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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​Dr. Robyne Hanley-Dafoe

Senior Educational Developer  |  robynehanley@trentu.ca

In addition to her role as the Senior Educational Developer at the Centre for Teaching and Learning, Robyne Hanley-Dafoe is a part-time faculty member in the School of Education and the Psychology department, where she enjoys designing courses that exemplify innovative pedagogy and conducts educational research pertaining to the student experience. Robyne also is an instructor for the university wide Bridge program which is a foundation course that on boards first-year university students to university level expectations combining learning-to-learn skills with the science curriculum. She also serves as the Project Lead for CTL initiatives such as the Teaching Scholars’ Table and the Distinguished Visiting Teaching Scholar program and as well as other professional development opportunities for the Trent teaching community. 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 completed her Doctoral degree at Western University in Educational Leadership.>

Image of Adam GuzkowskiAdam Guzkowski

Higher Education Teaching Recognition Coordinator  |  adamguzkowski2@trentu.ca

Adam Guzkowski is dedicated to fostering and celebrating exemplary teaching and learning, and has been an Instructor at Trent, Western, Seneca, and Fleming. 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. Adam has served as the President of the Trent University Alumni Association, and in volunteer leadership roles with a number of local organizations, including the Kawartha Sexual Assault Centre, Sadleir House, and the Canadian Mental Health Association. 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.


Mitch HugueninMitchell Huguenin

Indigenous Pedagogy Designer  |  mhuguenin@trentu.ca

Mitch Huguenin is the Indigenous Pedagogy Designer at the Centre for Teaching and Learning, and in his previous role at Trent served as the Transitions and Indigenous Mentorship Coordinator at the First Peoples House of Learning. Mitch is also a part-time faculty member at Durham College, where he designs courses that emphasize Indigenous perspectives and ways of knowing. A central focus of his current work is to develop inclusive, values-based educational approaches that promote reconciliation. Mitch has a Diploma in Fitness and Health Promotion from Durham College, and a Bachelor of Arts in History and Bachelor of Education from Trent University. 

Mitch will help to introduce faculty to Indigenous pedagogical approaches and advise in the development of best practices for integrating Indigenous Knowledge (IK) and perspectives in course design and instruction. Through consultations and in the development of professional learning and community engagement programming, the Indigenous Pedagogy Designer will serve as a resource to faculty in the understanding of Indigenous learning and decolonization in education.

Gillian Ferguson-MartinGillian Ferguson-Martin

Administrative Coordinator  |  gfergusonmartin@trentu.ca

Gillian Ferguson-Martin joined the Centre for Teaching and Learning team as Administrative Coordinator in August 2018 after serving as Administrative Assistant for Trent Online. Prior to that, Gillian worked in various roles at the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry providing technical, professional and administrative support to the Species at Risk and Biodiversity Protection Section team by assisting in the development and implementation of policies and programs for the protection, conservation, recovery and management of species at risk and their habitat in Ontario.  A proud Trent Alumni and former member of the Trent Women’s Varsity Volleyball team, Gillian holds a Bachelor of Arts Honours in Environmental and Resource Studies.