistant and a B.A. Honours in Philosophy and Psychology. More recently, Elizabeth completed a M.Ed. in Educational Technology with a focus on Adult Learning and is thrilled to be beginning an interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Argumentation Studies.
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Jaimie Kechego, Indigenous Curriculum and Pedagogy Project Coordinator
Jaimie Kechego is Anishnaabwekwe from Deshkaan Ziibing (the Chippewa of the Thames First Nation reserve) located near London, Ontario. Jaimie’s academic experience began at the University of Windsor as she pursued her Bachelor of Arts degree. Her professional experience with the University of Windsor began at Turtle Island as the Student Representative for the Aboriginal Education Committee. After graduating from the University of Windsor, she secured a position with the Greater Essex County District School Board as the First Nation, Metis and Inuit secondary school counsellor for eight years. Jaimie went back to the University of Windsor to pursue her Bachelor of Education in 2014 and graduated in 2015. Recently, Jaimie completed her requirements for a Master’s degree in the Field of Educational Leadership focused in Aboriginal Education at Western University.
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Peter Marval, Media Artist
Peter provides expertise in the area of multimedia in support of CTL programs, website design, and special events. He has been doing graphic and web design for about 20 years. He is a graduate of Print Journalism and Digital Media from Conestoga College, and is very close to obtaining a Communication, Media and Film degree from the University of Windsor. He is also a photographer, with most of his best work sitting on a hard drive somewhere. He plays piano and dabbles in music production and sound design. He has also recently begun working with 3D and motion graphics. He has a penchant for monkeys and cookies, especially for monkeys eating cookies. A portion of his work can be seen at marvalmedia.com.
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Dr. Veronika Mogyorody, Teaching and Learning Senior Scholar
Dr. Veronika Mogyorody is Professor Emeritus in the School of Creative Arts and founder of the interdisciplinary Visual Arts and the Built Environment [VABE] program with the School of Architecture, University of Detroit Mercy. As UofW's Academic Architectural Advisor, she was involved with the design of campus learning environments. Her engagement in reimagining university spaces/surroundings won her recognition from the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, by being honored with a 3M National Teaching Fellowship and awarded the Brightspace Teaching and Learning Innovation Award. She currently is the inaugural Teaching and Learning Senior Fellow at the University's Centre for Teaching and Learning. Trained as an architect and urban designer, her research has focused on higher education learning spaces, sustainable design/ practices, and cultural districts/hubs. Dr. Mogyorody has been recognized by the Ontario Association of Architects “for outstanding contributions to the built environment and to the architectural profession” and has been a recipient of The American Institute of Architects Scholastic Award. She is dedicated to the heritage of modern architecture, and has been a member on the Windsor Architectural Conservation Advisory Committee, Community Public Art Advisory Committee, Central Riverfront Technical Advisory Committee and the Urban Design Task Force for the City of Windsor. As the past President of the Art Gallery of Windsor (AGW) and current Board member of WEA she is a strong promoter of arts and culture in downtown redevelopment.
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Michael K. Potter, Teaching and Learning Specialist
Michael K. Potter joined the University of Windsor’s Centre for Teaching and Learning in 2008, where he is now a Teaching and Learning Specialist. Since joining the CTL he has served as co-creator and coordinator of the University Teaching Certificate (UTC) Program (2009-2017), Chair of the Council of Ontario Educational Developers, Secretary and Vice-President of the Bertrand Russell Society, and in many other capacities for internal and external committees and organizations. Michael began working as an educational developer in 2001, while in graduate school for philosophy at McMaster University, eventually leaving to focus on educational development full-time. His teaching experience spans disciplines and age levels, from high school students to professors nearing retirement, always with an eye toward grounding his approach in interdisciplinary scholarship. Although his own scholarly endeavours now focus on storytelling and the use of nihilist, existentialist and pragmatist philosophy in university teaching, he has published a variety of academic and popular works, and is the author of Bertrand Russell’s Ethics (2006), co-author of Leading Effective Discussions (2008) and Learning Outcomes Assessment: A Practitioner’s Handbook (2015), and co-editor of a special issue of the Canadian Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning focused on the role of the arts and humanities in SoTL (2015). Outside of academia, Michael is a director, producer, actor and writer for the stage, Managing Director of Post Productions and co-owner of The Shadowbox Theatre.
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Marilyn Powley, Administrative Assistant/Coordinator
Marilyn joined the University of Windsor in 1981, and held positions in the Finance Department and Human Resources before transferring to the Division for Instructional Development (now the Centre for Teaching and Learning) in 1998. She is a University of Windsor alumna with a B.A. in Psychology. Marilyn coordinates administrative services to support, promote, and sustain the efficient, timely, and effective operation of the Centre for Teaching and Learning. She provides administrative assistance, logistical and budgetary support to the CTL Director.
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Jessica Raffoul, Learning Specialist
Jessica Raffoul joined the CTL in 2007, where she now is a Teaching and Learning Specialist. She contributes to and enhances research, programs, and curricula that support teaching and student learning, with a particular focus on the scholarship of teaching and learning, educational leadership, reflective practice, the documentation of instructional excellence, and knowledge mobilization. She has participated in the organization of multiple national and international conferences, supported the launch of a national teaching and learning journal, coordinated programs, developed teaching and learning resources, disseminated research, and taught workshops and courses. She holds degrees and certificates in English literature, creative writing, philosophy, and higher education.
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Allyson Skene, Learning Specialist
Allyson works with faculty, staff, and graduate students to achieve the strategic learning and teaching goals of the University, and support the culture of scholarship in post-secondary education.
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Erica Stevens Abbitt, Teaching and Learning Senior Scholar
Dr. Erica Stevens Abbitt is Professor Emerita in the School of Dramatic Art. From 2015-17, she also served FAHSS as director of the Humanities Research Group.
A native of Montreal, Erica earned a BA in political science from McGill before training as an actor. Her theatre career in Canada, the US, New Zealand and the UK included the BBC series OPPENHEIMER, stage roles in London and Off-Broadway and directing, writing and producing credits in regional theatre.
In 1999, she returned to her studies, receiving an MA in Theatre History from California State University, Northridge and a PhD in Critical Studies from UCLA’s School of Theater, Film and Television. Joining the University of Windsor in 2004, she focused on revitalizing the theatre studies curriculum to include contemporary thinking on race, nation, gender, power and identity, as well as performance.
Erica’s research interests in girl culture, pedagogy, politics and feminist performance are reflected in a series of journal articles, as well as The Theatre of Naomi Wallace (Palgrave 2014) which she co-edited with Scott T. Cummings. The proud recipient of awards from OHREA, FAHSS and OPUS for service on campus, she has also been honoured for contributions to the Women and Theatre Program for the Association for Theatre in Higher Education. As a late career academic, she is passionate about mentorship, interdisciplinary exchange, the link between theory and practice, and the importance of liberal arts education in the 21st century.
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Dr. Christie Stewart, Learning Specialist
Christie joined the Centre for Teaching and Learning team in 2018 as a Learning Specialist in Educational and Curriculum Development and Curriculum Mapping. She is no stranger to the University of Windsor as she completed her BSc and MSc here in the Biological Sciences Department. She went on to complete her doctoral work in Plant Sciences at Western University. She brings with her 11 years of experience teaching undergraduate students of all disciplines in both College and University settings, with the most recent 8 years spent as a faculty member teaching Environmental Science and Biology courses at Western University and Huron University College. During this time she developed learning outcomes-based transfer credit agreements between 16 Ontario colleges and the Environmental Science Program at Western. She has also spent many hours mentoring and guiding undergraduate students as an Academic Counsellor and graduate students as a GA supervisor. Her experience includes interdisciplinary program curriculum design, curriculum mapping, learning outcome development and course design, with emphasis on incorporating active learning and high impact practices into courses.
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Lorie Stolarchuk, Learning Technologies Educational Consultant
As CTL’s Learning Technologies Educational Consultant, Lorie helps faculty, sessional instructors, and graduate students with effective pedagogy and use of educational technologies to improve student learning. She supports the Learning Management System (LMS) - Blackboard Learn, a variety of active learning software, virtual classrooms, eportfolios, learning analytics, video and content production, and other technologies where deemed educationally appropriate. She has developed an extensive online LMS support site and has earned certificates in Blackboard Learn Advanced Teaching Essentials, Blackboard Learn GUI Administration, and ITIL. She is a member of the LMS Team, which was the recipient of the University of Windsor’s Impact Award in 2017.
Lorie’s current duties also involve developing, teaching and facilitating workshops and half-courses, mentoring for the University Teaching Certificate (UTC), and preparing and delivering conference presentations for local, regional or international events. She co-developed and instructed the Online Education half-course for the UTC (2010-2016) in both the Sakai and Blackboard Learning Management systems, and currently offers the Blackboard Boot Camp half-course, which is also eligible for the UTC. She is a certified facilitator for the Instructional Skills Workshop (ISW) after taking the Facilitators’ Development Workshop (FDW).
Lorie has a continuing interest in promoting Universal Design for Learning (UDL). In her past life, she previously worked in the Student Accessibility Services office (2002-2007) and was the recipient of the OPUS Support Staff Award in 2004.
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