Tara Holland

Senior Lecturer

I am a Senior Lecturer cross-appointed in Geography and Environmental Science, and my academic career is focused on teaching. I received my PhD from the University of Guelph in 2014, where my research focused on climate change science, impacts, and adaptation. Prior to joining SFU in 2019 I was a Science Teaching and Learning Fellow at the University of British Columbia, where I turned my research to assessing the best teaching methods for improving student engagement and learning. My course design is informed by my multidisciplinary expertise and interests, and I love to challenge students to embrace (and enjoy!) the lifelong process of learning. I am currently the Faculty of Environment Teaching Fellow, in which role I support colleagues in developing their teaching practice. Outside of academia, I am a Board member and part of the Science Alliance for Protect our Winters Canada.

Selected Publications:

  • Strubbe, L.E., Stang, J, Holland, T., Sherman, S.B., & Code, W. (2019). Faculty adoption of active learning strategies via paired teaching: Conclusions from two science departments. Journal of College Science Teaching, 49 (1), 31-39
  • Holland, T. (2018). Impact of a departmental instructional skills course on graduate students’ beliefs about science teaching and learning. Journal of College Science Teaching, 47 (6): 57-65.
  • Holland, T., Sherman, S., & Harris. S. (2018). Paired teaching: a professional development model for adoption of evidence-based teaching practices. College Teaching, 66 (3): 148-157.
  • Holland, T. and B. Smit. (2014). Recent climate change in the Prince Edward County, Ontario, Canada winegrowing region: Implications for a fledgling wine sector. Regional Environmental Change, 14 (3), 1109-1121.
  • Holland, T., Smit, B., and G.J.V. Jones. (2014). Toward a conceptual framework of terroir tourism: A case study of the Prince Edward County, Ontario wine region. Tourism Planning and Development, 11 (3), 275-291.


Future courses may be subject to change.