The College Student Success and Innovation Centre has hosted an evolving team of researchers who have helped identify and design interventions, coordinate research and development activities and facilitate knowledge sharing within Mohawk College, the Ontario college sector and beyond.
Pamela Ingleton, PhD (she/her)
pamela.ingleton [at] mohawkcollege.ca (pamela[dot]ingleton[at]mohawkcollege[dot]ca)
Pamela joined CSSIC in 2018 as Professor, Learning Outcomes Assessment Consultant, leading a two-year research project on skills assessment as part of HEQCO’s Learning Outcomes Assessment Consortium. She currently serves as the Centre’s Director, principal investigator of the Future Ready Skills Translator research project, funded by SSHRC on behalf of NSERC, and co-investigator of Material Handling 4.0, one of the 10 innovation projects funded by the Future Skills Centre. Both projects explore, in part, how academic skills articulation and assessment practices can be leveraged with employers to clarify job performance expectations. She has worked as an instructor, researcher, educational developer and faculty support specialist in both college and university contexts for over 15 years and holds a PhD in English and Cultural Studies from McMaster University. Students, colleagues, fellow practitioners and potential partners are encouraged to reach out at any time to discuss past, current or future research projects and innovation initiatives, including the CSSIC Research Fellowship.
Stephanie Pyne, PhD
Professor, Learning Outcomes Assessment Consultant
stephanie.pyne [at] mohawkcollege.ca (stephanie[dot]pyne[at]mohawkcollege[dot]ca)
Stephanie joined CSSIC in 2023 as Professor, Learning Outcomes Assessment Consultant, supporting early and late-stage research projects, the Centre's student research partners, and the CSSIC Research Fellowship. She has worked as an instructor, researcher, and consultant since 2014 and holds a collaborative PhD in Geography with a specialization in Political Economy from Carleton University. Her doctoral research involved the collaborative creation of the Lake Huron Treaty Atlas and her post-doctoral research involved the collaborative creation of the Residential Schools Land Memory Atlas, with both projects being supported over nine years by SSHRC funding and based at the Geomatics and Cartographic Research Centre. Stephanie continues to work with others in the Residential Schools reconciliation research and education community, including her work on the Multimedia Emergent Mapping for Education (MEME) Project.
Emily Carrasco-Acosta, BSc
Research and Special Projects Coordinator
emily.carrasco-acosta [at] mohawkcollege.ca (emily[dot]carrasco-acosta[at]mohawkcollege[dot]ca)
Emily joined CSSIC in 2023 as Research and Special Projects Coordinator. She has worked as a Research Assistant in the Student Partners Program at the MacPherson Institute, helping student-faculty partnerships redesign curriculum at McMaster University with an equity-focused lens. More recently, she worked as Wikipedian-in-Residence at the Milton Public Library in collaboration with Young Canada Works, researching and cultivating open-knowledge frameworks, improving online access to the Town of Milton's heritage projects, and bridging knowledge gaps with community members using pedagogical techniques. Emily is passionate about accessible knowledge acquisition and research dissemination within her communities, and is excited to support innovative initiatives as a member of the CSSIC team.
Megan Waltenbury, OCT, MEd (she/her)
Research and Special Projects Coordinator (on secondment)
megan.waltenbury [at] mohawkcollege.ca (megan[dot]waltenbury[at]mohawkcollege[dot]ca)
Since April 2015, Megan has worked at Mohawk College coordinating the design and delivery of a wide range of initiatives and research projects related to student success, access, and retention. As a trained teacher with a Masters of Education in Administration and Leadership, Megan synthesizes her experience teaching in public and post-secondary education with her passion for student affairs to support the Centre’s operations and research projects in her role as Research and Special Projects Coordinator. Megan is always excited to connect with those interested in learning more about the innovative work and research the Centre is leading!
Rashmi Hapuarachy (she/her)
Student Success Project Ambassador
Rashmi joined CSSIC in 2023 as a Student Success Project Ambassador. She graduated from her undergraduate studies in Psychology and Counselling in 2022, and then completed the Autism and Behavioural Science program offered by Mohawk College. She is currently enrolled in the Concurrent Disorders Program. Rashmi has experience working with individuals on the spectrum and has practical experience in behaviour analysis and intervention strategies. She currently works as a Learning Facilitator in the CICE program at Mohawk College. Rashmi has a passion for research, and is excited to bring her student perspective and experiences to the CSSIC team.