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Centre for Teaching & Learning

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Centre for Teaching & Learning

Meet the Team

Image of Cathy BruceDr. Cathy Bruce

Dean of Education, Teaching and Learning  |  cathybruce@trentu.ca

Dr. Cathy Bruce is the Dean of Education, Teaching and Learning at the School of Education and Professional Learning, and Trent Online, and is Director of the Centre for Teaching and Learning. Prof. Bruce has been researching teaching since 2003, and is particularly interested in teacher and student efficacy. Her research focuses on mathematics education and she leads the Trent Math Education Research Collaborative – a research team focused on enhancing the quality of mathematics teaching and investigating several areas of specific mathematics learning: linear algebra, fractions and spatial reasoning. She is the co-author of Taking Shape (2016) and Linear Relationships: From Patterns to Algebra (2012) which bridge research on mathematics teaching to pedagogy and classroom practice. Dr. Bruce’s research publications and digital knowledge mobilization strategy are featured at www.tmerc.ca. In 2012, she was named one of Ontario’s most outstanding university teachers by the Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations (OCUFA).

Gillian Balfour smiling outsideDr. Gillian Balfour

Associate Dean of Teaching and Learning  |  gillianbalfour@trentu.ca

Gillian Balfour is an Associate Professor of socio-legal studies and criminology. Her research examines sentencing law reform impacts on Indigenous women and the implications of restorative justice in the context of gender based violence. She is currently conducting an archival study of discipline in Canadian women’s prisons, and is a co-investigator on a national study looking at the lived experiences of incarceration. A key focus of her knowledge mobilization is to develop teaching and learning strategies that bring archival research into high school classrooms through online delivery. She is member of Canada’s Walls to Bridges collective that provides prison-based learning for incarcerated and non-incarcerated students. She is a graduate of the University of Ottawa (BSc 1987, M.A Criminology 1994) and University of Manitoba (PhD, 2003).

Image of Robyn Hanley​Robyne Hanley-Dafoe

Educational Developer  |  robynehanley@trentu.ca

In addition to her role as the Educational Developer at the Centre for Teaching and Learning, Robyne Hanley-Dafoe is a part-time faculty member in the Psychology department, where she enjoys designing courses that exemplify universal instructional design and best practices for assessment and student engagement. She also serves as the Project Lead for the Trent Psychology Student Collaboration in Honduras. Robyne’s previous roles at Trent include Coordinator of the Office of Human Rights, Equity and Accessibility, Assistant Manager and Learning Strategist with the Disability Services Office, and full-time Teaching Assistant for the Psychology department. She has also been an Instructor at Fleming College, and has worked in the educational sector, hospital settings, and correctional facilities. Robyne received her Bachelor of Science Honours in Psychology from Trent University, her Bachelor of Education and Masters of Education in Cognitive Sciences from Queen’s University, and is currently pursuing doctoral studies at Western University.

Image of Adam GuzkowskiAdam Guzkowski

Teaching Awards Coordinator  |  adamguzkowski2@trentu.ca

Adam Guzkowski has been an Instructor at Seneca College, Fleming College, and Western University, and a Workshop Leader and Teaching Assistant at Trent University in Arts & Science, Cultural Studies, and Canadian Studies. He previously served as a trainer and mentor coach with Coach Training Alliance, coordinated community-based research projects with the Trent Centre for Community-Based Education, and taught and coordinated outdoor and environmental education programs with Toronto and Region Conservation. At Trent, Adam has served as the President of the Trent University Alumni Association, the Acting Head of Champlain College, and the Chair of the President’s Advisory Committee on Human Rights, Equity and Accessibility. Adam has a Bachelor of Arts Honours in Cultural Studies from Trent University, a Certificate in Outdoor Recreation from Seneca College, and a Masters in Adult Education from the University of Toronto.


Image of Laurie ColletteLaurie Collette

Administrative Coordinator  |  lauriecollette@trentu.ca

Laurie Collette previously served as the Administrative Assistant for the Psychology and Sustainability Studies Graduate Programs. Prior to that, she owned her own special event management and production company.  Laurie was the Coordinator for National Parks Day with the Canadian Parks Council and created and managed two successful local events – the Lakefield Local Harvest and the Green EXPO in Peterborough.  Prior to returning to the Peterborough area, Laurie was the Marketing and Promotions Coordinator and Production Manager for an international sporting event.   Laurie received her Bachelor of Business Administration, Honours from Trent University, and her Graduate Diploma in Sports Administration is from Concordia University.

(on leave until March 31, 2019)