Meet the Team

Image of Cathy BruceDr. Cathy Bruce

Dean of Education, Teaching and Learning  |

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 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, leaning against a post inside in a hallwayDr. Gillian Balfour

Associate Dean of Teaching and Learning  |

Gillian Balfour is a Full 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  |

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.

Maureen Glynn Smiling with orange backgroundMaureen Glynn

Senior eLearning Designer  |

Maureen has over a decade of experience in the field of online education, and has focused her research on eLearning strategy, faculty development, and open educational practice. During her eight years as an Instructional Designer with the Digital Education Strategies team at The Chang School of Continuing Education, Ryerson University, Maureen supported the development of over 50 online courses across 5 program areas. Maureen also served as co-developer and facilitator of The Chang School’s "Teaching Adult Learners Online", a professional development program for online instructors. In addition to her contributions at the Chang School, Maureen was the Lead Instructional Designer for Ryerson’s Law Practice Program (LPP) from 2014 - 2018, and has served as an Open Education (OE) Fellow with eCampusOntario. She holds a Graduate Certificate in Technology-Based Distributed Learning from the University of British Columbia, an MPhil in Criminology from Cambridge University, and a BA (Hons) in History from McGill University.

Aleyah Erin Lennon smiling with pine trees in the backgroundAleyah-Erin Lennon

Teaching Recognition Coordinator  |

Aleyah has served as an Instructional Faculty with the Chanie Wenjack School for Indigenous Studies and IESS program for the last three years, where she has consistently demonstrated her commitment to teaching excellence, collaborative learning, and student experience. She is an Ontario Certified Teacher and has dedicated her career to developing her capacity to empower students to reconnect to themselves, each other, and the natural world. In addition to her classroom teaching, Aleyah has worked with youth as a Yoga Teacher, Wilderness Guide, and Experiential Educator in the addiction and mental health field. Her commitment to trauma-informed practice has been recognized in her appointment to the OSSTF Mental Health Assist Development team in partnership with the Ministries of Health and Education, and her consistent leadership as a settler educator in decolonizing contexts led to her being invited to speak on the panel 'Education Without Appropriation' with Dr. Nicole Bell for Trent’s Bachelor of Education program. An active member with the Sacred Water Circle and Nibi Emosaawdamajig, Aleyah continues to be a sought-after consultant, working across organizational sectors in program development and event management. She is an accomplished researcher and is nearing the completion of her master’s thesis in Sustainability Studies here at Trent. Her work takes a trans-disciplinary, relational and holistic approach to transforming settler consciousness and focuses on the role of cultural identity work and critical spirituality in education. 

Connect with Aleyah for any inquiries about our teaching recognition programs including teaching awards, fellowships, grants, and celebration events. 

Mitch HugueninMitchell Huguenin

Indigenous Pedagogy Designer  |

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.

headshot of Brandon, with a brick wall behind himBrandon Remmelgas

Administrative Coordinator  | 

Brandon is a recent Trent University graduate with a degree in Biology and is currently attending Trent University as a graduate student working toward his Master of Education. He has been involved in the Trent community in a variety of ways, as a Residence Life Don and student administrative staff in Housing Services, as a Teaching Assistant in Biology, and as the President of the Trent Central Student Association from March 2017 until April 2019. Joining the CTL team in June of 2019, Brandon takes care of the administrative duties of the department including room bookings and social media and serves as an access point for students and instructors with inquiries about any of the programs or offerings provided by the Centre for Teaching and Learning and Trent Online. 

Josh leaning on desk, smilingJosh Andrews

eLearning Technologist  |

Josh Andrews is the eLearning Technologist for Trent Online and the Centre for Teaching and Learning, joining the team in November 2018. Previously, Josh worked in the Information Technology department for 4 years as a Service Desk Analyst. Josh is a graduate of Sir Sanford Fleming College with a Computer Engineering Technician diploma. Josh is able to assist faculty and staff with the technical integrity of their online courses including course migrations, course content, and deployment of online exams, as well as support students with any technical related issues.