Associate Vice-Principal (Teaching and Learning)

Dr. Klodiana Kolomitro will serve as the Associate Vice-Principal (Teaching and Learning) for a one-year term, beginning July 1, 2021. 

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Denise Stockley

Professor and Scholar in Higher Education

Denise Stockley completed her Doctorate in the Psychology of Education at Simon Fraser University and since that time has accumulated extensive experience in promoting both classroom-based and online learning.

“The idea of creating individual learning opportunities, recognizing that each person learns differently – all those things are what play out in my work now. The assumption that we have to transmit knowledge through a traditional lecture is not the assumption now. Now the idea is that there are other ways for people to learn, and sometimes those ways are out of our comfort zone.”

Dr. Stockley joined Queen’s University in January 2001. She is currently a Professor and Scholar in Higher Education with the Office of the Provost (Teaching and Learning Portfolio) and the Faculty of Health Sciences. Her current research focuses on how we create environments that promote learning. She is studying the impact of national teaching awards, research ethics training, and competency based medical education to name just a few of her projects. More recently, she co-edited a book entitled Influencing the Quality, Risk and Safety Movement in Healthcare: In Conversation with International Leaders.  She is the Principal Investigator of several research grants in a variety of areas including those from the Tri-Council (SSHRC, NSERC, and CIHR) and from the Networks of Centre of Excellence (NCE). 

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Claire O'Brien

Claire is responsible for academic initiatives within the Office of the Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic). She oversees Queen’s University Quality Assurance Processes (QUQAP) and policy on academic integrity. She supports the Senate Committee on Academic Development and Procedures (SCADP), the Senate Cyclical Program Review Committee (SCPRC) and a variety of teaching and learning initiatives.

Claire earned a Master of Arts (Oxon) in Modern Languages, then worked for the UK government until moving to Canada in 2005. After gaining an Advanced Diploma in Behaviour Therapy from St Lawrence College, she joined Queen’s in 2012. Claire was previously with the Office of the Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic), as well as working in the Faculties of Health Sciences and Arts and Science.

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Kairee Kirkwood 

Kairee Kirkwood earned her Bachelor of Commerce (Management) degree from MacEwan University and is currently working towards her Project Management Certificate from the University of Toronto. After graduating, she worked in policy and administrative support in the Ministries’ of Transportation, Health and Education with the Government of Alberta. After moving to Kingston in 2017, Kairee joined Queen’s as an Administrative Assistant in the Office of Advancement and is now working in the Office of the Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic) as the Teaching and Learning Coordinator.

Kairee project manages several processes to support the work of the Vice-Provost (Teaching and Learning) including the Queen’s University Quality Assurance Processes (QUQAPs), Cyclical Program Reviews (CPR), and New Program Approvals. This includes providing subject-matter guidance to Associate Deans, Unit Heads, Administrative Assistants, shared service partners, committee members and other stakeholders. Kairee also supports several committees and projects within the Teaching and Learning portfolio.

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Carol O'Connor

Carol moved to Canada from the UK in 2012 to begin a new adventure. Previously Carol has worked in finance and administrative roles in both the private and public sector, and earned her BA (Hons) in Education and Training to complement her role as a lecturer teaching IT courses.

Carol joined Queen’s University as an Office Assistant in the Office of the Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic) in 2014, and is now the Administrative Assistant to the Vice-Provost (Teaching and Learning) and the Special Advisor (Marketing and Special Projects) to the Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic). Carol provides senior administrative support to ensure that strategic objectives are being met by co-ordinating day-to-day activities including managing schedules and finances, and supporting various committees and focus groups.

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Matt Rahimian

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Matt Rahimian is a dedicated educator with seventeen years of experience in post-secondary student advising, leadership, and teaching. He completed his PhD in Education in 2018 from the University of Manitoba. Before starting his role as the Academic Integrity Coordinator at the Office of the Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic), Matt had worked as an Academic Integrity Officer at Mohawk College, a Writing Advisor at the University of Guelph and an instructor at the University of Manitoba. Matt is responsible for the academic integrity initiatives at the university to implement the relevant policies and procedures successfully and develop effective techniques to promote academic integrity across Queen's University.

Several years of experience working in different post-secondary roles has equipped Matt with the knowledge and skills to navigate various challenges and opportunities in the higher education field. His passion is creating an alignment among various university resources to manage large-scale changes to improve education quality for students. Matt has served on the Academic Integrity Council of Ontario (AICO) executive team since 2019.

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Lisa Francis

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Lisa Francis is a Teaching and Learning Coordinator in the Office of the Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic). Prior to joining Queen's, Lisa worked in the Ontario College sector for nine years. She was seconded for two years as a Quality Assurance Associate for the Ontario College Quality Assurance Service (OCQAS) and continues her work with OCQAS as an auditor for the College Quality Assurance Audit Process. Lisa is a part-time learning facilitator for online general education courses at Loyalist College and is currently completing her undergrad degree through Athabasca University.

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