Executive Members


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Laurel Hart – Past President

Futures/Forward and the Prairie Climate Center

Dr. Laurel Hart recently completed post-doctoral fellow jointly held with Simon Fraser University’s Faculty of Educaiton, and McGill’s Department of Integrated Studies in Education (under Dr. Lynn Fells and Dr. Claudia Mitchell, respectively). She is now working on an artist residency with Futures/Forward and the Prairie Climate Center. She holds a Doctorate in Art Education at Concordia University, and BA and BEd degrees from UBC. She’s a BC certified teacher, having taught in public schools, community, post-secondary, and international settings. ​Hart’s work explores urban community development through the arts (notably participatory and collaborative art forms), social media, and community and arts-based research. Her interests include: social justice and activist community creation, place making, educational technologies, informal education, new media arts and photography, and interdisciplinary research. Hart’s doctoral research involved the creation of the women’s mobile photography community. Through social media and in-person meetings, the group explored women’s experiences of urban life, highlighting women’s voices through local exhibitions and online presence.

Roula Kteily-Hawa – Vice-President & Program Chair

Brescia University College


Dr. Roula Kteily-Hawa is an Assistant Professor in the School of Behavioural and Social Sciences at Brescia University College at Western University.  Roula brings a wealth of expertise in curriculum development and teacher education, having taught Family Studies in Continuing Teacher Education at Queen’s University and in the K-12 education system in Ontario, including fashion arts and textile artistry. Dr. Hawa’s research is community-engaged with a focus on health equity of vulnerable populations, using arts-based and arts-informed inquiry methodologies and critical feminist, anti-colonial frameworks.


Traci Klein – Graduate Research Awards Chair

McGill University


Traci Klein is a doctoral student under the supervision of Dr. Mindy Carter in the Department of Integrated Studies in Education at McGill University. Previously, she was an Assistant Professor at Texas A&M International University, a master teacher in Spain and Mexico, and a program administrator at New York University.  Throughout her career she has worked collaboratively with international artists, while directing and coordinating dance events in France, Spain, Mexico, and the USA. While in New York City she co-directed two dance companies and performed extensively, including as a soloist in the Martha Graham Ensemble. Ms. Klein is a member of the National Dance Education Organization and the International Somatic Movement Education and Therapy Association, and Graduate Award Chair of the ARTS special interest group (SIG) for the Canadian Society for the Study of Education. Her research focuses on somatic dance education, and on developing innovative pedagogies that foster creativity.


Katie Tremblay-Beaton – Publication Award Co-Chair

Trent University


Dr. Katie Tremblay is an Assistant Professor at Trent University in the School of Education. She teaches in the Indigenous Bachelor of Education Program where she teaches courses on Arts education. Katie has experience as an elementary music teacher and completed her PhD at UofT/OISE. Her research areas include arts education, Indigeous education, and curriculum and pedagogy:  "My approach to teaching is based on facilitating and guiding students as they engage with the critical and creative processes. I think we all have a collective responsibility to each other, and that idea is a critical component of what I think it means to be a teacher. I draw upon my 10 years of K-12 classroom teaching experience as well as my Indigenous ancestry when designing formal and informal learning experiences. I teach courses on Arts, Intermediate Learners, and Indigenous Education in both the BEd program and the Indigenous Bachelor of Education program. Additionally, I am the faculty liaison for the Education Students Association and the Faculty Advisor-at-Large for the School of Education."

Layal Shuman – Publication Award Co-Chair

Ryerson University


Shuman is an Assistant Professor of Design Studies in The Creative School at Ryerson University and a Ph.D. Candidate in Educational Studies at McGill University (Fall 2021). She holds a Bachelor of Science in Graphic Design from the Lebanese American University (2005) and a Master of Design in Visual Communication Design from the University of Alberta (2014). Her research areas include design education, design-based learning, design-led creativity and innovation, and design for social impact. She is the founder and director of the Design and Learning Research Lab at Ryerson University. Before academia, she worked for several years as an art director and graphic designer in multinational advertising agencies. Shuman was born and raised in Lebanon, lives in Canada, and calls Beirut and Toronto home.


Jackie Stendel – Graduate Student Rep, Website Administrator

McGill University


Jackie Stendel (Jax) is an artist, art educator and Master’s degree student in McGill University’s Education and Society program researching art education and sustainability. Their goals lie in using art as an agent for social change - with a specific focus on eco-conscious art materials. Their research explores the pedagogical role and ecological impact the more-than-human world can have when it is integrated fully in the art-making and art education process. Jax spends their time foraging, making ink, paper or weaves, teaching eco-art workshops, or fighting for climate justice with their community - all on the traditional territory of the Kanien'kehà:ka of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, Huron/Wendat, Abenaki, and Anishinaabeg peoples. 


Marta Cotrim- Graduate Student Rep, Communications

McGill University

Marta Cotrim is a third year PhD student at the DISE – Department of Integrated Studies in Education at McGill University. Her doctoral research focuses on Critical Posthuman Pedagogies and Drama/Theatre Education, re-thinking curriculum, knowledge and teacher-student relationship. After being trained as a theatre actress and contemporary dancer and having worked internationally for many years, Marta has dedicated the last 15 years to Drama and Theatre secondary teaching and teacher’s training. She holds MA in Dance Anthropology from the University of Surrey in the UK, and diplomas in Theatre Studies from Université Paris 8, France and Performance and Choreography from the School of New Dance Development in Amsterdam. Marta is original from São Paulo, Brazil.


Tatiana Zakharova-Goodman – Graduate Student Rep, Projects

Western University

Tatiana Zakharova-Goodman, MLA, is pursuing a PhD at the Faculty of Education at Western University under the supervision of Dr. Pacini-Ketchabaw. She is also a designer at Earthscape Play, where she focuses on playground concept development and research. Academically, Tatiana thinks at the intersection of pedagogy and landscape architecture, as she works to re-imagine relationship-attuned play as worlding and play/grounding as potentialities. Her research theorizes children’s outdoor spaces as contentious, uneven, and always political.


Past Executive Members

2020-2021    Ashwani Kumar, (President, executive)

                     Roula Kteily-Hawa, (Vice-President & Program Chair, executive)

                     Laurel Hart, (Past President, executive)

                     Michelle Buckle, (Pre-conference Co-chair)

                     Bonnie Petersen, (Pre-conference Co-chair)

                     Tatiana Zakharova, (Grad Student Representative)

                     Émilie Vaillancourt, (Grad Student Representative)

                     Sarah Hennessy, (Co-Vice President)

2019-2021    Lisa Mitchell, (Graduate Research Awards Chair)

                        Hala Mreiwed, (Publication Award Chair)

2018 - 2020  Laurel Hart, (President, executive)

                        Ashwani Kumar, (Vice President & Program Chair, executive)

                     Mindy Carter, (Past-president, executive)

                     Anar Rajabali, (Graduate Research Awards Chair)                    

                     Bonnie Nish, (Graduate Student Representative)

                     Adrian Downey, (Graduate Student Representative)

2018-2019.   Anar Rajabali, (Graduate Research Awards Chair)

2017-2019.   Graham Lea, (Publication Award Chair)

2016 - 2017  Mindy Carter (President, McGill University)
                     Laurel Hart (Co-Vice-President, McGill University)

                     Valerie Triggs (Co-Vice President, University of Regina)
                     Sean Wiebe (Past President, University of Prince Edward Island)

                     Bronwen Low (Graduate Research Awards Chair)

                     Margaret McKeon (Graduate Student Representative)

                     Jennifer Wicks (Graduate Student Representative)
2014 - 2016  Sean Wiebe (President, University of Prince Edward Island)
                     Mindy Carter (Vice-President, McGill University)                      
                     John J. Guiney Yallop (Past President, Acadia University)

2012 - 2014  John J. Guiney Yallop (President, Acadia University)
                     Monica Prendergast (Vice-President, University of Victoria)
                     Pauline Sameshima (Past-President, Lakehead University)

2010 - 2012 Pauline Sameshima (President, Washington State University)
                     John J. Guiney Yallop (Vice-President, Acadia University)   

2008 - 2010  Kathryn Ricketts (President, Simon Fraser)

2009             Sean Wiebe (U of PEI) - President

2008-2009    Sean Wiebe (U of PEI) - VP and Program Chair

2006 - 2008  Sylvia Kind (UBC) - President

                     Diane Conrad (U Alberta) - VP and Program Chair

2005-2006    Carol Beynon (UWO) - President 

2002 - 2003  Rena Upitis (President, Queens University)
                     Carol Beynon (Vice-President, University of Western Ontario) 

2001 - 2002  Bernard W. Andrews (President, University of Ottawa)
                     Alex de Cosson (Vice-President, UBC)

2000 - 2001  Bernard W. Andrews (Ottawa), President
                     Alex de Cosson (UBC), Vice-President
                     ARTS/SCEA AGM: SIG Constitution ratified and executive elected

1999 - 2000  Bernard W. Andrews (Acting President, University of Ottawa)
                     Alex de Cosson (Acting Vice-President, University of British Columbia)
                     Andrea Fairchild (Acting Member-at-large, Concordia University)
                     ARTS/SCEA SIG approved in principle by CACS CSSE, University of Sherbrooke, 1999

1998 - 1999  Bernard W. Andrews (Acting President, University of Ottawa) 
                     Preliminary discussions of an arts group within CSSE
                     Arts Education Symposium, CSSE, University of Ottawa, 1998