Discussion Topic: "What lessons from teaching in the pandemic will you take back into the classroom?"



Maureen MacDonald

Maureen MacDonald


Maureen MacDonald is an accomplished professor, respected researcher and the Dean of Science of McMaster University where she is also the director of the Vascular Dynamics Laboratory and is an active member of the Exercise Metabolism Research Group in the Department of Kinesiology. Her research interests are in the area of exercise physiology with specialization in the application of ultrasound
techniques to the assessment of the peripheral blood vessels and the heart. She has directly supervised over 100 undergraduate and graduate students and is an expert in cardiovascular health, exercise physiology, spinal cord injury and aging, and leads research into the effectiveness of exercise as a way of preventing illness, improving health status and lifestyle.



EdCog Shoshana Jacobs SQ

Sho Jacobs


Dr. Shoshanah Jacobs is the co-founder of the IdeasCongress (ICON) program currently offered at The University of Guelph. Their disciplinary background is in biology and their research focus is on science education with a bit of seabird foraging ecology thrown into the mix.



2020 Michelle Ogrodnik Head Shot edit SQ2

Michelle Ogrodnik


Michelle Ogrodnik is a PhD candidate in McMaster University’s NeuroFit lab where she combines concepts from psychology and kinesiology to better understand how exercise impacts attention and memory. Michelle is a Wilson Leadership Scholar Award winner and Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholar. Alongside her work as a sessional instructor and teaching assistant at McMaster, Michelle works as a Lead Educational Development Fellow at the Paul R. MacPherson Institute for Leadership, Innovation and Excellence in Teaching.


Siobhan Teel SQ

Siobhan Teel


Siobhan recently graduated from McMaster University with a BA in Political Science. Prior to joining the McMaster Students Union’s Board of Directors, Siobhan worked on the Municipal Affairs Committee and the Ancillary Fees Policy Paper Team as an MSU member throughout the 2020/2021 year. Between 2018 and 2020, Siobhan was a Welcome Week Representative for the McMaster Social Sciences Society; a Team Captain in 2019, and a Fundraising Coordinator in 2020. Outside of the McMaster community, Siobhan has worked with various municipalities including: the Halton Region, Kawartha Lakes, and Brock Township. Additionally, she has completed two internships with the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario.  

Siobhan is excited to work with stakeholders at the university, as well as municipal, provincial, and federal levels of government to advocate for equitable and accessible communities for students. In Siobhan’s spare time you can find her learning to knit, reading on the beach, or trying a new recipe. Ultimately, Siobhan is looking forward to working as the MSU’s VP Education for the 2021/2022 year.