Own Your Future: May Conference on Teaching


The Own Your Future: May Conference on Teaching is a special one-day event for doctoral students at Western. Participants are invited to join one or more conference sessions to enhance skill areas related to teaching, set personal goals for growth as instructors, and connect teaching experiences to their overall professional development as graduate students.


Date: Saturday, May 4, 2019
Location: University Community Centre, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

How Can Teaching Help Me Get a Job? - 9:00 to 10:30am

University Community Centre, Room 146

Join this panel discussion to learn how former Western graduate students have relied on their teaching skills to succeed in their jobs after graduate school. Doctoral students will have a chance to reflect on their own skills and consider how to meaningfully communicate those skills. This workshop will also help participants to identify the areas in which they would like to grow as instructors.

Panelists Include:

  • Zoe Morris, PhD, Assistant Director of TA Development and Recognition, University of Georgia
  • Emmanuel, Songsore, PhD, Research Services Facilitator (Social Sciences & Humanities), Wilfrid Laurier University
  • Helen Gregory, PhD, Curator, McIntosh Gallery
  • Carolyn Cadogan, PhD, Optical Test Engineer, Sciencetech

This is a foundational workshop in the Own Your Future series.

Articulating Your Teaching Skills for Future Careers - 10:45am to 12:00pm

University Community Centre, Room 146

This workshop guides doctoral students through a reflection on the skills they will gain as instructors. Participants will explore the teaching experiences that will be useful to their future careers and consider strategies for seeking and documenting those strategies.

This is a foundational workshop in the Own Your Future series.

Teaching Excellence: Case Studies on Teaching - 1:00 to 2:15pm

University Community Centre, Room 147

Join this interactive session to practice working through challenging teaching scenarios. The cases studies presented in this session were developed by Western Graduate students and are based on authentic TA experiences. You will have the chance to apply creative problem-solving skills to several cases in small groups of interdisciplinary peers.

Case Study Facilitators:

  • Alexa Clerke (Psychology)
  • Eva Cupchik (Theory & Criticism)
  • Rory Davis (Sociology)
  • Kelsey Doerksen (Electrical & Computer Engineering)
  • Becca Koessler (Psychology)
  • Kelly Taylor (Nursing)
  • Nicolas Torres Brauer (Chemical & Biochemical Engineering)
  • Meagan Wiederman (Neuroscience)

 This is an optional workshop in the Own Your Future series.

Writing Diversity Statements - 2:30 to 4:00 pm

University Community Centre, Room 146

Invited Speaker: Zoe Morris, PhD, University of Georgia

Diversity statements are living documents that allow instructors to reflect on their contributions to diversity and inclusion within the context of their teaching. In this session, we will discuss typical components of diversity statements (an increasingly common component of academic job applications) and how you can address these components in a diversity statement of your own or as part of your teaching dossier.

This is an optional workshop in the Own Your Future series.

Invited Speaker Biography

Zoe MorrisZoe Morris has been the Assistant Director of TA Development and Recognition at the University of Georgia's Center for Teaching and Learning for the past three years. Zoe hosts UGA’s TA Orientation, teaches graduate courses, and facilitates the faculty Active Learning Summer Institute. Zoe was born on the West Coast of Canada and has an Honours Bachelor of Science (University of Toronto), Master’s of Anthropology (Louisiana State University) and a PhD in Bioarcheology (Western University).

Conference Information

Upcoming Sessions

No upcoming session scheduled at present


Limited to doctoral students


Registration Instructions

  1. Login to Western Connect using your Western username and password.
  2. Go to the Centre for Teaching and Learning section. Select Event Calendar and select each session you wish to register in. Details and a description of the program will appear.
  3. Select the Register for this Event button. If the event has reached capacity, you may have the option to register on the waitlist.
  4. You will receive an automated confirmation email to your Western email account. 

If you have any questions or problems registering for an event, please consult our help guide or contact ctl@uwo.ca.


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