Incoming Chair of SLIS will flex her teaching muscles at FoT Spots

Professor Toni Samek, the incoming Chair of the School of Library and Information Studies (SLIS), has received a number of awards recognizing her excellence in teaching. On May 5, her teaching prowess will be on full display at FoT Spots.

Toni will be one of seven award-winning UAlberta professors delivering rapid-fire talks at the Pecha Kucha-inspired event, where the goal is for great teachers to share the creative teaching techniques they use to fuel the academic passions of their students—in five minutes or less.

To see if Toni is ready to beat the clock, we asked her to answer five questions in five minutes.

Q: How long have you been teaching?
A: I have been teaching at SLIS since fall 1994.

Q: Who inspired you to teach?
A: Michael Apple (John Bascom Professor of Curriculum and Instruction and Educational Policy Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison). He is the best teacher I ever had.

Q: What is your teaching philosophy in five words?
A: Quality education lasts a lifetime.

Q: Has technology changed the way you teach?
A: Yes, because it makes me more mindful of the importance of autonomy for teachers and students.

Q: Final question: what is the best/worst time of day for teaching?
A: Teaching is like free therapy. You learn so much about yourself. Given that, I like my reality checks first thing in the morning – just like the news!

Done in record time! To learn more about Toni Samek, check out this story on the Education website. To find out more about FoT Spots and register to see Toni and her fellow presenters in action, visit the Centre for Teaching and Learning website.