IFNTF Committee

Dr. Martina A. Doolan, Ed.D President, UK

Professor Srini Sampalli, Ph.D Vice President, Canada

Professor Sally Kift, Ph.D Vice President, Australia

Dr Heather Kavan Vice President, New Zealand

Professor James Intriligator, Ph.D, FRSA Vice President, USA

Professor Stephen Rutherford Ph.D Ed.D Treasurer, UK

Currently Vacant Secretary

President, UK

National Teaching Fellow and Principal Lecturer, Department of Computer Science, University of Hertfordshire

Dr Martina A. Doolan graduated from the University of Hertfordshire (UH) in 1996 having studied a BTEC HND in Computer Studies and a BSc in Computer Science. 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 and Postgraduate Diploma, is the first at UH to achieve the award of MA in Teaching and Learning and one of the first five recipients of the Vice Chancellor’s award for Excellence in Teaching and Learning. Her Doctorate in 2011 is in Education and based upon innovative uses of social networking technologies in teaching practice.

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/community learning environments; understanding the student experience and the effective use of educational technology in developing collaborative/community learning environments. Her expertise as a Computer Scientist is in 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 active in Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity with 8 years’ experience of writing successful Athena SWAN bids. As chair and Athena SWAN champion Martina plays a key role in influencing and shaping generations of women as learners, educators, workers, role models and leaders in technology. If you would like to learn and share contact Martina at : http://www.madoolan.com


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

Senior Lecturer, School of Communication, Journalism and Marketing, Massey University

Dr Heather Kavan designed New Zealand’s first Speech Writing course, with the aim of creating a haven for students, infused with inspiring examples and helpful, fascinating information. Today the course is also customised for organisations, with participants exploring footage of great oratory and learning how to incorporate powerful techniques into their own speeches.

In 2009, Heather received a National Tertiary Teaching Excellence Award in recognition of her work. The award was followed by a Cicero Speech Writing Award in the education category for a speech Heather gave to PhD students on the highs and lows of writing a thesis.

After receiving her National award, Heather joined with other awardees to develop a mentoring system for teachers that was free from the hierarchy between mentor and mentee. The result was Teaching and Learning circles where small groups of teachers from varied disciplines meet regularly to share ideas side-by-side. The circles have been going for ten years, and they are the highlight of many academics’ university life.

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.

Vice President, USA

Professor of the Practice Dept of Mechanical Engineering; Director, Human Factors Engineering Program, Tufts University (Boston, USA)

James Intriligator is the director of the Human Factors Engineering Program at Tufts University (Boston, USA). He is a Professor of the Practice in the Department of Mechanical Engineering (School of Engineering). An interest in vision and the brain originally brought James to Harvard where he earned his Ph.D. in cognitive neuroscience (1997). After a postdoc in neurology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, he left academia for five years and worked in venture capital and high-tech consulting firms as an entrepreneur, offerings designer, and innovation catalyst. In 2003, he merged his business experience with his scientific expertise and went to Bangor University (Wales, UK) as a pioneer in the field of consumer psychology. In his 13 years at Bangor, Intriligator created Europe's leading consumer psychology master's programs and co-developed several multidisciplinary design programs (Enterprise by Design and Social Enterprise Accelerator). He was named a UK National Teaching Fellow in 2014. He joined Tufts University in 2016 to lead the university’s renowned Human Factors Engineering program into its next phase of innovation and growth. Intriligator is the author of over 50 publications in fields as diverse as neuroscience, neurology, consumer psychology, physics, and literary criticism. Intriligator’s latest research is primarily in the domain of developing next-generation human-machine systems. This broad area covers everything from assistive and social robots, to baggage screeners, to VR systems, to military and medical devices. In addition to his work within the university, he also works with global organizations as well as local social-enterprise and social-justice groups. Since arriving at Tufts Intriligator has been nominated for a Tufts Distinction Award, shortlisted for Professor of the Year, and won a university-wide Teaching with Technology award.

Treasurer, UK

Head of Education Division, School of Biosciences, Cardiff University (UK)

Prof. Steve Rutherford is Professor of Bioscience Education, and Head of the Education Division, in the School of Biosciences, Cardiff University. He was formerly Director of Undergraduate Education within the School. Steve is also the Academic Lead for learning and teaching professional development courses at Cardiff, in the Centre for Education Support and Innovation (CESI). During 2020, Steve was a working group lead within the University’s ‘Digital Education Project’, to support the move to online teaching due to Covid-19, leading the ‘Staff Training and Development’ strategy. Steve was awarded a UK National Teaching Fellowship in 2016, and a Personal Chair in 2018. Steve is a HEA Senior Fellow and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology. In 2015, he was awarded the ‘Excellence in Teaching’ award for Cardiff University, and was shortlisted for Most Supportive Teacher and Enhancing student Life Award in the student-nominated Cardiff University ‘Enriching Student Life’ Awards in 2016. Steve has a PhD in Cell Biology, as well as a Masters in Education (MA)Ed)) and a Doctorate in Education (EdD). His teaching focuses on cell biology and molecular genetics, as well as active and digital learning, and student engagement, for staff professional development. Steve’s educational research is focused primarily around the development of self-regulated learning in students during the transition to, and through, university. He also has research interests in active and collaborative learning, the development of peer-based learning communities and ‘Personal Learning Networks’, and student engagement in assessment. Steve is the lead on ‘EAT-Erasmus’, an Erasmus+/European Union-funded collaborative education development project (with 5 other European institutions) on self-regulation and student partnership in assessment.
https://www.cardiff.ac.uk/people/view/81269-rutherford-stephen

IFNTF Founders

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

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

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.