This month we showcase Faculty member Michael Hickson from Philosophy! Learn more about Michael by reading and watching his video below.
How does some one get showcased?
The Centre for Teaching and Learning regularly showcases inspiring faculty, staff, and student members of the Trent University community. One or two paragraph suggestions can be sent to Adam Guzkowski (email@example.com) for review at the Centre for Teaching and Learning.
In order to be featured in the showcase series, individuals or groups should meet one or more of the following criteria:
- They have demonstrated innovative approaches to teaching and/or learning in or beyond the classroom
- They have been involved in developing, leading, or supporting exceptional teaching and learning opportunities
- They have a demonstrated track record of facilitating significant learning and development opportunities for faculty, staff, or students
- Their work has helped to create and/or enhance dynamic and supportive environments for teaching and learning
- They have been engaged in notable research on teaching and learning
- They have shown a noteworthy commitment to maximizing the quality of their teaching and/or learning
Those selected to be celebrated in the showcase series will complete a video-taped interview of 30 minutes to describe their teaching, learning, research, project, service, and/or innovation, and will be featured on a Showcase Poster as well as on the Centre for Teaching and Learning website.
Combining classical and innovative pedagogies
Sharing his passion for learning with his students, Michael Hickson fosters dialogue and debate as a part of the enriching experience of engaging with authors from past ages. Using current events and a case-based approach as ways of teaching moral principles and ethical theories, Michael facilitates students gaining informed judgements about what’s going on in the world and a desire to do something about it.
Providing expertise in practical applications of environmental techniques
Applying his technical and organizational acumen, Robert Loney helps to administer classes, produce course materials, organize and maintain equipment, and deliver graphical and computer support. As part of the teaching team for courses such as Cases in Environmental Science and Studies and Introduction to Geographical Information Systems, Robert helps students learn the knowledge and skills that will allow them to engage with complex environmental problems with a sense of hope and confidence.
Furthering research and practice in emergency medical response
Co-writing an article on the patterns and rates of injuries in obstacle course racing, Haddon Rabb is immersed in working to understand contributing factors and trends in the incidence and severity of medical emergencies. Through his involvement on and off campus, including his former leadership of the Trent University Emergency First Response Team and his role as an integral member of the Eastern Canada Spartan Race medical team, Haddon applies his learning and research to strengthen the quality of emergency medical assistance and care.
Sita A. Gardner
Raising the bar for student learning and achievement
Helping students make sense of global events, Sita A. Gardner uses an inclusive, interactive pedagogical approach to engage students in developing a healthy curiosity about the world while learning to think critically and extend themselves academically. Applying her research on the linkages between economics and politics, including the manifold ramifications of globalisation, Sita teaches students about international relations and U.S. and Canadian foreign policy and challenges them to pursue how they can be instrumental in affecting constructive change in the world.
Helping students consider and embark on studies in Education
Recruiting and managing the enrolment of prospective Education students, Jessica Lee provides expertise, guidance, and support throughout the applications and admissions process. Through her many touchpoints at Trent, including as a staff member, a Master of Education student, and an Alumni Council member, Jessica helps enrich engagement in many different contexts of formal and informal learning.
Integrating academic and athletic pursuits
Researching the psychology of concussion prevention and injury management, Michael Jorgensen focuses on understanding the stories and motivations of competitive athletes. Building on his experiences as a researcher and athlete at Trent, as well as on the skills developed through an internship at Rugby Ontario and volunteer work at Rugby Canada, Michael is committed to developing rugby as a sport and making competitive sport safer for all athletes.
Challenging students to become successful and independent learners
Providing students with the resources and supports needed to excel in life sciences at Trent, Jane Mackie creates opportunities for students to immerse themselves in challenging content. Using teaching approaches including flipped classrooms, case studies, and group discussions, Jane scaffolds learning experiences to help students become strong life-long learners.
Facilitating the integration of technology into teaching and learning
Working as part of the Learning Technology Team along with Jeff Gardiner and Chris Los, Ian Thomson provides expertise and support in the use of technology in teaching and learning at Trent. Managing and monitoring the performance of tools such as Blackboard and Panopto, Ian ensures that appropriate technologies are easy for faculty and students to integrate into the educational experience.
Envisioning policies for economic empowerment
Looking at the numbers, Betelhem processes statistics as part of her research into correlations between social and economic disparities. Passionate about the platform that Trent provides for transformative learning and critical dialogues in and outside of the classroom, Betelhem’s interest in policy development and leadership involvements on campus have already had noticeable impacts at local and provincial levels.
Inspiring students to be hopeful visionaries
Honouring the tremendous responsibility and privilege of being a teacher, Dan Longboat helps students develop broader, richer, and deeper understandings of the beautiful intricacies of the world around them, and their connections to, relationships with, and responsibility for themselves, their families, their communities, and the environment. Drawing on traditional Haudenosaunee knowledge, Dan teaches the importance of valuing the interactions of multiple knowledge systems, and the necessity of applying creative, innovative, and integrative thinking to develop real solutions to complex and compounded environmental issues.
Erin Stewart Eves, Dana Capell, Andrea Maxie, & Mary Ann Armstrong
Empowering students to improve and excel in their studies
Consulting in person and online, Erin, Dana, Andrea, and Mary Ann help undergraduate and graduate students develop and enhance skills and strategies for academic success, and provide offerings such as an academic integrity module, an academic mentoring program, online resources, and in-class workshops.
Fostering passion and knowledge about forensics and the law
Teaching about Canadian legal frameworks and contexts, Rhonda Smith asks probing questions that draw students at Trent into critical conversations about complex concepts. Creating lively and interactive classroom environments, Rhonda helps students understand the legal system and their potential roles in the world of law.
Providing support to students in crisis
Supporting crisis management and prevention for students, Kate MacIsaac helps Trent students build on their own strengths and resilience to find relief in the midst of challenging times. Through the education and information she provides, and through the Student Support Certificate program she manages, Kate also helps enhance the capacity of faculty and staff to support students in times of distress.
Exploring narratives and negotiated identities
Combining the study of literary texts with sociological analysis, Cornel investigates how individuals and groups navigate the cultural contexts of different settings and societies. Having been involved in many ways at Trent has allowed Cornel to make deep connections between learning environments and social environments, which is motivating his desire to continue working in post-secondary education after finishing his degree.
Combining classroom and extracurricular learning
Maximizing his learning at Trent through his involvement in learning, research, and volunteer activities, Blaise Gelinas is focusing his attentions on the psychology of addictive behaviours, with a plan to incorporate counselling and clinical research into his future endeavours.
Librarians Dwayne Collins, Ellen Olsen-Lynch & Jean Luyben
Charting pathways to information resources
Helping students and faculty at Trent navigate the journey of information search and retrieval, Dwayne, Jean, and Ellen select and ensure access to relevant resources, tools, and materials, and teach about the creative process of research in-class, online, and one-to-one.
Supporting teaching and learning that opens minds
Serving as the central support for both Philosophy and Gender & Women’s Studies at Trent, Kathy Fife’s work and institutional knowledge make her an invaluable resource and the go-to person for students and faculty in both departments.
Dr. Jennifer Lund
Supporting integrated and accessible education for students
Championing full accessibility for students throughout their experiences at Trent, Dr. Lund collaborates with faculty, staff, and students to help ensure teaching and learning supports and strategies for success are developed and implemented.
Dr. Ralph Shiell and Dr. Aaron Slepkov
Transforming student experiences in Physics
To more effectively evaluate student learning in physics at Trent, Profs. Shiell and Slepkov have developed an innovative strategy for scaffolding student questions that measure skills and knowledge incrementally, giving students credit for their thinking at each stage in their problem solving.
Lana De Bastiani, Jenna Craft, Kathleen Crook and Keeley Moloney
Venturing outside the typical classroom
Travelling to Honduras during the Fall Reading Break, 3,320 km away from Trent, Lana, Jenna, Kathleen, and Keeley taught children in rural Honduras about social determinants of health (education, nutrition, hygiene and play) in classrooms that included mountainsides, remote villages, and single room school houses. During their trip, they also delivered 360 lbs of food and 400 lbs of donated school supplies.