Closing Keynote: Teresa Dawson
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).