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Spring 2018 STLHEgram

From the President: Leading from within

Denise Stockley, STLHE PresidentIn my last STLHEgram, I highlighted that one of my goals as President was to engage with our membership to enact our STLHE Goals in a meaningful manner and I wanted to update everyone on where we are today. In our STLHE face-to-face Board meeting in February the Board reviewed all of the goals relating to how we support these goals within our various portfolios. The outcomes of this meeting will be highlighted at our June meeting at STLHE 2018 in Sherbrooke. In addition, at the Educational Developers Caucus conference in Victoria, I spoke about the need for leadership from within the STLHE membership, not just within our Society, but from a local, regional, national and international perspective. There are so many different ways that we can individually and collectively champion teaching and learning and often it is through current leaders and colleagues encouraging us to put our names forward. The strength and health of our society is found from within the membership and I encourage you to come forward yourself or become a champion or mentor to encourage a colleague to take that next step in taking on a leadership position through the various upcoming STLHE elections.

Continue to build STLHE’s health and strength: stand for election to the Board of Directors.

Please note: the deadline for nominations has been extended until April 11th, 2018.

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Are you a STLHE member and willing to lead and be part of a team? If so, we need you! STLHE invites nominations for the following positions on its Board of Directors:

  • Vice-President;
  • Treasurer; and
  • Chair, Awards Standing Committee. 

The term of office is three years, beginning in June 2018.

 

If you are interested or know of a good candidate, please consider making a nomination. Self-nominations will be accepted.

  • Submit a photo and a brief 250-word expression of interest indicating your relevant experience, skills, and motivation for the position.
  • Include a letter of support from your institution. The letter should include an indication of the kinds of supports that would be available to you (e.g. time, financial) if you are elected.
  • Send your package by email to the Chair of the Nominations Committee, Sophia Palahicky.

Any questions can be directed to Sophia Palahicky. Send your expression of interest today!

 

Highlights from the publications portfolio

CJSoTL LogoThe STLHE community wants to extend our sincere thanks to Nicola Simmons who won the inaugural Brock University Award for Open Access for her dedication to open access publishing and immediately donated it to the Canadian Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (CJSoTL). Thank you, Nicola, for your continuous support and generosity!

Beth Marquis will serve another 3-year term as Senior Editor as CJSoTL welcomes new members to its editorial board:

  • Robert Cockcroft (Assistant Professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Western University);
  • Geneviève Maheux-Pelletier (Educational Developer, York University);
  • Karen Manarin (Professor, Department of English, Mount Royal University); and
  • Meagan Troop (Educational Development Consultant, Sheridan College).

Finally, watch for the next issue of CJSoTL, due to be published within the next two weeks, and a special issue on e-portfolios this Fall!

CELT logoThe 11th edition of Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching (CELT), Gateways in Higher Education: Cultures, Transitions, and Transformation, which contains peer-reviewed publications from our 2017 conference in Halifax will be published at this year’s annual conference in Sherbrooke.

3M Fellows at STLHE 2018. Come and join us!

3M Council LogoEducational Leadership within the Disciplines: Harnessing the Power of the 3M
On Tuesday, June 19, 12:30-4pm the 3M Council Executive will host an event for all Fellows that will explore educational leadership within the disciplines and gauge interest in establishing a number of disciplinary chapters. The afternoon will start with a series of short, provocative pieces about disrupting, re-framing, challenging, or enhancing disciplinary conversations about teaching and learning in higher education (3Ms in 3 Minutes) before moving to round table discussions of roughly disciplinary groups. Interested Fellows should contact Dr. Shannon Murray by April 15.

3M Council Human Library
The idea of the “human library” is not a new one. The concept is to facilitate conversations and discussions with individuals in real time. On Thursday June 21, 9-10:15 am STLHE conference goers can “sign out” a Council member. Fellows interested in participating as a book should contact Dr. Pat Maher by April 15. For more information, visit the 3M Council human library project.

3M Reunion Dinner
Join us for the 3M Fellows reunion dinner at O Chevreuil in Sherbrooke, on Wednesday June 20. You will enjoy great food, inspiring conversations, wonderful friendship, and two exiting experiential/tasting activities during the meal. More details soon. Stay tuned for registration and further details! 

SoLE Program 2018 Application deadline: April 15, 2018
The SoLE Grant program supports educational leadership initiatives in Canadian Higher Education. A grant of up to $7,500 is available for scholarly or research initiatives that allow collaboration between 3M National Teaching Fellows, and/or with 3M National Student Fellows, and other colleagues. Visit the 3M Council website for more details.

Educational Developers Grants for Exchanges (EDGEs) Initiative

EDC-RFPES logoIn February, 2018, the EDC launched the EDGEs initiative. EDGEs provides financial support for professional exchanges that contribute to the development of strong, meaningful professional networks among individuals and groups who work in the area of educational development. Through a competitive, peer-review process, EDC members can receive up to $2000 to support their professional exchange. For more information about the EDGEs grant and to access the EDGEs application form and rubric, visit the EDC website.
 
The inaugural call for EDGEs proposals closed on April 6, 2018. We continue to seek individuals who would be interested in serving as EDGEs reviewers. To volunteer please email the EDGEs Coordinator, Deb Chen.  

 

Upcoming Events & Dates

SoLE Program 2018 Application Deadline. April 15, 2018. Grants supporting educational leadership initiatives, in collaboration with a 3M NTF or NSF.

Early Bird Deadline: STLHE 2018. April 30, 2018. Registration is now open for STLHE 2018. This year’s conference theme is Pedagogical Innovation: Adapting Practice to Evolving Cultures.

EDC Grant Call. Spring 2018: Proposals for projects that aim to advance informed practice and available resources for educational development in Canada are due on or before April 30, 2018.

EDC Awards Nominations. The Call for Nominations to the EDC Distinguished Career and Leadership Awards will be released in late April, 2018. Please consider nominating a colleague or yourself and help us to celebrate the incredible and meaningful work of the EDC community.

Thanks, as always, for reading this far: while it might not yet feel like spring in many parts of the country, the academic year carries on and STLHE wishes you the best end-of-semester possible. We hope to see many of you in Sherbrooke this June!

The STLHEgram was prepared by the Secretary, Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, with submissions from constituency group and STLHE board members.

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