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Thursday, June 23 • 15:00 - 16:00
CON08.16b - Supporting International Graduate Students’ and Post-Doctoral Fellows’ Development as Teachers

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In a recent series of employment interviews, graduate students applying for intern-type positions at our institution’s Centre for Teaching and Learning were asked to identify perceived shortcomings in our programming or services which they could help to address. One consistent response was that the Centre was not providing adequate support to international graduate students and post-doctoral fellows in their development as teachers. Wanting to provide equitable, accessible and inclusive support and services to all educators at Queen’s, the Centre undertook an inquiry to identify:

  • the professional educational development needs of our international graduate students and post-doctoral fellows;

  • existing gaps in programming, services, outreach and communications on teaching and learning;

  • unintentional but exclusionary behaviours, communication, and institutional structures that deter international students from participating in professional teaching development; and

  • ways in which the Centre might engender a culturally inclusive environment to better support teacher development for educators across campus, no matter their place of origin.

The four parameters of the inquiry listed above, serve as the learning outcomes for this report of the results of our survey of Queen’s graduate students’ and post-doctoral fellows’ needs for and experience with educational development at our institution. In addition, the discussion portion of this session provides a forum to share the ways in which your own institution supports inclusive professional learning about teaching.

With post-secondary institutions’ increasing emphases on both internationalizing the curriculum and the development of students’ and faculty members’ intercultural competence, the findings from this research are likely to be of interest to the entire post-secondary community.


Sue Fostaty Young

Educational Developer, Queen's University
Sue is an Educational Developer and the Programs Manager of the Queen's University CTL. Her responsibilities include the development and delivery of programming for graduate students' and post-doctoral fellows' teaching development.

Thursday June 23, 2016 15:00 - 16:00 EDT
Weldon Library 121 (Teaching Support Centre) Western University