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Centre for Teaching & Learning

Visiting Scholars

Dr. Erica Meiners posing, with pink sunglasses. She is a visiting scholar for 2018.Dr. Erica Meiners

Professor of Education and Women's and Gender Studies
Northeastern Illinois University

Erica R. Meiners is the author of several books including For the Children? Protecting Innocence in a Carceral State (University of Minnesota 2016) and articles in wide range academic journals, magazines, blogs and anthologies including Meridians, Women’s Studies Quarterly, Harvard Educational Review, Radical Teacher, American Quarterly, Captive Genders, and In These Times. She is the Bernard J. Brommel Distinguished Research Professor at Northeastern Illinois University, where she is a member of her labor union, University Professionals of Illinois, and she teaches classes in justice studies, education, and gender and sexuality studies. She is the recipient of numerous awards and grants including a 2009-2010 fellowship as the Lillian Robinson Scholar at the Simone de Beauvoir Institute in Montreal, a 2011-2012 research residency at the Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy, the 2015 Henry Trueba Award from the American Education Research Association, a 2016 Soros Justice Fellowship, and other recognition from the Illinois Humanities Council, Woodrow Wilson Foundation, and US Department of Education. Most importantly, Erica is involved with a range of ongoing mobilizations for liberation, particularly movements that involve access to quality and free public education for people during and after incarceration. In 1998 Erica co-founded and still teaches at an alternative high school for people exiting prisons and jails, and in 2011 started work with others to organize education and art programs at Stateville Prison.



Wednesday, April 18, 2018

12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Interactive Workshop for High School Students
Stohn Hall (Room 1.22), Student Centre
Interactive workshop geared towards local high school students.

4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Master of Education meeting
OC 143
Rich discussions and dialoguing about activist pedagogy and how to cultivate and foster just learning communities.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

10:00 am - 11:30 am
Student Leaders Meeting
OC 134

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Community Event
Bagnani Hall, Traill College

Placing the child at the heart of the targeted criminalization debate, Erica R. Meiners considers how perceptions of innocence, the safe child, and the future operate in service of the prison industrial complex.  Meiners examiners the school-to-prison pipeline and the broader prison industrial complex in the U.S., engaging fresh questions in the struggle to build sustainable and flourishing worlds without prisons. 


Visiting Scholar Nicola Simmons headshot

Dr. Nicola Simmons

Assistant Professor, Department of Graduate & Undergraduate Studies in Education
Brock University

Dr. Nicola Simmons’s work is in postsecondary teaching and learning, including educational development and the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. She has had several national and international leadership roles in this field, including Vice-President, Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, for the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, regional Vice-President, Canada, for the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, and past chair of the Educational Developers Caucus. Dr. Simmons is also Founding Chair of SoTL Canada, a special interest group of the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. The SIG membership is currently over 225 scholars of teaching and learning across Canada. Nicola is often asked to give workshops for various academic groups on research on teaching and learning in higher education; recent ones include workshops held at the University of West Indies in Trinidad and Tobago.


» Visiting from May 23-25, 2018. More information to be posted soon.