Skip to main content
Unsupported Browser
Your Browser is out of date and is not supported by this website.
Please upgrade to Firefox, Chrome, Internet Explorer 11, or Microsoft Edge.


Jon johnson
Jon Johnson
Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream

Prior to joining Woodsworth College in 2018, Jon Johnson taught at York University and in the Transitional Year Program at the University of Toronto. His research is focused on urban land-based Indigenous Knowledge in Toronto and their representation through oral and digital forms of storytelling. He practices forms of teaching and pedagogy, such as field trips, tours, and community-based social justice projects, that go beyond the classroom. He is particularly interested in projects that create mutually respectful and beneficial collaborations between Indigenous communities and the university.

Dr. Michael Lapointe
Michael Lapointe
Sessional Lecturer III/ Writing Instructor II

Dr. Michael Lapointe joined Woodsworth College’s Academic Writing Centre in 2005 and the Academic Bridging Program in 2006, where he regularly teaches the Introduction to the Study of Literature and Contemporary Canada. Last year, Michael developed and taught Order and Disorder II: Nationalism, Identity, and Conflict for the full-time Academic Bridging students and the Woodsworth One Program. His research background includes Irish Literature, James Joyce, Nationalism Studies, 20th Century Canadian and European history, and Literary/Cultural Theory. Dr. Lapointe is TESL Canada and TESL Ontario certified and has several teaching awards and nominations to his credit.

Theresa Moritz
Associate Professor, Teaching Stream

Theresa Moritz has been teaching literature as well as critical reading and writing skills at the University since the 1990s; she joined Woodsworth College in 2006. Her principal duties are teaching English literature in the Academic Bridging Program and working as a writing instructor in the Academic Writing Centre. Dr. Moritz has created several Woodsworth first-year seminars and recently joined the faculty of the college’s new Digital Humanities minor. Her work in writing pedagogy examines the Internet’s impact on university research methods.

Instructor Peter Sanders
Peter Sanders

Peter has taught Contemporary Canada in the Academic Bridging Program at Woodsworth College since 2003. He has been a professor (Canadian Studies, Film Studies, Canadian Literature, Communications) at George Brown College from 1984- 2018. He has also taught Children’s Literature at Laurentian University and Carleton University. He completed his B.A. at the University of Winnipeg and his M.A. at Carleton University. 

Cheryl Shook
Cheryl Shook
Assistant Principal & Registrar

Cheryl is currently the Assistant Principal & Registrar at Woodsworth College. In these roles she oversees academic and financial advising for students at the college. Cheryl has been an instructor in the Academic Bridging Program for more than 20 years, teaching Contemporary Canada and most recently Introduction to Academic Studies in the full-time program. Cheryl completed her BA at the University of Calgary, her MA and CTESL at the University of Toronto. She has 30+ years of experience supporting and teaching students at the University.

Associate Professor, Teaching Stream

Thomas Socknat is the academic director of the Academic Bridging Program at Woodsworth College and has taught in the program since 1993. He has also taught a variety of courses in the Department of History, the Canadian Studies Program and the Peace and Conflict Studies Program since he began teaching at the University of Toronto in 1985. Dr. Socknat’s major research interests include pacifism and peace movements in Canada, the history of war and society, protest and popular culture and an interest in Student Learning Outcomes.

Kathy Voltan
Kathryn Voltan
Sessional Lecturer

Kathryn began teaching postsecondary in 1992 for Sheridan College, delivering courses in Business Communication, Technical Writing and English Literature. She joined the faculty at Ryerson University in 2001 where she continues to teach at the School of Professional Communication as well as the Chang School. Here at Woodsworth, Kathryn joined the Academic Writing Centre in 1997 as a Writing Instructor. She has instructed Writing and Rhetoric courses at both Rotman Commerce and Innis College. Kathryn has been a lecturer with the Academic Bridging Program since 2007 where she teaches the course Contemporary Canada. 

Dr. Megan Youdelis
Dr. Megan Youdelis
Sessional Lecturer for Introduction to Environmental Studies

Dr. Youdelis works on the political ecology of conservation and development in Canada and Thailand, focusing primarily on the social, political and environmental implications of colonial and neoliberal conservation. Her current research explores alternative and decolonized political economies of conservation, looking specifically at the Indigenous-led Tribal Park movement in Canada. She teaches courses on environmental studies, political ecology, climate change, globalization, the green economy, gender and migration.