2018 FASS Autumn Reception and Cormack Teaching Symposium

September 12, 2018

SFU Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences hosts its Annual FASS Autumn Reception and Cormack Symposium on Thursday, October 11, 2018.

It’s that time of year again where we gather faculty, staff, and other members throughout FASS to catch up with colleagues and celebrate our collective accomplishments.

Beginning with the Cormack Teaching Symposium from 3-4:45 pm (lower floor of the DAC), all are welcome to attend a roundtable discussion with this year’s Cormack Teaching Award recipients. Details below.

Following the symposium, the FASS Autumn Reception will run from 5-7 pm (upper floor of the DAC).

Commencing at 5:45, Dean Jane Pulkingham will welcome faculty and staff and formally present this year’s awards. Awards include: the 2018 Cormack Teaching Awards, Dean’s Medals for Academic Excellence, FASS Employee Achievement Awards, and inductees to the Royal Society of Canada.

 Please register via Eventbrite by 12 pm on October 2, 2018.

The Cormack Teaching Awards were established by former FASS Dean Lesley Cormack (2007-2010) to celebrate excellence in teaching in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.

FASS is justifiably proud of the quality of its teaching. Each year the FASS Dean presents up to four Cormack Teaching awards to recognize the passion faculty members bring to the classroom, their innovative teaching techniques, and the difference they make in their student's education.

"What motivates us to improve as teachers?" is the theme of this year's Cormack Teaching Symposium and all 2018 Cormack Award recipients are invited to give a brief presentation, followed by a short Q&A.

Come to hear Tina Adcock (History), Douglas Allen (Economics), Leith Davis (English), Dai Heide (Philosophy), and Steve Weldon (Political Science) discuss their secrets on distilling teaching wisdom.

Dr. Panos Pappas, FASS Teaching Fellow, will then facilitate a separate discussion about student teaching evaluations (SETC) and the mandate of the new Teaching Assessment Working Group (TAWG). Do these help or hinder that motivation? Given the recent Ryerson University ruling on student evaluations in light of tenure and promotion decisions, this is a hot topic.

The symposium will adjourn by 4:45 pm so that participants can move upstairs for the FASS Autumn Reception at 5 pm.