Meet the Team
Dr. Cathy Bruce
Dean of Education, Teaching and Learning | firstname.lastname@example.org
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).
Dr. Joel Baetz
Director of the Centre for Teaching & Learning | email@example.com
Joel Baetz is an Assistant Professor (Teaching Intensive). Past member of Communications and Critical Thinking and current member of the Department of English Literature, his research and teaching are eclectic, ranging from graphic fiction to happiness to twenty-first-century poetry to digital identities to Toronto literature. His classrooms aim to be engaging and collaborative – and focus on helping students find ways to translate their skills and knowledge to issues and situations that exist beyond the university. His community-based research courses have produced reports on storm-water management fee and credit programs and food system sustainability. His monograph on Canadian First World War poetry, titled Battle Lines (2018), was published by WLUP. In 2016, he was the recipient of the Symons Award for Excellence in Teaching and the OUSA Award for Teaching Excellence.
Dr. Gillian Balfour
Associate Dean Trent Online | firstname.lastname@example.org
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).
Dr. Robyne Hanley-Dafoe
Senior Educational Developer | email@example.com
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.
Senior eLearning Designer | firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Teaching Recognition Coordinator | email@example.com
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. She has a commitment to trauma-informed practice recognized by her appointment to the OSSTF Mental Health Assist Development team with the Ministries of Health and Education, and she demonstrates consistent leadership as a settler educator in decolonizing contexts. An active member with the Sacred Water Circle and Nibi Emosaawdamajig, Aleyah continues to use her skills as a consultant to work 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.
Indigenous Pedagogy Designer | firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Administrative Coordinator | email@example.com
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.
eLearning Technologist | firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Multimedia E-Learning Design Specialist | email@example.com
Jessica Clement is the e-Learning Multimedia Specialist for Trent Online. Jessica works closely with instructors, course developers, education technologists and external collaborators to design and develop high quality multimedia based course elements that support active learning approaches. Jessica graduated from Loyalist College with an Advanced Diploma in Journalism: Online, Print and Broadcast in 2018 and began her work at Trent University with the Trent Centre for Aging and Society before taking on her role with Trent Online.
Online and Blended Learning Designer | firstname.lastname@example.org
Christian provides consultation to instructors and faculty regarding online course design, digital adoption, media creation, and rhetorical intent. Between his Ed. Tech work in the MaRS JOLT incubator program and his research through the SSHRC funded Games Institute, Christian has constantly been exploring the ways in which we refine our relationships with technological systems. A Trent alum, Christian fulfilled his Bachelor of Arts Honours in our English Literature program, going on to receive Master of Arts distinction in Waterloo’s Experimental Digital Media stream.