Western’s Teaching Fellows are outstanding educators who, in partnership with the Centre for Teaching and Learning, provide educational leadership to the university community, perform research on teaching and learning, and disseminate the outcomes of their work locally, nationally and internationally.
- Associate Professor, Psychology
- Contact about: Active Learning, Large Class Teaching, Assessment
Mike is an expert on large class instruction and the use of multimedia in the classroom. He is a recipient of the University Students' Council Teaching Award of Excellence (1996), the 3M National Teaching Fellowship (1998), and a multi-year recipient of the Western Psychology Association Psychology Professor of the Year Award.
- Assistant Professor, Education
- Teaching Fellow, Indigenous Learning
As part of her new university-wide teaching fellowship, and building on the curriculum change initiatives she led during earlier work in the Office of Indigenous Initiatives, Candace is now leading two interrelated Indigenous curriculum projects. These projects focus on developing unique online teaching opportunities to assist Western instructors in ethically including Indigenous ways of knowing into their teaching and learning practices.
The primary project—Maatoo-Kiiying Gaa-Miinigoo-Wiziying (Sharing Our Gifts): Indigenous Online Learning Bundles—places Indigenous scholars and Indigenous epistemologies at the forefront in the creation of curriculum Learning Bundles. (A Learning Bundle is a collection of teaching resources focused on a broad theme that has interdisciplinary application.) Over the course of three years, Candace will facilitate collaborative spaces that nurtures the creation of at least 28 Bundles which will form a digital repository of resources to be made available to Western instructors across disciplines. The Learning Bundles initiative is inspired by a similar project conceived by Dr. Kahente Horn-Miller at Carleton University, an award-winning initiative that engages her campus community in learning with and from Indigenous Peoples and ways of knowing.
Beyond the Bundles project, Candace will work closely with Western’s Office of Indigenous Initiatives and Centre for Teaching and Learning to foster professional learning communities to support use of the Bundles. She will also play a key role in collaboratively developing and piloting an Indigenous Teaching and Learning Series (with Sara Mai Chitty, Indigenous Curriculum and Pedagogy Advisor) geared towards Western instructors who are committed to advancing critical, Indigenous, and decolonial approaches to teaching. This series of online modules will guide Western instructors in thinking through and applying critical, decolonizing principles to their classroom pedagogies. This project has been partially funded and supported through a Peace and Reconciliation grant awarded to Candace in March 2021 by the Association of Commonwealth Universities.
The Faculty-specific Teaching Fellows carry-out educational leadership and innovation projects in areas such as eLearning, experiential learning, Indigenization and decolonization, and sustainability and climate change education, among others. They are partially seconded to the CTL for a three-year term and receive funding to develop, implement, and conduct research on the impacts of their innovations. They also support educational excellence within their own Faculties by mentoring colleagues, coordinating workshops, facilitating learning communities, and providing other instructional development opportunities.
2021-2024 Teaching Fellows Cohort
- Assistant Professor, Biology & Centre for Environment and Sustainability
- Associate Professor, Geography and Environment
Arts and Humanities
- Professor, English and Writing Studies
2018-2022 Teaching Fellows Cohort
Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry
- Assistant Professor, Interdisciplinary Medical Sciences and Physiology and Pharmacology
- Associate Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering
- Professor, Law
Previous Teaching Fellows
Associate Professor, School of Health Studies
Dan's Teaching Fellowship focused on the development of a MOOC (massive open online course) to facilitate the transition into the discipline of Health Science for first-year students admitted to Western.
Associate Professor, Modern Languages and Literatures
Angela developed an e-portfolio-based curriculum in intercultural communication in the context of a community of practice in Modern Languages and Literatures. With e-portfolio templates, Arts & Humanities students created individual learning plans, demonstrate learning outcomes and showcase creative critical thinking.
Associate Professor, Engineering
Ralph's project involved developing tools to engage students in computer-supported collaborative knowledge building in face-to-face, blended and online courses, using a design-based research methodology.
Associate Professor, Geography
Mike provided new work-integrated and professional experiences for senior undergraduate students. Adopting a ‘tech transfer for the social sciences’ spirit, he integrated campus and community using pedagogical approaches that include: (1) term-length student group projects that are research-driven and experientially-based, (2) the professor as an embedded project member, and (3) community partners as project mentors. Through these features, learning outcomes are built upon a classroom-based, collaborative, and research-driven foundation; together with unique interactions with the professor and community-based experts in the field.
Assistant Professor, Political Science Department
Peter worked collaboratively with librarians to design online modules that support the development of information literacy skills among undergraduate students.
Associate Professor, Faculty of Education
Using documentaries of this work (www.researchideas.ca), George developed a freely accessible online Math-for-Teachers textbook for the 2-year BEd program. The textbook includes classroom videos, animations, simulations, and interactive explorations.
Tom: Lecturer, Biology & Lindi: Professor, Applied Mathematics
For Tom and Lindi’s joint project, they embedded undergraduate and graduate students into Science education as active and essential partners. To achieve this goal, they developed the Student Fellowship in Science Education, designed and taught a new for-credit multidisciplinary course on the theory and practice of science education, and developed a graduate-undergraduate student mentoring program.</
Assistant Professor, Bachelor of Medical Sciences Program BMSUE Educator/eLearning Coordinator
Sarah is an Educator and eLearning coordinator for Basic Medical Sciences Undergraduate Education at the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry. Her research interests include assessing students' interactions with online learning materials as well as their perception of the instructor in blended courses. Sarah focused on creating online rat dissection and 'choose your own adventure' experimental simulations that help students gain 'hands-on' anatomy experience in virtual laboratory environments.
Associate Professor, Curriculum Studies and Studies in Applied Linguistics
Immaculate developed and facilitated interactive modules, coordinated workshops, and established a community of practice, all centred around maker activities (i.e., technology supported do-it-yourself activities in which participants created physical, sensory, and/or digital objects).
Associate Professor, Music Performance
Sophie enhanced the way in which experiential learning is delivered in the International Summer Operatic Program, Accademia Europea dell’Opera, in order to match 21st century professional qualifications demands. To achieve this goal, she will (1) expanded the current program with pre-departure, re-entry, and professional development modules to support experiential learning in the program and (2) designed and conducted an assessment of the impact of the program on participants’ learning and professional skills development.</
Associate Professor, Information and Media Studies
Sandra will created a community of practice for faculty members interested in enriching current international service learning and research. She developed a new theory/praxis seminar course for FIMS that critically examined concepts and case studies of service learning and how they intersect with the field of media studies and communications.
Associate Professor, School of Physical Therapy
David designed the curriculum for a new one-year course-based Master’s degree in Interprofessional Pain Management. This unique program was the first collaborative team integrated competency-based (CTIC) graduate program in Pain Management in the world.
Assistant Professor, Department of Statistics and Actuarial Sciences
Bethany's research interests relate to the impact of structured technology-enabled activities and course formats on students' learning and attitudes. Her Teaching Fellow project involved the development and evaluation of adaptive online learning modules that target challenging foundational statistical concepts.