President's Teaching and Learning Scholars Program
Peter Drucker, the well-known writer, educator and management consultant, once said that “We now accept the fact that learning is a lifelong process of keeping abreast of change.” As an educator myself, I believe Drucker was completely correct in that assessment. Throughout my career, I have discovered that teaching and learning are dynamic processes – ones that we must constantly reconsider in light of things such as developing pedagogies, advancing technologies, and changing student needs.
I am pleased to have sponsored the President’s Teaching and Learning Scholars Program since 2009. For the past several years, this initiative begun by the Centre for Teaching and Learning has helped over 35 academic staff members work on projects designed to enhance teaching and learning at our University. Over that time, grant holders have done innovative work in areas ranging from the use and adaptation of new technologies in teaching to studies of the factors affecting student retention and success. Each project has had its own individual focus, and together, they have created new and innovative learning opportunities that have contributed a great deal to the culture of learning at the University of Regina.
Congratulations to the recipients of the President's Teaching and Learning Scholar Awards for 2013-2014:
Dr. Daryl Hepting, Department of Computer Science - Evaluation of Synergies between Outreach and Inreach Resource Development
Dr. Randy Johner, Faculty of Social Work and Jenn de Lugt, Faculty of Education - The Voices of Disablement: Offering Pedagogical Insights
Dr. Wallace Lockhart (Principal Investigator), Bruce Anderson, and Brian Schumacher (Co-investigators), Faculty of Business Administration - Business Students’ First-Year Experience
Dr. Florence Luhanga, Faculty of Nursing (Principal Investigator), Dr. Twyla Salm, Faculty of Education, and Dr. Randy Johner, Faculty of Social Work (Co-investigators) - Exploring the Issue of Failure to Fail Incompetent Students: A Multi-Disciplinary Project
Dr. Dena McMartin, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science - Evaluating Teaching Methods that Affect Recruitment and Retention of Female Students in Engineering
Dr. Nuelle Novik, Faculty of Social Work (Principal Investigator), and Dr. Heather Hadjistavropoulos, Department of Psychology (Co-investigator) - Teaching Graduate Students in Social Work in Internet Therapy: Examination of Students' Satisfaction, Strengths, Challenges, and Competency
Dr. Michèle Parent, Faculty of Nursing (Principal Investigator), and Pam Rice, Aboriginal Career Centre (Co-investigator) - A Study on Aboriginal Nursing Education: Using Indigenous Knowledge to Prepare Students and Faculty to Learn and Work with and for Aboriginal People and Communities
Congratulations to all of you as you begin your projects, and thank you for your continuing commitment to teaching and learning at our University.
Dr. Vianne Timmons
President and Vice-Chancellor