Education Leaders-In-Residence

Education Leaders-in-Residence

The Education Leaders-in-Residence (ELIR) program is designed to support the development of high-impact practices by providing Queen’s faculty members with protected time and funds to develop and implement campus-wide teaching and learning initiatives.

Each Education Leader will dedicate approximately 20% of their time to the ELIR program and receive a teaching and learning development fund of $15,000 over two years. The Education Leaders will consult broadly to develop and implement actionable and innovative projects with clearly stated outcomes.

Successful Applicants

Announced February 2, 2022

See the Gazette Article

Dr. Michelle Searle

Faculty of Education

Dr. Searle is an Assistant Professor of Educational Evaluation and their research focuses on increasing the value of program evaluation through collaborative approaches and innovative forms of knowledge dissemination that enhance capacity within organizations.  As an ELIR, Dr. Searle will develop a university-wide opportunity for students to engage in experiential learning and community-based research. The initiative will partner students with community organizations to systematically examine the organization’s programs and practices, allowing students to build their interdisciplinary skills as evaluators and researchers, while having a positive impact in their local communities.

 Assessment and Evaluation Group

 Contact Dr. Michelle Searle

Dr. Mala Joneja

Faculty of Health Sciences

Dr. Joneja is an Associate Professor and the Division Chair for the Division of Rheumatology at Queen’s. As an ELIR, she will work to create resources to integrate anti-racist pedagogies into teaching and learning at Queen’s. Dr. Joneja will collaborate with students, staff, and faculty from across the university to identify opportunities and challenges to the integration of anti-racist pedagogy and develop resources to connect anti-racist pedagogy to traditional learning theories at Queen’s.

 Contact Dr. Mala Joneja

Dr. Lee Airton

Faculty of Education

Dr. Airton is an Assistant Professor of Gender and Sexuality Studies in Education and their research focuses on gender-expansive pedagogies and gender diversity inclusion. In their role as an ELIR, Dr. Airton will work to develop campus-wide resources to make Queen’s classroom experiences more accessible to transgender and/or gender non-conforming students. This work will include developing resources for gender diversity curriculum integration, growing and facilitating a community of practice on gender-friendly post-secondary teaching, and creating a professional development series for Queen’s faculty members.

 Contact Dr. Lee Airton

2021-2022 Application Process (now closed)

ELIR applications are being sought to develop teaching and learning initiatives in the following areas:

  • teaching and learning practices that foster interdisciplinarity; 

  • mental health and the teaching and learning environment;

  • anti-racism and intersectional pedagogies.

Applications will be evaluated based on their alignment with the priority areas listed above, as well as the stated outcomes and deliverables.

The program is open to all faculty members.

Applications must include:

  • a cover letter (maximum three pages) describing a work plan for their proposed initiative and deliverables in one of the ELIR program target areas;

  • a CV; and

  • a list of three referee names and their affiliations.

Application deadline:

The deadline to apply is November 1, at 4:00pm EST. The application package should be sent electronically in one file to