Sheri Fabian

Director, September 2017 - August 2020


Sheri's Bio: Dr. Sheri Fabian is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Criminology. She is actively involved in ongoing discussions with her FASS colleagues regarding the scholarship of teaching and learning and is particularly interested in the pedagogy surrounding experiential learning in the classroom, and the creation of safe and inclusive classroom spaces. Sheri was awarded the SFU Excellence in Teaching Award (2016) and the SFU Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Cormack Excellence in Teaching Award (2014). Sheri is also a faculty mentor for the graduate student Certificate Program for University Teaching and Learning as well as for new faculty in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. She has served as an Academic Integrity Advisor since 2008. Sheri has received five Teaching and Learning Development grants including her current grant that focuses on pedagogical to decolonizing and Indigenizing our classes.

Tara McFarlane

Administrative Coordinator

Phone: 778-782-3122

Tara's Bio: As ISTLD's administrative coordinator, I look after all administrative, financial, personnel and operational needs for the team, as well as facilitate the funding and logistics for all Teaching and Learning Development Grant recipients.

Laura D'Amico

Research Associate, August 2015 - Current


Laura's Bio: I am particularly interested in the development and study of systems for supporting and implementing educational improvement and reform, including: assessment infrastructures; learning technologies; professional development systems for teachers, principals, and university faculty; and relationships between researchers and practioners. In the last 20+ years, my research methods have ranged from design-based research to literature and policy reviews to basic research involving mixed qualitative and quantitative methods, such as interviews, focus groups, questionnaires and activity logs. I hold a B.S. Education-Mathematics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a PhD in the Learning Sciences from Northwestern University. For more about Laura's current and past projects see her SFU webpage.

Birgit Schwarz

Post Doctoral Fellow, April 2017 - Current


Birgit's Bio: Prior to joining the ISTLD in April 2017, I completed a PhD in Biology and taught several block courses at Quest University (Squamish, BC). As a research assistant, I worked on two Teaching and Learning Development Grant projects that investigated the effectiveness of reflective exercises and a flipped classroom design, respectively. My research interests revolve around the implementation and improvement of flipped classrooms or flipped elements in traditional classrooms, specifically in STEM disciplines. In this context, I am interested in investigating the effect of different approaches and strategies on learning outcomes and student engagement, as well as instructor experiences.

Steven Hall

Research Assistant, Decolonizing Teaching Seminar Series and Grant Program, February 2018 - Current

Steven's Bio: I am an undergraduate student majoring in Psychology and currently have an AA in Psychology from Langara College. My aspiration after my studies is to work in the urban Aboriginal/LGBTQ2+ community to support youth through counseling. I applied for this position simply because I want to be part of shaping student learning at Simon Fraser University regarding Indigenous peoples. Being an urban Heiltsuk student, I find the concept of decolonizing teachings a necessary process in order to create a safer space for Aboriginal students in the classroom. Another reason for my interest in being a research assistant for ISTLD is to strengthen my facilitation skills as well as develop some research skills.

Walas giaxsixa (thank you in Haíɫzaqvḷa) for allowing me to be part of this!

Aynsley Pescitelli

Research Assistant, January 2018 - Current

Aynsley's Bio: I am a PhD Candidate in the School of Criminology. I became interested in teaching and learning research while working as a research assistant on multiple Teaching and Learning Development Grants projects focused on innovative teaching methods in introductory Criminology courses. My other research interests include media representations of crime and criminal justice, sexual violence at postsecondary institutions, sexual violence policy, feminist criminology, minorities and the criminal justice system, and cybervictimization. My doctoral research examines the role of graduate students in sexual violence policy, procedures, and resources at Canadian postsecondary institutions. I also work as a sessional instructor in the School of Criminology at SFU and a contract instructor in the Criminology Department at Douglas College.

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