Mission Statement

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The mission of the Teaching Support Centre is twofold.  First, we foster and enhance best practices in teaching and learning at Western University, in partnership with Western Libraries and Information Technology Services.  Second, we advocate for teaching excellence and scholarship at Western, nationally, and internationally.  If you are involved in teaching at Western University, we look forward to working with you! Come see us in the Centre in The D.B. Weldon Library.

To achieve our mission, we utilize an evidence-based approach to create and deliver programs that support the teaching and learning activities of faculty members, librarians and archivists, post-doctoral fellows, and graduate students. Our mission focuses on three priority goals: pedagogical excellence, mentorship and professional development, and scholarship and innovation.  In support of these goals, we offer workshops, conferences, courses, individual consultations and online resources.  Additionally, we provide both formal and informal opportunities to discuss and share ideas and practices related to teaching and learning on campus.

   To facilitate Pedagogical Excellence, we

  • support the development of effective and innovative pedagogy;

  • help faculty create deep and transformative learning experiences for students;

  • provide feedback on teaching skills and strategies;

  • promote the use of effective instructional technologies;

  • support distance studies course development and administration;

  • embed information literacy outcomes in the curriculum;

  • contribute to the internationalization of education;

  • guide curriculum development and program review

   To facilitate Mentorship and Professional Development, we

  • support faculty and graduate students at each stage of their academic careers;

  • provide information and support throughout the promotion and tenure process;

  • foster effective graduate supervision;

  • enhance the competencies of international teaching assistants

    To facilitate Scholarship and Innovation, we

  • support teaching innovations through grants and awards;

  • conduct and publish original research;

  • promote and engage in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL)

Quotes

    "Without a doubt, the Course on Teaching at the University Level… was instrumental in assisting me to improve my teaching. During the workshop, I was challenged to try something new, in my case to incorporate technology into my teaching, and to think more clearly about how to explain complex concepts in lectures. It was a fantastic idea to put experienced and new professors from completely different disciplines together. This provided participants with an opportunity to experience new teaching approaches and to get a sense of the range of scholarship being done across the campus. As a new faculty member, I found this aspect of the course invaluable."

Erica Lawson, Assistant Professor, Women’s Studies and Feminist Research

    "Through my involvement with various TSC programs, I have concluded that the TSC is like the iPhone of all things teaching…whatever your goals are, whatever you want to try out, or whatever information or pointers you need: there’s a TSC resource for that. Need to know how to design effective Multiple Choice exams? There’s a workshop for that. Need to know how to teach large classes? There’s a brochure for that. Having questions about specific situations in your supervision of graduate students? There’s an expert for that…Taking advantage of the opportunities offered by the TSC has not only helped to make me a better teacher; I’ve also learned how to make more effective use of resources, which has saved me a tremendous amount of time."

Jan Cami, Assistant Professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy

    "Shortly after accepting my first faculty position, I enrolled in the week long Course on Teaching at the University Level. This was an invaluable experience, and gave me tools, tips, and confidence heading into my first term of teaching. Not only did I learn some great strategies to try in the classroom, but it was an opportunity to meet other faculty members...In the months and years that followed, I often called upon these friends and mentors for support and ideas. It has been a tremendous resource. I also attended many of the Faculty Mentor sessions…this series of workshops often highlighted many of the issues that were crucial to my career development at that time – writing research grants, forming supervisory skills for working with graduate students, dealing with difficult students, navigating the promotion and tenure process, etc. Again, not only was it informative, but also an opportunity to meet and share with others."

Cynthia Dunning, Assistant Professor Department of Mechanical Engineering


    "The Instructional Skills Workshop was a intense, engrossing opportunity to explore novel ways of delivering content. I learned a great deal… both from the feedback that I received and from the opportunity to watch and comment on teaching by other faculty. The opportunity to discuss a broad range of issues related to teaching with other faculty and TSC personnel, all of whom are interested in our lives as educators, was itself informative, energizing and, yes, even fun. This was a wonderful three days. Can I do it again?"

John Mitchell, Professor of Psychology and Academic Dean, Brescia University College