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Stephen MacNeil

Associate Professor, Chemistry
Undergraduate Advisor

Areas of Expertise: Organic chemistry; Aromatic compounds; chemical education; Admission requirements/ statistics/ job prospects for students in chemistry and biochemistry programs

Biography: 1991 was the year I decided to become an organic chemist. It took one course- Dr. David Sneddon's "Introduction to Organic Chemistry" at the University College of Cape Breton- to convince me. Following completion of undergraduate studies in organic…

519.884.0710 ext.2271

Christine Neill

Associate Professor (Economics)

Areas of Expertise: Economics of education; Canadian higher education policy; Public economics; Labour economics; Australian economic policy

Biography: Christine Neill graduated from the University of Queensland (Australia) with a B. Economics (Hons) in 1992, and went to work as an economist in the Australian Treasury and later the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. She returned to her studies in…

519.884.0710 ext.2469

Donna Kotsopoulos

Associate Professor
Associate Dean

Areas of Expertise: Mathematics education; Mathematics teacher education; Mathematical cognition; Early childhood education; Early mathematical learning; Post-secondary mathematics success.

Biography: Dr. Kotsopoulos is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education. She is the current Associate Dean and was formerly the Graduate Coordinator. She is also cross-appointed to the Department of Mathematics in the Faculty of Science. Dr. Kotsopoulos is…

(519) 884- 0710 ext.3953

David Johnson

Professor (Economics)

Areas of Expertise: Economics of education; School testing and quality; access to postsecndary education; Federal and international fiscal policy; Monetary policy and inflation.

Biography: David Johnson is Professor of Economics at Wilfrid Laurier University. Professor Johnson's areas of specialty are macroeconomics, international finance and the economics of education. His published work includes the studies of Canada's international…

519.884.0710 ext.2540

Douglas McCready

Professor Emeritus (Economics) CAS

Areas of Expertise: Government budgets; Economics of federal/provincial relations; Taxation; Government spending; Privatization; Health-service economics; Demographics; Not-for-profits; Economics of education; Economy

Biography: Douglas Jackson McCready is a recently retired Professor of Economics in the Department of Economics, School of Business and Economics, Wilfrid Laurier University, having been employed by that institution and its predecessor, Waterloo Lutheran…


Colleen Willard-Holt

Faculty of Education (Sabbatical 2013-2014)

Areas of Expertise: Education; Gifted education; Special education; Twice-exceptional children/youth; Educational psychology; Qualitative research

Biography: Colleen Willard-Holt, Dean of the Faculty of Education at Wilfrid Laurier University, received her Ph. D. in Educational Psychology from Purdue University. Prior to earning her Ph.D., Dr. Willard-Holt taught high school special education, high school…

519-884-0710 ext.2212

Joanne Benham Rennick

Assistant Professor, Society, Culture, and Environment

Areas of Expertise: Organizational culture; Globalization; International relations; Social justice; Recognition and diversity; Military forces; Higher education; International development

Biography: I am interested in organizational culture and the ways that institutionalized values and norms affect the collective behaviours and assumptions of members. I am particularly intrigued by how these assumptions influence Canada's global relationships. …

519.756.8228 ext.5523

Julie Mueller

Assistant Professor - Acting Associate Dean

Areas of Expertise: Developmental Psychology; Education; Elementary Education; Technology in the Classroom; Teacher Education; Mobile Technology in Education

Biography: I am an assistant professor with the Faculty of Education at WLU.   I have taught courses in education and psychology, including EU400: Professional Learning Seminar; EU402: School and Society; EU401 Learning and Child…

519-884-1970 ext.2115

Steve Sider

Assistant Professor

Areas of Expertise: Educational leadership; School culture; Global perspective building; Haiti educational leadership; Comparative education; International education; Special education; Inclusive schools

Biography: Dr. Sider teaches leadership courses in the Master of Education program and, in the Bachelor of Education, EU 407 (Special Education) and the Professional Learning Seminar (EU 404). …

519-884-0710 ext.2832

Jasmin Zine

Associate Professor

Areas of Expertise: Race/anti-racism; Race and education; Race and securitization; Race gender; Imperialism/War on terror; Racialized youth; Canadian Muslim studies - Muslim youth and identity post 9/11, Islamic schools; Muslim women's studies - Islamic feminism, hijab, identity, representation

Biography: Research Areas: …

519.884.0710 ext.3267

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