EdD Instructional Faculty

Cheryl Bauman-Buffone


Cheryl has an EdD from the University of Southern Queensland (USQ) in Professional Leadership a MEd (University of Ottawa), a BEd (University of Ottawa) and a BA in Human Resources. She was awarded the ACEL Queensland Research in Educational Leadership and Management Award. Cheryl teaches for several universities and she is currently a member of the Leadership Research International with USQ where she works on research, writing and consulting projects. She recently wrote and published a book entitled, Just Say It! As well, she is employed as a business consultant in the areas of organizational development/management, organizational culture and leadership. Previously Cheryl has been a principal, vice-principal, consultant, teacher and guidance counsellor in the Ontario and Quebec educational systems. Areas of research interest: relationships between principal and teacher leadership, sustainable school improvement, culture, autonomy and collaboration and organizational development and change.

Paula Brook


Paula is a retired University professor from the U of Alberta where she spent 22 years in Ed. Policy Studies with a focus on Adult and HIgher Education.  Curriculum and Instruction for adults was my specialization, including program evaluation, competency based education, and distance education.  She has worked at UBC (also my EdD), UVic, Manitoba Colleges, Chinese universities, and now Western.

Marybeth Fortune


Marybeth has a PhD (University at Buffalo) in Administration-  Educational Leadership & Policy, a MEd (University of Toronto) in Educational Administration, a BSc (Psychology), a BEd, and a BA Hons (Math/English). Her areas of research include leadership dynamics, change management, capacity-building, and organizational & employee wellness. She currently works in higher education, has been full-time faculty in both domestic and international universities (10+ years), and brings higher education leadership experience as Director of Graduate Programs. She is also a corporate consultant for organizational & employee wellness initiatives and performance management. Marybeth’s provincial leadership includes working as project manager and writer at the Ontario Ministry of Education to develop and implement policy. Previous experience (10+ years) includes teacher, department head, and administrator in Ontario high schools.

Frank Hayes


Frank received a PhD in political science from the University of Toronto, and teaches educational leadership at the University of New Brunswick and Western. He served as an educator in Alberta and British Columbia, and CEO in public school jurisdictions in New Brunswick.

Erin Keith


Dr. Erin Keith earned her Doctor of Education degree in Educational Leadership from Western University, Master of Education degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo in Elementary Education, and Bachelor of Arts from Queen's University. She is an award-winning, online Instructor for Western University's ASPIRE program, and has over 15 years of experience as a teacher-leader (K - 12) in the field of special education, mental health, and inclusive education. Erin's teaching and research focuses on social-emotional and mental well-being, building school learning capacity through a collective, ethical responsibility, and enhancing professional learning through a lens of authentic and transdisciplinary leadership.

Scott Lowrey


Scott has many years of school leadership experience as an elementary School Principal in Hamilton, Ontario. He does ongoing work/learning (10+ years) with McMaster Nursing Program and Rotman School of Management/Toronto Executive Leadership Development Program. MA Regional Planning and Resource Development (Waterloo) , MEd Measurement and Evaluation (OISE), EdD (Educational Administration). BEd (Western).

Eric Nippard


Eric is a Programs Specialist with the Department of Education - NL. He received his EdD from the University of Calgary. He also has an MEd in Information Technology.

Beate Planche


Beate Planche is a former Teacher, Principal, Superintendent and Superintendent of Curriculum and Instructional Services (York Region District School Board) now involved in consulting, coaching and teaching. MEd from OISE (Special Education) and Ed.D from OISE (Educational Administration - Theory and Policy Studies) Area of research interest - complexities of collaboration and collaborative processes.

Robyn Read


Dr. Robyn Read is a Canada Graduate Scholar in comparative, international development education from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto. Her research interests focus on the global governance of education. Her work focuses on knowledge mobilization and education policy in the developing world, with a specific interest in how research influences policy in educational development.

Mark Weyers


Mark works in the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry (Western) focusing on curriculum enhancement as Medicine moves to a competency-based model; develops faculty development provision that supports Schulich's strategic priorities and is co-lead with his Associate Dean (Rich Cherry) on a national project endorsed by Future of Medical Education in Canada (FMEC - CPD) - to develop a professional standards framework (PSF) and accreditation process for medical educators in Canada. Mark has a B.A, B.Ed, M.Ed, MSc and an Ed.D in Educational Leadership and Management.  Mark lived and worked in London, England for 11 years and spent 7 years working in areas of curriculum renewal and organizational change at University College London (UCL).  He spent 4 years as a higher education consultant working with universities in Europe, the UK, Australia and the Middle East to develop and align their faculty and organizational development provision to support their institutional strategic priorities.

Dianne Yee

Currently the Director of Area III, supervising the principals (and responsible for teaching and learning) in 46 elementary, middle and high schools in northeast Calgary with Calgary Board of Education. MEd in Educational Psychology with a focus on Career Development from the U of S. PhD from the U of C in Educational Leadership with a focus on educational technology. I have worked in 5 school districts in Saskatchewan and Alberta as a classroom teacher, counsellor, resource teacher and principal--and an adjunct professor, sessional instructor and online course developer for U of C and U of R in Master’s and EdD courses. This was the fourth EdD course that I have instructed for Western.