Upcoming Conference

Spring Perspectives on Teaching (Printable Program PDF)
Wednesday, May 13, 2015
Social Science Centre, Room 2050


Welcoming Remarks

John Doerksen, Vice-Provost (Academic Programs)
Mike Atkinson, Teaching Fellow, Teaching Support Centre
9:00 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.
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Keynote Session 9:15 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
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Realizing the University of the Future: An Institution-wide Approach to Pedagogical Change 
Dr. Mathew L. Ouellett, Wayne State University 

How do we create and sustain teaching and learning environments that meaningfully engage students and instructors at the course, department and institutional levels? Research and many of our personal experiences offer robust examples of the persistent gap between what we know works and what actually takes place in our university classrooms. This keynote will address what we know about how people learn, how higher education systems change, and how to engage colleagues in classroom and system-wide innovation practices that close such gaps.

Dr. Mathew L. Ouellett is Associate Provost and Director of the Office for Teaching and Learning (OTL) at Wayne State University. Previously Matt led the Centre for Teaching at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and served as President of the Professional and Organizational Development (POD) Network in Higher Education. Matt has taught at five US universities and has authored or co-authored over 40 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, including the Chicago Handbook for Teachers (2011) and Teaching Inclusively: Resources for Course, Department and Institutional Change in Higher Education (2005).

Refreshment Break

10:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.

Plenary Session

10:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
SSC 2050

Social Justice in Higher Education: Perspectives from the Disciplines

Join us for a conversation about social justice in higher education. Panelists share a variety of perspectives on social justice from their disciplines. The questions we will explore together include: How can we better prepare students to understand and address issues pertaining to diversity and social justice during their undergraduate education and after graduation? How can higher education institutions create educational policies and practices that promote social justice and remove barriers to successful participation in higher education? How can we, as leaders in learning, incorporate social justice perspectives in our teaching approach and in the curriculum?

Moderator: Nanda Dimitrov (Associate Director, Teaching Support Centre)
Panelists: Tracy Isaacs (Professor, Women's Studies), Brent Debassige (Assistant Professor, Education-Aboriginal Education), Paul Tarc (Assistant Professor Education - International Education), Pamela Cushing (Associate Professor, Disability Studies, King's University College), Mathew L. Ouellett (Wayne State University)

Concurrent Sessions - Choose One

Session A

1:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.
SSC 2050

Innovative Assessments at Western 

A fundamental component of any course design is the effective assessment of student learning. Tom and Aleksandra will share how they use innovative forms of assessment to engage their students in their own learning as well as to evaluate their students' knowledge and skills. Tom will discuss employing instant feedback collaborative exams with almost 2000 students in first-year Biology and Aleksandra will address the combination of individual and group work, as well as the self-, peer-, and professor-based evaluations she has implemented in her fourth-year Gerontology in Practice course.

Presenters: Tom Haffie (Lecturer, Department of Biology), Aleksandra Zecevic (Associate Professor, School of Health Studies)

Session B

1:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.
SSC 2036

Faculty-Librarian Collaboration: Past, Present, and Future 

In this panel, librarians and faculty will discuss how their collaborations have improved student engagement, critical thinking, and the integration of information literacy into the curriculum; and the Vice-Provost will discuss the importance of such collaborations for student learning. Hear about challenges, surprises and plans for the future. There will be plenty of time for you to ask questions and engage in dialogue with panel members.

Moderator: Kim McPhee (Teaching & Learning Librarian, Western Libraries)
Panelists: John Doerksen (Vice-Provost, Academic Programs), Jonathon Southen (Assistant Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering), Colleen Burgess (Research & Instructional Services Librarian, Weldon Library), Qinqin Zhang (Research & Instructional Services Librarian, Taylor Library)

Refreshment Break

2:15 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Plenary Session

2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
SSC 2050

Mental Health and Wellness in the Classroom: What Faculty Should Know

Mental Health and wellness is a crucial aspect of student success and engagement. This interactive session will address the continuum on which mental health exists. Through the use of case studies and facilitated discussion participants will have an increased:

  • Understanding of signs and symptoms of mental health issues;
  • Confidence in approaching and responding to student concerns;
  • Clarity of the role of Faculty in student mental health; and
  • Awareness of on- and off-campus resources.

Presenters: Angie Mandich (Acting Associate Vice President, Student Experience), Anh Brown (Campus Student Case Manager, Housing and Ancillary Services), Cynthia Gibney (Director, Health Services), Nicole Versaevel (Health Promotion Manager, Student Health Services), Naomi Wiesenthal (Psychologist, Student Development Centre)