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.

Peter Edwards


Dr. Peter Edwards has earned a Doctor of Education degree in Educational Administration and Policy Studies (OISE), a Master of Education degree in Educational Leadership (Nipissing University), a Bachelor of Education (University of Toronto), and a Bachelor of Arts (University of Waterloo). He has worked as a school level administrator in Ontario for 20 years, having taught in both the secondary and elementary panels before moving into administration. Peter has also been a course developer and instructor for Ontario Principals Council (OPC). His research has focused on school-level leadership and performance appraisal systems.

Marybeth Fortune


Dr. Marybeth Fortune has 5 degrees, including a Ph.D. (University at Buffalo). She has over 25 years’ experience in her field, spanning private and public organizations in domestic and international venues. She brings a range knowledge and experience, including provincial leadership experience as project manager and writer for the Ontario Ministry of Education to develop and implement policy, and developer of leadership courses accredited by Ontario College of Teachers (OCT). She has also held numerous faculty and leadership positions in higher education settings. Dr. Fortune is an active corporate consultant regarding organizational and employee health and wellness, leadership effectiveness, and performance dynamics. Her areas of expertise include leadership, change management, behaviour management, capacity-building, job satisfaction, mental health, and resilience.

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).

Ken MacKinnon


Ken MacKinnon is a practicing principal (Toronto District School Board) and has a number of years experience working with school leaders to refine and develop their leadership practice. He completed his EdD in the Social Justice in Education department at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education. His research interests include gender and principal leadership, anti-oppressive leadership, issues of equity in education and leading change in schools.

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.