Doctorate in Feminist Philosophy, Master in Social Work, and Postdoctoral research on and with women on sexual health — over ten years of experience in research, teaching, and advocacy

Education & Awards

Master of Social Work, Wilfrid Laurier University, Kitchener, ON, 2014

  • Addictions Counselling Certificate, 2014
  • First Aid (Emergency and CPR) Certified, 2014
  • ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) Certified, 2013

Doctor of Philosophy in Philosophy, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, ON, 2011

  • Gold Medal of Academic Excellence from the Faculty of Arts, Fall 2011
  • Ontario Graduate Scholarship, 2007 & 2008

Master of Arts in Philosophy, Brock University, St. Catharines, ON, 2006

  • R.A. Mayer Graduate Scholarship, awarded to the philosophy graduate student with the highest GPA, 2004

Honors Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy, Western University, London, ON, 2002

  • Graduated with distinction
  • Philosophical Virtue Award in Perseverance, 2002

 Work Experience

Board Member, Community Research Ethics Board, Community Research Ethics Office, Kitchener (Ontario), March 2017 — Present.

Assistant Professor (specializing in Continental Feminist Philosophy), Department of Philosophy, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, ON, 2014-2015, 2017-Present

  • Established course syllabi including clear learning outcomes, original and appropriate reading materials, assessments, and course agenda
  • Taught both large undergraduate classes and small graduate seminars
  • Developed and implemented learning-outcome assessment plans for each assignment
  • Member of the Department of Philosophy Diversity Committee involved in researching the retention of women and minorities in philosophy

Instructor (adjunct), Department of Philosophy and Department of Global Studies, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, ON, 2008-Present & Department of Women’s and Gender Studies, Brock University, St. Catharines, ON, Sep-Dec 2011

  • Teaches courses primarily in moral philosophy, applied ethics, and feminist theory
  • Establishes course syllabi including clear learning outcomes, original and appropriate reading materials, assessments, and course agenda
  • Develops and delivers creative learner-centered lectures to engage adult learners from diverse socio-cultural backgrounds
  • Supervises teaching assistants
  • Teaches introductory writing and communication skills emphasizing rhetoric, grammar, and critical thinking

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Allan Gray Centre for Leadership Ethics, Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa, 2015-2016

  • Conducted research with a community-based, NGO funded health project aimed at changing the perception surrounding sexuality, sexual violence, and women’s health in rural Eastern Cape including developing, coordinating, and facilitating awareness campaigns, educational sessions, and providing therapeutic and concrete resources for community members
  • Co-developed and instructed IiNtetho zoBomi a university service-learning course aimed at consciousness-raising and responding to issues of gender, sexual, and racial oppression in South Africa and beyond
  • Developed, coordinated, and customized workshops for faculty, staff, and students in applied ethics
  • Assisted in the devolvement and review of policy and protocols governing the operation of the Centre

Clinical Social Work Intern, 1st Step Early Psychosis Intervention Program, Canadian Mental Health Association Waterloo, Wellington, Dufferin, ON, Sep-Dec 2013

  • Assisted in individual clinical assessment, treatment planning, and psychotherapy services to socio-culturally diverse adolescent and adult population experiencing psychosis
  • Collaborated with treatment team of social work, psychiatry, registered nursing, and occupational therapy to assess clients’ appropriateness for 1st Step services and developed individualized treatment plans
  • Coordinated community service for clients by engaging, assessing, and actively linking clients with community services and programs
  • Facilitated a psycho-educational group on healthy living

Research Assistant and Co-Chair, Faculty of Social Work Equity Committee, Wilfrid Laurier University, Kitchener, ON, May-Dec 2013

  • Planned and executed full-day forum titled “Challenging Stigma and Oppression” for over 150 student, faculty, and community participants which included 15 community guest speakers and workshop facilitators
  • Co-researched, co-developed, and co-administered “2013 Faculty of Social Work Diversity Climate Survey”
  • Performed preliminary qualitative and quantitative analysis on Diversity Climate Survey data
  • Authored Research Ethics Board application and preliminary report on Diversity Climate Survey
  • Set the agenda and chaired biweekly Equity Committee Meetings

Clinical Intern, Grand River Hospital, Kitchener, ON, Jan-Jun 2013

  • Assisted in clinical and practical social work including performing psychosocial assessments with acute and chronic hospital patients encompassing all treatment areas (medical, psychiatry, and out-patient)
  • Assisted in providing ethics consultations for health care consumers, hospital staff, and community partners
  • Co-facilitated a support group for in-patient psychiatry
  • Assisted in educating professional staff on ethical issues in health care, e.g., Grand River Hospital Ethics Grand Rounds and University of Waterloo School of Pharmacy lectures

President (elected), Wilfrid Laurier University Graduate Students’ Association, Waterloo, ON, 2010-2011

  • Managed and supervised business office, two full-time personnel, four Vice-Presidents, student volunteers, and all Executive and Committee projects and initiatives
  • Developed and maintained communication with internal and external stakeholders such as other student unions, University administration, student-service bodies, and Brantford and Kitchener-Waterloo community
  • Consulted with officers of other University committees, bodies, and organizations to communicate activities of the Association and obtain information regarding changes in University policies and procedures
  • Advocated for graduate student interests and concerns with academic related bodies and student-service bodies
  • Participated in a number of hiring, review, and standing committees such as the Hiring Committee for the VP: Research, the Review Committee for the VP: Finance and Administration, and Senate and Board of Governors

Committee Member, Canadian Philosophical Association Equity Committee, Ottawa, ON, 2008-2011

  • Assisted in generating a full report of a 2007 online survey and recommending equity policies, procedures, and best practices to philosophy departments across Canada
  • Co-analyzed statistics and co-authored sub-report on sexual harassment in the workplace
  • Annually co-organized speakers panel on equity issues for the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences

Researcher, The Office of Educational Development and the Faculty of Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, ON, 2009-2010

  • Accessed, summarized, and presented key findings on Canadian and International post-secondary institutions’ procedures and policies on graduate student supervision to research supervisors
  • Co-researched and co-developed “Issues in Graduate Student Advising and Strategies to Address Them: A Qualitative Analysis of Focus Group Interviews and Email Surveys with Graduate Students and Graduate Faculty at Wilfrid Laurier University” study
  • Co-conducted focus groups and gathered, co-analyzed, and co-drafted preliminary report on the qualitative findings

 VP: Policy, Wilfrid Laurier University Graduate Students’ Association, Waterloo, ON, 2009-2010

  • Researched and prepared the first draft of the Policy Manual and Job Description Manual for the Association
  • Co-revised the Association’s Constitution and Bylaws
  • Presented formal recommendations to the Board of Directors regarding proposed amendments to policies, Constitution, and Bylaws as well as presented new policies

Advisor to the Director, Centre for Women’s and Gender Studies, Brock University, St. Catharines, ON, Dec 2008-Feb 2009

  • Edited and proofread departmental policy and proposal for departmental expansion
  • Advised on redundancies in policy
  • Ensured plans, goals, and agendas were clear, concise, and incisive

Executive Editor, Cottage Living Magazine/Vie de chalet, Fort-Coulonge, QC, Jan-Jun 2003

  • Assisted in developing editorial policy and ensuring that policy was implemented in decision-making, writing assignments, and interviews
  • Aided in creating a vision for the magazine
  • Established clear goals, plans, and strategies for marketing

Reporter, Journal de Pontiac, Aylmer Bulletin d’Aylmer, West Quebec Post, Gatineau, QC, Aug 2002-Jun 2003

  • Reported on local politics and events which involved conducting interviews, researching information, fact checking, and writing for the public
  • Assisted with newspaper layout, design, editing, and proofreading for copy
  • Established a rapport with the community, civic government, community organizations, and community services