Five members of University of Waterloo staff have been selected to receive the Staff Enhancement Experience (SEE) Canada Grant for 2018. The SEE Canada Grant provides an opportunity for regular full-time University staff members to further their professional development through idea-exchange and learning alongside counterparts at other Canadian universities, colleges, research institutions or industry-partner organizations.
The SEE Canada Selection Committee has chosen the following recipients for the 2018 award:
Anne Grant, Manager, Ecology Teaching Labs
Dave Logan, Success Coach, Counsellor
Claire Taylor, Manager, Student Engagement and Communications
Christine Wagner, Research Coordinator/Senior Buyer
Read the 2018 Grant winners' stories or watch the video below to learn more about their goals.
As one of the 2018 SEE Canada Grant winners, Danielle Jeanneault wanted to gain first-hand knowledge of business practices across other academic institutions. Her goal was to learn from various governance structures, schedules for academic curriculum approvals, and processes for publishing the undergraduate academic calendar. Having a better understanding of these practices would allow her to identify requirements for software that optimizes these processes at the University of Waterloo.
From September 16-22, 2018, Jeanneault visited the University of Calgary, the University of Alberta, the University of Victoria, and Simon Fraser University. She chose these institutions because of their student information systems and varying use of academic calendar software and curriculum management processes. During her experience, she was able to observe four software demonstrations on publishing academic calendars. These demonstrations allowed her to compile a wish list of requirements for a new system and to develop curriculum management processes to assist faculties and departments at Waterloo.
Jeanneault especially enjoyed meeting colleagues from other institutions with similar roles and responsibilities. These new relationships opened the door for future idea-exchange opportunities and best practice sharing as new projects and challenges arise. When asked if she would recommend this experience to other employees, Jeanneault said,
"I would absolutely recommend this experience to other employees. I was able to visit places I’ve never been to before and the experience I’ve gained will be beneficial to my role and my department. The relationships I’ve built are priceless – they’re resources that I can reach out to in the future."