Session 2

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 5, 2024

14:00 - 16:00

PAPER PRESENTATIONS T1 | ROOM SC6

Session Chair: Dr. Michael Kihara | Co-chair: Ms. Phanice Ambutsi
Dr. Cynthia Korpan

Dr. Cynthia Korpan

Adjunct Professor

Educational Psychology and Leadership Studies

University of Victoria

STLHE, POD

Dr. Cynthia Korpan has over 18 years as an education developer, having garnered significant experience in developing programs and courses, teaching undergraduates, graduate students, and professors, and mentoring many about learning and teaching in higher education. This work and her expertise has been and continues to be shared with institutions in Canada, the United States, China, Uganda, Pakistan, and Ghana. In 2017, she was honoured with the Educational Developers Caucus Leadership Award for her national work related to educational development. Dr. Korpan's research focuses on the learning to teach in higher educational journey of early career academics. 

Dr. Bjorn Friis Johannsen

Dr. Bjorn Friis Johannsen

Senior Associate Professor

Department of Teacher Education

University College Copenhagen

DUN

Bjorn works in science teacher education and has a particular interest in anti-racist and feminist perspectives on science teaching.

Dr. Mary C. Wright

Dr. Mary C. Wright

Associate Provost for Teaching and Learning; and Professor (Research) of Sociology

Sheridan Center for Teaching and Learning; and Department of Sociology

Brown University

POD Network

Mary Wright is Associate Provost for Teaching and Learning, Executive Director of the Sheridan Center for Teaching and Learning, and a Professor (Research) in the Department of Sociology. She is also a former president (2017-18) of the Professional and Organizational Development (POD) Network in Higher Education, the U.S. professional association for educational development.

She is a co-author on the ACE-POD Center for Teaching and Learning Matrix (2017), which created operational standards for Centers for Teaching and Learning, as well as Defining What Matters (2018), which established guidelines for Center for Teaching and Learning evaluation. In 2021-22, she served on the commission (co-chaired by Barbara Snyder, AAU, and Peter McPherson, APLU) that authored The Equity/Excellence Imperative: A 2030 Blueprint for Undergraduate Education at U.S. Research Universities, a report which can be accessed at: https://ueru.org/boyer2030.

Mary's second book, Centers for Teaching and Learning: The New Landscape in Higher Education (2023, Johns Hopkins University Press), is a study of aims, strategies, tactics, organization, and evaluation approaches for 1200+ U.S. CTLs. Her first book, Always at Odds?, focuses on the development of cultures of teaching and was published in 2008 by SUNY Press. She is currently collaborating with a cross-institutional team to write a third book about course design institutes, to be published by Routledge in 2025, and fourth cross-institutional team on a U.S.-wide survey of educational developers.

Mary is a co-editor of the International Journal for Academic Development, the journal of the International Consortium for Educational Development, which seeks to enable academic developers in higher education across the world to exchange ideas about practice and research, and to extend the theory of academic development, with the goal of improving the quality of higher education internationally.

PAPER PRESENTATIONS T2 | ROOM SC8

Session Chair: Dr. Caroline Kimathi | Co-chair: Prof. Caren Ouma
Dr. Chahna Gonsalves

Dr. Chahna Gonsalves

Lecturer in Marketing (Education)

Marketing

King's College London


Chahna Gonsalves is a Lecturer in Marketing (Education) and Marketing Group Education Lead at King’s College London (KCL). She is a Senior Fellow of Advance HE, Deputy Chair of the Academy of Marketing Education Special Interest Group, and a Chartered Business Management Educator. Her scholarship focuses on assessment design, effective assessment communication and workplace readiness in the age of artificial intelligence. Her work has been published by the Chartered Association of Business Schools, Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education and the Journal of Learning Development in Higher Education and funded by the UK Council for International Student Affairs and the Academy of Marketing.

Dr. Siara Isaac

Dr. Siara Isaac

Researcher

Centre for Learning Sciences

école polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne

SFDN

Dr. Siara Isaac is a researcher at the Centre for Learning Sciences at the Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne. The book Facilitating Experiential Learning in Higher Education (2022) and the article Educating Engineering Students to Address Bias and Discrimination Within Their Project Teams (2023) are representative of her focus on how students develop transversal skills such as teamwork and risk assessment in science and engineering contexts. Siara has previously worked as teaching advisor and has taught in Canada, China, France and Switzerland.

Prof. Mònica Feixas

Prof. Mònica Feixas

Academic Developer

Center for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education

Zurich University of Teacher Education

REDU (Red Docencia Universitaria)- Spanish University Teaching Network

Dr. Mònica Feixas holds a Licenciature in Pedagogy (Universitat Autònoma Barcelona, UAB), a Master’s degree (M.Ed) in Educational Administration (Teachers College, Columbia University), and a Doctorate (PhD) in Education (UAB). She has been Professor of School Organisation in the Department of Applied Pedagogy at the UAB where she has taught courses in school organisation and educational management in bachelor and master degrees in Primary Education and Pedagogy for more than 18 years and has supervised master and doctoral thesis. Her PhD dissertation and main research focus has been the professional development of university teachers. 


In 2014 she moved to Switzerland as Research Fellow at the Institute for Business Education and Educational Management (Institut für Wirtschaftspädagogik) at the Universität St. Gallen. 


At present she works at the Center for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (Zentrum für Hochschuldidaktik und -entwicklung) at the Zurich University of Teacher Education (Pädagogische Hochschule Zürich). At the center she leads a postgraduate programme on teaching and learning in higher education, teaches courses on various topics of university didactics and co-leads the university Teaching Award. She is interested in promoting the “Scholarship of Teaching and Learning” (or SoTL), that is: fostering research into teachers’ own teaching practice. She has been researching on the assessment of reflexivity in eportfolios, and on authentic assessment and feedback. 


She is board member and international representative of member of tthe Spanish University Teaching Network (REDU, Red de Docencia Universitaria), and also member of the Swiss Faculty Development Network (SFDN). She collaborates regularly with academic development units of universities in Spain, Latin-America, Switzerland and Germany in research projects and pedagogical consultancy. 

PAPER PRESENTATIONS T2 | ROOM SC4

Session Chair: Dr. Syprine Otieno | Co-chair: Dr. Faisal Notta

PAPER PRESENTATIONS T3 | ROOM SC7

Session Chair: Mr. Desmond Otwoma | Co-chair: Mr. Edward Misava
Dr. Cynthia Korpan

Dr. Cynthia Korpan

Adjunct Professor

Educational Psychology and Leadership Studies

University of Victoria

STLHE, POD

Dr. Cynthia Korpan has over 18 years as an education developer, having garnered significant experience in developing programs and courses, teaching undergraduates, graduate students, and professors, and mentoring many about learning and teaching in higher education. This work and her expertise has been and continues to be shared with institutions in Canada, the United States, China, Uganda, Pakistan, and Ghana. In 2017, she was honoured with the Educational Developers Caucus Leadership Award for her national work related to educational development. Dr. Korpan's research focuses on the learning to teach in higher educational journey of early career academics. 

Dr. Dongmei Li

Dr. Dongmei Li

Lecturer/Teaching Specialist

Arts

The University of Melbourne

HERDSA

Dr. Dongmei Li is a lecturer and teaching specialist in diversity and internationalisation at Arts Teaching Innovation, Faculty of Arts. In addition to supporting the Faculty’s internationalisation progress, Mei also provides support and recommendations for academic staff in a range of broader teaching and learning topics, including student engagement, curriculum development, assessment and academic skill development. Mei also teaches the Arts Internship subject at the Faculty.

Mei's research interests include internationalisation of the curriculum, academic professional development, and connecting Indigenous Australian cultures with international students. Mei is currently on an Early Career Research grant investigating students’ perspectives on internationalisation. Mei is also a Fellow of the Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia (HERDSA).

Dr. Sara Petchey

Dr. Sara Petchey

Post Doc, Academic Developer

Institute of Education, Faculty of Science

University of Zurich

Swiss Faculty Development Network

Sara’s first career was as a middle and secondary school math and science teacher for 14 years. Upon moving to the University of Zurich, she was asked to share her pedagogical training and experience with instructors in her Faculty of Science. Since 2011, she has developed and evaluated pedagogy courses and tools for university instructors, earning her doctorate and establishing the university’s first faculty-specific teaching hub in the Faculty of Science.

Sara is now an academic developer and post-doctoral researcher focused on the pedagogical development of teaching-focused academics and the variables that influence instructors’ uptake of evidence-based teaching and assessment practices.

PAPER PRESENTATIONS T3 | ROOM SC5

Session Chair: Dr. Calvin Omolo | Co-chair: Mr. Edward Misava

WORKSHOP T1 | ROOM SC2

Session Chair: Dr. Julius Otundo | Co-chair: Dr. Azenath Ateka (2pm)
Dr. Samantha (Sam) Shields

Dr. Samantha (Sam) Shields

Assistant Director of Curriculum Development and Support

Center for Teaching Excellence

Texas A&M University

POD

Samantha “Sam” Shields is the Assistant Director of Curriculum Development and Support at Texas A&M University’s Center for Teaching Excellence. Dr. Shields brings to the Center an extensive array of teaching experience, both in the K-12 environment and higher education, where she taught in both STEM fields and teacher preparation.

As an Assistant Director, she is passionate about facilitating Program (Re)Designs, a faculty-led, data-informed process aimed to assist programs in creating a more learner-centered, relevant, and current curriculum. Dr. Shields works collaboratively with teams of program stakeholders to transform and enhance their program and pedagogical practices with a vast array of evidence-based instructional strategies designed to engage and motivate students. In addition to transformational teaching and learning, she also brings a passion and background in instruction in 21st Century active learning spaces, the re-design of gateway courses, and both project-based and team-based learning.

Dr. Michele DiPietro

Dr. Michele DiPietro

Executive Director

Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning

Kennesaw State University

POD

Dr. Michele DiPietro is the Executive Director for Faculty Development, Recognition, and the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning and a Professor in the School of Data Science and Analytics at Kennesaw State University. Dr. DiPietro is a co-author of “How Learning Works: 8 Research-Based Principles for Smart Teaching” (revised and expanded 2nd edition). They have presented hundreds of workshops and keynotes at numerous institutions and conferences in the US and abroad, and their scholarship has been translated into 7 languages. Dr. DiPietro is a former president of the POD Network and a recipient of the Bob Pierleoni Spirit of POD award, the highest honor bestowed by the POD Network in Higher Education.

WORKSHOP T2 | ROOM SC1

Session Chair: Dr. Paul Katuse | Co-chair: Dr. Chip Kingsbury
Ms. Ele Holvoet

Ms. Ele Holvoet

coördinator educational development and professionalisation

educational policy

VIVES University of Applied Sciences

LNO²

Ele Holvoet is head of the educational development and professionalisation team since 2020. The team is responsible for facilitating qualitative learning and teaching environments and professional development initiatives for teaching staff. Ele has 15 years of experience in teacher education and educational development. 

Ms. Kiran Qasim Ali

Ms. Kiran  Qasim Ali

Senior Instructor 

Institute for Educational Development (IED)

Aga Khan University

AFELT

Ms. Kiran Qasim Ali is a Senior Instructor at the Institute for Educational Development and a Faculty Developer at the Network of Quality, Teaching, and Learning at Aga Khan University, Pakistan. She is also a fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) in the United Kingdom. Kiran's diverse interests encompass faculty development, teaching pedagogy and assessment in higher education, game-based learning, and science education. With extensive experience, Ms. Ali has facilitated professional development workshops for over 1500 teachers across various contexts, including schools, higher education institutions, and community settings.

Dr. Mary C. Wright

Dr. Mary C. Wright

Associate Provost for Teaching and Learning; and Professor (Research) of Sociology

Sheridan Center for Teaching and Learning; and Department of Sociology

Brown University

POD Network

Mary Wright is Associate Provost for Teaching and Learning, Executive Director of the Sheridan Center for Teaching and Learning, and a Professor (Research) in the Department of Sociology. She is also a former president (2017-18) of the Professional and Organizational Development (POD) Network in Higher Education, the U.S. professional association for educational development.

She is a co-author on the ACE-POD Center for Teaching and Learning Matrix (2017), which created operational standards for Centers for Teaching and Learning, as well as Defining What Matters (2018), which established guidelines for Center for Teaching and Learning evaluation. In 2021-22, she served on the commission (co-chaired by Barbara Snyder, AAU, and Peter McPherson, APLU) that authored The Equity/Excellence Imperative: A 2030 Blueprint for Undergraduate Education at U.S. Research Universities, a report which can be accessed at: https://ueru.org/boyer2030.

Mary's second book, Centers for Teaching and Learning: The New Landscape in Higher Education (2023, Johns Hopkins University Press), is a study of aims, strategies, tactics, organization, and evaluation approaches for 1200+ U.S. CTLs. Her first book, Always at Odds?, focuses on the development of cultures of teaching and was published in 2008 by SUNY Press. She is currently collaborating with a cross-institutional team to write a third book about course design institutes, to be published by Routledge in 2025, and fourth cross-institutional team on a U.S.-wide survey of educational developers.

Mary is a co-editor of the International Journal for Academic Development, the journal of the International Consortium for Educational Development, which seeks to enable academic developers in higher education across the world to exchange ideas about practice and research, and to extend the theory of academic development, with the goal of improving the quality of higher education internationally.

WORKSHOP T3 | ROOM SC3

Session Chair: Prof. Simon Ngigi | Co-chair: Ms. Marion Amukuzi
Dr. Cynthia Korpan

Dr. Cynthia Korpan

Adjunct Professor

Educational Psychology and Leadership Studies

University of Victoria

STLHE, POD

Dr. Cynthia Korpan has over 18 years as an education developer, having garnered significant experience in developing programs and courses, teaching undergraduates, graduate students, and professors, and mentoring many about learning and teaching in higher education. This work and her expertise has been and continues to be shared with institutions in Canada, the United States, China, Uganda, Pakistan, and Ghana. In 2017, she was honoured with the Educational Developers Caucus Leadership Award for her national work related to educational development. Dr. Korpan's research focuses on the learning to teach in higher educational journey of early career academics. 

SYMPOSIUM T1 | ROOM LT4

SYMPOSIUM T2 | ROOM LT3

Dr. Joelyn de Lima

Dr. Joelyn de Lima

Scientist & Pedagogical Advisor

Teaching Support Center & Centre for Learning Sciences 

The Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne

SFDN

Joelyn de Lima is a discipline-based education researcher. She is currently a pedagogical advisor at the Teaching Support Center at the Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne. Currently her research and practice are focused on increasing inclusivity in higher education. Her background has given her a unique blend of perspectives – in terms of culture (she has lived, worked, and taught on 3 continents), theoretical grounding (natural sciences and education), and practice (research & teaching, formal & informal education).