The FASS Teaching Fellows for 2016 are Dr. Dai Heide and Dr. Panayiotis Pappas.

The primary role of the teaching fellows is to support the continued improvement of undergraduate teaching and graduate training in FASS. They will work to help address the challenges that instructors face and to communicate solutions across the Faculty, as well as to provide a channel of communication between FASS and higher administrative units that focus on teaching.

Their immediate priorities include leading the effort to create FASS questions for the Student Evaluations of Teaching and Courses and organizing the Cormack awards and symposium. They will also begin, with the input of FASS faculty, a conversation about the issues most important to instructors in the Faculty.

They will be seeking advice and feedback on a range of issues, especially including the ways in which FASS can continue to promote the value of its degrees, the means by which the first-year experience of FASS students may be improved, potential ways to support teaching through peer mentoring, and the role of research and pedagogical experimentation in the classroom.

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Dai Heide has been Lecturer in the Philosophy Department since 2011 and its Undergraduate Chair since 2013. He completed his PhD at The Ohio State University in 2010, where he was also Visiting Assistant Professor for one year. He teaches a range of topics and across all levels of the Philosophy curriculum, and his research interests include Immanuel Kant and early modern philosophy.

Panayiotis (Panos) Pappas is an associate professor in the Department of Linguistics, specializing in Language Variation and Change. He is currently the chair of the Senate Committee on University Teaching and Learning (SCUTL). He has worked at SFU since 2002.

Teaching assessment report

This report was commissioned by the Senate Committee on University Teaching and Learning. It reviews SFU policies on the assessment of teaching, reviews the most current literature on best practices and examines the views of TPC chairs, Teaching Award winners, and administrators  at other Canadian Universities. Read here -> Teaching assessment report

ISEG Grants

FASS Grants for the Improvement of Lower Division Student Academic Experience program provide support to departments and programs in FASS which wish to improve the learning experience of students in their lower division courses.

Applicant Eligibility
Applications are open to all continuing faculty including Undergraduate and Department / program chairs. Demonstrated departmental support (signature of Chair) required.

Eligible expenses
Support for teaching assistants working outside the context of course offerings. For details see application form

There is a budget for a total of 5 grants. Each grant is worth $6000 and must be utilized within the academic year 2018–2019.  

Please complete the form below and return it to Dr. Panos Pappas,

* ISEG form fillable.pdf
Grant: Improvement of Lower Division Student Academic Experience

SETC: Building a better tool for student evaluations of teaching and courses

Thank you to all of you that participated in the Town Hall discussion. You can watch it here

Here are the links to the documents we discussed today.

The TCEP report submitted to Senate is here

* TCEwgReportFinalFeb23_2015.pdf
The Report justifying the Institution-wide questions
* SETC Summer 2015 Validation Report.pdf
Summer 2015 Validation Report
* SETCtownhall.pdf

General Resources

Here we provide documents that we think may be useful

* FASS_Teaching Supports.pdf
Teaching Resources for Faculty (Michale Lockett)

Teaching and Learning Grant Opportunities for Instructors

IS TLD Grants
Intended for the scholarly study of innovative teaching and learning practices. $6000 per grant. Workshop participation. Submission of report. More details at

VPA Faculty Inquiry Grants: Student Learning Experience
Intended for the enhancing of student learning experience. $6000 per grant. More details at

Open Educational Resources (OER) Grants
SFU's Open Educational Resources (OER) Grants provide funding of up to $5,000 along with staff support to help faculty members redesign a course to adopt or adapt open textbooks or other OER as their primary course material. The OER Grants were established with funding from the Office of the Vice-President, Academic, and Provost and are administered jointly by the SFU Library and the Teaching and Learning Centre (TLC). Contact:

Intended to support departments and programs in FASS which wish to improve the learning experience of students in their lower division courses. $6000 per grant. More details above.