IFNTF Committee

Professor Elizabeth A. Wells, Ph.D Founding Co-President

Associate Professor Kirsten Hardie, Ph.D Founding Co-President

Currently Vacant Vice President, UK

Professor Srini Sampalli, Ph.D Vice President, Canada

Professor Christine Rubie-Davies, Ph.D Vice President, New Zealand

Professor Sally Kift, Ph.D Vice President, Australia

Professor Angela (Angie) M. Kolen, Ph.D Secretary

Associate Professor Susan Palmer Conn, Ph.D Treasurer

Dr. Martina A. Doolan Deputy Treasurer and Membership Officer

Founding Co-President

Dean-Elect, and Pickard-Bell Professor in Music, Mount Allison University, Canada. Former Chair, Council of 3M National Teaching Fellows.

Elizabeth Wells earned her Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Toronto with a concentration in History and Literature of Music. She then pursued a career in public broadcasting, working as a music programmer and producer of a classical music programs for CJRT-FM in Toronto. In 1993, she entered the graduate program in musicology at the Eastman School of Music. Her dissertation, entitled West Side Story(s): Perspectives on a Great American Musical, has been supported by the three dissertation fellowships, including the AMS-50 Dissertation Fellowship awarded annually to the most promising doctoral research in musicology in North America. In 2011 a book version was published by Scarecrow Press.

Wells has read papers on musicology and music history pedagogy at national and international conferences, including meetings of Feminist Theory and Music, the American Musicological Society and the International Musicological Society. In addition, she has given guest lectures and has been an invited speaker on musical theatre, most notably at Harvard University. She has twice won the “Best Student Paper” from the New York State/St. Lawrence Chapter of the AMS. Her work has been published in Cambridge Opera Journal and the Journal of the American Musicological Society.

Before coming to Mount Allison, she taught music history at Mansfield University in Pennsylvania, the State University of New York at Geneseo, and the Eastman School of Music. In 2008 she won the Tucker Teaching Award, Mount Allison's highest recognition of teaching excellence, and the Association of Atlantic Universities' Distinguished Teacher Award. She was named a 3M National Teaching Fellow in 2010. She has served as Chair of the Council of 3M National Teaching Fellows.

Her research interests include music history pedagogy, British musical theatre of the 1950s, and American musical theatre at mid-century. She has developed innovative courses including one on the Beatles and a course supported by the Vice-President's Curricular Innovation fund entitled “Music and Difference,” which addresses music's role in mediating and expressing difference.

Founding Co-President

Associate Professor, Arts University Bournemouth, UK. Former Chair of the Committee of the Association of National Teaching Fellows.

Kirsten was awarded a UK National Teaching Fellowship (NTF) in 2004. She studied Design History (BA (Hons)) and Graphic Design (MA) and combined both areas of expertise in her PhD work. She has over twenty nine years teaching experience and is passionate about creative and innovative pedagogy and excellence in learning and teaching. Her pedagogic research themes include; problem-based learning; object-based learning; teaching excellence and reward schemes and HE art and design pedagogy. Kirsten's On Trial pedagogic work - experiential, student-centred, problem-based role play learning and teaching - is inspired by the mock trial of legal education/practice and the courtroom dramas in popular media and she works with colleagues cross-discipline regarding this dynamic learning experience.

Kirsten is Executive member of the Group for Learning in Art & Design; Secretary for the Graphic Design Educators Network; and elected member of the Executive Council of the Ephemera Society. She has served as Executive Committee member Design History Society (2004-2008) and she was Chair of the Art and Design Reference Group, Higher Education Academy Art, Design and Media Subject Centre (2010) and Vice Chair in 2009. Kirsten has worked as Co-Chair of the International Society of Scholarship of Learning and Teaching Multinational Teaching Fellows Group for a number of years. In 2004, in recognition of her learning and teaching work, Kirsten was invited to HM the Queen's reception at Buckingham Palace to celebrate the role of design in the life of the nation.

Kirsten was member of the collaborative 'Creative Interventions: valuing and assessing creativity in student work-related learning in the public and not-for-profit sectors' Higher Education Academy NTF Group Project (2008-2010).

Kirsten is a prolific conference speaker and has presented many papers, keynotes and workshops internationally. She has authored a range of articles and papers, is an experienced conference and event organiser and has curated numerous exhibitions. Her activities include a significant number of collaborative and advisory roles across HE internationally including External Examinerships and peer reviewer for numerous organisations and journals. She is a UK Higher Education Academy (HEA) Academic Associate and Fellow of the HEA. Kirsten is an associate editor for the Higher Education Pedagogies Journal.

Kirsten's research interests also include plastics; food packaging; and flock. She is an avid collector and was responsible for the creation of her home institution's original design museum.

Vice President, Canada

Professor and 3M National Teaching Fellow, Dalhousie University, Canada.

Dr Srinivas (Srini) Sampalli is a Professor and 3M National Teaching Fellow in the Faculty of Computer Science, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, and brings with him nearly 20 years of teaching and research experience. Deeply passionate about teaching and sharing knowledge, Dr.Sampalli's primary joy is in inspiring and motivating students with his enthusiastic and energetic teaching. Within the first five years of his academic career, Srini received the Dalhousie Faculty of Science Teaching Excellence award, the Dalhousie Alumni Association Teaching award, and the Association of Atlantic Universities' Distinguished Teacher Award. In 2000, the “Srini Teaching Award”, a teaching award in his name, was instituted by the students within the Faculty of Computer Science, and in 2005, he received the 3M National Teaching Fellowship, Canada's most prestigious teaching acknowledgement. Dr.Sampalli is also very active in research. His research interests are in the areas of cyber-security and applications of emerging wireless technologies. He currently supervises 6 Ph.D. and 14 Masters students in his MYTech (EMergingWIreless Technologies lab), and has supervised over 100 graduate students in his career. He has successfully led industry-driven research and development projects on protocol vulnerabilities, security best practices, design of intrusion detection and prevention systems, and applications of wireless technologies in healthcare. His projects have been funded by Canadian federal government grants and research organizations. Dr.Sampalli is a prolific contributor to teaching workshops, panel discussions, and faculty orientation sessions, and to faculty and student mentoring programmes.

Vice President, New Zealand

Professor in Education, Faculty of Education and Social Work, The University of Auckland, New Zealand

Christine Rubie-Davies has been an educator all her working life. Originally a primary school teacher, Christine moved into the university environment in 1998. She was awarded a New Zealand Te Riu Roa Teaching Excellence Award (National) as a primary school teacher 1996. In 2006, Christine was awarded a University of Auckland Teaching Excellence Award and the following year, a New Zealand National Tertiary Teaching Excellence Award. She is a member of the AKO Aotearoa Academy of Tertiary Teaching Excellence.

Christine Rubie-Davies has been an educator all her working life. Originally a primary school teacher, Christine moved into the university environment in 1998. She was awarded a New Zealand Te Riu Roa Teaching Excellence Award (National) as a primary school teacher 1996. In 2006, Christine was awarded a University of Auckland Teaching Excellence Award and the following year, a New Zealand National Tertiary Teaching Excellence Award. She is a member of the AKO Aotearoa Academy of Tertiary Teaching Excellence.

Christine's primary research interest is in teacher expectations, specifically how teachers who have high expectations for all their students fashion their classrooms and teach in ways that enable all students to be successful. She has conducted a large scale experimental study in schools which showed that when teachers were taught the practices of high expectation teachers, students of teachers in the intervention group made much larger gains in mathematics over one year than students in the classes of control group teachers. Her research also focuses on minority groups, specifically Māori students in New Zealand, and the ways in which teacher explicit and implicit bias affects the ways they teach and their beliefs about students. Christine has won both national and international awards for her research, and is sought after as a keynote speaker nationally and internationally. She often conducts workshops for teachers in schools.

Christine serves on several editorial boards for international journals including Review of Educational Research for which she has twice won an award for outstanding reviewing. Christine has several edited and sole–authored books to her credit, many book chapters and a large number of peer reviewed journal articles. She has organised two national and one international conference. A former coordinator of Primary Teacher Education at her university, Christine has always had a passion for learners, high expectations for her students, and worked alongside them to help them meet their goals.

Vice President, Australia

Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (PFHEA), a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law (FAAL) and elected President of the Australian Learning and Teaching Fellows (ALTF)

From 2012-2017, Sally was Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) at James Cook University (JCU), Australia. Prior to commencing at JCU, Sally was a Professor of Law at Queensland University of Technology (QUT), where she also served as Law Faculty Assistant Dean, Teaching & Learning (2001-2006) and QUT’s foundational Director, First Year Experience (2006-2007).

Sally is a national Teaching Award winner (2003) and national Program Award winner (2007). She was awarded a Senior Fellowship by the Australian Learning & Teaching Council (ALTC) in 2006 to investigate the first year experience and was appointed a Discipline Scholar: Law in 2010. In 2017, Sally was awarded an Australian Award for University Teaching Career Achievement Award for her contribution to Australian higher education. Sally is a Visiting Professorial Fellow at the National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education (NCSEHE), a Vice-Chancellor’s Fellow at Victoria University and an Adjunct Professor at JCU, La Trobe University and QUT.


Professor, Human Kinetics, St. Francis Xavier University, Canada

Professor Angie Kolen has been actively promoting physical activity to children with her students since joining the Department of Human Kinetics at St. Francis Xavier University (StFX) in 2001. A dynamic and engaging educator, Angie was recognized in 2005 with an Outstanding Teaching Award (at StFX), in 2007 with the Atlantic Association of Universities Distinguished Teaching Award and in 2010 with the 3M National Teaching Fellowship. Although Angie's primary teaching responsibilities are to students in their first and fourth years, she is heavily involved in the StFX and broader communities delivering presentations/workshops, organizing student research days, and contributing her expertise on a number of local, provincial and national committees. Angie is also a co-facilitator of the StFX Leadership Academy, the only one of its kind in Canada. Angie practices what she preaches regarding physical activity promotion and reducing sedentary time via her active teaching methods in her classes, presentations, and workshops. Angie has been a co- or lead-investigator in three provincial surveillances of physical activity and dietary intake of students in grades 3, 7, and 11 in Nova Scotia. In addition to informing provincial policies, this research has led to the creation and implementation of Fit 4 Life, an afterschool low-organized games program for students in grades 3 to 4 and the Fit 4 Tots, movement exploration program for children under the age of 5 years and their parents/guardians. These 10-week programs are delivered each term by Angie and about 60-70 university-student-volunteers as part of their service learning.


National Teaching Fellow and Associate Professor, Liverpool John Moores University

Susan Palmer-Conn is a chartered psychologist, chartered scientist, and National Teaching Fellow (2004) as well as Senior Fellow HEA (2008) MBA (Open University). Her main pedagogical interests are self-efficacy in assessment, and her main teaching interest is forensic psychology. She is especially interested in attachment disorders as predictors of criminal behaviours. She was previously vice-chair of the association of National Teaching Fellows.

Deputy Treasurer and Membership Officer

Principal Lecturer, School of Computer Science, University of Hertfordshire

Dr Martina Doolan graduated from the University of Hertfordshire (UH) in 1996 having studied a BTEC HND in Computer Studies 1993 and a BSc in Computer Science 1996. She then joined the University as an academic member of staff and in 5 years progressed from Visiting to Part-time Lecturer and Senior to Principal Lecturer in Computer Science. Martina completed the UH Postgraduate Certificate 1998, Postgraduate Diploma 2003, is the first at UH to achieve the award of MA in Teaching and Learning 2004 and one of the first five recipients of the Vice Chancellor’s award for Excellence in Teaching and Learning 2003/04.

Martina was promoted to Principal Lecturer in 2003 and completed her Doctorate in Education 2011 based upon innovative uses of social networking technologies in her teaching practice, her thesis is entitled “Using Technology to Support Collaborative Learning through Assessment Design” http://uhra.herts.ac.uk/handle/2299/6055.

Martina is a Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy, a Senior Blended Learning Fellow, holds an institutional Teaching Fellow and a United Kingdom National Teaching Fellow since 2007 in recognition for her expertise in Learning and Teaching across the UK and for her work in innovations in technology and learning.

Martina is passionate about the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in other words enhancing learning and teaching in Higher Education. To this end her current pedagogic research includes: embracing socially constructivist approaches to learning and teaching. Martina researches the development and integration of blending technology and pedagogy into effective student collaborative learning environments; understanding the student experience and the effective use of educational technology in developing collaborative learning environments, to inform pedagogy and the role of the tutor. This includes and is not limited to: Web 2.0/Social media.

Martina co-leads the University’s Educational Research Network pedagogy group to further develop cross-institution scholarly and research. Martina also leads a multidisciplinary research/practice group working together with colleagues from across the University to explore collaborative learning in different disciplinary contexts. Her current research as a Computer Scientist is in the area of Human Computer Interaction and includes: designing for usability and sociability, social interaction and technology mediated communication and collaboration.

Martina leads and works on funded projects i.e. Martina was one of 12 academics chosen from across the University of Hertfordshire to work on a £4.5 million five year project funded by the Higher Education Funding Council in England (HEFCE) - An institution wide Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CETL) was established with a focus on Blended Learning, £200,000 two year Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) project. Martina’s national and International presence has been gained through various steering groups, committees and advisory boards, as a journal and book editor, a reviewer, conference organiser and chair, running symposia and workshops. Martina has published widely: conference papers, posters and other publications i.e. conference abstracts, journal articles and book chapters. Martina is a prolific speaker at conferences and other events and has presented many papers, keynotes and workshops nationally and internationally. Martina regularly accepts invitations to visit other universities both nationally and internationally to share, learn and collaborate.

In addition to her expertise in Pedagogy and as a Computer Scientist, Martina is the School Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity Chair and Athena SWAN Champion playing a key role in influencing and shaping generations of women as learners, educators, workers, role models and leaders in technology. She diligently contributes to bridging the gender gap and to the advancement of women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEMM) subjects; demonstrated through her work with the UK’s Equality and Diversity Unit, the Leadership Foundation, the British Computer Society (BCS) and the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM) amongst services.