The CTL team possesses a broad range of expertise and experience from teaching consultations, course design and development to using innovative technologies, course evaluations and more.

The CTL is also supported by an extensive network of colleagues including some of Concordia's award-winning teachers and leaders in the field of learning and faculty development. Our door is always open so drop by anytime to meet with us and become a member of our expert teaching community. Together we can achieve teaching excellence at Concordia.


Carol Hawthorne
Interim Director and Curriculum Developer

Room: SGW - H631.12
Phone: 848-2424 ext 2495

Carol Hawthorne is a Curriculum Developer in the Centre for Teaching and Learning at Concordia University and a teacher at the university’s Centre for Continuing Education. As an instructional designer, she practices constructive alignment and is especially interested in student engagement.

As an educator, her focus is on active learning methodologies and using evaluation rubrics and meta-cognitive strategies to promote learner success.


Joanne Rankin
Event & Office Coordinator

Room: LOY -TB Annex
Phone: 848-2424 ext 2496

Joanne has been a part of Concordia University since her early 20s. Having obtained her BA in Applied Human Sciences, she worked in the Department of Theatre for 19 years. She joined the Centre for Teaching and Learning in 2010 and looks after the day to day functioning of the Centre. She also oversees full- and part-time faculty course evaluation. 

Alicia Cundell

Alicia Cundell
Teaching Consultant

Room: LOY- AD426  (Fall 2021 Temporary location: SGW - H631)
Phone: 848-2424 ext 2499

Alicia works with faculty to develop their teaching through consultations, teaching observations and workshops. As a represntative of the CTL, she also sits on a number of committees and liaises with various units to further the CTL's mission of supporting and sustaining excellence, inclusion, and opportunity for the entire academic community.

Alicia has more than 20 years of combined teaching, training and educational development experience, and has worked extensively in teacher training, e-learning, curriculum development and instructional design. She taught internationally for over decade, having held teaching, teacher training and administrative positions across the Middle East, Asia and Europe. 

Her current areas of interest include blended learning, educational technologies, and inclusive teaching.


John Bentley
Senior Instructional Developer

Room: SGW - H631
Phone: 848-2424 ext 2494

John's role as Senior Instructional Developer is to oversee the production of the CTL website, plan and communicate CTL events and provide support to faculty with the adoption of active learning techniques and learning technologies in their teaching. Instructors wishing to adapt their courses to include a new focus on blended learning and eLearning frameworks can contact John for more information.

Prior to joining Concordia, John worked in radio, web and television production and project management for the BBC and BBC Open University Production Centre in the UK. His interest is in working with faculty, students and staff on the design of innovative learning spaces, active and collaborative learning techniques, and strategies for effectively using digital media in teaching and learning including the development and assessment of instructional content for technology enhanced and blended learning.


Donna Goodleaf

Donna Kahérakwas Goodleaf, Ed. D.
Director, Decolonizing Curriculum and Pedagogy

Room: SGW - H631
Phone: 848-2424 ext ----

Donna Kahérakwas Goodleaf is Turtle Clan and is a citizen from the Kanien’kehaka (Mohawk) Nation, Kahnawake Territory, which is part of the Rotinonhsión:ni Six Nations Iroquois Confederacy. She is a Kanien’kehá:ka educator and scholar who joined Concordia university in January of 2018 as the new Indigenous Curriculum and Pedagogical Advisor for the Centre for Teaching and Learning. Her primary role is to develop university-wide training for Concordia faculty on decolonizing and Indigenizing their curriculum programs of study in ways that re-center the advancement and integration of Indigenous peoples’ diverse humanities - intellectual, scientific and cultural knowledge systems, worldviews, epistemologies, histories, research and pedagogies across all academic units. She also serves on the Indigenous Directions Leadership Group. 

Her faculty teaching and Indigenous-centered curriculum design experiences in various academic programs in the Humanities span across Canada and the United States.  In addition, Donna has vast experiences working in Indigenous communities on a local, national and international level in the areas of Indigenous-centered education, language and cultural revitalization programs.  Her current research interests are in decolonization and advancing Indigenous Humanities, Indigenous –centered-education, protection and promotion of Indigenous language and cultural rights, Indigenous land rights and rights to self-determination and Human Rights.




Ying Li
Curriculum Developer

Room: SGW - H631
Phone: 848-2424 ext 4054

Ying Li is a Curriculum Developer at the Centre for Teaching and Learning (CTL). Her main mandate is to help faculty develop new or revise existing programs to align with Concordia University’s strategic directions, especially in areas that involve non-traditional course design, curriculum structures, and delivery modes. She is also involved in faculty development at the CTL.

Her expertise mainly lies in instructional design, curriculum development, and technology integration. She is especially interested in fostering a shift from a content-centred to a learning-centred teaching approach among faculty members to achieve better student engagement and develop lifelong learning skills.

Dalia Radwan

Dalia Radwan
Curriculum Developer

Room: SGW - H631.12
Phone: 848-2424 ext 2495

Dalia Radwan is a Curriculum Developer at the Centre for Teaching and Learning. She has an interdisciplinary academic background in education, fine arts, and commercial arts design. She has nearly twenty years of experience in human experience design, organizational improvement strategies, national and international accreditation processes, international educational programs, and academic research. Her decision to become a Curriculum and Instructional Developer was a natural evolution of her interests for learning and her passion for enabling people at any stage of their life to take part in stimulating learning experiences.

As a curriculum developer, her main focus is on the experience of students at the learning and performance ecosystem level. She takes the perspective of students as the point of departure for program and course design and examines main environmental factors that impact the student experience and learning outcomes. ​

Noura Sinno, Instructional Designer

Noura Sinno
Instructional Designer

Room: SGW - H631.12
Phone: 848-2424 ext 2495

Noura Sinno is an Instructional Designer in the Centre for Teaching and Learning at Concordia University. Noura’s role as an Instructional Designer is to provide support to faculty with the implementation of active learning techniques and the appropriate use of educational technologies in their teaching with a focus on STEM courses. Her passion for enhancing the student learning experience as well as supporting faculty in their teaching made her pursue this career.

Noura earned her PhD in Civil Engineering from Ryerson University and her Master of Engineering from University of Toronto. Her areas of interest include blended learning, educational technologies, student engagement and active learning.  

Mel Riley Case, Instructional Designer, Inclusive Pedagogies

Mel Riley Case (she/they)
Instructional Designer, Inclusive Pedagogies

Room: SGW - H631.12
Phone: 848-2424 ext 2495

Mel Riley Case (she/they) is an Instructional Designer with Concordia’s Centre for Teaching and Learning, focusing on Inclusive Pedagogies. Mel’s approach is student-centred whereby they consider the ways in which classroom environments, curricula and assessments reflect issues of experiential knowledge, access to education, justice, and collective action. It is Mel’s hope that through this consideration, all students can meaningfully engage in, access, and flourish in their learning environments. 

Prior to joining Concordia’s Centre for Teaching and Learning, Mel spent 12 years as an educator, and 3 years as the Instructional Coordinator for Black Student Flourishing at the Peel District School Board (PDSB) in Ontario. Mel supported and trained folks on embedding racial, gender, sexuality, ability, and class justice in their pedagogies and practices at all levels in the PDSB. Mel completed their Master of Education at York University where their research considered abolition and reform, and how Blackness is taken up in the education system.

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