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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.

Rob Cassidy

Robert Cassidy

Room: S-FB 620-07
Phone: 848-2424 ext 2498

Rob Cassidy is the Director of the CTL where he works with the entire team to keep pedagogical and curricular innovation at the forefront. He joined the CTL in 2016, and in 2017 was appointed to the Department of Education as Affiliate Assistant Professor and to the Centre for the Study of Learning and Development as an Affiliate Researcher.

Rob earned his PhD in Neuroscience from Georgetown University and has published extensively on the generation of new neurons and neuronal connections in the adult brain. He has taught cognitive and education psychology at Concordia, McGill and Dawson College. His current scholarly interests include the social processes of pedagogical innovation in higher education; change theories and obstacles to change in higher ed; and complex systems approaches to university teaching and professional learning.

He previously held the position of Assistant Dean of Academic Development at Dawson College. In his spare time, he is a co-director of the research-practice partnership network called SALTISE and a Guest Associate Editor for the Frontiers in Education research topic, Active Learning: Theoretical Perspectives, Empirical Studies and Design Profiles.



Philippe Caignon

Philippe Caignon
Academic Director

Phone: 848-2424 ext 7502

Philippe advises part-time and full-time professors as well as graduate and undergraduate students experiencing pedagogical difficulties. He also assists the CTL team with their pedagogical projects.

Philippe is interested in promoting deep learning through student interaction (peer learning, co-teaching, group projects), computer-supported collaborative learning (via videos, blogs and wikis), reflective learning (associating his students’ digital productions to their future professional competence), transformational learning (familiarising his students to different cultural values, Indigenous pedagogical values, for example), and experiential learning (working with students on projects linked to professional associations).

In 2007, Philippe received the Arts and Science Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. In 2014, he was awarded a 3M National Teaching Fellowship from the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. The same year, he was the recipient of the President’s Excellence in Teaching Award from Concordia University, and was inducted to the Provost’s Circle of Distinction. Moreover, in 2017, he received the Alumni Award for Excellence in Teaching.


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: SGW - FB620.14
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 nearly 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 - FB620.12 
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 - FB620.10
Phone: 848-2424 ext 2495

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.




Carol Hawthorne
Curriculum Developer

Room: SGW - FB620.05
Phone: 848-2424 ext 2452

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.


Ying Li
Curriculum Developer

Room: SGW - FB620.05
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 - FB620.10
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. ​

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