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To share your comments, concerns, or to request help with your teaching, write us at lto@ryerson.ca. We would love to hear from you!

Meet the Team

Eric Kam, DirectorEric Kam

Ext. 6943, erickam@ryerson.ca

Eric joined Ryerson in 2001, having previously taught at the Western University and York University. He served as the undergraduate program director for Economics for seven years, and in 2013, was appointed as the teaching chair for the Faculty of Arts. Eric has a longstanding record of service on departmental, faculty and university committees, and is a current member of Ryerson University Senate.

Lauren Wilson, ManagerLauren Wilson

Ext. 6570, lauren.wilson@ryerson.ca

Lauren Wilson is the Manager of the Learning & Teaching Office. Lauren supports the LTO Director in executing the office's strategic initiatives, supervising the LTO's incredibly motivated team, and overseeing the budget and general operations. Lauren comes to the office with a background in program development and mentorship. She is a PhD Candidate in Higher Education at OISE at the University of Toronto, and holds a Master's of Professional Communication from Ryerson University and a Bachelor of Arts in Speech Communication from the University of Waterloo. She currently teaches in the School of Professional Communication, and is the former Academic Services Coordinator in the Athletics Department where she supported the Athletic Director in the development of Ryerson's first academic support program for student athletes.

Lauren's research interests include student-athlete mentorship, student persistence and retention, and postsecondary academic motivation. Her doctoral research focuses on the academic motivation of high performance student-athletes in post-secondary education. 

Michelle Schwartz, Instructional Design and Research Strategist

Ext. 552094, michelle.schwartz@ryerson.caMichelle Schwartz

Michelle Schwartz is the Instructional Design and Research Strategist at the Learning and Teaching Office. She provides research support for all LTO programming, and develops the content for the LTO's website, newsletters, and Teaching Tips documents. Her primary responsibilities include developing workshops and training materials in support of e-Learning and open access education at Ryerson, as well as coordinating Ryerson's university level Teaching Awards.

Michelle has a BA in Art History from New York University and received her MLIS from Long Island University, where she specialized in Archives and Records Management. She is a Research Fellow at Ryerson's Centre for Digital Humanities, where she co-directs the Lesbian and Gay Liberation in Canada project. She is also an editor for Shameless Magazine, an independent Canadian voice for young women and trans youth.

Curtis Maloley, Educational Developer

Ext. 6598, cmaloley@ryerson.ca

Curtis Maloley is the Educational Developer in the Learning and Teaching Office. He coordinates and delivers orientations, workshops, and professional development programming for both faculty and TA/GAs, including the Professional Development in Teaching program for Ryerson graduate students.

Curtis also teaches in the Department of Sociology, in the G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education, and in the Spanning the Gaps - Access to Post-Secondary Education program at Ryerson. In 2016, he received a Deans' Teaching Award, and was voted as a "Prof Who Made a Mark" by undergraduate students living in Ryerson Residence. He is also the recipient of a 2015 Alan Shepard Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Award for his work in the Spanning the Gaps program. He holds an Interdisciplinary Master’s in Popular Culture (Film Studies & Sociology) from Brock University, and a Bachelor’s in Radio and Television Arts (Minor in Sociology) from Ryerson University. 

Mary Chaktsiris, Instructional Development Specialist

Mary Chaktsiris

Ext. 2862, mary.chaktsiris@ryerson.ca

Mary Chaktsiris is the Instructional Design Specialist at the Learning and Teaching Office (LTO). She consults with faculty about course design and teaching strategies, and supports the LTO’s Learning and Teaching Grants (LTG) program and other strategic initiatives. Mary’s research and teaching includes a focus on Team-Based Learning (TBL) and assessment design. She completed a PhD in History at Queen’s University (2015) and an M.A. in the History of Education at OISE/UT (2009). In 2014, she was the recipient of a teaching award at Queen’s University.

Before joining Ryerson, she held a fellowship in War & Society at Wilfrid Laurier University and was a Policy Analyst with the Council of Ontario Universities (COU). She is also an associate with the L.R. Wilson Institute for Canadian History and a research associate with the Laurier Centre for Military Strategic and Disarmament Studies (LCMSDS).

Gosha Zywno, LTO Associate

Ext. 6105, gzywno@ryerson.caGosha Zywno

Gosha Zywno is a Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, a 3M Teaching Fellow (the highest academic teaching award in Canada and the first-ever for Ryerson), and a winner of the provincial (OCUFA) and Ryerson teaching excellence awards. As an LTO faculty associate, Gosha's focus is on faculty development, instructional design and the use of educational technology. Gosha's professional interests are in control theory and in engineering education, particularly in the use of instructional technology. She has published extensively and conducted seminars and workshops at universities in Canada, Europe and the USA. Her research and educational leadership has been recognized by several international best paper and achievement awards from ASEE, iNEER, UICEE and ACC. Gosha holds an M.Eng. degree from the University of Toronto and a Ph.D. from Glasgow Caledonian University, Scotland, U.K. She is a Professional Engineer, Senior Member of IEEE, and a member of SLTHE and ASEE.

Noura Sinno, Graduate Educational DeveloperNoura Sinno

noura.sinno@ryerson.ca

Noura Sinno is a Graduate Educational Developer in the Learning & Teaching Office. She is responsible for planning and delivering workshops for TA/GAs. She supports the LTO Educational Developer with the administration of the professional development program and helps in co-facilitating orientations within the Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science.

Noura is also a PhD candidate in the civil engineering department at Ryerson University. She holds a Master of Engineering degree from the University of Toronto and a Bachelor of Engineering from the American University of Beirut. Her research interests focus on concrete durability and development of test methods. She is the recipient of the TA/GA award in 2017. She received the Ontario Graduate Scholarship in 2016 and 2017 and the Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarship in 2015.

Zahra Vahedi, Graduate Educational Developer

Ext. 4986, zahra.vahedi@psych.ryerson.ca

Zahra Vahedi is a Graduate Education Developer at the Learning and Teaching Office. She is responsible for supporting the Educational Developer in the development and facilitation of workshops, as well as the preparation of various resources for TA/GAs and Faculty, including materials for the LTO’s Best Practices and Faculty Spotlight.

Zahra is a PhD student in the department of Psychology at Ryerson University. Her current research interests include the cognitive, emotional, and social effects of media and technology. She holds a Master’s in Psychology from Ryerson University, and an Honour’s Bachelor of Science from the University of Toronto.

Lesley Zannella, Graduate Educational Developer

lesley.zannella@psych.ryerson.ca

Lesley Zannella is a Graduate Educational Developer in the Learning & Teaching Office. At the LTO, she collaborates with others in designing and facilitating workshops for TA/GAs. She also works with the Educational Developer to progress the Professional Development in Teaching Program.

Lesley is a PhD student in the Psychology department at Ryerson University. She holds a Master’s in Social Psychology from Ryerson University, a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, and a Bachelor of Arts in Criminology from Carleton University. Lesley’s research interests include the interaction between psychology and law, with a particular focus on factors associated with wrongful convictions. Her doctoral research explores the experiences of exonerees and their needs upon their release and reintegration back into society.