“My identity as a teacher has been within me from a very young age,” says Faculty of Education sessional instructor Robyn Shewchuk. “Teaching is not what I do; it is who I am.”
Her former students would no doubt agree with her.
Before Clive Hickson, Associate Dean of Undergraduate Programs and Services, presented Shewchuk with the 2016 Sessional Undergraduate Teaching Award at the recent Faculty of Education Awards Gala, he read out some glowing testimonials from undergraduates.
A question often pondered by education researchers and scholars is what impact technology has on teaching and learning. But a researcher in the University of Alberta’s Faculty of Education says teachers’ beliefs and attitudes toward teaching and technology may be just as important as the technologies used in teaching.
When we first planned this issue of illuminate celebrating “enterprising educators”, we could not have imagined that we would be publishing a week after the worst natural disaster in Canadian history hit the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo.
We know that many of our students, alumni and colleagues, both past and present, have ties to Fort McMurray and our thoughts are with all who have been affected by the wildfires.
The Faculty of Education will celebrate its 75th anniversary next year, and we're in the mood to pay tribute to our past and present, while looking forward to the future.
For this issue’s Class Notes, we wanted to capture some of our alumni’s memories from their time in the Faculty of Education. We asked for anecdotes about campus life and reflections on favourite professors who may have influenced their career path.
Submissions have been edited for length and clarity.
By day, Sheldon Durstling (BEd ‘12), Cheryl Lyster (BEd ‘13) and Angie Barron (BEd ‘04) are elementary school teachers. But when they’re not in the classroom, they become online ninjas, putting their skills and experience to killer use developing a website for fellow educators called Ninja Plans.
When Dan (BEd ‘87) and Carla Cavanagh (BEd ‘94) purchased Delmar College of Hair and Esthetics in Calgary in 2010, the numbers were promising.
It was a thriving business, and the husband and wife team were excited about the prospect of owning a company that required many of the skills they’d honed over several years as educators.
It’s fair to say that Ken Bautista (BEd ‘99) is an expert on the topic of what it takes to be an enterprising educator.
If you’ve had the pleasure of working with Farha Shariff (BEd ’99, PhD ‘12) or being a student in one of her classes in the Faculty of Education, you know that this dynamic educator isn’t one to slow down.
Raised by educators— her mom is a University of Alberta Education grad—Shariff sees education as less of a career path and more of a way of life. With a philosophy built on elevating the people around her, Shariff is nothing short of motivational, in and out of the classroom.
An 80,000-word thesis would take about nine hours to present. Gruelling, right? Now imagine distilling those 80,000 words into a three-minute presentation.
In 2015, the University of Alberta was listed in Times Higher Education’s ranking of the top 100 “most international” universities, moving up nine spots to number 87. Now, a visiting scholar from the United States is probing the policies and structures that support international students at UAlberta.