Queen’s Educational Research Grant

Peter Graham and I are pleased to announce that we have received an Educational Research Grant ($1000) from the Queen’s University Centre for Teaching and Learning. Our project, Exploring the Experiential Dimension of Sustainability Courses, will be conducted at Queen’s University (ON), McGill University (PQ), and Concordia University (PQ).

The goal of sustainability challenges many implicit assumptions and conventional wisdoms about what education is and does. Sustainability courses may actually be counterproductive when they fail to examine and account for underlying epistemological and ontological (cultural) assumptions, as evidenced in both explicit learning outcome goals and implicit hidden curricula. Phenomenographic research on courses designed to provide students with competencies in sustainability can tell us how students experience these subtle and sometimes subconscious contradictory messages. This project aims to make an important contribution to both the literature on Education for Sustainable Development, but perhaps even more importantly the philosophy of education literature.

We would like to thank the Selection Committee at the Centre for Teaching and Learning, Dr. Adeela Arshad-Ayaz at Concordia University, and Drs. Mick Smith and Klodiana Kolomitro at Queen’s University. We are very much looking forward to this enriching opportunity.

Teaching Fellowship Winter 2017

I am pleased to announce that I will be teaching ENSC 301: Environmental Assessment in Winter 2017 at Queen’s University. The course explores components of environmental assessment including public consultation, scoping, alternatives, protocols, significance, trade-offs, mitigation, and monitoring.  Biophysical, cumulative, social, strategic and sustainability assessment through case studies highlight strengths and weaknesses of the environmental assessment process.

I am very much looking forward to the teaching opportunity.

Teaching Assistant of the Year (2015-2016) in the School of Environmental Studies

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I am pleased to announce that I have been awarded the Teaching Assistant of the Year award in the School of Environmental Studies for 2015-2016; I was also awarded this commendation in 2014-2015. The award is based on student nominations.

I would like to thank: the Departmental Student Council; the Head of Department, Dr. Alice Hovorka; and, my students in ENSC 310: Environmental Policy and ENSC 483: Business and Environmental Issues.

I am truly committed to delivering an inclusive and interactive learning experience for my students. Engaging with students as a Teaching Fellow and a Teaching Assistant has been one of the greatest joys in my post-graduate career. I am very pleased to be recognized for my service to my students.

Evaluation Consultant in Student Wellness Services

be well logoI am pleased to announce that I have accepted a position as the Evaluation Consultant for Health Promotion, a division of Student Wellness Services at Queen’s University. My duties will include: performing a statistical analysis of data from the National College Health Assessment (NCHA) 2016 survey; preparing reports and presentations that summarize findings from the NCHA survey to various stakeholders; and, liaising with campus partners to determine most appropriate data analysis for health behaviours relevant to their units.

I am excited for this new and challenging opportunity. I am looking forward to utilizing my quantitative and analytical reasoning skills (and brushing up on my statistics).

 

“DIY Waste” Talk at The Tea Room

This Tuesday, March 15th (5:30pm) I will be giving a talk entitled “DIY Waste: Reducing Your Waste and Keeping it Local” at The Tea Room on Queen’s campus. My talk will be taking place before an up-cycling DIY craft workshop as part of a waste-management awareness campaign.

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The Tea Room was established in 2006 as an environmentally friendly and socially conscious café located in Beamish-Munro Hall of Queen’s University. The Tea Room provides the Queen’s and Kingston community with the option of buying environmentally responsible food and drinks, sourced from local vendors.

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