Executive Members

Ashwani Kumar, President
Mount Saint Vincent University


Ashwani Kumar is Associate Professor of Education at Mount Saint Vincent University. His teaching and research explore the connections between mediative inquiry, consciousness, and education. He plays the harmonium and sings and composes Indian classical music. His current project explores the educational implications of the theory and practice of Indian classical music. He has authored Curriculum As Meditative Inquiry and Curriculum in International Contexts: Understanding Colonial, Ideological, and Neoliberal Influences. 

Laurel Hart, Past President
Simon Fraser University

Laurel Hart is a post-doctoral fellow at McGill’s Department of Integrated Studies in Education under Dr. Claudia Mitchell. 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, (recently Kyoto and Tokyo).

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: 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, Her Mind's Eye. 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. Details about laurel’s art and background can be found at www.laurelhart.net; documentation of her participatory artworks are at: www.participatorycreation.com.


Roula Kteily-Hawa, Co-Vice President
Thompson Rivers University       

Roula Kteily-Hawa is an Assistant Professor in Education at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops, British Columbia. She teaches in the Master of Education and the Bachelor of Education programs and has taught courses in educational leadership and diverse research methods. Roula brings a wealth of expertise in teacher education, having taught in the area of Family Studies in Continuing Teacher Education at Queen’s University for several years. In the K-12 public education system in Ontario, Roula taught family studies courses, including fashion arts and textile artistry. Roula has extensive curriculum writing experience and was a lead writer for the Revised Ontario Social Sciences and Humanities--Family Studies curriculum released in 2013 and at the postsecondary level at Ryerson University. Dr. Hawa’s research is community-engaged with a focus on health equity of vulnerable populations, using arts-based and arts-informed methodologies and critical feminist, anti-colonial frameworks. A long-time advocate for youth and women in school settings and the community, Roula has expertise in community-based research using storytelling as arts-informed inquiry. She is currently the Principal Investigator of a CIHR funded research study focusing on sexual health and HIV prevention in youth from Middle Eastern and North African communities living in Ontario. Roula has served on the editorial team for The Canadian Journal for the Study of Adult Education in 2019-2020 and on the planning committee for the annual conference of the Ontario Family Studies and Home Economics Educators’ Association (OFSHEEA) in 2019.

Sarah Hennessy, Co-Vice President
Western University

Sarah Hennessy is a PhD Candidate in Curriculum Studies at Western University’s Faculty of Education. With particular attention to early childhood education, she is curious about art (as artist, researcher and educator) and how creative expression informs understanding. Her research is focused on feminist new materialism and common worlds theoretical perspectives in search of alternative narratives, methods and pedagogies in education. Her approach to research is focused on openings to living well with others, more-than-humans and humans alike. With more than two decades of facilitating learning, she continues to explore the intersections of art, practice, ethical engagement, and place in considering childhoods differently.

Michelle Buckle, Pre-conference co-chair
University of Alberta

Michelle J. Buckle is a registered psychologist and dramatherapist of Jamaican origin. With over 24 years’ experience as a dramatherapist, Michelle runs a psychological practice in Edmonton, Alberta. She uses the performing arts—embodied ways of being and knowing—to encourage students and clients of all ages to critically engage in new ways of learning both within institutions and unconventional learning spaces. 
Professional associations with North American Drama Therapy Association, Canadian Register of Health Service Psychologists, and the College of Alberta Psychologists, along with certifications in Eating Psychology, Accelerated Resolution Therapy, and over 60 professional development activities are just some of the ways in which Michelle is constantly learning new ways to integrate drama, play, and the expressive arts into trauma-informed therapies. 
Recognized as an expert in the dramatherapy field, Michelle has published a book review on the topic in the Canadian Art Therapy Association Journal and has presented on the use of dramatherapy and theatre processes in schools, workplaces, and at international conferences. Michelle continues to expand her scholarship through the University of Alberta’s Department of Secondary Education, where she has begun an academic exploration of a topic that she has been passionate about investigating as a practitioner: the experiences of Black youth homicide survivors. Michelle further shares her passion for using performance to inspire healing, conflict transformation, community building, and creative solutions to social and racial justice issues as a member of Third Space Edmonton.

Bonnie Petersen, Pre-conference co-chair
Mount Saint Vincent University

PhD (Education) student, with a special interest in experiential and spiritual education, the philosophy of education, and learning in English as an additional language (including all learners new to English for academic purposes). I spent many years in the UK, working in colleges for at-risk youth. I am also an artist and musician.

Hala Mreiwed, Publication award chair
McGill University

Hala Mreiwed is a PhD candidate and a course lecturer at McGill University. Her research focuses on Child Rights Education (she is a consultant in this area and a board member of the Canadian Coalition for the Rights of Children). Her interests lie in the areas of child rights, equity, impact of war-trauma on education, teacher education and training, community-building, children’s media and creative drama.

Lisa Mitchell, Graduate research awards chair
St. Thomas University

Dr. Lisa Mitchell is an Assistant Professor in the School of Education at St. Thomas University. Lisa has an extensive background as a classroom teacher, having taught Music and Arts in K-12 schools in both Canada and abroad, and as a university instructor in Education most recently for six years at Trent University. Lisa holds a PhD in Education (Queen’s, 2014), a Master of Education (UVIC, 2009), a Bachelor of Education (UBC, 2004), and a Bachelor of Music (Capilano, 2003). In addition, she is a certified teacher (BC) and a trained music conductor. Lisa plays the flute and piano, loves to sing, has a passion for incorporating elements of the natural environment into her teaching, has a deep respect for the infusion of Indigenous perspectives in the classroom, and is a strong advocate for Arts-based integrated teaching and learning practices. Lisa’s current teaching and research interests are in the areas of: curriculum and pedagogy; integrated and intercontextual approaches to teaching and teacher education; international schools, students, and contexts; ethical responsibility and inclusive practices in diverse classrooms; narrative research methodology; collaborative teaching practices; and Music and Arts-based education and research.

Tatiana Zakharova, Grad Student Rep
Western University


Working with Dr. Pacini-Ketchabaw, Tatiana’s PhD research focuses on the entanglement of pedagogy and design. In her multidisciplinary work, Tatiana thinks with feminist, post-human scholars to trouble the notion of play as a means of progress, imagining instead relationship-attuned play as worlding. Tatiana’s work is a collaborative experimentation, as it wishes to reimagine play-grounding potentialities. She lives, walks, plays and writes on the traditional territories of the Anishnabek, Haudenosaunee (Iroquois), and Ojibway/Chippewa peoples.

Tashya Orasi, Grad Student Rep
Lakehead University


Tashya is a PhD student at Lakehead University. As an emerging arts-integrated researcher with a focus on leadership and policy studies, Tashya’s interests as an artist-teacher-researcher focus on strengths-based leadership and learning pedagogies and the intersection of creativity, engagement, innovation, meaning-making, mastery and organizational behaviour. This past year Tashya has integrated mixed media, virtual reality sketching and 3D modelling to explore themes on teacher creativity, and is interested in exploring the potentiality of these modalities to expand and evolve understandings of creative literacies, creative agency and understandings of the learning space.

Giang Nguyen Hoang Le (Kevin), Grad Student Rep
Brock University

Giang Nguyen Hoang Le, also known as Nguyen Le, Le Nguyen, Giang Le, is currently a Ph.D. student in Educational Studies at Brock University, ON, Canada. Giang-Le’s research interest centers around social justice education, Photovoice as a visual art form in educational research, Photo-Story as an arts-based research method, and English language teaching in an era of globalization and neoliberalism. He has published his articles and book chapters with some journals and for book collections of Routledge, Brill/Sense. He has presented at many international conferences on education and research such as the American Educational Research Association and Canadian Society for the Study of Education.

Past Executive Members

2018 - 2020   Laurel Hart, President

                        Ashwani Kumar, Vice President  & Program Chair

                        Hala Mreiwed, Publication Award Chair

                        Dr. Lisa Mitchell, Graduate Research  Award Chair

                        Bonnie Nish, Graduate Student Representative

                        Adrian Downey, Graduate Student Representative


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)
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 (President, University of Prince Edward Island)
2002 - 2003   Rena Upitis (President, Queens University)
                        Carol Beynon (Vice-President, University of Western Ontario) 
                        ARTS/SCEA AGM: Focus on increasing membership and presentations,

                        new executive 7 presentations, CSSE, OISE/UT, 2002

2001 - 2002   Bernard W. Andrews (President, University of Ottawa)
                        Alex de Cosson (Vice-President, UBC)
                        ARTS/SCEA AGM: Focus on organisation of SIG and format for  AGM
                        9 presentations, CSSE, Quebec City, 2001

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

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

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