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I serve as the Vice Provost, Teaching and Learning at Brock University, where I oversee the Centre for Pedagogical Innovation, Co-op, Career, and Experiential Education, and Professional and Continuing Studies while advancing equity within the university’s academic operations.

As a faculty member, I am cross appointed in the Departments of Educational Studies and Psychology and am affiliated with the Social Justice Research Institute and the Social Justice and Equity Studies MA program. I lead Brock University’s Inclusive Education Research Lab, where my scholarship is supported by the Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council of Canada and focuses on open educational practices, inclusive teaching, and ethical approaches to educational technologies.

Prior to moving to Brock University I served as a faculty member and academic administrator at universities in British Columbia. Most recently I served as the Associate Vice President, Teaching and Learning at Kwantlen Polytechnic University where I led the development of Canada’s first zero textbook cost degree programs and was responsible for the Teaching & Learning Commons, Open Education, Academic Integrity, Prior Learning Assessment & Recognition, and Continuing & Professional Studies.

In 2018 was invited to speak at the United Nations about how open education supports the sustainable development goals and in 2020 I served as an Ambassador for the Global Advocacy of Open Educational Resources with the International Council for Open and Distance Education. In 2021 and 2022 Business in Vancouver listed me among ten leaders in higher education in British Columbia and 500 “business leaders who have a notable impact on B.C.’s communities, industries and economy.” In 2023 I served as a Distinguished Visiting Teaching Scholar at Trent University.

I have co-edited two volumes on open education and co-authored three textbooks in psychology, in addition to dozens of articles and book chapters. Together with Robin DeRosa, I co-founded the Open Pedagogy Notebook.

My work has been recognized with award such as the Robert E. Knox Master Teacher Award from the Department of Psychology at the University of British Columbia, the Dean of Arts Teaching Excellence award at KPU, the Award for Excellence in Open Education from BCcampus, and the Emerging Leader Award from Open Education Global.

I serve on the Board of Directors of Open Education Global and on the BC Ethical Educational Technology Working Group. I previously served as Chair of the Quality Enhancement Working Group of the BC Digital Learning Advisory Committee and on the Boards of organizations such NOBA Psychology, KDocs, Virtually Connecting, and Ubiquity Proceedings.

My work in community has included projects and partnerships with organizations such as the Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre, the March of the Living, and Science World.

I was raised in Bombay, India and moved to Canada as an undergraduate international student before obtaining Canadian citizenship and completing my graduate studies, including earning a doctorate in Social and Personality Psychology from the University of British Columbia.

I have completed a Certificate in University and College Administration from the University of Manitoba, a Certificate in Labour Relations from Toronto Metropolitan University and Lancaster House, the Creative Commons certificate, multiple certificate programs from the Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion, and the EAB Future Presidents Intensive.

My work has been featured on podcasts including Teaching in Higher Education and Podagogies and publications such as University Affairs.