Part Time Faculty

Nigel Bellchamber

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(HBA, Ivey, DPA, Western)
Position: Lecturer
Email: bellchamber@sympatico.ca
Research Interests
Areas of Municipal Finance

Nigel Bellchamber is no stranger to Western. A graduate of Western's Ivey HBA and the Local Government DPA programs both, he is preparing for his second term teaching Financial Management in the MPA Program. His career has focussed largely on local government. His municipal finance career began in an advisory role with the Ontario government, but he soon moved into the local government sector, first as a senior finance officer of one county, and subsequently as a CAO of two other Counties, finally taking early retirement from his last position where he was Commissioner of Finance for the City of London.

His municipal career continues as a consultant serving in a variety of capacities. Nigel served as part time General Manager of the Ontario CAOs' organization (OMAA) for several years while consulting with individual municipalities on recruitment and organizational design. He was appointed to the Canadian Public Sector Accounting Board and served as Vice-Chair and Chair while major changes were being implemented in municipal reporting across Canada. He has been an expert witness at provincial commissions of inquiry and is a founder and principal in a company that serves as Closed Meeting Investigator and Integrity Commissioner for many municipalities. For many years he has designed and delivered councillor training for the Association of Municipalities of Ontario and is looking forward to the sessions across Ontario that will follow this October's municipal elections.


Carol-Lynn Chambers

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(MPA, Western)
Position: lecturer
Email: cchambe5@uwo.ca
Telephone: 519-466-1406
Research Interests
Organizational behaviour, decision-making, local government management.

Carol-Lynn Chambers is a senior manager in the Ontario government, and has experience in both the Ministry of Municipal Affairs & Housing and the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Service. Carol-Lynn has prior experience in municipal government and public safety with the City of London Fire Department (Deputy Fire Chief) and in management/technical roles in the private sector (3M Canada, The Dow Chemical Company), as well as serving as interim Associate Dean at Lambton College. Carol-Lynn has been bestowed the Premier’s Award and most recently Western’s prestigious Dr. Ivan Smith Award for her career and community contributions.


Kane Faucher

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(PhD, Western)
Position: Lecturer
Email: kfauche@uwo.ca
Research Interests
Information, Deleuze, Political Economy of Data, Propaganda, Semiotics

Kane Faucher initially specialized in metaphysics before shifting to information theory and political economy. He currently teaches in the Local Government Program in addition to several courses in the Faculty of Information and Media Studies, and workshops for the AMCTO. His current specialization is communications, organizational behaviour, and strategic planning (particularly for small and rural municipalities) where he also works as a consultant. His most recent research activities include an upcoming book, Social Capital: Accumulation and Alienation (Westminster University Press) and a co-authored book on strategic planning to appear in 2018, The Cost of Doing Nothing (Municipal World Publishing). He is a managing editor of Semiotic Review, and during his spare time he enjoys going on fossil digs in search of trilobites.


Kate Graham

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(PhD, Western)
Position: Lecturer
Email: kgraha@uwo.ca
Research Interests
Areas of Urban Politics

Kate Graham studies, teaches and writes about urban politics in Canada. She has more than a decade of experience working in local government, most recently as the Director, Community & Economic Innovation at the City of London where she was responsible for government relations, economic partnerships, culture and strategic initiatives. Her PhD research focused on the role and power of big city mayors in Canada (see: mayorsproject.ca).


Jesse Helmer

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(BA, Waterloo, MPA, Queen’s, PhD Candidate, Western)
Position: Lecturer
Email: jhelmer@uwo.ca
Research Interests
Local Government, Public Policy, Urban Politics, Institutional Effects on Political Participation

Jesse is a PhD Candidate in political science at Western University, where his doctoral research focuses on the effects of institutions (rules, laws, norms) on the political participation of renters in urban politics (www.greatsuppression.ca). He is also a two-term city councillor in London, where he served for two years as deputy mayor (2018-2020). He has worked in the private, public and nonprofit sectors and was named one of London’s Top 20 Under 40 in 2019.


Bill Irwin

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(MPA,Queen’s, PhD, Western)
Position: Associate Professor (Huron University College)
Email: birwin6@uwo.ca
Research Interests
Program and policy evaluation

Bill Irwin is an Associate Professor and Department Chair at Huron University College in the Department of Management and Organizational Studies. He also holds Standing Appointments at both Western and Queens Universities where he instructs in the Local Government Program and the School of Public Policy respectively. Dr. Irwin's research interests centers on issues of policy, leadership, and community engagement. He is interested in exploring models of program and policy evaluation focused on qualitative evaluation, outcome and impact analysis; with principal interest focused on the interplay between institutions and community.

Dr. Irwin currently holds two SSHRC Grants. He is a co-applicant on a $240,000 Insight Grant, “Communities Left Behind” studying the community impact on school closures in Ontario and is principal investigator on a $200,000 Partnership Development Grant, “La vitalité des localités repose sur la production d'intangibles” examining how social capital contributes to a community’s well-being. He has over 20 years of work experience at a managerial level in the public and community sector, prior to returning to the academic community.


Hina Kalyal

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(PhD, Western, PhD, NUST Business School, Pakistan)
Position: Lecturer
Email: hkalyal@uwo.ca
Research Interests
Organizational change, Evidence-Based Policing, Organizational Commitment 

Dr. Hina Jawaid Kalyal is a researcher in policing and organizational behavior. Her research mainly focuses on how planned organizational changes impact individual employees, particularly in police organizations where bureaucratic structures make it more challenging to implement such initiatives. Currently, Dr. Kalyal is working as a Research Planner Analyst with the London Police Service, London, Ontario.

Dr. Kalyal has over 15 years of graduate and postgraduate teaching experience in Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and Canada and has also been involved in police training in Pakistan and Canada. She has also worked as a Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellow at the Centre for Justice, Leadership and Management, George Mason University, from 2012-13. Her grasp on quantitative and qualitative research methods and interdisciplinary research involving literature from public administration, business administration, sociology and policing lend a unique perspective to her research.


Jennifer Kirkham

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(MSc, Guelph)
Position: Lecturer
Email: jenkirkham02@gmail.com
Research Interests
Local Government Management

Jennifer Kirkham has spent the majority of her career working in local government. In her position of Director of Community Programs and Strategies with the City of London she managed a diverse portfolio which included such services as Ontario Works, child care, homelessness, social research, community capacity building and funding. She currently operates her own company, Mischevious Cat Productions, which provides strategy and management consulting to local governments and nonprofit organizations and is a part-time instructor at King's University College and Western's Continuing Studies.


Dave Taylor

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(J.D., Law, MA, Public Admin, Western)
Position: Lecturer, Lawyer
Email: davidvtaylor@gmail.com

David Taylor is the Manager of Legal Services for the Municipality of Chatham-Kent. He has ten years experience in the legal field and has spent the majority of his career as legal counsel for Ontario municipalities and related boards.  He holds a Bachelor of Social Sciences Degree from the University of Ottawa, a Juris Doctor from Western and is a graduate of the Masters of Public Administration program at Western.