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Teaching Fellows - Applied Health Sciences

Zara Rafferty, Chris Vigna and Elena Neiterman

Applied Health Sciences Teaching Fellows Zara Rafferty, Chris Vigna and Elena Neiterman

About

The Teaching Fellow position was established by the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences (AHS) as part of a larger university-wide effort to raise the profile of teaching and learning, and to support and encourage teaching excellence. Each academic unit within the Faculty has appointed a Teaching Fellow who works collaboratively on the AHS Teaching Fellows Team.

The current goals of the Teaching Fellows are:

  • to raise the profile of teaching and learning in the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences,
  • to develop a deeper understanding of the teaching needs and experiences of faculty members,
  • to mobilize and disseminate teaching development resources,
  • to develop a framework for supporting the work of sessional instructors and new faculty,
  • to explore innovative and effective ways to evaluate teaching within AHS,
  • to support faculty- and department-level efforts to facilitate teaching assistant (TA) success, and
  • to encourage and celebrate teaching excellence.

The AHS Teaching Fellows will act as knowledge brokers by working closely with the Centre for Teaching Excellence (CTE) and Centre for Extended Learning (CEL) to share expertise and resources with AHS instructors. Additionally, they will develop and foster a community of practice where faculty can share knowledge and experiences to enhance teaching success.

To connect with a Teaching Fellow, please contact Elena Neiterman (SPHHS), Zara Rafferty (REC), or Chris Vigna (KIN).

Events

Winter Term Teaching Fellow Monthly Meet-ups

JanuaryAlternative Approaches to Formative Assessment.

This event is an opportunity to discuss strategies for diversifying our methods of formative assessment (i.e., in-process evaluations). Lora Giangregorio's (KIN) "alternative midterm" approach will be discussed, among other ideas for classes of all sizes. 

Details: Wednesday, January 31 at 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. in AHS 1686. Lunch will be served. Please respond to email invitation. 

FebruaryManaging, Supporting, and Assessing Group Work.

The Teaching Fellows and Christine Zaza will share strategies for creating and managing group activities and projects.

Details: Thursday, February 22 at 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. in BMH 1016. Lunch will be served. Please respond to email invitation. 

March: Integrating Mental Health and Well-being into Course Work

This session will help instructors explore strategies for better supporting student mental health in the classroom through both instructional practice and mental health-focused discussions or activities. 

Details: Thursday, March 29 at 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. in BMH 1016. 
Lunch will be served. Please respond to email invitation. 

News

February 21, 2018

Registration is now open for the University of Waterloo Annual Teaching and Learning Conference happening on April 26, 2018. The theme of this year’s Conference is “Motivating Our Students and Ourselves.” 

Ongoing

Instructors are invited to apply to the AHS Teaching Excellence fund.