Igniting our Practice Speakers

For this session, we asked inspirational University of Waterloo professors to draw us into their disciplines and into the learning spaces they create for their students by teaching us a concept from their own courses.  The methods they use are diverse, but the intention underlying them is the same: to engage students in thinking about important disciplinary concepts and questions.  After each presenter takes us into his learning space, we’ll have the opportunity to reflect on and discuss the ways in which these methods might be adapted in our own fields and within our own classrooms.

Gordon Stubley

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Gordon Stubley is the Associate Dean, Teaching, in Engineering and a Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering. He is also the recipient of various teaching awards, including, a UW Distinguished Teacher Award in 2009, and an Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance Award for Teaching Excellence in 2012.  Like Jonathan, he also plays a key role in helping his colleagues learn more about teaching, and for such work, he received a provincial Leadership in Faculty Teaching Award in 2007.  For Gord, teaching is a way of life, not just an occupation. His commitment to teaching, and lifelong learning, permeates almost every aspect of his life. 

Gordon will teach us about pre-testing in his 4th year elective course on fluid mechanics.

Jonathan Witt

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Jonathan Witt is an Associate Professor in the Department of Biology, and the instructor for the department’s evolutionary biology courses. He is a past recipient of the Jack Carlson as well as Excellence in Science Teaching awards. Currently, he is the Department of Biology Teaching Fellow, and works closely with the other science faculty teaching fellows to improve pedagogical practices.  His philosophy toward teaching is centered on the fact that with over 650 students per year, teaching provides an opportunity to have a much larger impact on the understanding of evolution within society than his research program.

In this session, Jonathan will provide an introduction to the concept of sexual selection in precisely the same manner as he does in his third year Evolution course.