About

Tiffany

Most CVs seem brag-y and boastful, so while the majority of mine is below (if you want to know my publications, extra-curricular, or volunteerism for whatever reason, email me), here is a short bio:

As a first-generation university graduate/higher education addict, I aim to work towards a simple (and yet incomprehensibly complex) concept: a higher education that is accessible, affordable, and of the highest possible quality. I was introduced to higher education governance and policy as a student leader and continue advocating for a better higher education system today. I aim to approach and tackle challenges through foundational collaboration and communication.

On some far less formal notes, I have a dog named Cotija (yes, a cheese), I’m often watching cooking or sewing videos on YouTube, and if I won the lottery tomorrow, I would give up everything to be a lavender farmer.

Little ol’ me having the best day of my life at Seafoam Lavender Farm.

EDUCATION

St. Francis Xavier University

Bachelors of Science in Chemistry with First-Class Honours, 2020

Bachelors of Science in Chemistry, 2019

Undergraduate Thesis “Gold Nanoparticle Functionalized Perovskites for Visible Light Activated Water Remediation”

ACADEMIC &
INSTITUTIONAL
RECOGNITIONS
  • McKenna Fellowship ($25,000) (2020)
  • Chemistry Industry Merit Award (2020)
  • Birk’s Award for Outstanding Contributions to Student Government (2020)
  • President’s Circle of Young Alumni (2019)
  • Sister Carmel Losier Award (2019)
  • Dean’s List (2019-2020)
  • Dean’s List (2017-2018)
RELEVANT
WORK
Experience

Research Fellow and Strategist

Maple League of Universities (2020-Present)

  • Researching use of High Impact Practices (HIPs) such as undergraduate research, service learning, etc., across the Maple League universities.
  • Conducting interviews and focus groups with faculty, staff, administration, and students.
  • Analyzing qualitative research and producing reports.
  • Providing advice and assistance to the Maple League universities on HIP initiatives.
  • Conducting Open Educational Resource initiatives across the Maple League campuses.

Research Assistant

Hallett-Tapley Lab for Nanoparticle Photocatalysis (2019 – 2020)

  • Worked with Dr. G. Hallett-Tapley on undergraduate honours thesis research.
  • Tasks: hypothesis creation, experimental design, use of instruments (GC/UV-VIS/Photoreactor/HPLC), data analysis, data communication and knowledge mobilization.

Teaching and Lab Assistant

St. Francis Xavier University (2016 – 2020)

  • Attended weekly labs/class sessions, marking, providing help to students, facilitating sessions.
  • LEAD 100: Strategic Communication, Media and Public Relations (Dr. M. Nilges, English);
  • CHEM 100: General Chemistry (Dr. M. Aquino, Chemistry);
  • CHEM 120: Principles of Chemistry (Dr. G. Marangoni, Chemistry);
  • CHEM 220: Introductory Organic Chemistry (Dr. J. Cormier, Chemistry).

Vice President of Academic Affairs

StFX Students’ Union (2018 – 2019)

  • Elected Vice President of the StFX Students’ Union – a $2.3 mil non-profit student-run organization.
  • Projects Led: 
    • Impacts of the Introduction of a Fall Reading Week at StFX University (presented to StFX University Senate); 
      • Highest student participation ever recorded (57%) for a student-made research survey at StFX  Resulted in the unanimous approval of a Fall Reading Week at the University Senate. 
    • Student Attendance: Bettering the Academic Experience for our Students 
    • Various sexualized violence prevention initiatives including the creation and implementation of a forty-two page university-wide sexualized violence policy.
  • Tasks: direct and indirect super vision of student and full-time employees, acting as the main student representative on more than thirty academic committees, day-to-day operations, and advocating to the University, Provincial and Federal governments.

Additional Experiences

2013 – Present

McKenna Fellow (May 2020 – Present), McKenna Centre Ambassador (June 2019 – April 2020), “Finance for Climate Change Action, International Development, Community Resilience: Building Bridges for Sustainability” Workshop Coordinator (August 2019-December 2019), Community Advisor (May 2016-April 2018), X-Chem Science Camp Supervisor (May 2017-August 2017), Deputy Chair of Student Council (May 2017-May 2018), Societies Coordinator (May 2016-May 2017), Tim Hortons (Sept 2013-Sept 2015).

Committee
experience

St. Francis Xavier University

2015 – Present

  • Member, Quality of Life (2018-Present)
  • Governor, StFX Board of Governors (2019-2020)
  • Member, StFX Board of Governors’ Advancement & External Relations Committee (2019-2020)
  • Member, StFX Board of Governors’ Governance and Nominating Committee (2019-2020)
  • Member, Presidential Search Committee (2019-2020)
  • Member, McKenna Centre for Leadership Advisory Board (2018-2020)
  • Member, Dean of Science Search Committee (2019)
  • Member, Vice President Students Search Committee (2019)
  • Member, McKenna Centre for Leadership Executive Director (2018)
  • Member, Expert Advisory Group (StFX Sexualized Violence Policy Review) (2019)
  • Senator, Senate (2018-2019)
  • Member, Senate Steering Committee (2018-2019)
  • Member, Sexualized Violence Prevention Committee (2018-2019)
  • Member, Student Senate Course Evaluation Committee (2018-2019)
  • Member, Advancing Women’s Equity Committee (2018-2019)
  • Member, Committee on Studies – Science (2018-2019)
  • Member, Academic Planning and Priorities (2018-2019)
  • Member, APP Sub-Committee Committee on Grading Policy (2019-2020)
  • Member, University Librarian Search Committee (2018-2019)
  • Member, Service-Learning Advisory Committee (2018-2019)
  • Member, McKenna Centre for Leadership Executive Director Search committee) (2018)
  • Member, Committee on Aboriginal and Black Student Success (2018-2019)
  • Member, Senate Appeals Committee (2018-2019)
  • Member, Joint Committee on Studies (2018-2019)
  • Member, Enrolment Advisory Committee (2018-2019)
  • Member, Equity Advisory Committee (2018-2019)
  • Member, Honorary Degrees Committee (2018-2019)
  • Member, University Library Committee (2018-2019)
  • Member, Faculty Development Committee (2018-2019)
  • Member, Academic Computing Committee (2018-2019)

StFX Students’ Union

2016 – 2020

  • Chair, Students’ Union Chair Nomination Committee (2020)
  • Co-Chair, Student Orientation Committee (2018)
  • Co-Chair, StFX Students’ Union Executive Board (2018-2019)
  • Representative, Students’ Union Representative Council (2017-2019)
  • Member, Students’ Union Award Banquet Committee (2018-2019)
  • Guest, StFX Students’ Union By-Law and Policy Committee (2018-2019)
  • Member, StFX Students’ Union Election Appeals Committee (2017-2018)
  • Member, StFX Event Review Committee (2016-2018)
  • Co-Chair, StFX Students’ Union Society Review Committee (2016-2017)
  • Member, StFX Students’ Union Health and Dental (2016-Present)
  • Member, StFX Students’ Union Budget and Finance Committee (2016-2017)

Other

  • Member, Council of Atlantic Universities (CAUL) Open Educational Resources Working Group (2020 – Present)
  • Member, CAUL OER WG subcommittee of Marketing and Advocacy (2020 – Present)
  • Project Chair, Nova Scotia Secondary Schools Students’ Association Alumni Association Working Group (2020 – Present)
  • Member in Various Roles, Nova Scotia Secondary Schools Students’ Association (2012 – 2019)
  • Board member, Students Nova Scotia (2017 – 2018)
SPEAKING
  • Presenter, “Employing Students as Partners in Open Educational Resource Creation”, SPARC’s Open Education Conference (2020)
  • Facilitator, StFX Students’ Union Training (2020)
  • Keynote, “Science and Leadership with Tiffany” for Supernova (2020)
  • Keynote, “Navigating Internal Politics” for the Maritime Student Congress (2020)
  • Panelist, “First Generation Students” for Maple League’s Better Together Series (2020)
  • Panelist, “Integrating Experiential Learning into your Course” for Maple League’s Better Together Series (2020)
  • Panelist, “Student Success Panel on High Impact Practices” for the Maple League (2020)
  • Panelist, Emerging Strategies: Student Success and Support During Uncertain Times, Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (2020)
  • Keynote Speaker, “Student Unionism: how external government effects internal operations”, AMICCUS-C Regional Conference (2019)
  • Presenter, “Photooxidation of 17β-Estradiol using Gold Nanoparticle Functionalized KNbO3”, Science Atlantic’s ChemCon (2019)
  • Panelist, FluxLab panel on Effective Communication (2019)
  • Presenter, CAUL’s Forum on Open Educational Resources “Student Perspectives on Open Educational Resources” (2019)
  • Panelist, Faculty Development Committee form on Student Attendance & Engagement (2018)
  • Moderator, StFX Students’ Union Open Forum on Sexualized Violence (2018)
  • Moderator, StFX Panel on Consent and Sexualized Violence (2018)
  • Master of Ceremonies, StFX Presidents’ Welcome (2018)
  • Speaker, StFX Residences, Alcohol Awareness & Harm Reduction (2018, 2019)
  • Master of Ceremonies, Relay for Life (2017, 2018)

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