DECEMBER 2013 Inside NEWS
What’s new and notable at Laurier
Nominations open for Laurier teaching awards Teaching Support Services is accepting nominations from the Laurier community for the Award for Teaching Excellence and the Teaching Assistant Award of Excellence. The Award for Teaching Excellence recognizes one full-time faculty member and one contract academic staff member who excel in teaching. Recipients will receive a certificate, a permanent notation in the university calendar and a spot in Laurier’s Teaching Hall of Fame. Nominations are due to the Faculty/School dean by Jan. 15, 2014, and to the Office of Educational Development by Feb. 1, 2014. The Teaching Assistant Award of Excellence recognizes the outstanding achievement of one undergraduate and one graduate teaching/instructional assistant at Laurier. Recipients will receive a $500 scholarship, a spot in Laurier’s Teaching Hall of Fame and a framed certificate at convocation, at which time a citation will be read. Nominations are due March 1, 2014. For eligibility requirements and further information about both awards, visit www.wlu.ca/edev/ awards and choose Institutional Awards from the left-hand menu.
Laurier earns top marks in Maclean’s rankings Laurier has again earned high
marks in the annual Maclean’s Rankings of Canadian Universities, placing in the top 10 in its category for best overall in Canada. Laurier improved in numerous key areas, including best overall, highest quality and most innovative. This year, Laurier improved in its category in total research dollars spent, student services, and scholarships and bursaries, among others. Compared to other Ontario universities in the comprehensive category, Laurier ranked third for highest quality, fourth for best overall, and fourth for most innovative.
LEAP winter campus open for registration LEAP (Laurier Enriched Academic Program) offers on-campus winter enrichment day camps for gifted and highly able children in Grades 1-9. Designed and led by certified teachers, LEAP camps feature a huge fun quotient, and employ innovative and creative approaches to learning through engaging activities. Sensational Saturdays 2014 Enrichment Camps are now open for registration. The camps run for six Saturday mornings from 9 a.m. to noon, Jan. 25 to March 1, 2014. Camp descriptions, registration information and volunteer applications are available at www.wlu. ca/leap. The registration deadline
is Jan. 6, 2014 (early registration recommended). For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 519.884.0710 ext. 3173.
Shohini Ghose named 2014 TED fellow Shohini Ghose, an associate physics professor at Laurier, has been named a 2014 TED Fellow, one of only two Canadians chosen for the prestigious program. Ghose was chosen as an expert and innovator in her field, and joins 20 other international, interdisciplinary TED Fellows, including scientists, conservationists, educators, artists and musicians. “TED is all about creativity, curiosity, inspiration and collaboration,” said Ghose. “It is a huge honour to be a part of this amazing community of people from around world.” Each year since 2007, the TED organization has chosen a contingent of Fellows from applicants who demonstrate remarkable accomplishment in their fields of endeavour. The Fellows, according to the organizers, are “courageous, accomplished young innovators from around the world,” handpicked to raise international awareness of their work. Among her duties as a TED Fellow, Ghose will deliver a Ted Talk on her work at the Vancouver TED conference, which runs from March 17 to 21, 2014.
IPRM template distribution begins By Lori Chalmers Morrison IPRM’s Academic and Administrative Priorities Teams began the program review phase of IPRM prioritization in November. Two IPRM Town Halls were held last month to give Laurier community members the chance to hear an overview of IPRM, its purpose and next steps, and most importantly, to give people a chance to ask questions of the Planning Task Force co-chairs, Kim Morouney and Mary-Louise Byrne, and IPRM working group representatives. For those who were unable to attend either the Brantford or Waterloo Town Halls, a video of the Nov. 18 Town Hall is available on the wlu.ca/IPRM website. Templates are being distributed to academic and administrative areas in three staged groups. The distribution of programs in each group ensures a balance across administrative and academic areas, between large and small areas, and is based on the complexities of each program and the ability to provide data for each. Programs in each group will have six weeks to complete their templates. The academic and administrative programs in the first group have received their templates complete with program-specific data, and are currently attending training sessions and completing their templates. The training sessions are being led by co-chairs from either the academic or administrative priorities teams
as well as members of the Institutional Research team to answer questions about the data provided. The second and third groups will receive their templates in January and February, respectively. Blank evaluation templates, definitions of an academic program and an administrative program, lists of programs in each group, along with the template completion schedule, evaluation rubrics, evaluation criteria and additional information about the IPRM process can be found in the “Academic Prioritization Info & Templates” and “Administrative Prioritization Info & Templates” at wlu.ca/IPRM. Template tips: • Review all the template information provided on the wlu. ca/IPRM website. • If you are an academic or administrative unit leader, think about who else you will need to work with in your area to complete the templates; if you are a member of an
academic or administrative unit, talk to your area leader to determine how you can have input into the template. • Attend training sessions. All faculty and staff who might contribute to the evaluation templates are encouraged to participate in training sessions, listed at wlu.ca/ IPRM. • Set aside ample time to consult, complete, review and submit your template. • Ask questions. As prioritization proceeds, the Resource Management Team continues to work in a parallel process. The team has reviewed a range of budget models and resource allocation processes from Ontario, Canadian and U.S. institutions. Team members will begin conducting internal stakeholder interviews with the Laurier community, and will also provide opportunities for wider input. For further information, or to ask questions, visit wlu.ca/IPRM.
IPRM Planning Task Force co-chairs Kim Morouney (left) and Mary-Louise Byrne at the Nov. 18 Town Hall on the Waterloo campus.
Photo: Kevin Klein
Acclaimed writer and sports broadcaster Stephen Brunt visited Laurier’s Brantford campus to talk about his career, Canadian sports journalism and the relationship between sports, culture, journalism and business.
Laurier launches new certificate program for graduate students Teaching Support Services has launched a new certificate program of university teaching and learning specifically developed for masters and doctoral students, and postdoctoral fellows. The University Teaching Certificate (UTC) provides graduate students with the opportunity to develop their knowledge and skills in teaching and learning and to practice teaching in a supportive environment. Based upon 10 core competencies
(e.g., student learning, teaching strategies, assessment, ethics in university teaching), the UTC program is structured around three key program components: general principles of pedagogy, practice and analysis of teaching, and teaching documentation. “Laurier fosters a culture that values excellence in teaching and learning,” said Pat Rogers, associate vice-president: Teaching and Learning. “We are thrilled to be able to provide this certificate program to our graduate students to prepare them for excellence in their careers.”
Design open houses provide look at new recreation centre
Design open houses for the new Laurier-YMCA Athletics and Recreation Centre in Brantford were held for students and the public in late November with partners from the YMCA of Hamilton/Burlington/Brantford and Cannon Design. This updated rendering highlights the building’s incorporation into the slope and the suspended glass structure on Colborne Street.
Exams begin on Laurier’s campuses
Students hit the books in the Science Building atrium on the Waterloo campus. Exams run from Dec. 5 to Dec. 18.