Conversations about Teaching Excellence

Get inspired by Laurier's instructional community through conversations about teaching excellence.

Teaching Excellence: A Laurier Conversation Series features discussion between Mary Wilson, Laurier’s vice-provost: Teaching and Learning, and recent teaching award winners. This pilot series includes critical conversations covering inclusive education, research mentorship, experiential and engaged teaching practices, and the future of higher education.

You can binge the first set of conversations or start with the ones that interest you most. And stay tuned – the next set of conversations are coming to the YouTube channel later this year!

Professors in video series
Crystal Shadwell

Crystal Shadwell: Empowering Student Success

2021 Staff Award for Excellence in Teaching and Learning recipient Crystal Shadwell co-developed and managed the Strategies for Academic Success program, which equips students facing academic challenges stemming from diverse personal and societal factors with the tools to overcome these struggles and achieve renewed academic success. Shadwell joins vice-provost of Teaching and Learning Mary Wilson in conversation to discuss how the program helps Laurier students to develop resiliency and self-awareness through a reflective, experiential approach.

Jayne Kalmar

Jayne Kalmar: Cultivating a Culture of Research Mentorship

Jayne Kalmar is an Associate Professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education. Kalmar was recognized with the Faculty Mentoring award in 2020 for her thoughtful and purposeful approach to student mentorship, as well as her experience offering directed studies courses, supervising student research in the field of exercise neuroscience, and service to student award committees. Kalmar's conversation explores what it takes to be an effective mentor and scientist with an emphasis on resiliency, problem-solving and reflection.

Meredith Woodwark

Meredith Woodwark: Diversifying Case-based Education

An Assistant Professor in the Department of Organizational Behaviour and Department of Human Resource Management, Meredith Woodwark is known for exceptional leadership in teaching and learning. She works on business case competitions with students and uses experiential and active learning approaches to deliver inspiring educational experiences. The 2020 Early Career Excellence award winner joins Mary Wilson in conversation to discuss case-based education, specifically the importance of making case literature in higher education more diverse and inclusive.

Andrew Robinson

Andrew M. Robinson: Creating Thriving Class Environments

Andrew Robinson brings internationalization into every aspect of his work at Laurier. The Associate Professor and Program Coordinator, Human Rights and Human Diversity, works with colleagues to create international internships in Ghana and host international events that bring people from around the world to Laurier’s Brantford campus. The 2021 Internationalization Excellence awardee joins Mary Wilson in conversation to share how he creates respectful classroom environments where students can engage openly with each other and recognize differences in a civil way.

Nathalie Friedel

Nathalie Freidel: Innovating Inclusive Language Education

Nathalie Freidel is an Associate Professor in the Department of Languages and Literatures who utilizes innovative approaches in courses and field experiences that deepen students’ awareness and understanding of contemporary issues, with a specific focus on francophone language and culture. She won the institutional award for Innovation in Teaching in 2020. Friedel’s conversation focuses on encouraging student learning through immersive, experiential projects that connect to popular culture and current events so they can find inspiration – and a love of language and literature – outside of traditional means.

Susan Neylan

Susan Neylan: Inspiring a More Inclusive History

Susan Neylan, an Associate Professor in the Department of History, was recognized for her commitment to integrating Indigenous content into teaching, engaging students in problem-based learning and engaging community members through public lectures through the Sustained Excellence award in 2020. Neylan joins Mary Wilson in conversation to discuss how she works to decolonialize her practice and reflect on the continuous journey to Indigenize her teaching to create a richer, more inclusive history for her students.

Ian Schwartz

Ian Schwartz: Guiding Powerful Co-op Experiences

Ian Schwartz works as a Co-operative Education Curriculum Coordinator in Laurier’s Experiential Learning and Career Development unit. Since 2013, he has focused his efforts on the professional and academic success of students by helping them build the skills and confidence needed to succeed in co-op and beyond. The 2020 Staff Award for Excellence in Teaching and Learning awardee joins Mary Wilson to talk about approaching the student learning experience as an opportunity to build pathways for students to recognize, work towards and choose from as they refine their career aspirations.