Here you can meet the members of CUASA’s Executive — the Steering Committee.
Dominique Marshall President
Dominique is Professor of History, where she teaches and researches the past of social policy, children’s rights, humanitarian aid, refugees, disability and technology.
As a CUASA member, she was Vice President from November 2021 to March 2023, before assuming the role of President. Prior to her term as VP, she was a member of Council for the Department of History for one year. Dominique has also been a CUASA representative on the Carleton University Joint Health and Safety Committee. She was President of the Canadian Historical Association from 2013 to 2015, member of the Board of the Canadian Federation of Social Sciences and Humanities (CFSSH) from 2012 to 2017.
Chantal Dion Vice President & Chair, Collective Bargaining
Education is Chantal’s passion. Fair democracy is her main objective. With this in mind, it probably helps she has written a PhD dissertation on Humor and Laughter in learning and teaching a second language (Université de Montréal, 2007). Chantal believes in negotiations, as long as all parties are respectful and fair. Over time, her involvement with CUASA has been natural: Council representative, Instructor representative, President, and Chair of the Collective Bargaining Committee/Chief Negotiator. She believes in the strength of the whole, and she has faith in intelligent and positive participation. In Chantal’s opinion, there is no greater power than the power of solidarity exercised with no-nonsense diplomacy.
Greg Franks Treasurer
Greg is Associate Professor in the Department of Systems and Computer Engineering and is the Associate Chair for Undergraduate Studies. He has served on Council and as Salary and Benefits officer, in addition to being the Treasurer. His research interest is primarily in trying to make computer systems run fast. When he is not trying to balance books, decipher University finance, advise students, or make computer systems run faster, you will find him out snowboarding in the winter and cycling in the summer.
Mayurika Chakravorty External Relations Officer
Mayurika Chakravorty teaches in the Department of English and the Institute of Interdisciplinary Studies (Childhood and Youth Studies). Her research focuses on speculative fiction as a subversive genre of political expression, and more recently, she has been working on representations of childhood/girlhood that foreground children’s voices and their rights. She teaches courses on South Asian literature, postcolonial literature, diaspora literature, as well as on children’s knowledges, cultures, and representations. Mayurika served on the CUASA Council from 2017-2020 and is excited about this new role in which she is hoping to foster connections with allied and sister organizations and stand in solidarity to pursue matters of common interest and concern.
Martha Attridge Bufton Professional Librarian Representative
Martha is the Interdisciplinary Studies Librarian. She has supported faculty and students in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences since 2008 and has been a librarian since 2017. She has served on several key committees since 2008. Martha was a member of the Carleton University Pension Committee (CUPE 2424 representative 2008—2017; CUASA representative 2018—2020) and is the only committee member to represent both white-collar unions. She was also a CUASA council librarian representative (2018—2021) and has been a member of the Carleton University Research Ethics Board (A) since 2018. Her research focuses include women’s history, labour history, game-based learning, and scholarly information practices.
Ahmed Hassan Instructor Representative
Ahmed is an instructor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. As a researcher his focus is on advanced structural systems for building resilient buildings in seismic zones. Being a graduate from Carleton’s undergraduate, masters’ and PhD programs, Ahmed has served on a number of hiring committees as a student, served on the university senate as a student, and served as GSA departmental representative. Upon graduation, he decided to pursue his passion for teaching in the role of an instructor, and is looking to continue his involvement, this time with CUASA, for the betterment of the Carleton community and its members. As an instructor, Ahmed is always looking to bring innovative and engaging pedagogical into the structural engineering discipline. In his free time, Ahmed enjoys travel and visiting local dineries, as well as watching sports, especially soccer.
Dawn Moore Chair, Equity
Brett Stevens Salary and Benefits Officer
Brett Stevens has been a professor of mathematics at Carleton University since 2001. He has represented Mathematics and Statistics on CUASA Council for several terms. He was CUASA’s Salary and Benefits Officer from 2005-2006, Chief Negotiator from 2008-2011 and Chair, Internal Affairs from 2019-2020. He is interested in equity, secure employment, fairness and intellectual property/privacy rights in Universities.
Jeni Armstrong Chair, Nominations and Elections
An instructor at Carleton since 2020, Jeni teaches in the Clayton H. Riddell Graduate Program in Political Management. She joined Carleton after five years in senior political staffing roles — including serving as the prime minister’s lead speechwriter for five years — and a 20-year career in communications for a national industry association and private sector clients. She loves her family most, but coffee, pens, deadlines, em dashes, and inclement weather run a close second.
Brian Greenspan Chair, Internal Affairs
Brian is an Associate Professor in the Department of English, the Institute for Comparative Studies in Literature, Art and Culture, and the Digital Humanities and Human-Computer Interaction programs. His scholarship focuses on new media and the history of utopian thought. As Chair of Internal Affairs, he is dedicated to ensuring fairness and collegiality in the workplace.
Chinnaiah Jangam Chair, Grievance Policy and Administration
Chinnaiah Jangam is an Associate Professor in the Department of History. His research focuses on the history of Dalits (untouchables) in South Asia. He writes on the issues of caste, race social justice, human rights, inclusion, equity, and equality. He teaches courses on colonialism, anti-colonial nationalism, decolonization. He served as a CUASA Council representative before becoming the Chair of Grievance Policy and Administration.