TEACHING

Sustainable LivingTruzaar's teaching philosophy is to train learners to see the world as a series of interconnected and interdependent systems, rather than individual problems that need solving. He asserts that conventional lectures remain ineffective in developing professional capacities and thus incoporates an active learning style built around real world examples and case studies as a cornerstone to his teaching. 

Truzaar has been invited to speak about climate action, youth empowerment, and the sustainable development goals to high school and undergraduate students at the CIGI Global Youth Forum, Global Solutions conference, Waterloo Region Catholic School Board, and Trails Youth Initatives. He also gives guest lectures on sustainable finance and qualitative and quantative methodologies to undergradaute and graduate students.

Truzaar also takes a deep-seated interest in curriculum development and the advancement of pedagogy. In partnership with the Waterloo Institute for Complexity Innovation, Truzaar led the development of the new Collaborative Complexity Program. He is also an author on a SAGE business case on Canadian pipeline developments, which was commended as one of the best submissions to their Sustainability Series. The joint interactive in-class simulation has been tested and run in graduate and undergraduate courses at the Univiersity of Waterloo, Wilfred Laurier University, and University of Victoria, for over 400 students.

Truzaar is also formally trained in university teaching through the University of Waterloo's Fundamentals of Teaching Program, and is currently completing a Certificate in University Teaching through the University of Waterloo's Center for Teaching Excellence.

 

Teaching Assistantships

As the primary teaching assistant for multiple undergraduate courses I supported professors with daily responsibilities including facilitating in-class workshops, leading lectures on environmental policy, assisting students with designing policy briefs and entrepreneurial business plans, and grading exams.

  1. PLAN 346: Public Participation, Negotiation & Mediation. Olga Semenovych

  2. ENVS 220: Ecological Economics. Dr. Sean Geobey

  3. ENBUS 409: The Resilient Small Business. Graham Whiting

  4. ENBUS 407: Sustainability Accounting and Reporting. Dr. Olaf Weber

 

Guest Lectures

  1. Decarbonization Paradigms in Social and Financial Spheres, at GEOG459 Energy and Sustainability, University of Waterloo (Virtual) July 15, 2020

  2. Quantitative Analysis for Qualitative Research, at SUSM 603 Research Methods for Sustainability Management, University of Waterloo, March 5, 2020

  3. Quantitative Analysis for Qualitative Research, at SUSM 702 Research Methods for Doctoral Researchers, University of Waterloo, March 4, 2020

  4. The economics and finance of fossil fuel divestment, at EC281D Writing and Presentations in Economics, Wilfrid Laurier University, October 10, 2019.

  5. Sustainable Finance and Fossil Fuel Divestment, at GG463 Global Governance in a Local Context, Wilfrid Laurier University, October 7, 2019.

  6. An introduction to Sustainability Theory and Practice, at Waterloo Region Catholic District School Board, Kitchener, Wednesday, February 27, 2019.

  7. The Northern Gateway Pipeline: Seeking Consensus is a Slippery Business, at SE350 Social Innovation and Culture, Wilfrid Laurier University, November 19, 2018.

  8. Market Mechanisms, Ecological Economics, University of Waterloo, Thursday, February 15, 2018

 

Fundamentals of University Teaching Certificate

The Fundamentals of University Teaching program provides hands-on professional development opportunities and introduces participants to evidence-based strategies and ideas to implement in their teaching.

  1. Effective Lesson Plans

  2. Classroom Delivery Skills

  3. Assessing and Improving your Teaching

  4. Supporting Student Mental Health

  5. Shaping Classroom Dynamics

  6. Interactive Lectures