Educational Development Associates

Educational Development Associates General Email: TA&

The EDA program is an internship-like opportunity for graduate students with an interest in teaching and learning. Each year the Centre hires up to three graduate students to work closely with an Educational Developer to design and deliver programming to support TAs', graduate students' and post-doctoral fellows' ongoing professional development as educators. If you're interested in the possibility of work as an EDA, look for announcements each May for upcoming opportunities.

Contact the current EDAs at TA& if you would like any additional information about CTL programming for graduate students.

What Kind of Support do EDAs Provide?

The EDA team can support graduate students, Teaching Assistants and Teaching Fellows in the following ways:

  • Individual or group consultations about syllabus design, teaching dossiers, instructional strategies  
  • Classroom teaching observations (both virtual and in-person)
  • Discuss ideas and strategies for active learning in your lectures, tutorials, or labs

"Clarissa De Leon sitting in the courtyard of Duncan McArthur Hall"Clarissa De Leon

Faculty of Education

Lead Educational Development Associate

Contact Information:

Email: TA&


Pronouns: she/her

Clarissa is a PhD student at the Faculty of Education. Her research focus is anti-racist education in university teaching and learning. Specifically, she is exploring how interpretive literacy practices can be used to engage BIPoC graduate students in communities of practice focused on anti-racist pedagogies. 

In addition to her PhD work, Clarissa is the co-ordinator for the Queen’s Reads program. She is also actively involved in various equity related groups and initiatives at Queen’s including Teacher Candidates of Colour and the Social Healing and Reconciliatory Education research cluster.

Prior to pursuing graduate studies, Clarissa was a middle school teacher. She has since focused on developing as a post-secondary educator through teaching assistantships and a graduate teaching fellowship. As the lead Educational Development Associate, Clarissa is excited to bring her experiences and insights from her teaching and research to the CTL.

"Monica sitting in a lap"Monica L. Garvie

Department of Biology

Educational Development Associate

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Email: TA&


Monica is an Indigenous PhD candidate in the Biology Department, specializing in paleolimnology. As a first-generation degree holding woman from Treaty 9 territory with an Undergraduate focus in Northern Studies and a Certificate in Indigenous Learning, Monica is both experienced and knowledgeable in navigating the demands of western pedagogy while maintaining Anishinaabe mino-bimaadiziwin, pedagogy, and epistemology.

She is passionate about asserting the Indigenous epistemological presence and Indigenizing the western academic space, beginning with the way the academy approaches teaching and learning. Monica has extensive teaching experience through a wide range of formal teaching assistant positions as well as informal peer and undergraduate mentorship over the last four years.

In addition to her PhD work, Monica is also involved with several Queen’s organizations focused on Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Indigenization including the BGSC, SGPS, and PSAC to name a few. As an Education Development Associate with the CTL, Monica is motivated to not only bring her unique experience and knowledge to the Queen’s teaching community but to also deepen her own understanding and relationship with various pedagogies and experiences.