Coordination Team

Maureen Connolly Ph.D., Coordinator

Brock University
St. Catherines ON

Dr. Maureen Connolly, a professor of Physical Education and Kinesiology, has been a member of the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences at Brock University (St. Catharines, Ontario), since 1991. Her ongoing engagement with qualitative arts-based inquiry intersects with her interest in narrative, poetic and bodily expressive modalities and how these might function across scholarly, pedagogic and other creative outlets. A YWCA Woman of Distinction, a university teaching award winner and 3M National Teaching Fellow (2003), and a 2009 Erasmus Mundus scholar, Maureen‘s teaching and research include curriculum, stressed embodiment, dance & movement education. Maureen’s commitment to Freirian approaches to teaching and learning is the foundation for the SNAP/s, CHARM, and Summer Movement Camp for children and youth with Autism spectrum disorder, programs based in service learning, which have been serving Niagara since 1994-95. Her theoretical dispositions are semiotic, phenomenological, post/anti-colonial, irreverent and quixotic. Maureen enjoys training, reading, writing, laughing, and authentic interpersonal engagement.

Mandy Frake-Mistak,  Ph.D.

York University
Toronto, ON

Mandy is a Research Assistant at the Teaching Commons. She completed a Graduate Diploma in Postsecondary Education at York, holds an Honours Bachelor in Physical Education, a Bachelor of Education, and a Masters of Education from Brock University, and a Ph.D. from York University. She has instructed numerous courses, in education and physical education and kinesiology, at York University, Wilfred Laurier University, Brock University and Trent University. Her areas of research are teaching and learning in higher education, critical policy studies, degree level expectations and outcomes based learning, quality assurance, as well as the marketization of the institution. She is committed to the advancement of teaching, learning, and scholarship of teaching and learning at York University.

Barbara Kerr, Ph.D.

York University 
Toronto, ON

Barbara is an educational developer with the Teaching Commons at York University. She consults on a wide variety of areas related to teaching and learning in higher education ranging from course organization and design, to the effective use of educational technologies and other forms of pedagogical support with particular focus on supporting colleagues in York’s new Lassonde School of Engineering. Previously, she taught a variety of university level courses overseas and in Canada. 

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Alannah Robinson, B.A.

University of Waterloo
Waterloo, ON

Alannah is a recent graduate of the University of Waterloo in Recreation and Leisure studies and a 3M National Student Fellow (2012). Alannah works in Organizational and Human Development (OHD) at the University of Waterloo, which designs and delivers a wide range of personal and professional development for students, staff and faculty. In her position, Alannah spends her time exploring, learning and facilitating workshops on inclusivity, integrity, personality dimensions, customer service and leadership. She describes this exploration is a thrilling and never-ending journey. Through this exploration she has learned about the community around her and the community she hopes to foster through her passion and enthusiasm for learning and development.

Roselynn Verwoord M.A.

University of British Columbia
Vancouver, BC

I am completing my PhD in Educational Studies from the University of British Columbia (UBC). I hold a Master of Arts degree in Society Culture and Politics in Education from UBC, a Bachelor of Education Degree from the University of Victoria (UVic), and I am a licensed practicing teacher with the BC Ministry of Education. I have several years of experience as an educator, facilitator, and curriculum developer and I am an Instructional Skills Workshop Facilitator and Facilitator Development Workshop Trainer. I have worked both locally and internationally in formal and informal educational settings. Currently, I work as the Learning Design & Curriculum Consultant, Strategic Curriculum Services for the UBC Centre for Teaching Learning and Technology where I am responsible for working with departments and units to identify curriculum needs, consult on how to address these needs, and oversee related curriculum projects through implementation and evaluation.  Outside of UBC, I am the Chair, Student Advocacy on the board of the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (STLHE), and I also serve as the Founding Advisor, Student Engagement with the SoTL Canada SIG of STLHE