The Teaching Fellow position has been established by the Faculty of Mathematics as part of a larger university wide effort to raise the profile of teaching and learning and support and encourage teaching excellence.
Within the Faculty, the Teaching Fellow works with individual faculty members, Chairs/Directors, the Associate Dean Undergraduate and the Dean. Outside the Faculty, the Teaching Fellow will work with the Centre for Teaching Excellence (CTE) and the Teaching Fellows/Associate Deans Teaching in the other Faculties.
The current Math Teaching Fellow is Diana Skrzydlo. In this role, she will:
- In conjunction with the CTE and the Faculty, act as an advisor on how best to use CTE resources and expertise to support teaching in the Faculty of Mathematics.
- Encourage and support faculty members in conducting teaching research and attending teaching conferences.
- Empower instructors to make use of digital assets to explore blended learning and flipped classrooms.
- Gather best practices and explore alternative methods of assessing students.
- Coordinate efforts to improve teaching assessment and feedback.
- Organize training of new faculty, post-docs, and graduate student instructors.
- Support faculty members seeking to improve or enhance teaching skills and strategies on a confidential one-on-one basis.
- Create and nurture a community of practice among interested faculty members across the Faculty, possibly including events to celebrate and/or promote teaching.
Teaching Development Fund
The Math Faculty Teaching Development Fund (TDF) is available to assist in professional development activities related to teaching. The fund can cover the costs of attending and presenting at teaching conferences, publishing teaching research, and inviting guest speakers to talk about teaching.
Faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate student instructors are encouraged to apply for funding using this very brief form.
A list of potential conferences with dates, locations, and conference websites can be found here. This list is not exhaustive - if you are interested in a professional development opportunity that does not appear on the list, you are still welcome to apply for funding.
Some past experiences from Math faculty members who have attended conferences are available on the Teaching Fellow’s blog. Look for posts that say “TDF Recap.”