Dr. Erika Kustra is the Director of Teaching and Learning Development in the Centre for Teaching and Learning at the University of Windsor; and a member of the Educational Development Caucus (EDC) Executive, the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education's (STLHE) national organization of educational developers. She completed her post-doctoral work in physiological psychology. For the past 20 years, Dr. Kustra has taught both university-level small and large classes (6 to over 300 students) using a variety of active learning methods including discussions, inquiry and problem-based learning, and labs and demonstrations. She has been an educational developer for over 13 years, running workshops and courses on teaching and learning and supporting institutional enhancement of quality teaching and learning. She co-authored the Green Guide, Leading Effective Discussions, and published articles on the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, Scholarly Teaching, and on the roles and assessment of centres for teaching and learning. She has been part of university- and national-level award-winning teams for exemplary collaboration in university teaching.
Dr. Danielle Sirek instructs in the Faculty of Education at the University of Windsor, where she teaches music and drama education classes to undergraduates and preservice teachers, as well as graduate-level courses in language assessment and acquisition. Prior to teaching in higher education, she taught preschool through grade 12 music. Her diverse experience as a teacher, singer, and researcher has taken her across Canada, the United Kingdom, and Grenada, West Indies. Danielle received her PhD from the Royal Northern College of Music, UK. She also holds a Bachelor of Music from Wilfrid Laurier University (Canada), and a Master of Music in Music Education from the University of Toronto (Canada). An active singer, Danielle sings professionally with the Canadian Chamber Choir and has performed as a soloist with several notable ensembles including the Windsor Symphony Orchestra, the Northern Sinfonia, and the Toronto Philharmonia. She currently serves as Newsletter Editor for the MayDay Group, an international community of music educators committed to action for change in music education. Her teaching and research interests include teacher education, intersections between music education and ethnomusicology, musical narratives of identity, and arts education for social justice. She currently sings with the Windsor Classic Chorale, as well as serving as President of the Board.
Dr. Natasha Wiebe is Research Coordinator – Social Sciences, Humanities, and Health in the Office of Research and Innovation Services at the University of Windsor. In this role, Natasha helps faculty from across campus, including members of the Faculty of Education, to develop strong proposals for external funding for their research. Prior to her work in research administration, Natasha designed over 60 distance education courses for the University of Windsor. For over a decade, Natasha has pursued a research interest in cultural narratives, asking how the stories available to us from our culture can inform our thinking and behaviour. Natasha’s recent work has explored the popular fictional story of the zombie apocalypse, as well as stories that are prominent within some Canadian Mennonite and Pentecostal communities. Wiebe has also embarked on a new research direction with Dr. Heather Krohn, a member of the Faculty of Nursing and an alum of the Faculty of Education, and First Nations research collaborator Audrey Logan. The team is exploring how students in an Indigenous studies course in Nursing responded to what they learned about the realities of the residential school system, its consequences for present-day Indigenous health, and other aspects of Indigenous experience in Canada.