Teaching Fellows

Western’s Teaching Fellows are outstanding educators who, in partnership with the Teaching Support Centre, provide educational leadership to the university community, perform research on teaching and learning, and disseminate the outcomes of their work locally, nationally and internationally.

For more information about the Faculty-Specific Fellows Program and the Teaching Fellows' projects, please see the 2017 Teaching Fellows Report.

University-wide Initiatives

Michael AtkinsonMichael Atkinson (Active Learning, Large Class Teaching, Assessment)

Associate Professor, Department of Psychology
BA, (Dalhousie)
MSc, Ph.D., (Wisconsin-Madison)

Phone: (519) 661-2111, ext. 84644
E-Mail: atkinson@uwo.ca

Mike is an expert on large class instruction and the use of multimedia in the classroom. He is a recipient of the University Students' Council Teaching Award of Excellence (1996), the 3M National Teaching Fellowship (1998), and a multi-year recipient of the UWO Western Psychology Association Psychology Professor of the Year Award.



Gloria LeckieGloria Leckie (Faculty Mentor Program)

Professor Emeritus, Faculty of Information and Media Studies
MLIS, MA, Ph.D., (Western)
Phone: (519) 661-2111, ext. 86459
E-Mail: leckie@uwo.ca

Gloria coordinates the Faculty Mentor Program, which is designed to make the experience, knowledge, and expertise of colleagues available to new faculty.  


Carol BeynonCarol Beynon (Graduate Education)

Associate Professor, Music Education, Faculty of Education
Email: beynon@uwo.ca

Dr. Carol Beynon is investigating alternative forms of scholarship for Western’s 54 PhD programs. She has served in several senior administrative roles at Western, including Associate Vice Provost of the School of Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies and acting Dean of the Faculty of Education. Carol is the first author of the book Learning to Teach published by Pearson Canada (2001) and co-editor of Critical Perspectives in Canadian Music Education (2012), and also a co-investigator with the multidisciplinary SSHRC funded project, entitled Advanced Interdisciplinary Research in Singing (AIRS). Carol has received several awards for outstanding teaching and in 2010, she was inducted into the “Wall of Fame” at the Don Wright Faculty of Music.

Faculty-Specific Initiatives

The Faculty-specific Teaching Fellows carry-out projects related to technology-enabled learning. They are partially seconded to the TSC for a three-year term and receive funding to develop, conduct, and assess the impacts of their proposed innovations. These Fellows also provide faculty-specific guidance in teaching and learning through the coordination of workshops, learning communities, and other professional development opportunities.

Introducing the 2018 Cohort

We are excited to announce that five extraordinary educators joined the growing cohort of Teaching Fellows in 2018.


Michael Buzzelli

Michael Buzzelli (Social Science)

Associate Professor, Geography
Ph.D. (McMaster University)

Phone: (519) 661-2111 ext. 85329 
E-mail: mbuzzel@uwo.ca

Mike will provide new work-integrated and professional experiences for senior undergraduate students. Adopting a ‘tech transfer for the social sciences’ spirit, he will integrate campus and community using pedagogical approaches that include: (1) term-length student group projects that are research-driven and experientially-based, (2) the professor as an embedded project member, and (3) community partners as project mentors. Through these features, learning outcomes are built upon a classroom-based, collaborative, and research-driven foundation; together with unique interactions with the professor and community-based experts in the field. Research on the learning outcomes will be embedded throughout the project.


Nicole Campbell (Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry)

Assistant Professor, Interdisciplinary Medical Sciences and Physiology and Pharmacology
Ph.D. (University of Guelph)

Phone: (519) 661-2111 ext. 82773
E-mail: nicole.campbell@schulich.uwo.ca

Nicole’s project involves effectively communicating learning outcomes to students and assessing and recognizing student achievement of Western’s core competencies. She will develop an interactive visual syllabus that links program and course outcomes to teaching activities and assessments, design self-assessment rubrics for students to measure their proficiency levels on Western’s core competencies, and incorporate ePortfolios and online badging to support these initiatives. She will also research the impact of these initiatives by exploring how improved transparency of outcomes allows students to engage in deeper learning as well as examining the impact of student self-assessment to determine the most effective ways to promote student reflection on and integration of knowledge.


Quazi Rahman (Engineering)

Associate Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Ph.D. (University of Calgary)

Phone: (519) 661-2111 ext. 81399
E-mail: qrahman3@uwo.ca

Quazi will create an online hub designed to engage Engineering students in learning and practicing programming in a variety of programming languages. The interactive online modules created as part of the project will introduce programming languages commonly used in industry, research, and high performance computing to students from all disciplines. The modules will include playful resources and hands on activities that offer students the option to engage with the modules at their own pace even before joining Western. Ultimately, this project will provide students with an enhanced online computer-programming experience that will help them develop skills that are necessary for career opportunities in programming related fields.


Sophie Roland (Don Wright Faculty of Music)

Associate Professor, Music Performance
D.M. (Indiana University)

Phone: (519) 661-2111 ext. 83784
E-mail: sroland2@uwo.ca

Sophie will enhance the way in which experiential learning is delivered in the International Summer Operatic Program, Accademia Europea dell’Opera, in order to match 21st century professional qualifications demands. To achieve this goal, she will (1) expand the current program with pre-departure, re-entry, and professional development modules to support experiential learning in the program and (2) design and conduct an assessment of the impact of the program on participants’ learning and professional skills development.


Thomas Telfer (Law)

Professor, Law
S.J.D. (University of Toronto)

Phone: (519) 661-2111 ext. 88379
E-mail: ttelfer@uwo.ca

Thomas will integrate mental health and mindfulness education into Western’s Law program. He will raise awareness of mental health issues, reduce stigma, and build student resiliency through the development and implementation of a new mental health education program. He will also revise and extend an existing first-year non-credit mindfulness course in Law, creating an optional upper-year for-credit Law course that will support students’ personal, academic, and professional well-being through its focus on mindfulness, emotional intelligence and professionalism. Further, he will conduct research on the impact of these mental health and mindfulness initiatives.

Current Teaching Fellows


Angela Borchert (Arts & Humanities)

Associate Professor, Department of Modern Languages and Literatures
Ph.D., (Princeton)

Phone: (519) 661-2111 ext.82210 
E-mail: borchert@uwo.ca

Angela will develop an e-portfolio-based curriculum in intercultural communication in the context of a community of practice in Modern Languages and Literatures. With e-portfolio templates, Arts & Humanities students will create individual learning plans, demonstrate learning outcomes and showcase creative critical thinking.


Ralph Buchal (Engineering)

Associate Professor, Faculty of Education
Ph.D., (University of British Columbia)

Phone: (519) 661-2111 ext.88454 
E-mail: rbuchal@eng.uwo.ca

Ralph will develop tools to engage students in computer-supported collaborative knowledge building in face-to-face, blended and online courses, using a design-based research methodology.


Tom Haffie and Lindi Wahl (Science)

Lindi WahlTom HaffieTom:

Lecturer, Department of Biology
M.Sc. (University of Saskatchewan)

Phone: (519) 661-2111, ext. 86502
Email: thaffie@uwo.ca


Professor, Department of Applied Mathematics
D. Phil (Oxford)

Phone: 519-661-2111. ext. 88795
Email: lwahl@uwo.ca

For Tom and Lindi’s joint project, they will embed undergraduate and graduate students into Science education as active and essential partners. To achieve this goal, they will develop the Student Fellowship in Science Education, design and teach a new for-credit multidisciplinary course on the theory and practice of science education, and develop a graduate-undergraduate student mentoring program.  

Immaculate NamukasaImmaculate Namukasa (Education)

Associate Professor, Curriculum Studies and Studies in Applied Linguistics
Ph.D. (University of Alberta)

Phone: 519.661.2111, ext. 82271
E-mail: inamukas@uwo.ca

 Immaculate is developing and facilitating interactive modules, coordinating workshops, and establishing a community of practice, all centred around maker activities (i.e., technology supported do-it-yourself activities in which participants create physical, sensory, and/or digital objects). 



Sandra Smeltzer (Faculty of Information and Media Studies)

Associate Professor, Faculty of Information and Media Studies
Ph.D., (Carleton University)

Phone: (519) 661-2111 ext.86112
E-mail: ssmeltze@uwo.ca

Sandra will create a community of practice for faculty members interested in enriching current international service learning and research. She will develop a new theory/praxis seminar course for FIMS that critically examines concepts and case studies of service learning and how they intersect with the field of media studies and communications.

David WaltonDavid Walton (Health Sciences)

Associate Professor, School of Physical Therapy
Ph.D. (University of Western Ontario)

Phone: 519 661-2111, ext. 80145
E-mail: dwalton5@uwo.ca 

David is designing the curriculum for a new one-year course-based Master’s degree in Interprofessional Pain Management. This unique program will be the first collaborative team integrated competency-based (CTIC) graduate program in Pain Management in the world.


Previous Teaching Fellows

Dan BelliveauDan Belliveau (Faculty of Health Sciences)

Associate Professor, School of Health Studies
B.Sc., (St. Francis Xavier University)
Ph.D., (University of Western Ontario)

A neuroscientist and gross anatomist by training, Dan's research interest focuses on the "science of learning". Dan is an associate professor in the School of Health Studies where he investigates the impact of technology in the classroom (e.g., peer competition on learning, blended learning enhancements to laboratory and tutorial classes). Dan's Teaching Fellowship will focused on the development of a MOOC (massive open online course) to facilitate the transition into the discipline of Health Science for first-year students admitted to Western.

Peter Ferguson

Peter Ferguson (Social Science)

Assistant Professor, Political Science Department
Ph.D., (University of British Columbia)

Peter worked collaboratively with librarians to design online modules that support the development of information literacy skills among undergraduate students.

George GadanidisGeorge Gadanidis (Mathematics Education)

Associate Professor, Faculty of Education

George spends 50-60 days each year in elementary school classrooms, collaborating with teachers to develop and research math experiences for students and their parents that offer the pleasure of mathematical surprise, insight and beauty. Using documentaries of this work (www.researchideas.ca), George developed a freely accessible online Math-for-Teachers textbook for the  2-year BEd program. The textbook includes classroom videos, animations, simulations, and interactive explorations.


Sarah McLeanSarah Mclean (Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry)

Assistant Professor, Bachelor of Medical Sciences Program
BMSUE Educator/eLearning Coordinator
Ph.D., (Western University)

Phone: (519) 661-2111 ext.88587
E-mail: sarah.mclean@schulich.uwo.ca

Sarah is an Educator and eLearning coordinator for Basic Medical Sciences Undergraduate Education at the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry. Sarah is passionate about teaching and has a keen interest in developing blended classrooms and laboratories by incorporating both online learning and traditional face-to-face learning environments. Her research interests include assessing students' interactions with online learning materials as well as their perception of the instructor in blended courses.

Sarah focused on creating online rat dissection and 'choose your own adventure' experimental simulations that help students gain 'hands-on' anatomy experience in virtual laboratory environments.


Bethany White

Bethany White (Science Education)

Assistant Professor, Department of Statistics and Actuarial Sciences
BScH -- Mathematics and Statistics (Acadia University)
MMATH, Ph.D. in Statistics-Biostatistics (University of Waterloo)

Bethany's research interests relate to the impact of structured technology-enabled activities and course formats on students' learning and attitudes. Her Teaching Fellow project involved the development and evaluation of adaptive online learning modules that target challenging foundational statistical concepts.e