Teaching Master Classes

Step into the classrooms of Western’s most respected and innovative instructors and observe them engaging with their undergraduate students, their course material, and their discipline. Following the in-class observation, join us to meet with these instructors and discuss the strategies they employ in their classrooms.

Each month we will feature one or two instructors from departments across campus who teach in varied classroom settings – large, small, upper year, survey, practical, theoretical. This is an excellent opportunity for you to benefit from the experience and insight of our most successful teachers. Limited space is available in each master class and registration is required.

Participation in a Teaching Master Class counts for one Future Professor Credit toward the Western Certificate in University Teaching and Learning.

Winter 2018

Lecture in Department of Modern Languages and Literatures

ICC 2200, also known as Not "Lost in Translation": Practice and Theory of Intercultural Communication, is a second year course in the Modern Languages and Literatures Department. Join Dr. Angela Borchert as she covers cultural values, practices, symbols, rituals, heroes, and non-verbal/verbal communication in order to help undergrads develop intercultural competencies. Dr. Borchert will sit down with participants following the lecture to discuss the experiential learning cycle and student engagement in the classroom.  

Date: March 14, 2018
Lecture: 10:30 - 11:20 am (FIMS, Room 2210)
Discussion: 11:40 - 12:30 pm (Teaching Support Centre, Room 121)

Please note, registration is limited to 10 participants. Participangs are encouraged to bring a laptop with them to the observation.

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If you have any difficulty logging in or registering for the session, please email <tsc@uwo.ca> or call x80346.

Previous Sessions

Teaching Master Class - Lecture in Medical Sciences
Thursday March 1, 2018

Medical Sciences 3900 is a third year course that focuses on principles of experimental design, applying common molecular biology techniques, analyzing scientific data, and writing laboratory reports. Join Dr. Sarah McLean to learn how she engages undergraduate students with course material. Dr. McLean will sit down with participants following the lecture to share more about her approaches to teaching.

Teaching Master Class - Lecture in Solid Mechanics
Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Join Aaron Price in his graduate course on SOLID MECHANICS (9603) to observe hands-on learning in engineering. After class, Aaron will sit down with graduate students to share how he takes advantage of active learning spaces in his lesson plans and answer your questions.

Teaching Master Class - Lecture in Biology
Thursday, October 19, 2017

Join Tom Haffie in his BIOLOGY FOR SCIENCE (1001) course to learn more about large class engagement and management. After class, Tom will answer your questions about the organizational skills needed to run a course with 1800 students across two sections. 

Teaching Master Classes – Lecture in Music Theory
Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Do you want to learn about music and what creates those beautiful harmonies? Or do you want to observe how to engage first year students? Step into a classroom with Dr. Jonathan De Souza – an expert in the relationship between music theory and cognitive psychology – and enjoy a follow-up discussion about how he makes his classroom work.

Teaching Master Classes – Lecture in Political Sciences
Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Join Professor Radoslav Dimitrov – a European Union Delegate to the UN Climate Change Negotiations, and a winner of the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance Award for Teaching Excellence – as he engages his students in global climate politics. Professor Dimitrov’s students have the exciting opportunity to apply their knowledge and practice their skills in simulated UN diplomatic negotiations!

Teaching Master Classes – Lecture in French
Thursday, March 23, 2017

Step into un cours de Franҫais with a Western USC – Scotiabank Teaching Excellence Award winner Professeur Sébastien Ruffo! Speaking a second language (or third or fourth!) can be a challenge so Professeur Ruffo guides his students through their language development in a relaxed, conversational experience. Join us for a class and follow-up conversation to gain insight into this teaching environment. (Speaking French is not a requirement to attend…but the class will be taught in French)

Teaching Master Classes – Lecture in Chemical & Biochemical Engineering
Thursday, November 3, 2016

Join Professer José Herrera, winner of multiple teaching awards, as he delves into the intricacies of heterogeneous catalytic processes in industry. Herrera is known for his dedicated teaching and passion to see his students succeed. Come observe how these complex topics are made relevant and engaging to a class! (Cap at 20)

Teaching Master Classes – Lecture in Astronomy
Tuesday/Wednesday, November 15/16, 2016

Are you ready to deepen your awe of the universe? Have you ever pondered Jovial Planets or how on Earth to explain this to learners? Join Dr. Robert Cockcroft as he engages students in an evening General Astronomy course. Dr. Cockcroft joins us at Western from the McMaster Institute for Innovation and Excellence in Teaching and Learning where he used evidence-based teaching practices to enhance physics and astronomy education. We will regroup the following morning for a conversation on teaching strategies.

Teaching Master Classes – Lecture in Classical Studies
Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Come explore the Ancient Cities in the Mediterranean with Dr. Elizabeth Greene. Professor Greene brings her archaeology experience into her classrooms, engaging students and opening their eyes and imagination to the amazing ancient world. Join in the follow-up discussion where we will explore how to navigate large lecture courses.


If you have any questions regarding the Teaching Master Classes program, please contact Christina Booker (cbooker2@uwo.ca)