Debra DawsonDebra Dawson, Director

BA, MA, PhD, (Western)

Phone: (519) 661-2111, ext. 84621
Fax: (519) 661-3076

Debra Dawson is the Director of the Teaching Support Centre, the Director of the Centre for Research on Teaching and Learning in Higher Education and is an adjunct research professor in the Faculty of Education. Debra is an award winning teacher whose primary interests include issues related to enhancing student engagement both inside and outside the classroom, graduate student professional development, and competencies of educational developers. She has given numerous conference presentations both nationally and internationally on facilitating teaching and learning in post-secondary education. She is the co-author of the award winning Canadian edition of “Becoming a Master Student” (Fifth edition). She is currently the Chair of the Educational Directors Caucus, sits on the board of STLHE and the selection committee for the 3M Teaching Fellowship (Canada’s national teaching awards).


Nanda DimitrovNanda Dimitrov, Associate Director (on leave until July 2014)

BA, ELTE (Hungary)
MA, PhD (Minnesota)

Phone: (519) 661-2111, ext. 84624
FAX: (519) 661-3076

Nanda coordinates various programs for Graduate Teaching Assistants to help them in developing their university teaching skills. Her area of expertise is intercultural communication. Her research explores cultural adaptation and cross-cultural marriage; as an intercultural trainer she has facilitated the cross-cultural transitions of students from over fifty countries and helped faculty prepare for teaching in a culturally diverse classroom.


Judy PurvesJudy Purves, Program Coordinator

BA, (Western)

Phone: (519) 661-2111, ext. 84622
Fax: (519) 661-3076

Judy is the primary coordinator for all Teaching Support Centre activities including Fall and Spring Perspectives, the Summer Course on Teaching at the University Level, and New Faculty Orientation. Judy is responsible for the operational management of the office and for the design and editing of our publications, including the Reflections newsletter.


Kim HollandD. Kim Holland, Instructional Designer

BA, MSc. (Western)


Kim supports the design, development, and assessment of curriculum with a focus on Distance Studies courses. He comes to the Teaching Support Centre after 25 years of teaching with the Department of Geography. Kim can assist faculty with integrating new technologies in a pedagogically sound manner into face-to face, hybrid and on-line courses, by applying best practices in teaching and learning theories and instructional technology into curriculum.

Image of Wendy Crocker Wendy Crocker, E-Learning and Curriculum Specialist

BPhEd (Brock), M.Ed, PhD (Western)

Phone: 519-661-2111 ext 81218

Wendy has joined the Teaching Support Centre as a Curriculum Specialist with the specific goal of supporting faculty teams as they move forward through the Undergraduate Curriculum Review process.  Wendy has experience with creating learning outcomes, mapping programs, developing survey questions and planning activities for department retreats.

Image of Yasmien Mills Yasmien Mills, E-Learning and Curriculum Specialist

BA, B.Ed., M.Ed (UBC)
PhD Candidate (Northcentral)

Phone: 519-661-2111 ext 81218

Yasmien is available to help support instructors to meet their eLearning needs. With many years experience teaching face-to-face, blended, and online courses, she has a lot of tips to share. Yasmien previously supported instructors at Western Continuing Studies and in the Faulty of Education at Western. She has designed, developed, and taught many courses on teaching online for instructors. She has also presented at conferences and delivered workshops on eLearning. If you need any pedagogical support in eLearning, please contact Yasmien.



Natasha Patrito HannonNatasha Patrito Hannon, Educational Developer

PhD (Western)

Phone: (519)661-2111, ext. 84651

Natasha supports and advances instructional efforts in the Sciences and Engineering. With her background in Chemistry, Natasha will couple first-hand knowledge of the academic research environment with her passion for teaching in the implementation of new faculty and graduate student development programs designed to address the unique needs of natural scientists and engineers.

Karyn Olsen imageKaryn Olsen, Educational Developer

BSc (Guelph), MA, PhD (Western)

Phone: (519) 661-2111 ext. 84624


Karyn Olsen joined the Teaching Support Centre as an Educational Developer in January 2013, however, she has been working with the team since 2010 as an instructor and coordinator of the Teaching Assistant Trainign Program. Karyn's background is in Anthropology and Biomedical Sciences. She is passionate about teaching and recognizes the professional development needs of today's graduate students. Currently she organizes and facilitates a variety of TSC programs for graduate students and post-doctoral scholars seeking teaching skills and experience.


Image Ken MeadowsKen Meadows, Educational Researcher

PhD (Western)

Phone: (519)661-2111 ext. 81301

In his role as educational researcher, Ken provides program evaluation for Teaching and Learning Services. Ken coordinates the Teaching Support Centre's Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Initiatives and supports librarian research initiatives through the Librarian and Archivist Research Support Network as well as the Research on Teaching Learning Community. Ken is available to meet with and support faculty members from all disciplines who are interested in doing research on their teaching.



Gayle McIntyreGayle McIntyre, Research Coordinator

Hon. BA (University of Toronto)

M. Ed (OISE (in progress))


As the research coordinator, Gayle helps design, manage, and conduct research for various Teaching Support Centre projects. She has experience in qualitative and quantitative methods, including survey development, focus groups, and program assessment.  She also manages content for the TSC website and social media accounts, and compiles resources on various topics including effective teaching, e-learning, and graduate student professional development.



Image of Aisha HaqueAisha Haque, Language and Communication Instructor

Hon. BA, B.Ed (UBC),
MA (Western)

Phone: (519) 661-2111 ext. 80231

Aisha designs and delivers programs related to Teaching Assistant and International Teaching Assistant development and offers workshops on language instruction, communication skills, and best practices in university teaching and learning.  Drawing on her background in postcolonial studies, language education, and communication training, Aisha helps facilitate the academic and professional success of Western’s graduate students by helping them to improve their research and teaching skills.

Alicia HitchcockAlicia Hitchcock, Administrative Assistant

BA (Western)

Phone: (519) 661-2111, ext. 80346

Alicia provides reception and support to the Teaching Support Centre staff and assists in the planning and organization of all workshops, programs, classes and events.  She is the first person of contact for faculty and graduate students at the TSC and is happy to answer any inquiries you may have regarding our programming.