With a PhD from York University in Education (2012) and a focus on meaningful learning in Canadian history education, Dr. Samantha Cutrara has become an expert in her field of teaching and learning history in both traditional and non-traditional sites of education, such as classrooms, museums, and archives.
As a History Education Strategist, Dr. Cutrara develops strategies, projects, and programs to help organizations and individuals teach Canadian history in interesting, meaningful, and comprehensive ways. This has been done by developing museum exhibits and related programming, writing curriculum and creating resources, leading professional development sessions for educators, and building partnerships amongst organizations and individuals.
As an interdisciplinary scholar, Dr. Cutrara's work goes beyond pedagogy or presentation. Her work is based in feminist and anti-racist theory, a theoretical focus on 21st century students’ (and visitors’) experiences of learning, and knowledge of classroom practice and curriculum outcomes.
She is currently working on a manuscript titled Creating Possibilities: Meaningful learning in history education, creating resources for commemorating Canada150, and developing students’ academic researching and writing skills as well as critical civic understanding at Seneca College as a partial-load Professor in the Honours Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies program and Liberal Arts University Transfer department.