Find out more about our Past Chairs
Dr. Beata Pawlowska, Director of Programs, Projects & Partnerships
Beata Pawlowska, Ph.D., is the Director of Programs, Projects, and Partnerships at the Center for Faculty Development, University of Toronto and St. Michael’s Hospital.
Beata Pawlowska, has extensive academic and practice-based experience in change leadership, faculty and curriculum development, competency based-education, simulation, interprofessional education, teaching, and research. She holds a doctorate in Industrial and Organizational Psychology and a Masters degree in Business and Education.
Concurrent to completing her Ph.D. program, Beata was an Adjunct Professor (Docent) in the Department of Social Psychology and in the Department of Education at Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich, Germany. Beata was also a member of a carefully chosen start-up team which established the Center for Leadership and People Management at Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich, Germany, where she subsequently worked as an associate researcher and as an educator.
Successively, in her role as a Manager for the Centre of Learning and Innovation at the Michener Institute of Education at The University Health Network (UHN), she partnered with academic and healthcare leaders to ensure the highest quality of patient care and safety through excellence in education. She led cross-institutional and interprofessional design teams through complex competency-based program development and faculty development initiatives.
Beata is a recipient of numerous awards of excellence and has been recognized as a highly skilled thought leader and agent of change. Her scholarly interests are in the areas of leadership, faculty development, collective competence, and change management.
Dr. Mandy Frake-Mistak & Dr. Natasha May, York University
Mandy is an Educational Developer at the Teaching Commons at York University where she works with faculty and graduate students. Her primary role is providing courses related to teaching in higher education and SoTL. She facilitates professional development workshops, and is an Instructional Skills Workshop Trainer. Currently, Mandy is involved in the EDC Accreditation Committee, the EDC Working Group on Awards, the 3M National Student Fellowship Coordination Team, York University’s Working Group on Enhancing the Quality of Teaching and Learning, and is a reviewer for Transformative Dialogues.
Mandy completed her Ph.D. and a Graduate Diploma in Postsecondary Education at York University, an Honours Bachelor in Physical Education, a Bachelor of Education, and a Masters of Education from Brock University. She has been a contract faculty at York University, Wilfrid Laurier University, Brock University and Trent University, instructing courses in faculties of education and physical education and kinesiology. Her areas of research are teaching and learning in higher education, critical policy studies, degree level expectations and outcomes based learning, quality assurance, and the political economy of higher education.
Natasha 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 one of the luckiest Educational Developers 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. Natasha is also the Ontario Member-at-Large of Teaching Assistant and Grad Student Advancement (TAGSA). On the faculty side, Natasha is committed to developing communities of practice and supporting faculty with their teaching and curriculum development. She teaches an undergraduate mathematics course or two each academic year, allowing her to share her own practices with colleagues and engage in SoTL.
Natasha and Mandy have a strong desire to make a contribution to the Educational Developer community as they have both so greatly benefited themselves. They view the position of Co-Chairs of COED as an opportunity and responsibility to engage with and learn from colleagues and peers as they expand their work with those teaching in post-secondary education. They aim to build on the already strong foundation of the COED community by continuing to engage the current membership and invite those who are new to this energetic network of Educational Developers. They will strive to explore and will commit to collaborative, scholarly, meaningful, and interactive opportunities beyond the contexts of our local institutions with an overall mission of continuing our advocacy of teaching and learning in post-secondary education.
Natasha and Mary are colleagues in Niagara College’s Centre for Academic Excellence (CAE). Natasha manages the Educational Development Unit and Mary is the Director of the Centre. The CAE was founded in 2013 and supports both academic program quality improvements through faculty and curriculum development and academic program quality assurance through facilitation of the cyclical review and new program development processes.
Natasha arrived at Niagara College in July of 2014 and over the past two years has, in collaboration with her wonderful colleagues, established the service model of the ED unit and has collaborated with the Western Region colleges on the redesign of our two-year College Educator Development Program. Previously, Natasha served as an Educational Developer in Western University’s Teaching Support Centre where she supported faculty and graduate students in the exploration of conditions that lead to enhanced student learning. She is the editor-in-chief of the Teaching Innovation Projects journal, a founding organizer of the Western Conference in Science Education, and a certified Instructional Skills Workshop (ISW) trainer. As a physical chemist and science educator herself, Natasha will contribute greatly to the development of the physical science and engineering related fields of study at Niagara College.
Mary arrived at Niagara College in March of 2013 and has had the privilege of building the foundations for the CAE from two units – Academic Quality and the Centre for Professional and Organizational Development – that were brought together and reconstituted by the Vice-President, Academic. Mary also hails from the university sector, having spent three years as the founding Director of the Centre for Innovation in Art and Design Education at OCAD University, and many, many years at the University of Guelph as an Educational Developer for Teaching Support Services (a precursor of OpenED) and the founding Manager of the Supported Learning Groups Program in Guelph’s Learning Commons. Mary also served as the Canadian representative for the International Center for Supplemental Instruction and brought the Canadian centre to the University of Guelph – one of six national centres world-wide. Mary holds a doctorate in education from OISE/UT and has also earned recognition for her teaching in Guelph’s First Year Seminar Program by the Student Senate Caucus of the University of Guelph.
Both Natasha and Mary place great value on collegial networks such as COED and feel that our provincial council plays a critical role in shaping the ways in which Educational Developers can support each other, collaborate on research and practice initiatives, and guide our communities in ensuring that our students and faculty benefit from well-developed curriculum and rich teaching and learning experiences.