I am pleased to assume the role of Interim Associate Vice-President Teaching and Learning for the 2019-2020 academic term!
The mandate of the AVP Teaching and Learning is important; the primary role is to support University priorities that address the enhancement of teaching and learning by strengthening our degree programs through the integration of a range of pedagogical approaches and tools.
I look forward to playing a key role in advancing York’s academic priorities, as articulated in the University Academic Plan, in relation to the enhancement of teaching and learning and ultimately the overall quality of students’ experience and success.
I am committed to working collegially to enhance the profile of teaching and learning at York to provide support for teaching development, and to advance York’s reputation for excellence in pedagogical innovation and student learning through the following support units and initiatives:
The Teaching Commons: that provides both virtual and face-to-face programming and activities for faculty members, graduate students, and staff to explore best practices and innovative teaching and learning strategies;
The YU Experience Hub: that bridges the gap between the classroom and the work environment;
The York Change Leadership Office: that works with senior university partners to enable strategic excellence across York University; and
The Academic Innovation Fund: that supports initiatives that advance York’s strategic priorities in relation to teaching, learning and the student experience.
I am especially looking forward to welcoming both returning and new faculty members to our campuses.
Our annual two-day, pan-University orientation for new faculty members provides an excellent overview of the institution and a better understanding of the opportunities for integrating teaching, research and service responsibilities.
I am excited to work with you during what is certainly shaping up to be an incredible year ahead at York University and especially for teaching and learning.
Warmest of regards!
Interim AVP Teaching and Learning