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Additional Qualifications Online Application System

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  • Apply for Additional Qualifications courses
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OSSC Advisor Bios

Harriet Akanmori

Harriet is currently a fifth year Doctoral Candidate at OISE, in the Department of Social Justice Education (SJE) and the Comparative International and Development Education (CIDE) collaborative program. With post-graduate experience in a number of disciplines, she has a wide, multidisciplinary knowledge of graduate-level writing and a strong background in qualitative research methodology. Harriet has had 23-years of international teaching experience, teaching ESL to ELLs at the secondary level as well as to a wide variety of adult learners. She speaks a number of second languages herself, including Japanese, and her areas of strength with the OSSC will be supporting second language students in particular with academic writing, and assisting all students in general with the organization and editing of proposal writing, course, and research papers, as well as reviewing the various stages of Thesis writing.


Yaseen Ali

Yaseen supports international graduate students in their transition to living in Toronto and navigating the St. George campus. Students can meet with him if they have questions about health care, working in Canada, learning more about U of T resources for grad students, or any other questions related to culture and/or transition. Yaseen also has his TESOL certificate and was an instructor with the English Language Program at the School of Continuing Studies for several years. Enhancing academic register in writing and building strategies for improving spoken fluency are his favourite areas to explore with learners. He recently completed his M.A. in the Social Justice Education program at OISE in 2014 with a thesis component on anorexia and hunger practices that incorporated qualitative research methodology. Feel free to connect with Yaseen by email (yaseen.ali@utoronto.ca) or by phone (416 708 1208).


Katherine (Katie) Brubacher

Katie is a doctoral candidate in the Curriculum, Teaching and Learning department at OISE. With fifteen years of teaching experience including twelve years of teaching in the Peel District School Board in middle schools, two years in a secondary school in England and two years of ESL adult education internationally in the Czech Republic and in Ontario, Katie brings a wide breadth of teaching experiences and knowledge to her position. She is the recipient of SSHRC graduate scholarship as well as the ETFO doctoral scholarship, women’s program. Katie’s research interests and skills include language learning and translanguaging, literacy and teacher development. Katie has also published an article based on her Masters research and would happily provide feedback for any students hoping to publish. Her skills are best suited for supporting students with lesson and unit planning, SSHRC applications, course papers, research publications and oral presentations.


Shawna Carroll

Shawna is a doctoral candidate in the Curriculum, Teaching and Learning Department at OISE. Shawna’s research interests and skills include: post-structural theories, anticolonial theories (including postcolonial and decolonial), queer theories, postmodern literacy studies, post-qualitative and qualitative methodologies, and anti-oppressive education (with a focus on literacy). With experience as an Assistant Editor with Curriculum Inquiry, Shawna can help assist with manuscript writing for publication. Shawna’s experiences also allow for assistance with course assignments, comprehensive examinations, thesis proposals, ethics applications, and conference presentations (both writing and presentation skills). Shawna is OCT certified and is employed as a course instructor and faculty advisor at Trent University, working with pre-service teachers. This means that Shawna has experience and knowledge within education and can help support MT students and others working on lesson plans, unit plans, assessments from K-12, resumes, cover letters, etc.


Jeanette Cepin

Jeanette is a 5th year PhD candidate in the Social Justice Education department. Her research examines how families select kindergarten schooling for / with the involvement of preschool children.  Jeanette has over 7 years experience as a TA and has been a course instructor with the Concurrent Teacher Education Program (CTEP). She holds a BEd in geography and family studies for intermediate/senior division and is certified with the Ontario College of Teachers. In the past, she has been awarded SSHRC and OGS research grants. She is able to assist and support students working on course assignments, scholarship proposals, publishing, and in the preparation of resumes and cover letters.


Velta Douglas

Velta is a PhD candidate in the Department of Curriculum, Teaching and Learning. Her research interests include Environmental Education, Indigenous Education and critical literacy. Specifically, she looks at how Environmental Education can be incorporated into English Language Arts at the secondary level. Prior to beginning the doctoral program, she worked as a high school Social Studies and English teacher in a fly-in Inuit community. She has also taught ESL abroad and currently does professional development workshops on including Indigenous topics in elementary education to occasional teachers in the GTA. Academically, she has worked with many graduate students on their writing, including comprehensive exams, research proposals and grant/scholarship applications, as well as supporting writers through accountability, planning and overcoming resistance and emotional barriers.


Lucy El-Sherif

Lucy is a PhD candidate in the Department of Curriculum, Teaching, and Learning and has completed the Collaborative Graduate Program in Ethnic and Pluralism Studies during her Ph.D., as well as the Comparative, International and Development Education during her MA.  An Arab Muslim immigrant to Canada, Lucy’s research looks at themes of citizenship, (un)belonging, and spatial subjectivity, research for which she holds an Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS).   Her work is interdisciplinary and sits at the intersection of curriculum studies, anthropology, and cultural studies. She has wide experience coaching writing, having coached writing in the graduate class Writing: From Idea to Reality with Prof. Indigo Esmonde for a year, as well as working with English language learners within the Arabic-speaking community for many years. Her skills are best suited for support with OGS and SSHRC applications, course papers, research publications, comprehensive exams, habits of productive academic writing and oral presentation preparation & practice.  Lucy speaks fluent Arabic.


Natalie Geiger 

Natalie is a second-year PhD student in the Department of Higher Education of Leadership, Higher and Adult Education (LHAE) at OISE. She completed an M.Ed. in the same program in 2014 after an undergraduate education in Business and Anthropology from the University of Notre Dame. An avid runner with the University of Toronto Track and Field Club and a former intercollegiate student-athlete, Natalie’s broad background in sport and education complement her research investigating the identity development, career planning, and post-university transitions of intercollegiate student-athletes and non-varsity athlete students. She currently holds an Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS) in support of this work. Previously, Natalie worked as a Learning Strategist for student-athletes at Ryerson University, where she focused on the development of academic and writing skills and facilitated one-on-one and small-group support sessions. Natalie can support students with planning, organizing, and revising many forms of academic writing, including course and research papers, qualitative research processes, and grant and scholarship applications. She is also happy to assist students with their academic and career planning, including resume and cover letter preparation.


Jacob Hogan

Jacob is a Ph.D. candidate in History at the University of Toronto, focused on the rise and (potential fall) of the U.S. dollar as the world’s reserve currency and China’s enmeshment into the global economy during the 1960s and 1970s. Whether as a Teaching Assistant, Academic Coach, Writing Advisor, and Writing Group Facilitator, he has helped elementary, high school, undergraduate, and graduate students with their writing in the city of Toronto over the past three years. He has also worked at the OSSC over the past two summers and has experience in helping OISE students write their literature reviews. Email: jacob.hogan@mail.utoronto.ca


Shelly Mehta

Shelly is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Applied Psychology and Human Development (APHD) at OISE.  Her dissertation focus is on children’s social development and experiences in the full-day kindergarten program in Ontario.  Shelly teaches in the School of Early Childhood Education at George Brown College and in the Psychology Department at the Chang School at Ryerson University.  She is a Registered Early Childhood Educator (RECE) in Ontario and a certified teacher (OCT) in Ontario with additional qualifications in primary education and special education.  Shelly has been actively involved in various research projects at OISE over the past 10 years pertaining to education and child development.  She has several years of teaching experience working with children and adults from diverse backgrounds, in diverse settings.  Shelly also has experience working MT candidates and teacher candidates at OISE assisting them with lesson/unit plans, assessments, interview preparation, and preparing resumes, cover letters and portfolios.  Shelly works with international students on a regular basis in her various roles and has experience with academic and career advising.


David Pereira

David  - @iamdpereira - is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Social Justice Education and affiliated with the Mark S. Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. He is the recipient of an SSHRC Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship as well as SSHRC Master's CGS and OGS. David's research interests are rooted in the field of sociology of education and focus on race, ethnicity, anti-racism education, critical race theory, intersectionality, critical Marxist perspectives, anti-normativity and queer theory. His skills are best suited to support writing (essays, MRPs, dissertations) and oral presentations on empirical (qualitative) data, critical and theoretical content as well as award applications, CVs or resumes. David speaks Portuguese and can help with grammar-related issues for those coming from Portuguese-speaking backgrounds.


Samantha Samuels

Samantha is in her final year of the Masters of Counselling and Psychotherapy program at OISE and is the student representative for the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association at the University of Toronto. She possesses an undergraduate degree in Psychology from York University and a career development postgraduate certificate from Conestoga College. Having worked as a career advisor in educational and not for profit settings, she is able to assist students with their resumes, cover letters, interviewing skills, professional and graduate school personal statements, career transitions and career exploration.


Samantha Walsh

Samantha is a scholar, and activist. She is currently a Doctoral Candidate at the University of Toronto-OISE in the Department of Social Justice Education (SJE). Her doctoral research is in interpretive sociology with a focus on disability and social inclusion. She holds a Master’s degree in Critical Disability Studies from York University. Samantha has several years experience working in the non profit sector as well as hiring. Samantha is able to provide students with strong resume critiques as well as interview strategies.  Further to this, she has strong knowledge of undergraduate and graduate level writing.