Monsurat Omobola Raji

I completed my Doctoral program in Education at the University of Ottawa, Canada with a focus on Educational Assessment and Teaching Pedagogies. I have an M.Ed. (with thesis) from the University of Manitoba, Winnipeg; M.Sc. in Educational Research Methods, Assessment, and Evaluation from Liverpool Hope University, Liverpool, United Kingdom, and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Education (Educational Assessment & Evaluation) and Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from University of Ilorin, Nigeria. I recently completed a Graduate Certificate in University Teaching and Learning from the University of Ottawa, Canada.

I taught science and chemistry for about four years in Nigeria before moving to the United Kingdom where I taught science and mathematics for about three years. I have experience working in higher education across three continents (Africa, Europe, and North America) where I have held research and training consultant roles. In my role as a research and training consultant across different cultures, I have supported faculty members and graduate teaching assistants, and students to develop and design assessment tools for evaluating student learning. I have facilitated teaching, learning, and assessment workshops for graduate students, newly recruited faculty staff, instructors, and tenured faculty members, and organized professional learning programs for academics and non-academics’ professional advancement. I bring my international education background and career experience derived from studying, teaching, and as a consultant in different education systems and levels to work at Conestoga’s Teaching and Learning department.

My research broadly covers the assessment of student learning, the intersection of educators’ assessment conceptions and practices, curriculum studies, and educator professional development program design and evaluation. I am interested in understanding the ‘why’ and ‘what’ of educators’ teaching and assessment pedagogies and practices as viewed through a sociocultural lens. I have published articles in my area of research and presented my work at several conferences, as well as working towards expanding my knowledge around supporting educators’ assessment pedagogies. I am an editor and reviewer for a couple of educational journals, and I belong to several professional organizations. I am currently the AERA Classroom Assessment SIG Early Career Representative, a 2022 CSSE Graduate Merit Awardee under CERA SIG, and a University of Ottawa full Doctoral Scholarship Awardee.