PhD, Land Resource Science
Master of Landscape Architecture
Bachelor of Environmental Science, Natural Resource Management
As Senior Director Natasha provides academic and administrative leadership for the Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning. She plays a key role in the development, implementation and promotion of the TI vision and strategy. She works with institutional, national and international partners to research, support and advocate for teaching and learning in higher education.
Natasha has a broad and interdisciplinary academic background that includes a Bachelor of Environmental Science, a Master of Landscape Architecture, and a PhD in Land Resource Science from the University of Guelph. Natasha has strong interests in educational leadership, workplace well-being in academic contexts, and the scholarship of teaching and learning and educational development. She also maintains disciplinary research interests in bioclimatic urban design and outdoor thermal comfort.
Peer-reviewed publications and book chapters (in progress or in development)
Peer-reviewed publications and book chapters (in progress or in development)
Goldsworthy, S., Kenny, N., Norman, D. and Kelly, P. Chapter 8: Updating Traditional Classrooms. Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing. (Submitted February 6, 2018)
Labouta, H.I., Kenny, N., Dyjur, P., Reid, L., Cramb, D.T. A Novel, dynamic, and formative framework for curriculum review of a postsecondary program: adopting wisdom of practice. Transformative Dialogues: Teaching and Learning Journal. (Submitted June 13, 2018)
Jeffs, C., Berenson, C., Dyjur, P., Grant, K., Kalu, F., Kenny, N., Mikita, K., Mueller, R., and Nowell, L. Writing within a microculture: perspectives, practices and processes. Simmons, N. (Ed). Critical Collaboration Communities: Academic Writing Partnerships, Groups and Retreats. Brill/Sense, Netherlands. (Submitted, July 1, 2018)
Nowell, L., Grant, K., Berenson, C., Dyjur, P., Jeffs, C., Kelly, P., Kenny, N., Mikita, K., Innovative certificate programs in university teaching and learning for graduate students and postdoctoral scholars. To Improve the Academy: A Journal of Educational Development. (Submitted August 1, 2018)
Nowell, L., Ovie, G., Kenny, N., Hayden, K.A., and Jacobsen, M. A literature review of professional learning and development initiatives for postdoctoral scholars. The Canadian Journal for Higher Education. (Submitted October 5, 2018)
Taylor, L., Mueller, R., Kenny, N., & Perrault, R. Networks of practice: Creating environments where teaching and learning thrive. (In development)
Kolomitro, K., Kenny, N. and Sheffield, S. Exploring workplace well-being for educational developers. (In development)
Nowell, L., Hayden, K.A., Berenson, C., Kenny, N., Chick, N., and Emery, C. (2018) Professional learning and development of postdoctoral scholars: a scoping review protocol. Systematic Reviews, 7 (224), https://doi.org/10.1186/s13643-018-0892-5.
Fields, J., Kenny, N., Mueller, R. Conceptualizing educational leadership in an academic development program. International Journal for Academic Development. (In press)
Nowell, L., Ovie, G., Berenson, C., Kenny, N., and Hayden, A. (2018) Professional learning and development of postdoctoral scholars: a systematic review of literature. Education Research International, 2018, Article ID 5950739, 16 pages, https://doi.org/10.1155/2018/5950739.
Labouta, H.I., Kenny, N.A., Li, R., Anikovskiy, M., Reid, L., and Cramb, D. (2018) Learning science by doing science: an authentic science process-learning model in postsecondary education. International Journal of Science Education, 40 (12), 1476-1492.
Kalu, F., Dyjur, P., Berenson, C., Grant, K., Jeffs, C., Kenny, N., Mueller, R. (2018) Seven voices, seven developers, seven one things that guide our practice. To Improve the Academy: A Journal of Educational Development, 37(1), 111-127.
Graham, D., Vanos, J., Kenny, N., and Brown, R.D. (2017) Modelling the effects of urban design on emergency medical response calls during extreme heat events in Toronto, Canada. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 14(7), 778.
West, K., Hoessler, C., Bennetch, R., Ewert-Bauer, T., Wilson, M., Beaudoin, J.-P., Ellis, D. E., Brown, V. M., Timmermans, J. A., Verwoord, R., & Kenny, N. A. (2017). Educational Development Guide Series: No. 2. Rapport-Building for Educational Developers. Ottawa, ON: Educational Developers Caucus.
Kenny, N., Popovic, C., McSweeney, J., Knorr, K., Hoessler, C., Hall, S., Fujita, N., Elkhoury, E. (2017) Drawing on the principles of SoTL to illuminate a path forward for the scholarship of educational development. The Canadian Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, 8(2), Article 10.
Kenny, N., Iqbal, I., McDonald, J., Borin, P., Dawson, D., Chan, J., and Kustra, E. (2017) Natasha Kenny, PhD 4, Exploring the potential of educational developer portfolios. To Improve the Academy: A Journal of Educational Development, 36 (1), 61-75.
Graham, D., Vanos, J.K., Kenny, N.A. and Brown, R.D. (2016) The relationship between neighbourhood tree canopy cover and heat-related ambulance calls during extreme heat events in Toronto, Canada. Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, 20, 180-186.
McDonald, J., Kenny, N., Kustra, E., Dawson, D., Iqbal, I., Borin, P., & Chan, J. (2016) Educational Development Guide Series: No. 1. The Educational Developer’s Portfolio. Ottawa, Canada: Educational Developers Caucus.
Kenny, N., Watson, G. P. L., & Desmarais, S. (2016). Building sustained action: supporting an institutional practice of SoTL at the University of Guelph. New Directions for Teaching and Learning, 146, 87-94.
Mazhur, N., Brown, R., Kenny, N. and Lenzholzer, S. (2015). Thermal comfort of outdoor spaces in Lahore, Pakistan: Lessons for bioclimatic design in the context of global climate change. Landscape and Urban Planning, 138, 110-117.
Brown, R., Vanos, J., Kenny, N. and Lenzholzer, S. (2015). Designing urban parks that ameliorate the effects of climate change. Landscape and Urban Planning, 138, 118-131.
Kenny, N.A., Watson, G., and Walton, C. (2014). Exploring the context of Canadian Graduate Student Certificates in University Teaching. Canadian Journal of Higher Education, 44(3):1-19.
Preparedness. Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology, 51, 1639–1653.
Vanos, J., Warland, J., Gillespie, T.G. and Kenny, N.A. (2012) Thermal comfort modelling of body temperature and psychological variations of a human exercising in an outdoor environment. International Journal of Biometeorology, 56(1), 21-32.
Vanos, J., Warland, J., Gillespie, T.G. and Kenny, N.A. (2012) Improved predictive ability of climate-human-behavior interactions with modifications to the COMFA outdoor energy budget model. International Journal of Biometeorology, 56(6), 1065-74.
Coe, J.B., Darisi, T., Satchell, T., Bateman, S.W. and Kenny, N. (2012) Using focus groups to engage veterinary students in course redesign and development. Journal of Veterinary Medical Education, 39(1): 30-38.
Brown, R.D., Kenny, N. and Corry, R.C. (2011) A microclimatic design framework for habitat creation in abandoned aggregate extraction sites. Ecological Restoration, 29(1&2), 52-63.
Kenny, N.A. and Evers, F.T. (2010) Responding to the challenging dilemma of faculty engagement in research on teaching and learning AND disciplinary research. Collected Essays on Teaching and Learning, 3, 21-26.
Vanos, J., Warland, J., Kenny, N., and Gillespie, T. (2010) Modelling skin temperature of a human exercising in an outdoor environment. Brebbia, C., Hernandez, S., and Tiezzi, E., (Eds), The Sustainable City VI: Urban Regeneration and Sustainability. International Conference on Urban Regeneration and Sustainability Conference Proceedings.
Vanos, J., Warland, J., Gillespie, T.G. and Kenny, N.A. (2010) Review of the physiology of human thermal comfort while exercising in urban landscapes and implications for bioclimatic design. International Journal of Biometeorology, 54(4), 319-334.
Kenny, N.A., Warland, J.S., Brown, R.D., and Gillespie, T.G. (2009) Part A: Assessing the performance of the COMFA outdoor thermal comfort model on subjects performing physical activity. International Journal of Biometeorology, 53, 415-428.
Kenny, N.A., Warland, J.S., Brown, R.D., and Gillespie, T.G. (2009) Part B: Revisions to the COMFA outdoor thermal comfort model on subjects performing physical activity. International Journal of Biometeorology, 53, 429-441.
Kenny, N.A., Warland, J.S., Brown, R.D., and Gillespie, T.G. (2008) Estimating the radiationabsorbed by a human. International Journal of Biometeorology, 52, 491-503.
Corry, R.C. Lafortessa, R., Brown, R.D., Kenny, N., and Robertson, P.J. (2008) Using landscape context to guide ecological restoration: an approach for pits and quarries in Ontario. Ecological Restoration, 26, 120-127.
Lynn, N.A. and Brown, R. D. (2003) Effects of recreational use impacts on hiking experiences in natural areas. Landscape and Urban Planning, 64, 77-87.
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University of Calgary, U Make a Difference Award (2018)
National Science and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) of Canada Post-Graduate Scholarship (PhD) (2007)
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and Michigan State University Professional Enhancement Award in Landscape Ecology (2007)
George Thurtell Scholarship (2006)
Ontario Graduate Scholarship (2006, 2005, 2004, 1999)
Latornell Graduate Scholarship (2006)
University of Guelph Graduate Scholarship (2005, 1997)
Victor Chanasyk Medal (2001)
Soden Scholarship (1999)
Saskatchewan Association of Landscape Architects Scholarship (1998)
University of Guelph Entrance Scholarship (1997)
Bell-Sargant Scholarship (1997)