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Symposium 2015 Speakers

Opening Keynote:  Dr. Eric Davis

Dr. Eric Davis

Keynote:  “The Revolutionary Potential of SOTL: How it can Help Us Complete the Paradigm Shift from Teaching to Learning”

Dr. Eric Davis joined the History Department of UFV (then UCFV) in 1992, served four years as Dean of Arts (2005-09), and has been Provost & Vice-President Academic at the University of the Fraser Valley since July 2010, after acting in the position for a year.

Originally from Montreal, Dr. Davis holds BA and MA degrees from Concordia University, and a PhD (DPhil) from the University of Sussex (England). He has held academic positions at Concordia, McGill, and Memorial University of Newfoundland.

One striking fact about the now classic 1995 article on “From Teaching to Learning: A New Paradigm for Undergraduate Education” is how relevant it remains and how much of the agenda it lays out has still to be achieved.  I want to discuss, from a Provost & Vice-President, Academic’s perspective, the organizational and cultural challenges that need to be met for universities to complete this paradigm shift from teaching to learning and the crucial role that SOTL can play.

Closing Keynote: Teresa Dawson

Teresa Dawson

Keynote: “Finding the learning middle: the joys of scholarly teachers and teacher scholars cultivating common ground”

Teresa Dawson is the Director of the Learning and Teaching Centre and a Continuing Assistant Teaching Professor in Geography at the University of Victoria. Her areas of interest include effective teaching assessment, faculty and graduate student professional development, supporting and enhancing diversity in the academy, and achieving teaching and learning-related institutional change, particularly regarding curricular reform. The scholarship of teaching and learning is a key tool she uses to achieve these goals and Teresa has been responsible for the establishment of grants and institutional processes to support and value SoTL in two Canadian institutions.

An award-winning teacher in her own right,Teresa is a lead author for the 2009 Teaching College Geography: A Practical Guide for Graduate Students and Early Career Faculty from Prentice Hall and a co-editor of Teaching and Learning Community Based Research: From Pedagogy to Practice published in 2014 by the University of Toronto Press. Regionally, Teresa was co-founder in 2007 of the Vancouver Educational Developers Alliance (VIEDA). Nationally, she is Past Chair of the Educational Developers Caucus and served for ten years as a member of the Board for the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (STLHE).