Lia is a PhD candidate in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Sciences (Faculty of Health) at the University of Waterloo. Lia graduated with both a BSc (Hons.) and MSc in Kinesiology from UW. Her current research investigates how high velocity, high magnitude accelerations (shocks) propagate through the lumbar spine during 2-foot landings, and how muscle and passive tissue properties contribute to shock attenuation. In between her MSc and starting her PhD, Lia was the lab manager for the Ergonomics Lab at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon.
Lia completed the Certificate in University Teaching (CUT) program in the fall of 2021 and started as a TA Workshop Facilitator in Winter 2022, the same term she instructed her first undergraduate seminar course (KIN470). Since then, Lia has TA’d multiple courses in kinesiology and biomechanics. She particularly enjoyed the opportunity to apply some of the pedagogy she learned through CTE programming as the lab instructor for a graduate level biomechanics methods lab (KIN612). Lia is looking forward to supporting graduate teaching one-on-one as a CUT observer, having engaging discussions about teaching pedagogy in micro-teaching sessions with FUT participants, and sharing her love of teaching with you through the CTE’s TA workshops.