I am an Acting Associate Dean (Teaching and Learning) in the Faculty of Arts and Science. I hold my Ph.D. from the University of Waterloo which I received in 1993 and held my 2nd Queen’s Chair in Teaching and Learning from 2006-2009. I am a member of the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education and in 2012 I was given the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance Award for unlocking the potential of Ontario’s young people. I am the co-founder of Inquiry @ Queens with Jackie Druery as my co-chair. Inquiry @ Queens is a program that assists Queen’s undergraduates to discover the satisfaction of well-conducted research.
My past research focused on the hydrogeology of clay-rich, unlithified deposits (aquitards) and hydraulic properties. My research involved the use of naturally occurring groundwater tracers including stable isotopes of water, major ions, minor ions and trace gases. I am considered an expert in the hydrogeology of low permeability systems, with a focus on sydepositional processes that affect groundwater flow systems. In 2012, I worked with Victor Diamond to characterize the properties of the complex overburden deposits.
My current research is in education around field learning and the potential connection between that and critical thinking and experiential learning.