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Applied Research & Evaluation Team

Russ Wilde, Director of Academic Innovation & Applied Research

Russ Wilde is a graduate of the Master of Distance Education program at Athabasca University and has worked in various learning technology and instructional design roles at Bow Valley College since 2004. Previously he worked on curriculum development at SAIT Polytechnic. Russ's professional interests focus on use of technology to create learning and support systems that are effective, efficient, and flexible in meeting the needs of diverse learners. His experience in research includes participation in two research projects on the web resources for students' online support at Athabasca University and the role of a Project Lead in the recently completed province-wide study on distributed learners' support services.

Email rwilde@bowvalleycollege.ca

Dr. Augusto Legaspi, Applied Research and Evaluation Lead

Dr. Augusto (Aggie) Legaspi brings expertise in research and evaluation in both academic and non-profit sectors. He holds a MA in Social Psychology from the University of the Philippines and a PhD in Ecological-Community Psychology from Michigan State University. Aggie has vast experience in teaching of graduate and undergraduate students. While at the University of the Philippines, and later Michigan State University, the University of Alaska Fairbanks, and Bow Valley College, he conducted a wide variety of research studies related to self-help, health services provision, community health, and church communities. These projects involved various populations from both urban and rural settings in the Philippines, Michigan, Alaska, and Calgary. Aggie will provide this expertise as the "resident researcher" to support employees and departments in their desire to increase their applied research capacity.

Email alegaspi@bowvalleycollege.ca

Scott Henwood, Researcher

Scott Henwood holds an MA in Sociology from the University of Calgary and a BA from St. Thomas University in Fredericton, New Brunswick. Long interested in social research, he has studied topics related to social policy, health, employment, adult education, non-profit organizations, mass media, and gambling. In addition to conducting research, Scott provides individualized support for applied research and evaluation across Bow Valley College and helps build research capacity among BVC employees. One of his favourite activities involves talking with others in BVC about their research and ideas, and learning more about the varied projects that have been done within the BVC community. Apart from working with AR&E, Scott is an instructor for the School of Health, Justice, and Human Services, a role that allows him to pursue his interests in Sociology, teaching, and current events.

Email shenwood@bowvalleycollege.ca

Rodney Steadman, Researcher

Rodney Steadman holds an MA in Anthropology from the University of Alberta, a BA from the University of Victoria, and a BPE from the University of Calgary. Rodney has a diverse research background with experience in both qualitative and quantitative research methods, but his heart is in ethnographic research...and mountain biking...and skiing...anything outdoors really. He combined his passion for outdoor activities and research for his master's thesis on the perceptions of health, healing, and wellness in middle aged and older adult hiking and walking groups. His findings were published in Anthropology & Aging Quarterly. After graduation, Rodney worked as a Junior Research Assistant for the University of Calgary's O'Brien Institute for Public Health, where he conducted health technology assessments for Alberta Health Services. Also at the University of Calgary, he worked as a Research Assistant in the Department of Psychology's Addictive Behaviours Laboratory where he was instrumental in data collection, analysis, report writing, volunteer wrangling and anything else that involved maintaining a positive and productive work environment.

Email rsteadman@bowvalleycollege.ca

Dr. Rena Shimoni, Applied Research Advisor

Although Dr. Rena Shimoni has retired from her position as the Dean of the Office of Applied Research and Innovation at BVC, she contributes her valuable experience in identifying topics and areas of research, securing funding, and leading major projects, with the goal of the growth and development of applied research at Bow Valley College. Rena holds a MSc in Applied Social Studies from Oxford University and a doctorate in Educational Policy and Administration from the University of Calgary. Her former positions include the Associate Dean of Health and Human Services at Mount Royal University, Dean of Health Programs at Bow Valley College, and Dean of Applied Research and Innovation at Bow Valley College. In these roles, Dr. Shimoni has spearheaded and managed grants from federal, provincial and corporate sources totaling several million dollars.

Email rshimoni@bowvalleycollege.ca

Emily Nolan, Applied Research and Evaluation Assistant

Emily Nolan holds a MA in History from Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario and a BA from Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario. Emily has studied topics related to gender, religion, poverty and philanthropy in eighteenth-century England. Emily previously worked as a research assistant on a project that examined how new technologies impact the way that modern historians conduct research. As the research and evaluation assistant, Emily is responsible for gathering student feedback on their learning experience through the distribution of course evaluations. Emily also assists BVC's Research Ethics Board with administrative tasks and highly enjoys assisting researchers with acquiring ethics approval for their research project.

Email enolan@bowvalleycollege.ca