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Friday, June 24 • 09:00 - 09:45
SoTL Canada Special Session - Effecting change through SoTL mentorship: a collaborative opportunity

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SoTL Canada is a special interest group of STLHE which provides targeted opportunities for SoTL scholars to form a community to share findings and challenges, to engage in opportunities for broader dissemination of SoTL work, and to consider ways to catalyze SoTL initiatives at the institutional, regional, national, and international levels. In a membership survey conducted in 2014 and presented at the June 2015 annual general meeting, members indicated they were interested in SoTL Canada developing a mentorship program. While there are a variety of types of mentorship relationships and programs, there is strong research support that indicates that these have a positive effect on the socialization and research productivity of faculty members and students, and studies in this area have reported that “mentees in formal mentoring programs” are “more productive than researchers without a mentor” (Muschallik & Pull, 2015). Especially for those who do not have a supportive community at their own institution, a SoTL Canada mentorship program could play an important role in further developing the national SoTL community. In this session, we will briefly review the mentorship literature, followed by facilitated roundtable discussions in which participants will discuss their thoughts and experiences with mentorship in small groups and then in plenary. Together, the group will come up with a plan for how we will initiate the SoTL mentoring program over the next year. The goals of this interactive workshop are to explore the typical barriers and challenges scholars experience when they begin to engage in SoTL, to review the types and benefits of peer mentoring programs, and to engage participants in a discussion of what a SoTL Canada mentorship program might look like. Contributions from all STLHE attendees are welcome, and SoTL Canada members are particularly encouraged to attend.


Victoria Chen

Victoria Chen is a PhD student and an Educational Development Associate for the Centre for Teaching and Learning at Queen’s University. She is an executive member of SoTL Canada, and currently holds a doctoral SSHRC for research on student learning in higher education classroom... Read More →

Debra Kiceniuk

Deborah Kiceniuk is a Senior Educational Developer at the Centre for Learning and Teaching, and Adjunct Professor with the Division of Medical Education at Dalhousie University. She is also vice-chair of SoTL Canada. Her interest in SoTL includes evaluation of programs and processes... Read More →

Janice Miller-Young

Janice Miller-Young is the Director of the Institute for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning at Mount Royal University, an associate editor for The Canadian Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, and the chair of SoTL Canada. Her scholarly interests include faculty... Read More →

Genevieve Newton

Genevieve Newton is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Human Health & Nutritional Sciences at the University of Guelph, and the secretary for SoTL Canada. Genevieve conducts SoTL research in several areas, including case-based learning, educational technologies (such as mobile... Read More →

Friday June 24, 2016 09:00 - 09:45 EDT
UCC 315 (Council Chambers)