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Teaching….If only we knew the questions!. New Faculty Orientation September 7, 2010. Agenda. Welcome, overview of session Introductions – the panelists! Teaching . . . what’s my question? q uestion generation: 4-6 participants/group A dialogue - participants and panelists

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teaching if only we knew the questions

Teaching….If only we knew the questions!

New Faculty Orientation

September 7, 2010

  • Welcome, overview of session
  • Introductions – the panelists!
  • Teaching . . . what’s my question?question generation: 4-6 participants/group
  • A dialogue - participants and panelists
  • Concluding session and feedback

two-minute memo, resources, other

play by play
Play by Play
  • Meet the panelists | Sage advice off the top!
  • Generate questions | dialogue with your peers and the panelists
  • Complete question sheet(s)
  • Panel Q&A | discussion (based on your questions)
  • resources | feedback (2 minute memo)
ruth cruikshank school of business and economics
Ruth CruikshankSchool of Business and Economics
  • Education: PhD in business (strategic management) York University
  • Teaching at WLU: 14 yrs, previously commercial banker
  • Status: Associate Professor (policy)
  • Teaching Responsibilities/Roles: undergraduate and graduate teaching
  • Academic Responsibilities/Roles: MBA Program Academic Coordinator
  • Teaching Philosophy in a Nutshell: Teaching is all about learning; student learning, teacher learning. I like to see learning as joyful exercise - sometimes strenuous, sometimes slow & flowing, often complex, but with a very healthful impact!
  • Teaching Awards: SBE Outstanding Teaching Award, 2000
peter farrugia contemporary studies




Peter FarrugiaContemporary Studies
  • Education: B.A. (Trent, ‘87), D.Phil. (Oxon, ‘91)
  • Teaching since: 1993
  • Joined Laurier: 1997 | Status: Associate Professor
  • Teaching Roles / Responsibilities: Coordinator, Contemporary Studies, Co-Director Tshepo Institute for the Study of Contemporary Africa
  • Teaching Philosophy in a Nutshell: Use enthusiasm, innovation and availability to inspire students to become informed, engaged citizens
  • Favourite Teaching Quote: “Only connect”
  • Teaching Awards: Semi-finalist, TVO Best Lecturer, 2005
philippa gates film studies
Philippa GatesFilm Studies
  • Education: PhD, Film and Visual Culture, University of Exeter
  • Teaching Since: 2002 | Joined WLU: in 2002 | Status: Associate Professor
  • Academic roles: Film Studies Coordinator/Advisor
  • Teaching Roles: undergraduate and graduate teaching and supervision; large 1st-year courses of 300 students and small graduate classes of 15
  • Teaching Philosophy in a nutshell: to continue to improve as an effective teacher, I must first be a good student; my teaching will only continue to develop and improve if I continue learning.
  • Teaching Awards: 2007 Faculty of Arts Teaching Scholar
michael imort geography and environmental studies




Michael ImortGeography and Environmental Studies
  • Education: BSc (Brock, York, Waterloo),

MF (Freiburg), PhD (Queen’s)

  • Teaching since: 1996
  • Joined Laurier: 2000 | Status: stable ;-)
  • Teaching Roles / Responsibilities: 1st- to 4th-year UG courses with 5 to 560 students, field studies instructor
  • Academic Responsibilities/Roles: UG Advisor, Associate Dean of Student Affairs, new faculty mentor
  • Teaching Philosophy in a Nutshell: Learning requires a challenge, a transgression of boundaries, because the ‘aha effect’ is on the other side
  • Favourite Teaching Quote: “If you don’t find this class difficult or disturbing, then what are you doing here?” (unknown author)
stephen macneil chemistry




Stephen MacNeilChemistry
  • Education: BSc (Acadia), MSc (Waterloo), PhD (Queen’s)
  • Teaching since: 2003
  • Joined Laurier: In 2003
  • Status: Assistant Professor
  • Teaching Roles / Responsibilities: undergraduate organic chemistry (2nd year: 150-200 students; 3rd year: 20-30 students); undergraduate advisor
  • Teaching Philosophy in a Nutshell:

To learn, students must be actively engaged with instructor, peers and course material. Teachers must create learning environments that foster and promote such engagement.

  • Favourite Teaching Quote: “Teachers open the door. You enter by yourself.” – Ancient Chinese Proverb
teaching what s my question
Teaching . . . what’s my question?

Locating our questions...

  • in groups of 4-6, discuss a concern, worry, hope and/or uncertainty to evoke questions
  • on the provided yellow cards, record your question with name/email (please print)
  • cards collected and reviewed by panelists
  • panel members to respond to prepared questions


. . . If only we knew the questions?

The question I have about teaching is:

name [please print]

e-mail [please print]

part 2 discussion
Part 2: Discussion

Your questions

. . . what your colleagues (the panelistsand peers) have to say!

Your response ….

Follow-up – Q&A posted on New Faculty Orientation Page (www.wlu.ca/edev)


“An answer is a place where we can fall asleep as life moves past us to its next question.”

–Rachel Naomi Remen

part 3 resources follow up
Part 3: Resources/Follow-up
  • Book resources
  • Online resources / subscriptions (see registration package)
  • Quotes to ponder!
  • Two-minute memo
instructional development grants
Instructional Development Grants
  • Project ($2,500 max)
    • scholarship of teaching and learning
    • classroom research
  • Initiatory ($300 max)
    • e.g., literature review
  • Travel ($500 max)
    • e.g., Annual Conference of the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education
new faculty mentoring program
New Faculty Mentoring Program
  • Conversations about teaching and research; making connections
  • "Just knowing that someone is available to answer questions or offer advice lends a stress-reducing effect to the overall experience of being new to Laurier" - Mentee "
  • "It's an important and valuable program, particularly for those whose graduate training didn't include any socialization to being an academic." - Mentor
online resources
Online Resources
  • www.wlu.ca/edev
    • Online access
      • Teaching Professor newsletter
      • Online Classroom newsletter
      • Journal on Excellence in College Teaching
  • topic specific resources
quotes to ponder
Quotes to Ponder…..
  • Learning and teaching are constantly interchanging: one learns by teaching; one cannot teach except by constantly learning

-- Paul Ramsden, 1992

  • If the learner hasn’t learned has the teacher taught? --Don Ursino, 2004
  • Education is not a preparation for life; education is life itself. – John Dewey
  • It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge. – Albert Einstein
  • Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire. – William Butler Yeats
  • Part of teaching is helping students learn how to tolerate ambiguity, consider possibilities, and ask questions that are unanswerable. – Sara Lawrence Lightfoot

e-mail [Please print.]

two minute memo

__________________________________________ __________

name [Please print.] date

1. What is the most significant thing you learned in this session?

2. What question is uppermost in your mind at the end of this session?

If there are other observations you wish to bring to the attention

of the presenters, please write them on the back side. Thank you.

  • Special thanks to the University of Saskatchewan for the seed of an idea for engaging in conversations about teaching!