Disrupting With Kindness: Lessons Learned In My Journey

Dr. Pamela Rose Toulouse will engage participants in a personal and meaningful session addressing the fallout and opportunities during the Laurentian University (LU) CCAA process. LU is the only post-secondary institution in Canadian history to file for bankruptcy under this legally binding order. This keynote is a critical reminder that this scenario is possible anywhere and this is why it should matter to all faculty, staff and employees in post-secondary. Dr. Toulouse will guide this focussed talk in an interactive manner by exploring the concept ‘disrupting with kindness’ as a good way to move forward. She will also offer ‘storied take-aways’ for how this approach can effect change for students, their learning and ourselves.

Dr. Pam is an Anishinaabe educator from the community of Sagamok First Nation in Northern Ontario. She has 28 years of experience from elementary through to the post-secondary education continuum. Dr. Pam has published well over 55 resources that range from articles, books, webinars, curriculum, policy and other key items in Indigenous education. She is a 3M National Teaching Excellence Fellow (2015) and is the recipient of 3 other teaching excellence awards (e.g. Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance; Laurentian University Full Time Faculty; Laurentian University Professional Schools).

The Values that Propel your Teaching and Learning Leadership (Workshop)

As educators, we often feel called to express our leadership. How we enact that is unique and personal. This workshop is for individuals in formal and informal leadership roles who wish to explore and build on their teaching and learning leadership within higher education. Teaching and learning leadership, in this session, encompasses any initiative that contributes to the enhancement of teaching and learning within post-secondary environments.

During this workshop participants will draw from their own experiences and existing frameworks (e.g., Fields, Kenny & Mueller, 2019) to reflect on their values and the alignment between their values and priorities. Participants will walk away from this session being able to articulate the values that inspire and propel their leadership. This workshop provides participants with an opportunity to pause and consider their own leadership approach(es) among a supportive network of peers who have a shared understanding of the higher education context.  

As an educational developer, facilitator, and certified coach, Isabeau supports faculty members in their growth as instructors and educational leaders.  Isabeau is a long-time member of the educational developer community whose interests lie at the intersection of leadership and wellbeing in academia. Her published research is in the areas of peer review of teaching, academic cultures, and social networks.

Isabeau currently works as a Senior Educational Developer, Educational Leadership at the University of British Columbia’s Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology and joyfully maintains a private coaching practice where she helps ambitious perfectionists reduce overwhelm and experience greater fulfilment in their careers.

Her unofficial bio would read: The driving force underlying Isabeau’s work is that she cares about people. She is curious, disciplined, and loves to learn and share her learning with others. Isabeau treasures her family and enjoys being active outdoors, especially in the mountains of British Columbia. She is grateful to work, play and learn in the unceded, ancestral and traditional territory of the xwməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam) People.

40 Years of Leadership and Innovation

Forty years ago, educators with an interest in improving teaching and learning in higher education came together to hold a conference at the University of Guelph. That first conference in 1981 led to the establishment of the Society of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education in 1982 and 40 years of a rich and vibrant community committed to sharing knowledge and advancement of higher education.

To celebrate the 40th anniversary of STLHE, we are bringing together for the first time on one keynote panel STLHE’s presidents. These individuals have provided leadership and innovation to shape STLHE and its impact on higher education in Canada.

Current President, Denise Stockley, will moderate the panel as the former presidents reflect on STLHE’s past and exciting future.

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