Find out more about our Past Chairs
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.
Sally has been working in the field of educational development since 2007, starting her career as a Teaching Assistant Developer at the University of Waterloo before transitioning to a role in instructional development at Wilfrid Laurier in 2010. Since 2011, she has managed the university’s quality assurance processes, including new program development, curriculum modification, and cyclical program review. Her interest in all of these processes is to provide individualized, responsive, and flexible support to faculty that helps them to achieve their goals. Sally has taught for 15 years in both the college and university sectors and currently teaches in the North American Studies program at Laurier.
Sally has been a member of COED since 2011 and has always had a particular interest in the Curriculum Developers Group and learning about the ways in which other institutions and educational developers across the province are both leading and supporting curriculum review and outcomes assessment processes. She has found that her role in quality assurance has provided her with the opportunity to engage academic units in these processes in a meaningful way, gradually shifting the institutional culture around learning outcomes and assessment, and making required processes such as cyclical review more useful to them. She is currently a part of a COED Research Project that examines how students are being engaged in quality assurance processes across the province.
Sally is looking forward to working collaboratively with the COED Executive team over the next few years to develop and facilitate networking opportunities that respond to the needs and interests of the COED membership.
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.