Editorial Team


Laura Cruz, Editor-in-Chief 

Chas Brua, Associate Editor 

Eileen Grodziak, Associate Editor 

Jacob Kelley, Associate Editor 

Alice Macpherson, Founding Editor

Balbir Gurm, Founding Editor 

Review Board


The Transformative Dialogues: Teaching and Learning Journal Review Board consists of members with a focus on teaching and learning with multidisciplinary relevance.


Our Review Board members all have appropriate characteristics from the following list:

  • Affiliation with a learning-focused institution of higher education;
  • Professional membership, commitment to professional discipline and continuous improvement;
  • Terminal credentials, such as Red Seal, MFA, PhD, EdD, or other, including professional designations, technical qualifications and/or extensive experience;
  • Publications, Conference Presentations, Shows, Performances, Installations, Projects, and other reflective scholarly works, particularly in international venues;
  • Evidence relating to professionalism of teaching and learning

Review Board Members

Fay Yokomizo Akindes

Fay Yokomizo Akindes (Ph.D., Ohio University) is Director of Systemwide Professional and Instructional Development at the University of Wisconsin System in Madison. Formerly she was Professor of Communication at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside, where she taught for 20 years.

Jennifer Boman

Jennifer Boman (Ph.D., Western University) is an Assistant Professor and Faculty Development Consultant in the Academic Development Centre at Mount Royal University. Her primary role is supporting the teaching development of faculty in the areas of classroom teaching, curriculum development, and assessment.

Chas Brua

Chas Brua (Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University) is an associate research professor and instructional consultant at the Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence, Penn State. He has taught courses in English as a second language, linguistics, and applied linguistics.

Nancy Chick

Nancy Chick (Ph.D., English) is Director of the Endeavor Foundation Center for Faculty Development at Rollins College (Florida, USA), Co-President of the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (ISSOTL), and founding co-editor of Teaching & Learning Inquiry, the journal of ISSOTL.

Elizabeth O. Crawford

Elizabeth O. Crawford (Ph.D.) is Associate Professor in the Department of Early Childhood, Elementary, Literacy, Middle Level, and Special Education in the Watson College of Education at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. She also serves as an ambassador for HundrED, a Helsinki-based non-profit that identifies and helps to spread scalable K12 education innovations around the world.

Laura Cruz

Laura Cruz (Ph.D., University of California-Berkeley) is an Associate Research Professor (teaching and learning) for the Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence at Penn State University. Her research interests include creative problem-solving, educational development, and emerging forms of scholarship.

Betsy Newell Decyk

Betsy Newell Decyk (Ph.D., Claremont Graduate University) is a philosopher, with special interests in theory of knowledge and cognitive science as well as the history of modern philosophy.

Stephanie Dimech

Stephanie Dimech (Ph.D., University of Toronto) is the dean of Human Services and Community Safety at Georgian College. With an interest in sense making, Stephanie encourages faculty to engage in praxis to recognize and explore how our lived experiences and stories inform our teaching.

Dennis W. Duncan

Dennis W. Duncan (Ph.D., Michigan State University) is a professor of agriculture education at Tennessee Tech University. His research interests include service learning and global education.

Patti Dygur

Patti Dygur (Ph.D., University of Calgary) is a curriculum development consultant with the Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning at the University of Calgary.

Robin Fowler

Robin Fowler (Ph.D.) is teaching faculty at the University of Michigan, where she leads classes in engineering communication and research teamwork.

Melissa Geist

Melissa Geist (Ed.D.,Vanderbilt) is a Professor of Nursing as well as a nationally board-certified Family and Pediatric Nurse Practitioner. Her current interest is in cross-disciplinary teamwork and communication.

Judy Gnarpe

Judy Gnarpe (Ph.D, University of Uppsala, Sweden) is a Teaching Professor at the Department of Medical Microbiology & Immunology, Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada.

Balbir Gurm

Balbir Gurm (R.N., Ed.D., University of British Columbia) is the founding editor-in-chief of Transformative Dialogues.

Rebecca Hardesty

Rebecca Hardesty (Ph.D., University of California, San Diego) is a postdoctoral scholar at UC San Diego's Teaching + Learning Commons and Biological Sciences, and sponsored by UC Irvine's Division of Teaching Excellence and Innovation through several grants from the National Science Foundation

Lesley Hemsworth

Lesley Hemsworth (M.A., Royal Roads) has been an educator in a variety of settings for the past fourteen years. Currently, she is an instructor for KPU's English Language Studies Department with a focus on communication skills for internationally educated nurses, and academic reading and writing skills for non-native speakers of English.

Jennifer Hunter

Jennifer Hunter (Ph.D., Northcentral University) is a Senior Instructional Designer at Southern Utah University and adjuncts in online education for another university. Her main scholarly work is in e-learning, including instructional design, development, and delivery, and professional development.

Lisa Jasinski

Lisa Jasinski (Ph.D.) is Special Assistant to the Vice President for Academic Affairs at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. She is a scholar-practitioner of higher education who uses qualitative approaches to study leadership and the role of faculty in off-campus study and undergraduate research.

Martin Jenkins

Martin Jenkins (Ph.D.) is the head of academic development at Coventry University in the UK. His research interests include: management and implementation of technology-enhanced learning and academic development.

Frances Kalu

Frances Kalu (Ph.D., University of Calgary) is a Curriculum Development Specialist and faculty member at the Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning, University of Calgary.

Lynne N. Kennette

Lynne N. Kennette (Ph.D., Wayne State University) is a professor of Psychology at Durham College in Oshawa, Ontario, Canada. Her research interests include bilingual and/or ambiguous language representation as well as how students learn.

Patricia Kostouros

Patricia Kostouros (Ph.D.) is a professor at Mount Royal University. Her scholarly interests include post-secondary student mental health and wellness, practitioner wellness/compassion fatigue and vicarious trauma, depictions of suffering in education/trauma informed teaching, and reducing dating, domestic, and sexual violence on postsecondary campuses.

Margy MacMillan

Margy MacMillan (M.A., Dalhousie University) is a Professor Emerita of Mount Royal University, and a Senior Researcher at Project Information Literacy. Her research interests span libraries, reading, the intersection of Information Literacy and SoTL, and the evaluation of teaching in higher education.

Alice Macpherson

Alice Macpherson (Ph.D., Simon Fraser University) holds a Ph.D. in Education combining Education and Leadership through an organizational development lens. She is currently a Learning Strategist with the Learning Centres at KPU.

April McGrath

April McGrath (Ph.D., Carleton University) is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at Mount Royal University. Her work in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) focuses on communication, and communication breakdowns, between students and instructors about writing through the feedback and revision process.

Renee Michael

Renee Michael (Ph.D., University of Nebraska-Lincoln) is Professor of Psychology and Director of the Center for Teaching Excellence at Rockhurst University.

Jennifer Miller

Jennifer Miller (Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) has 10+ years of postsecondary teaching experience in economics, public policy, and management. She is an independent scholar focused on advancing open knowledge through a portfolio of projects in open education, open science, and open data.

Julia A. Mooney

Julia A. Mooney is currently a full-time doctoral candidate in the Faculty of Education at the University of Alberta. She is pursuing a Ph.D. in Adult, Community, and Higher Education through the Department of Educational Policy Studies. Her doctoral research inquires into educational development experiences of university professors in a faculty learning community on Indigenization. 

Khalil Rohani

Khalil Rohani (Ph.D.) is a Professor of Marketing and Course Lead, Digital & Innovation area, for the BBA Program at the Pilon School of Business with Sheridan College.

Sarah E. Schoper

Sarah Schoper (Ph.D.) is an Assistant Professor of College Student Personnel (CSP) in the Department of Education Studies at Western Illinois University. Sarah worked for ten years as a practitioner at various institutions in the areas of: fraternity and sorority life, student activities, new student programs, commuter affairs, and leadership programs.

Suzanne Le-May Sheffield

Suzanne Le-May Sheffield (York University) is currently the Director of the Centre for Learning and Teaching at Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia. She has 14 years’ experience as an educational developer and 10 years of teaching experience at the university level.

Massimo Verzella

Massimo Verzella (Ph.D., University of Chieti-Pescara, Italy) is Assistant Professor of Composition at Penn State Erie, the Behrend College. His main areas of interest are writing pedagogy, translation, intercultural communication, cross-cultural rhetorics, and applied linguistics.

Adrienne Wright

Adrienne Wright (Ph.D., Pharmacology, University of Alberta) is an Associate Teaching Professor (FSO III) in the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Alberta. She has a background in toxicology and pharmacology and has been teaching in the department since 2000.