Educators Summer Wellness Series

During the summer months, the Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning and the Campus Mental Health Strategy are presenting a series of wellness workshops, culminating in a keynote event and workshop with acclaimed speakers Alex Clark and Bailey Sousa.

Educators Summer Wellness Workshop Series

Improving students' wellbeing: reducing mental illness stigma and supporting students who are in distress

Students experiencing a mental illness are challenged not only by the symptoms of the illness, but also have to deal with prejudice and discrimination that exist concurrently. In this workshop, participants will become familiar with the stigma of mental illness and how to reduce it in the classroom and educational context. As well, participants will learn a set of strategies to better support students who are in distress. This workshop is interactive with activities and group discussion, as well as scenarios for participants to work through.

Date: Monday, July 8, 2019
Time: 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Location: *UPDATE* Forum (TI 160)
Facilitators: Dr. Andrew Szeto, Director, Campus Mental Health Strategy & Associate Professor Kevin Wiens, Manager, Student Wellness Support, Student Wellness Services


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Using mental health and wellness as a framework for course design 

Within the general Canadian population, about one in five people struggle with mental illness per year (Mental Health Commission of Canada, 2017). Wellness can and does affect students, faculty and staff at the University of Calgary, and it is an issue in which we can all play a role. In this session we will give a brief overview of mental health and wellness, with connections to course design. The majority of the session will be spent discussing and identifying course design strategies that have the potential to promote mental health and wellness for instructors.

Date: Tuesday, August 6, 2019
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Location: TI Studio F
Facilitators: Dr. Patti Dyjur, Director, Educational Development Unit, Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning Haboun Blair, Learning and Instructional Design Specialist, Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning

Mindful when your mind is full: Mindfulness practice for the busy academic

Practicing mindfulness is not complicated, but it's hard. Practicing mindfulness doesn't take much time, but finding time can be a barrier. This workshop aims to explore motivation, techniques, tips and strategies for integrating mindfulness into our lives as busy educators. The workshop will include experiential exercises which will provide: i) examples to initiate or support individuals' mindfulness practice, and ii) an opportunity for an August morning full of mindfulness. 

Date: Wednesday, August 7, 2019
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Location: *UPDATE* Studio AB 
Facilitators: Dr. Todd Hill, psychologist and a Senior Instructor/Director of Behavioural Medicine in the Department of Family Medicine.




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Alex Clark
Bailey Sousa

Keynote presentation

Failure, learning and the growth mindset: How to be an effective, successful, happy academic


Alex Clark and Bailey Sousa’s work on academic skills has been featured in The Guardian, Times Higher Education, and various professional journals. Authors of How to be a Happy Academic they have led interdisciplinary workshops throughout Canada and all over the world on aspects of academic work, including incorporating values, writing publications for impact, grantsmanship, and project management skills. Alex and Bailey are also active in their roles respectively as the Associate Vice President (Research) and the Director of the Peter Lougheed Leadership College at the University of Alberta. 


With Alex Clark and Bailey Sousa

Success in academic work matters, but what matters most for academic work success? Working cultures, personal goals, and leadership priorities in academic settings foster success-oriented cultures.  Yet, research indicates these often can actually reduce the likelihood of sustained success via lowered work aspiration, productivity and quality, and often harm our mental health and aspirations.  In this participatory session, learn why and how you see the world and yourself affects whether you fail successfully and why this is so vital to ongoing career and organizational growth. Drawing on latest theory and research, come to understand that while failure may be inevitable in our academic work, wasting it is not.

Date: Wednesday, August 14, 2019
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Locations: TayIor Institute Forum (TI 160)

Leadership workshop: How to be an effective, successful, happy academic leader

For Deans, Associate Deans, Department Heads and equivalents

You’re not an academic leader because you think you are, and leadership does not come with a role. Whether you lead academic workers or professional staff, leadership in academic workplaces is uniquely demanding. Change is constant, demands from stakeholders and students are high, and authority is complex. Yet, the growth and support of leaders in academic workplaces is neither prioritized nor informed by research.

Drawing on an internationally-renowned integrated values-driven approach to academic leadership, in this interactive workshop, engage with and harness the best and latest thinking, research, and approaches from our internationally renowned facilitators. Develop the deep leadership practices and skills you need to help you and others meet the academic work challenge and lead for institutional and personal success in today’s and tomorrow’s academic workplace. 

Facilitators: Alex Clark and Bailey Sousa
Date: Wednesday, August 14, 2019
Time: 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Locations: TayIor Institute Learning Studios AB

Faculty workshop: Being an effective, successful, happy academic

Being successful in academic work is uniquely challenging. Whatever your role or focus on teaching, research, or engagement: work is diverse, demands high and expectations boundless. Our mental wellbeing, workplace engagement, and career aspirations are often at high risk. Where to start in taming academic work?

Drawing on an internationally-renowned values-driven approach to academic work, come to this participatory workshop to develop the deep practices and skills needed to meet the academic work challenge. Whatever your career stage, discipline or aspirations, come to this interactive workshop to engage with and harness the best and latest thinking, research, and approaches to become more effective, successful and happy.

Facilitators: Alex Clark and Bailey Sousa
Date: Wednesday, August 14, 2019 
Time: 1:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Locations: TayIor Institute Forum (TI 160)