2023 Symposium on Teaching and Learning

May 15, 2023 | 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. | In-person (SFU Vancouver Campus)

Save the date for a day of connection, conversation and learning about inclusive teaching at the downtown campus. Registration will open in March.



9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. | In-person | SFU Vancouver Campus

Inclusive Education for Civic Engagemet

Dr. Bryan Dewsbury, Florida International University

In this talk we discuss a reimagination of education where all students, regardless of background engage in an experience that prepares them for full democratic participation. In this vein we transcend mere inclusive practices to dream about the kind of society we can be when inclusion is assumed. We will use the example of an introductory STEM course, historically viewed as content-focused experience, to model what civic preparation would look like and its associated possibilities.

About the speaker

Bryan Dewsbury is an Associate Professor of Biology at Florida International University where he also is an Associate Director of the STEM Transformation Institute. He received his Bachelors degree in Biology from Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA, and his Masters and PhD in Biology from Florida International University in Miami, FL. He is the Principal Investigator of the Science Education And Society (SEAS) program, where his team conducts research on the social context of education. He is a Fellow of the John N. Gardner Institute and the RIOS (Racially-Just Inclusive Open Science) institute.

He conducts faculty development and support for institutions interested in transforming their educational practices pertaining to creating inclusive environments and in this regard has worked with over 100 institutions across North America, United Kingdom and West Africa. He is a co-author on the upcoming book 'Norton's Guide to Inclusive Teaching' and author of the upcoming book 'What then shall I teach? - Rethinking equity in higher education'. He is the founder of the National Science Foundation (NSF) funded Deep Teaching Residency, a national workshop aimed at supporting faculty in transforming their classroom to more meaningfully incorporate inclusive practices. Bryan is originally from the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago and proudly still calls the twin island republic home.

Website: Bryan Dewsbury


1:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. | In-person | SFU Vancouver Campus 

Afternoon Sessions: To be announced soon


Videos from the 2021 Symposium

The Journey Toward Blended Design and Delivery: A Tale of Two Pedagogies

May 19, 2021 | Watch the webcast recording (Mediasite)

Supporting Learner Resilience and Mental Health Directly Within the Curriculum

May 19, 2021 | Watch the webcast recording (Mediasite)

Online and Blended Learning in Post-Pandemic Settings

May 20, 2021 | Watch the webcast recording (Mediasite)

Academic Integrity: Lessons Learned from the Pandemic

May 20, 2021 | Watch the webcast recording (Mediasite)

What Is the Right “Blend,” Anyway?

May 20, 2021 | Watch the webcast recording (Mediasite)