About the Centre for Teaching and Learning

Aurora College’s new Centre for Teaching and Learning (CTL) started in 2020 to promote the strategic goal of academic excellence and contribute to Aurora College’s transition to a polytechnic university. The CTL supports the professional development of faculty and staff in the areas of pedagogy, instructional design, educational technology and applied research. 

The staff at the Centre For Teaching and Learning  hold interim positions in the Teaching and Learning Pilot started in the fall of 2020. (link to About page

Mike McPherson

Prior to his role as Interim Director, CTL, Mike had been in adult education for thirty-one years as a community educator, instructor, program head, and department chair. He also worked for eight years in workforce training and safety codes training. He has an MA (Regis ‘95) and Ed.D. (Columbia ‘02) in adult education, focusing on transformative learning, critical self-reflection, and cognitive development. He is a member of the Canadian Association for the Study of Adult Education.

Tammy Soanes-White

Adult Learning Specialist – Instructional Design


Tammy’s is an Adult Learning Specialist – Instructional Design in her current role with CTL. Prior to her current role, Tammy has worked in several capacities as: Manager of Training and Development, Senior Researcher, Senior Instructor and Instructor and has worked in industry as a cost controller. Tammy has a Master in Education in Distance Education (AU ‘12) and a Master in Business (U of A ‘14) and is currently completing her doctoral studies in student success in remote postsecondary education. Tammy is passionate about creating connections between student learning, teaching practices and supportive institutional settings. She is a member of the Canadian Association for the Study of Adult Education.

Jim Stauffer

Adult Learning Specialist – Educational Technology


Jim is a 30+-year resident of Whatı̨ and has 12 years experience as the Community Adult Educator at the Whati Community learning centre.  He graduated from Royal Roads University in 2018 with a Master of Arts in Learning and Technology.  Jim is hopefully optimistic that Educational Technology can be employed to enhance students’ learning experiences and make engagement welcoming more often than it gets used to exercise control over the environment and constrain activities.