Advisory Board



Advisory Board

The Advisory Board for the Eureka! Research Institute @ UTS meets twice a year. The mandate of the board is to provide strategic advice, inform the direction of strategic programming, provide counsel on relevant matters, and support the development of a governance framework to enable sustainable growth of the institute.


Members (2018-2020)

Carol Rolheiser

A widely-published researchers, Professors Rohleiser has investigated topics ranging from teacher education and teacher development to managing educational change and teaching in higher education.  She is a Professors with the Department of Curriculum, Teaching, and Learning, and Director of the Centre for Teaching Support & Innovation at the University of Toronto. She has taught  in the elementary pre-service teacher education (B.Ed. and MT) program and the graduate program in Curriculum, Teaching and Learning. As well, she currently teaches instructors and graduate students at the University of Toronto through a range of programs offered through the Centre for Teaching Support & Innovation.


Anne Millar


Susan French, O.C.

Susan French is a strong advocate for the integration of research, service/practice and education in the professions, the role of mentorship, and interdisciplinary education. Emeritus Professor at McMaster University and McGill University, she has held major leadership positions in Nursing at both universities and is recognized nationally and internationally for her role in the development of nursing in Canada and abroad, especially in the areas of nursing education and the development of a system of accreditation of undergraduate nursing programs in Canada. Since retirement form McGill U in 2005 and moving to Nova Scotia, Susan has been working with Newton Foundation, Montreal in its efforts to support integration of Research-Service – Education in Nursing in Montreal and in Education at UTS. She was appointed Officer, Order of Canada in July 2014.


David Montemurro

An active advocate for strong university and high school partnerships, David Montemurro initiatives teacher education cohorts housed within high schools with a focus on urban education, global citizenship and sustainability education. Embracing experiential and service-learning as part of his pedagogical practice, David routinely collaborates with local community organizations, NGO’s and international schools. In addition to his research and publications in teacher preparation, global citizenship education, culturally responsive pedagogy and sustainability education, David’s recent focus is on internationalizing initial teacher education where he is currently researching global competency frameworks as conceptual guides for beginning teachers’ practice.


Elizabeth Smyth

Elizabeth Smyth is Professor and Vice Dean (Programs) at the School of Graduate Studies, University of Toronto. She is member of the Department of Curriculum Teaching and Learning and is cross appointed to the Department of Theory and Policy Studies. Her research interests include the history of education in Canada , the history of the professions and professional education, the intersection of religion and history, history of teachers and the pedagogy of new technologies. She is co-editor of Historical Studies in Education, the journal of the Canadian History of Education Association.



Kathy Broad

Kathy Broad brings tremendous experience from her multi-year secondment to the Ontario Ministry of Education with lead responsibilities for Initial Teacher Education. The focus of her work is the continuum of teacher professional learning, which includes initial teacher education, induction, mentorship, and continuing professional learning. She is particularly interested in how the intersection of theory, practice and research can inform pedagogical and professional decision-making as well as broader policy and program design.



Sarah Dryden-Petersen

Sarah Dryden-Peterson leads a research program that focuses on the connections between education and community development, specifically the role that education plays in building peaceful and participatory societies. Her work is situated in conflict and post-conflict settings in sub-Saharan Africa and with African Diaspora communities in the United States and Canada. She is concerned with the interplay between local experiences of children, families, and teachers and the development and implementation of national and international policy. Her research reflects connections between practice, policy, and scholarship and is strengthened through long-term collaborations with UN agencies, NGOs, and communities.



Rie Kijima, Assistant Professor at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, University of Toronto

Rie Kijima is an assistant professor at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, University of Toronto. Her research addresses topics such as international assessments, education reforms, gender and STEAM learning. She is currently working on two research projects. The first project, funded by SSHRC, looks at how education reforms have changed educational outcomes such as access and quality of education. The second project focuses on the learners’ agency and their global competency in a digitally-mediated platform. Previously, she was an Interim Director and Lecturer in the International Comparative Education and International Education Policy Analysis Programs at the Stanford Graduate School of Education. She has also worked at the World Bank as an education consultant specializing in monitoring and evaluation and traveled frequently to Morocco, Tunisia, Vietnam, and Laos.



Carol Rolheiser, Professor, Curriculum, Teaching, and Learning, OISE

A widely-published researcher, Professor Rolheiser has investigated topics ranging from teacher education and teacher development to managing educational change and teaching in higher education. As a current Professor with the Department of Curriculum, Teaching, and Learning she has assumed various administrative roles at OISE, first as the Associate Chair of the newly created Department of Curriculum, Teaching & Learning (1996-1999), Associate Dean, Academic Development (1999-2003) and then Associate Dean, Teacher Education (2003-2008). From 2009-2020 Professor Rolheiser served as the inaugural Director, Centre for Teaching Support & Innovation (CTSI) at the University of Toronto. As a hub, CTSI provides leadership in teaching and learning for all teaching staff, graduate students and teaching assistants across the university’s campuses and divisions. Carol is an award-winning educator and researcher who was an inaugural recipient of the University of Toronto President’s Teaching Award and established as a member of the University of Toronto’s Teaching Academy. She was also honoured by Phi Delta Kappa (University of Toronto Chapter) as Outstanding Educator (2014). In 2020 she was a recipient of a University of Toronto Award of Excellence; specifically, the Vivek Goel Faculty Citizenship Award.

Throughout her career Professor Rolheiser has been committed to innovation, educational partnerships and collaboration.



Kim MacKinnon

Kim MacKinnon became the new Director of the Eureka! Research Institute @ UTS in September 2020. She is also a faculty member and Online Teaching and Learning Coordinator at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto, as well the Editor of the MT Review research journal housed in the Master of Teaching program. Kim has been a faculty member there since 2008, where she developed and led the annual Research Day conference for eight years, and has taught a number of courses including Integration of Technology in the Classroom, Educational Research, Child and Adolescent Development, and Social Media and Education. Her research areas include online teaching and learning, integration of technology in the classroom, designing and supporting online communities of inquiry, and teacher professional development involving the use of technology for teaching and learning. Kim also has experience as a K-8 classroom teacher in the west end of the GTA, including in the independent school sector.


Rosemary Evans

Rosemary Evans is the principal of University of Toronto Schools, a secondary school for high achieving students affiliated with the University of Toronto. Rosemary received her BA in history from the University of Western Ontario and her MA, BEd, and MBA from the University of Toronto. She served as a teacher, department head, and subject coordinator for the Peel Board of Education, and later as a vice-principal in the former East York Board of Education. During her time as an instructor in the Initial Teacher Education Program at OISE (Ontario Institute for Studies in Education) Rosemary was the recipient of a Teaching Excellence Award. She later accepted the role of Academic Head at Branksome Hall, where she oversaw the implementation of the International Baccalaureate Programs from junior kindergarten to grade twelve. Rosemary is the author of a number of history textbooks, and has given presentations locally and internationally on topics such as assessment and evaluation, critical thinking and inquiry based learning, and global education.