Executive

Meet the Current TAGSA Executive

Jeni Spencer – Chair
Jill Marie McSweeney-Flaherty – Vice-Chair
Brandon Sabourin – Secretary
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Betsy Keating – Eastern Member-at-Large
Natasha May – Ontario Member-at-Large
Alexandra Kozelko – Central Member-at-Large
Eliana El Khouny – Western Member-at-Large
Ashlyne O’Neil – Student Member-at-Large


 

Jeni Spencer – Chair
University of Guelph

Jeni-Spencer-ScaledJeni is currently completing her Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering at the University of Guelph focusing on agricultural air quality. During this time she has become involved with various teaching and learning initiatives at Guelph including; completing the Inquire Graduate Certificate that focuses on developing and demonstration the skills needs to complete SoTL research, being a College Lead for the Graduate Teaching Community (GTC), more recently becoming the Co-Chair for the GTC, and also TA’ing every year of her graduate degrees. Her goal for this role is to interact with the larger teaching and learning community and be able to participate in the initiatives of STLHE/TAGSA to promote graduate student involvement. Longer term, she hopes to become an educational developer with a focus on engineering education.


Jill Marie McSweeney-Flaherty – Vice-Chair
Dalhousie University

Jill is an Educational Developer at the Centre for Learning and Teaching (CLT) at Dalhousie University, where her portfolio focuses on graduate student teaching development. She is the creator of Dalhousie’s Teaching Assistant Enrichment Program (TAEP) and is the Program Administrator of the Certificate in University Teaching and Learning (CUTL) where she teaches the graduate course on university teaching. Jill is currently working on SoTL projects examining graduate student development, and has done work in the area of fostering pathways into educational development for graduate students.


Brandon Sabourin – Secretary
University of Windsor

Brandon is new to the TAGSA executive and is excited to continue championing the development of graduate students and teaching assistants. He is currently completing his PhD in Educational Studies at the University of Windsor through the Joint PhD in Education program.  His research is exploring the educational development opportunities for sessional instructors. He is involved in a number of faculty and campus-wide initiatives to promote good teaching and learning.  Brandon is also a sessional instructor in the Faculty of Education at the University of Windsor. He teaches courses in Digital Technology and Social Media, preparing teacher candidates to be responsible users of technology and digital information.


Betsy Keating – Eastern Member-at-Large
Dalhousie University

Betsy previously served two terms as a student member-at-large on the TAGSA Executive and helped revise and coordinate TAGSA’s Award for Outstanding Conference Session Led by a Graduate Student. She studied cognition and learning in higher education at the University of Windsor, and the focus of her PhD research was TAs’ conceptions of and approaches to teaching. Betsy worked at the University of Windsor’s CTL and helped develop and coordinate GA/TA Network there. She has an MA in English literature and spent a few years teaching composition and academic writing before moving into full time educational development. In her current position at Dalhousie University, Betsy coordinates the Faculty Certificate Program in teaching and learning.


Natasha May – Ontario Member-at-Large
York University

Natasha-May-Scaled.jpgNatasha is a teacher at heart and has taken every opportunity to be involved in teaching and learning. She completed a number of different programs and took on various roles as a graduate student to develop herself and support her peers in teaching. After completing a PhD in mathematics, Natasha transitioned into her current role as an Educational Developer in the Teaching Commons at York University. She feels like the luckiest Educational Developer because a major part of her role is overseeing all of the support programs offered for graduate students, co-teaching the accredited courses offered to graduate students and getting the opportunity to interact with graduate students about teaching as well as professional and educational development.


Alexandra Kozelko – Central Member-at-Large
University of Manitoba

 


Eliana El Khouny – Western Member-at-Large
University of Calgary

 


Ashlyne O’Neil – Student Member-at-Large
University of Windsor

 


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