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The primary role of the teaching fellows is to support the continued improvement of undergraduate teaching and graduate training in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (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.
The teaching fellows' 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 inititate a conversation about the issues most important to instructors in the faculty, with the input of FASS 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.
Current teaching fellows
University Lecturer, Department of English
Appointed effective September 1, 2019–August 31, 2021
With responsibilities for advancing practices in Lower Division teaching and learning, including FASSFirst and FASSForward.
Tiffany Muller Myrdahl
Senior Lecturer, Department of Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies
Appointed effective January 1, 2020–December 31, 2021
With responsibilities for academically-based community engaged courses, including research on wellness and empowerment strategies for students to enhance student experience.
Lecturer, Department of Sociology and Anthropology
Appointed effective May 1, 2019–August 31, 2022
With responsibilities primarily for the advancement of online and blended learning pedagogies and the CODE transition Pilots.
Teaching assessment report
This report was commissioned by the Senate Committee on University Teaching and Learning. It reviews Simon Fraser University policies on the assessment of teaching. It also reviews the most current literature on best practices and examines the views of TPC chairs, teaching award winners, and administrators at other Canadian universities.