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November 14 & 15, 2019
9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

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November 14, 2019

Francisco Marmolejo

Lead Tertiary Education Specialist,
The World Bank

Francisco Marmolejo is the World Bank’s Lead Tertiary Education Specialist and Coordinator of its Network of Higher Education Specialists. He serves as the coordinator of the internal thematic group on higher education, which helps facilitate the exchange of ideas on higher education initiatives across the globe. Previously, he served as founding Executive Director of the Consortium for North American Higher Education Collaboration (CONAHEC), a network of more than 160 higher education institutions primarily from Canada, the U.S. and Mexico, based at the University of Arizona (UA), where he also worked as Assistant Vice President. At UA, he was Affiliated Researcher at the Center for the Study of Higher Education and Affiliate Faculty at the Center for Latin American Studies.

November 15, 2019

Stuart Brand 

Professor and National Teaching Fellow, Birmingham City University
Contributor, Student Engagement and Quality Assurance in Higher Education (2019)

Stuart has worked in Higher Education for over thirty years first as a postdoctoral researcher, then a Senior Lecturer in Applied Human Physiology. He then became Associate Dean in the Faculty of Health at Birmingham City University in 2002 and led the University’s successful bid for a Centre of Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) in 2004.  

He then was appointed as University’s Director of Learning and Teaching in 2007 and in 2012 took up the post of Director of Learning Experience. He firmly believes that staff-student partnership in academic processes is crucial to the development of a real learning community. He led development of a Student Academic Partners scheme through which students are employed to work in partnership with staff on enhancement projects. In 2012 he was awarded a National Teaching Fellowship by the Higher Education Academy. 

In 2016 he relinquished his management post and is now working as a consultant on various projects, notably a Higher Education Funding Council-funded pilot across four universities looking at measurement of Learning Gain. 


Erin Aspenlieder, Associate Director - Program and Educational Development, McMaster University
Erin Aspenlieder is the Associate Director of Program and Educational Development at the Paul R. MacPherson Institute for Leadership, Innovation and Excellence in Teaching and Learning at McMaster University. Her work involves faculty and graduate student teaching development and curriculum development and program enhancement through the Institutional Quality Assurance Process.

Mislav Balkovic, Dean, Algebra University College
Mislav Balkovic, PhD, is Assistant Professor, dean of Algebra University College and active researcher of National Qualifications Frameworks, recognition of prior learning and knowledge management. He was involved in development of policy documents and Laws in higher education, was member of National Council for Science, Higher education and Technology and is currently president of Sector skills council for ICT and Computing and president of Croatian Employers Association in Education.

Deidre Bannerman, Academic Director of Quality Learning, Teaching and Innovation, Canadore College
Deidre Bannerman is the Academic Director of Quality Learning, Teaching and Innovation at Canadore College. She provides leadership for program quality assurance, curriculum integrity, professional development related to teaching and learning, applied research, academic policy review and revision, and special projects and initiatives.She is also Canadore’s representative on the Heads of Quality Management, and is an auditor for Colleges Ontario’s, College Quality Assurance Audit Proc

Lauren Boultbee, Maple League Student Fellow, Advancement, Third year student in Business and Communications at Bishop's University
Lauren Boultbee is a fourth-year student at Bishop's University. She is in the process of completing her BBA in Marketing and Entrepreneurship, with a minor in Communications and Digital Culture. During her second- and third-year Lauren was head of communications on the Stephen A. Jarislowsky Student Advisory Council, where she mobilized work the council was doing on innovative teaching and learning practices as a part of quality undergraduate education. Lauren is now the Advancement and Communications Student Fellow for The Maple League of Universities. In this position she will help identify potential funding opportunities and design a strategic plan to execute successful partnerships. As an active member of the Maple League strategic planning team, Lauren is also responsible for supporting Maple League communications. Her work is focused on giving a strong voice to all Maple League ambassadors, students especially, within the four communities.

Paola Borin, Curriculum Development Consultant, Ryerson University
Paola Borin is a Curriculum Development Consultant at Ryerson University, with a background in Curriculum Design and Teacher Education. She advises departments and schools on matters related to curriculum design, development, revision, and review working with the Vice Provost Academic and Director of Curriculum Quality Assurance to develop strategies to enhance curriculum across the university.

Sarah Cahill, Manager, Graduate Programs, University of Guelph
Sarah Cahill is the Manager of Graduate Program and a Ph.D. Candidate in Sociology at the University of Guelph. As a graduate student, Sarah supported her department's undergraduate curriculum review and an institutional review of the Graduate Skills Development Program on campus. In her current role, Sarah is responsible for managing and coordinating program innovation and cyclical reviews.  

Erin Cameron, Curriculum Development Specialist, Mohawk College
As a Curriculum Development Specialist at Mohawk College, Erin draws upon over 25 years experience in a variety of educational contexts ranging from preschool to higher education. In addition to in-class, hybrid, and on-line educational environments; Erin has supported organizational development of program quality, leadership, and mentoring systems within corporate and public early education agencies in Canada, the US, and Australia.

Alison Cook-Sather, Mary Katharine Woodworth Professor of Education and Director of the Teaching and Learning Institute at Bryn Mawr and Haverford Colleges.
Alison Cook-Sather has developed internationally recognized programs that position students as pedagogical consultants to teachers at secondary and tertiary levels, published over 100 articles and chapters and five books, including Engaging Students as Partners in Learning & Teaching: A Guide for Faculty.

Maggie Cusson, Dean, Academic Development Algonquin College
Maggie Cusson is the Dean of Academic Development at Algonquin College, responsible for academic quality assurance, faculty teaching and learning development, the development and support of articulation agreements and Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR). Maggie has worked in higher education for 20 years at Algonquin College and previously Carleton University, and is a passionate advocate for equity, student choice and academic excellence.

Mary Ann Danielson, Professor, Communication Studies Department, Creighton University
Mary Ann Danielson currently teaches in the Communication Studies, Interdisciplinary Ed.D. in Leadership, and the Doctor of Business Administration programs at Creighton University.  This return to the classroom follows over a decade of work leading the Office of Academic Excellence and Assessment.  Involved with the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning and Carnegie work since 1997, she served as Associate Vice-Provost (2007-2018) and led campus efforts in hosting multiple CASTL Institutes whose focus was Mentoring New(er) Scholars of Teaching and Learning, among many other faculty development initiatives.  She has been active in the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (ISSOTL) since 2006 and has served as the Secretary for the Society since 2011.  She was honored for her SoTL work in 2018 with the ISSOTL Distinguished Service Award.  Mary Ann has received numerous teaching awards, including Creighton College of Arts and Sciences’ Dean’s Awards for Service to Creighton Forensics and Students in 1993 and for Excellence in Teaching in 1995, and the Creighton University Distinguished Educator in Teaching as Scholarship in 2019—creation of this evidence-based, university-wide teaching award was a highlight of her administrative years.

Dawn Danko, Curriculum Development Specialist, Mohawk College
Dawn Danko is a Curriculum Development Specialist at Mohawk College. Dawn supported Quality Assurance Audits in the health care setting prior to teaching in the Mohawk-McMaster Medical Radiation Sciences Program. In her current role, she supports ongoing quality improvement at the college through curriculum development, faculty training and cyclical program review.​​

John Dawson, Professor and Director, University of Guelph
John Dawson is the founding faculty Director of the College of Biological Sciences Office of Educational Scholarship and Practice (COESP) at the University of Guelph where he leads efforts to support and promote evidence-based teaching practice, learning outcomes incorporation and assessment and education research. In addition to his cardiovascular research profile, he has won the University of Guelph Faculty Association Distinguished Professorial Award, the Provost's Award for Innovation in Teaching and Learning, and the and the Special Merit Award from the University of Guelph. His interests include learning outcomes assessment using embedded assignments, evaluation of teaching effectiveness, and critical and creative thinking in problem solving.

Gintaras Duda, Professor and Chair, Department of Physics, Creighton University
Gintaras Duda is professor and chair of physics at Creighton University. Trained as a particle theorist, his primary disciplinary research interest is the problem of dark matter: composition, detection, and fundamental theories/origins. In addition to astro-particle physics/cosmology, he is also involved heavily in physics education research, particularly in the areas of problem/project-based learning, evolution of student epistemologies, and studying the effects of attitude on student learning. He served as the co-director of the International Institute for SoTL Scholars and Mentors (IISSAM) in 2011 and the 2010 National CASTL Institute. He has been actively involved in assessment and faculty development at Creighton, having serving four years as a faculty associate in the Office for Academic Excellence and Assessment, and currently sits on both the university and college-level assessment committees. Gintaras has received numerous teaching awards, including a Creighton College of Arts and Sciences award for excellence in teaching in 2010, and the Creighton University Distinguished Educator in Teaching as Scholarship in 2014. He was named the 2013 Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching Outstanding Master’s Universities and Colleges National Professor of the Year.

Jovan Groen, Senior Research and Evaluation Analyst, University of Ottawa
Jovan is a Senior Research and Evaluation Analyst at the University of Ottawa. With a background in curriculum development, Jovan has worked closely with various faculties and departments in different processes of curriculum assessment, development and review. Stemming from his research interests in higher and adult education, Jovan’s work focuses on the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) and Transformative Learning in postsecondary settings.

Amy Gullage, Educational Developer - Program Enhancement Lead, McMaster University
Amy Gullage is the Program Enhancement lead at the Paul. R MacPherson Institute for Leadership, Innovation and Excellence in Teaching and Learning at McMaster University. She supports programs in the Institutional Quality Assurance Process, providing customized supports and cohort-wide programming for programs in cyclical review, program learning outcomes, including curriculum mapping, assessments and student feedback.

Kristi Harrison, Owner and Principal, Kristi Harrison Associates
2008-2016: Centennial College. AVP Academic Excellence. 2005 – 2008, Dean, 1987-2005 Centennial College Faculty, Chair, Consultant
Kristi Harrison is an educator and leader with over 29 years of Ontario college sector experience. In 2016, she started Kristi Harrison and Associates, a consulting practice serving higher education and learning organizations in the province. She has been an innovator in QA and is proud to have launched the Heads of Quality Management, a CCVPA reporting group.

Sally Heath, Manager: Academic Program Development and Review, Wilfrid Laurier University​ 
Sally Heath is the Manager of Academic Program Development and Review at Wilfrid Laurier University, a role she has held since 2011. In this role, she works with academic units on the creation of new academic programs, curriculum changes, and the cyclical review of existing programs.

Christiane Holz, Program Manager, Informatics Lecturer, Fontys University of Applied Sciences
1991: Diploma in Computer Science from Christian-Albrechts-University in Kiel (Germany)
1991 - 2002 with Siemens, Munich: Research in EU-projects on Knowledge Engineering, Software Engineer, Head of Knowledge Management
Since 2002 with Fontys University of Applied Science, Venlo: Lecturer Informatics, Examination Board Member/Chair, Program Committee Chair, Vice Director of School of Technology and Logistics, Program Manager and Team Leader

Victoria Jackson, Senior Quality Assurance Advisor Indigenous Advances Education and Skills Council
Victoria Jackson is a Senior Quality Assurance Advisor for the Indigenous Advanced Education and Skills Council. She has worked as an historian and researcher, as well as an instructor in the post-secondary sector in Ontario. She is a doctoral candidate in Indigenous History at York University, scheduled to defend in the winter of 2019.

Philipp Jaeger, Studentischer Akkreditierungspool, KASAP​
Philipp Jaeger graduated from University of Kaiserslautern in 2017 with a Diplom degree (M.Sc.) in physics. Currently he is a PhD student at University of Manitoba and University of Wuppertal. He was involved with student representation and participation at all levels, e.g. local student unions, federal meeting of physics student councils, steering committee of the German student accreditation pool. Further, he is a student representative in the ASIIN technical committee for physics.

Dr. Susan L. Joudrey, Senior Educational Developer, Curriculum Dalhousie University​
Dr. Susan L. Joudrey is the Senior Educational Developer (Curriculum) in Dalhousie University’s Centre for Learning and Teaching. As an educational developer, she assists with the creation and assessment of academic program proposals. Dr. Joudrey explores curriculum development using the lens of student embodiment and performance, encouraging faculty to consider when their learners have the opportunity to act like a member of the discipline and develop their professional identity.

Dr. William Kay, Manager of Program Review. Saint Mary's University
Dr. William Kay is the Manager for Program Review at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He supports faculty members and their related programs with the development of academic program proposals and program review reports. He is currently exploring more effective ways in incorporating student input into the curriculum development and program review process at Saint Mary’s University.

Sofie Lachapelle
Sofie Lachapelle is a Professor and the Chair of the Department of History at the University of Guelph.  She is presently the vice-chair of the Appraisal Committee of the Ontario Universities Council on Quality Assurance and has previously served as acting Associate Dean Academic and interim Dean for the College of Arts as well as acting Associate Vice-President Academic for the University of Guelph.  

Juan Marsiaj, Senior Quality Assurance Advisor, Indigenous Advanced Education and Skills Council
Dr. Juan Marsiaj is a Senior Quality Assurance Advisor for the Indigenous Advanced Education and Skills Council. Prior to joining IAESC, he worked as a sessional lecturer at the University of Toronto and Ryerson University, and, more recently, as a sessional assistant professor at York University (Glendon College). He holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Toronto.

Dr. Mary Catharine Lennon, Senior Policy Advisor Postsecondary Education Quality Assessment Board
Mary Catharine Lennon, PhD ,has an academic and professional background in higher education policy development, research and advice. She has over 30 publications in policy issues relating to system design, learning outcomes and quality assurance. She is currently a Senior Policy Advisor with the Postsecondary Education Quality Assessment Board and a Visiting Scholar with UofT’s Comparative, International and Development Education Centre.

Tracey McCutcheon, Program Coordinator, Honours Bachelor of Healthcare Management, Seneca College
Tracey McCutcheon is faculty with Seneca College, currently the Program Coordinator, Honours Bachelor of Healthcare Management. Tracey is a member of the BScN Program Evaluation Committee.

Rebecca Mesay, Maple League Student Fellow, Federal Affairs & Engagement, Former Student Union President, Fourth year student in Political Studies at St. Francis Xavier University
Rebecca is in her final year of study for a degree in Political Science and Development at St. Francis Xavier University. During her first year, she was part of the Social Justice Colloquium, setting the foundation for much of her advocacy work at StFX. She has participated in various student groups and societies such as Student Advocacy Committee for Equity for Racial Minorities (SACERM) and X-Project, providing her with a grassroots perspective about the gaps existing for students on campus and in the community. In her third year, she worked as part of the Students’ Union in the role of Vice President of Residence Affairs. Last year, she was the StFX Students’ Union President, a role that included advocating for students both to the university administration and government. Rebecca’s work included improving student representation and advocating for historically marginalized groups within the campus community. Her focus has always been achieving greater equity and social justice for all students.

Liv Teresa Muth, PhD student and member of the Steering committee of the ESU QA Student Expert Pool 
Liv Teresa Muth studied Life Sciences (BSc.) and Biotechnology (MSc.) at the University of Muenster, Germany. She completed her Master studies in 2018 and in June 2019 she started as a PhD student in Industrial Biotechnology in Ghent, Belgium. During her studies, she was a student representative both in the student union and in higher education accreditations in Germany and Europe. She represented the students as a stakeholder group in the university context and fought for student rights.

Kate Peters, Portfolio Initiatives Manager, Office of the Provost and Vice-President (Academic), University of Alberta
Kate Peters is a PhD student in Educational Leadership and Policy at OISE with the University of Toronto. In her role in the Provost Office at the University of Alberta, she is responsible for program development and quality assurance, as well as academic policy. Her early career was in language policy and program administration including directing Alberta’s first French-language college at the University of Alberta. She lives in Edmonton, Alberta.

Dr. Lana Ray, Assistant Professor, Lakehead University​
Dr. Lana Ray (Anishinaabe from Opwaaganasiniing) is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Indigenous Learning at Lakehead University. Among her research interests are Indigenous research methodology and storytelling, Indigenization, Indigenous quality assurance, student pathways and experience and land-based learning. Her work in these areas is featured in AlterNative, The International Review of Qualitative Research, Canadian Journal of Native Education and Urban Anthropology.

Dr. Jessica Riddell, Stephen A. Jarislowsky Chair of Undergraduate Teaching Excellence Executive Director, The Maple League of Universities Full Professor, Department of English, Bishop's University 3M National Teaching Fellow (2015)
Dr. Jessica Riddell is a Full Professor of Early Modern Literature in the English Department, specializing in early modern dramatic and non-dramatic literature. She holds the Stephen A. Jarislowsky Chair of Undergraduate Teaching Excellence at Bishop’s University; in this capacity, she explores innovative teaching and learning practices, creates mentorship opportunities for students and faculty, and participates in a wide range of consultations at the national and international levels. Dr. Riddell is also the Executive Director of the Maple League of Universities, a consortium of four universities – Bishop’s, Mount Allison, Acadia, and St. Francis Xavier – that share a focused commitment to quality undergraduate experience. Jessica sits on a number of external boards, including as a Board member on the 3M National Executive Council. Dr. Riddell was awarded the 3M National Teaching Fellowship in 2015. Jessica has been VP Canada on the Board of ISSoTL (International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning) since 2017 and has co-coordinated the new ISSoTL Fellows program, which welcomed its first cohort of Fellows at ISSOTL 2019.

Carol Roderick
Carol Roderick, PhD. is an independent consultant with 15 years experience in post-secondary teaching and academic leadership.   She has expertise in educational transitions, student experience, curriculum development and review, online learning and faculty development.

Deijanelle Simon, President and student, Algonquin College Students' Association
Deijanelle Simon serves as Chair and President of the Algonquin College Students’ Association and is a student in the Advertising and Marketing Communications Advanced Diploma program. Deijanelle also studied at the University of Ottawa for two years, and understands and appreciates the variances between college and university institutions. Deijanelle is an avid learner who lives the mission of the Students’ Association of creating an environment that inspires a passion for student success.

​Julianne Simpson, Quality Assurance Specialist, McMaster University
Julianne Simpson is the Quality Assurance Specialist at the Paul. R MacPherson Institute for Leadership, Innovation and Excellence in Teaching and Learning at McMaster University. She provides expert support for programs in the Institutional Quality Assurance Process (IQAP, including guidance on governance, processes and policies. She also oversees the management of all records related to the IQAP.

Courtney Sutton, Academic Quality Assurance Manager, Dalhousie University
Courtney Sutton is the Academic Quality Assurance Manager in the Provost Office at Dalhousie University. She champions and develops institutional policies, procedures and frameworks; manages Dalhousie’s program proposal process; supports faculty and staff; and serves as the institutional liaison with the Maritime Provinces Higher Education. Courtney is interested in process efficiency and user experience, and applies this lens to her work with the full lifecycle of quality assurance activities.

Patricia Tersigni, Director, Academic Programs and Policy, University of Guelph
Patricia has the great pleasure of working with students, faculty and staff across the University of Guelph and it's affiliated campuses. She supports a wide spectrum of academic quality assurance activities and governance; continuous curriculum improvement; and academic policy initiatives through the cyclical review process, annual curriculum change process, new program development and academic Senate committees. Her first engagement in curriculum change occurred as an English and Theatre Studies student on a departmental committee many moons ago. Ever since, Patricia has valued the opportunity to "make change from within" and has remained committed to supporting student engagement along this collective QA journey.

Nadia Timperio, Manager, Graduate Curriculum, University of Guelph
Nadia Timperio is the first Manager of Graduate Curriculum in the Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies at the University of Guelph, where she partners with faculty, staff, and students to reimagine existing curricula and create new learning opportunities for graduate students across campus. Her interest in academic program improvement has grown through various student and professional roles, as has her commitment to meaningful quality assurance.

Greg Van Gastel, Educational Developer, McMaster University
Greg Van Gastel is an Educational Developer at the Paul. R MacPherson Institute for Leadership, Innovation and Excellence in Teaching and Learning at McMaster University. His work supports programs in the Institutional Quality Assurance Process. He has expertise in curriculum mapping, program learning outcomes and assessments.

Simon Varwell, Senior Development Consultant Student Partnerships in Quality Scotland (sparqs)​
Simon has nearly twenty years' experience in student engagement and student representation, the last twelve of which has been with sparqs, Scotland's national agency for student engagement. The centrality of student engagement to the quality of the learning experience has been a defining and world-leading feature of Scotland's university and college sectors, and at sparqs Simon has been responsible for a range of training, research and consultancy, across Scotland and abroad.

Alyssa Voigt, Quality Assurance Coordinator, University of Waterloo
Alyssa is currently the Quality Assurance Coordinator at the University of Waterloo, helping to continuously improve the institution’s offerings through cyclical program reviews, new programs, and major modifications. She was previously a student at the University of Guelph employed part-time as an Academic Research Assistant assisting in the development of undergraduate curriculum initiatives, learning outcomes, and curriculum quality assurance. Alyssa is interested in the process of program evolution and how programs adapt to the changing needs of students and society.

Mary Wabano, Associate Dean of Indigenous Studies & Director of the First Peoples' Centre, Canadore College
Mary Wabano, MSW, is a member of Attawapiskat First Nation, has worked in Aboriginal health, social policy and education as an advocate, analyst and director. As Director of the First Peoples' Centre and Associate Dean of the School of Indigenous Studies, she oversees culturally appropriate student services, program quality and assurance, curriculum development, program design and community partnerships and research involving Indigenous peoples at the college.

Mary Wilson, Director, Centre for Academic Excellence, Niagara College
Mary Wilson is the Director of the Centre for Academic Excellence at Niagara College where she oversees educational development and academic quality assurance. She holds a Doctorate of Education in Theory and Policy Studies from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto (OISE/UT).

Paisley Worthington, Curriculum Development and Review Specialist, Laurentian University
Paisley is the Curriculum Development and Review Specialist at Laurentian University, where she engages faculty in the refinement of learning outcomes and curriculum maps, supports programs undergoing the Institutional Quality Assurance Process (IQAP), and provides counsel to the institution’s internal curriculum committees. She is a recent graduate of the University of Guelph where she worked on numerous learning outcomes assessment projects as a co-op student and research project student. Paisley is interested in constructive alignment and exploring how learning outcomes can be fulfilled both creatively and consistently.

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