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The Centre for Teaching, Learning and Academic Excellence facilitates academic professional development (PD) with emphasis on the quality of the student learning experience and support for those experiences both in and outside the classroom. This includes support for the program development and review process. Focus is on internal and external PD that leads to improved student learning through improved teaching and learning practices, systems, and support.

HOURS OF OPERATION  |  Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Room M350, Barrie Campus

The Teaching, Learning and Academic Excellence team:

  • Facilitate skill development for the effective use of technology for teaching and learning
  • Create instructional resources for teaching and learning
  • Encourage and facilitate discussion about professional teaching practice at the postsecondary level through workshops, mentoring, online learning, and open dialogue materials for faculty on topics related to assessment, teaching strategies, and teaching with technology
  • Provide and support technological resources to enhance teaching and learning (e.g., scanners, development software, digital camera, web links) and print resources (e.g., books, journals) to enhance teaching and learning
  • Develop skills in academic areas for making and implementing informed curriculum delivery choices
  • Implement a model for new faculty orientation and development
  • Provide support and facilitate continuous improvement in college curriculum

Excellence in teaching and engaging students in learning is both challenging and exciting. The annual Focus on Teaching Conference focuses on how to build significant capacity for teaching and learning excellence by providing a forum to:

  • Celebrate the work of teachers in a fun, engaging, and rewarding way
  • Dialogue with colleagues from across disciplines
  • Engage in informed and constructive conversations related to the complexities of teaching and learning
  • Share strategies and insights that increase teaching and learning effectiveness

8:15 a.m.

  • Registration, coffee and tea – Alumni Hall

8:45 to 10:45 a.m.

  • Welcome, keynote speaker and awards – Alumni Hall

11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

  • Concurrent sessions A – M Building

12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

  • Lunch – TLC

1:45 p.m.  to 3:00 p.m.

  • Concurrent sessions B – M Building

3:15 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

  • Library and Academic Success Centre Open House, Library

price-christy-200x300 headshot smallDr. Christy Price, Dalton State College, Georgia

A professor in both the School of Liberal Arts and the School of Health Professions, and the founding director of the Center for Academic Excellence at Dalton State College, Christy Price has been teaching at the collegiate level for 24 years.  She is a nationally recognized authority on innovative teaching techniques to engage millennial learners and was chosen by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as the Outstanding U.S. Professor for 2012 in the Baccalaureate Colleges category.  Dr. Price also won the 2010 Carnegie Foundation Outstanding Professor Award for the state of Georgia.  She was honored by the National Resource Center for the First-Year Experience and Students in Transition as an Outstanding First-Year Student Advocate for 2009. Dr. Price won the the University System of Georgia Teaching Excellence Award in the Two & Four-Year College sector for 2008-2009 and the Excellence in Teaching Award at Dalton State in 2007.

Dr. Price’s awards are, in part, a result of her use of innovative strategies in assisting students to achieve learning outcomes.  Her dynamic and interactive style make Dr. Price a favourite as a professor and presenter. She regularly presents as a keynote speaker and has led faculty development workshops and retreats at over 70 institutions across the United States and abroad.  As a recipient of an institutional foundation grant award, Dr. Price has studied teaching techniques that influence student motivation. Her most recent research focuses on engaging Millennial learners and preventing incivility in the classroom. She has served in various administrative roles leading campus-wide initiatives on the First Year Experience, Student Success, Retention & Completion, and Learning-Centered Course Redesign.

Dr. Price has completed post-doctoral work in educational psychology from Georgia State University. She holds a doctorate in community health from the University of Tennessee, a master’s degree in counselling psychology from the University of Nebraska-Kearney, and a bachelor’s degree in social services from Northern Illinois University.    

Individual recipients (2015)

  • Terry Heittola: Liberal Arts
  • Sarah Hunter: Library and Academic Success
  • Alanda Theriault: General Arts and Sciences, UPC
  • Deb Witmer: Health Wellness and Sciences
  • Jaret Wright: Design and Visual Arts

2015 Team Award: Community Service Learning, Barrie

  • Brandy Mullen, Thea Jones

Individual recipients (2014)

  • Tamara Fisher-Cullen: English for Academic Purposes (EAP)
  • Anne-Marie McAllister: Health Sciences and Student Success
  • Scott McCrindle: Computer Studies
  • Avinash Thadani: Health Sciences
  • Katherine Wallis: Director of Library and Learning Resources

Team Award 2014: Community Service Learning team, Orillia

  • Suzanne Addison-Toor, Joshua Barath, Karen Bell, Jill Dunlop

2013 recipients

  • Michele Baron: Health Sciences
  • Ross Bigelow: Computer Studies
  • Jill Esmonde: Liberal Studies
  • Martha MacEachern: Hospitality, Tourism and Recreation
  • Susan Stott-Hood: Liberal Studies, Orillia Campus
  • Kim Stubbs: Bear Essentials

2012 recipients

  • Bonnie Lee Clarke: Registrar’s Office
  • Joy Martin: Library
  • Barry Weese: Health Sciences
  • Lydia Crawford: Human Services and Community Safety, Orillia Campus

2011 recipients

  • Catherine Dewhurst: Canadian Automotive Institute
  • Kath Gradwell: Community Studies, Orillia Campus
  • Jack LeSage: Health Sciences
  • Lianne Smith-Stow: Canadian Automotive Institute
  • Catherine Wareham: Community Studies, Owen Sound Campus
  • Kathryn Weatherall: Health Sciences

2010 recipients

  • Bryan Hunt: Hospitality, Tourism and Recreation
  • Debra Morrow: Community Studies
  • Susan MacNeal: Health Sciences
  • Anthony Borgo: Hospitality, Tourism and Recreation

2009 recipients

  • Steve Miller: Police Foundations and General Education, Owen Sound Campus
  • Joan Morgan: Community Studies
  • Jeff Walther: Canadian Automotive Institute

2008 recipients

  • Terry Bell: Police Foundations, Owen Sound Campus
  • Karen Halliday: Library
  • Nancy Noldy-Maclean: University Partnership Centre
  • Ruthanne Krant: Business and Management Studies
  • Rob Theriault: Health Sciences
  • Ruth Yole: Environmental Studies

2007 recipients

  • Dianne Corrigan: Engineering Technology – Environmental
  • Ron Manning: Media Services
  • Mary O’Farrell-Bowers: Liberal Arts
  • Greg Rodrigo: Computer Studies
  • Jean Warbucks: Health Sciences – Opticianry

2006 recipients

  • Norm Smith: University Partnership Centre
  • Trudy Bergere: University Partnership Centre
  • Christina Meredith: Career and Student Success
  • William Mackenzie: Liberal Arts
  • Sandy Lee-Smokal: Liberal Arts

2005 recipients

  • Vicki Sutherland (Macmillan): Library
  • Alan McGee: Canadian Automotive Institute
  • Harpreet Kaur: Computer Technology, Chandigarh Campus

The Georgian College community presented teaching excellence awards at its annual Teaching and Learning Conference, held Tuesday, April 28, 2015. The awards are designed to recognize people or teams that have:

  • Demonstrated a commitment to excellence in teaching practice or the exemplary support of teachers and teaching excellence
  • Impacted the larger teaching and learning community at Georgian College through sharing of practice

The commitment to excellence can be in any of the following categories of teaching practice:

  • Innovative Teaching Strategies
  • Education Technology
  • Active Learning
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Curriculum Innovation

All college professors, librarians, and counsellors (full- and part-time) are eligible for these awards. The nominator must be Georgian College faculty, administration, or support staff member.

How do I nominate someone for an award?

Nominators must be Georgian College faculty, support staff or administrators. Nomination submissions should include the following three sections (as outlined in the application form):

  • Nominee information
  • Description of the practice and evidence of the award criteria
  • Supporting evidence of excellence and its impact on the larger teaching and learning community at Georgian College with quotes from three different people

Awards are presented each year at the Focus on Teaching Conference. All award winners must be available to receive their awards at the conference.

Session proposal outline

Download and complete the Session proposal outline. Email the completed form to Annique Boelryk. Session planning support documents contain ideas to help plan interactive and engaging sessions. A session proposal should include the following:

  • Presenter name(s) and contact info (phone, email)
  • Session topic or proposed title (titles can be refined at a later date)
  • A short description (100 words) of the proposed session for the conference program (should offer a clear and concise description that will help participants select a session; the CTLAE team is happy to assist you with this)

The description should include:

  • Learner-centred objectives for the session (e.g., through participation in this session, participants will have the opportunity to…)
  • Interactive strategies you plan to use in the session to involve participants (e.g., small group discussion, brainstorming, problem-solving, etc. – see Session Planning Support Document for ideas)

Orientation for all new faculty members (full-time and part-time) takes place Tuesday, Jan. 5, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Blackboard orientation for new faculty members is Wednesday, Jan. 6, 10 to 11:30 a.m. To register for orientation and Blackboard workshops, contact Deb Moore by Monday, Dec. 21. Stay tuned for more information and welcome to Georgian College!

Pedagoggles are short documents that examine (goggle) some aspect of teaching practice (pedagogy). They are designed to be read over lunch and provide ideas that can be immediately implemented in courses. Each pedagoggle contains the following sections:

  • Lens on Learning Theory (less than a half-page of theoretical context or framework)
  • Reflection on Practice (questions to ask about your teaching practice)
  • Expanding your Toolkit (more than one page of practical teaching ideas and strategies)

About us

Welcome to Georgian College’s Centre for Teaching, Learning and Academic Excellence. We encourage and facilitate discussion around professional teaching practice at the postsecondary level through workshops, mentoring, online learning and open dialogue. Check out our workshops, resources and blogs.


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