Educational Leadership and Mentorship

Examine educational leadership and mentorship practices while leading an initiative that helps others to strengthen their teaching and learning practices. You will articulate an educational leadership and mentorship philosophy statement and document your learning and growth in your teaching dossier.

Course description

In this course, you will examine educational leadership and mentorship practices. We will collaboratively engage in conversations and activities that are grounded in learning-centred, evidence-based approaches, and build upon your own wisdom of practice. You will lead an initiative of your interest that is informed by scholarship, participate in a learning community, and gather evidence of your learning and growth. Activities are designed to ensure that this course best meets your current academic needs. By the end of this course, you will lead and evaluate a new or existing initiative that helps others to strengthen their teaching and learning practices. You will also articulate an educational leadership or mentorship philosophy statement and document your learning and growth from the course in your teaching dossier.

Course dates and times

Term: Spring 2021
Location: Online
Schedule: 

  • May 25 – 28, 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (Online learning intensive workshops, offered synchronously and asynchronously)
  • June 1 – Dec. 30, 2021 (Implement and evaluate initiative, periodic asynchronous and synchronous course check-ins)

Registration is now closed.

You will learn to

  • Explore scholarly research and practices related to educational leadership and mentorship
  • Participate in an opportunity to further develop one’s educational leadership and mentorship skills and abilities
  • Lead a new or existing initiative related to educational leadership or mentorship to help others strengthen their teaching and learning practices
  • Implement methods for evaluating and assessing one’s own educational leadership or mentorship practices
  • Articulate an educational leadership or mentorship philosophy statement and document and communicate one’s contributions, impact and goals in a curated dossier

Online course schedule

Online learning intensive workshops, offered synchronously and asynchronously (May 25 – 28, 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.).

Note: Participants must be able to attend the four-day online intensive in order to successfully complete this course.


Day 1

Community building and exploring the foundations of educational leadership.

Day 2

Foundations of mentorship in higher education.

Day 3

Planning your initiative and drafting your educational leadership or mentorship philosophy.

Day 4

Building relationships and navigating the affective dimensions of educational leadership and mentorship.

June 1 – Dec. 30, 2021

  • Implement, evaluate and document your initiative
  • Online check-ins
  • Peer feedback on educational leadership or mentorship philosophy and leadership initiative


Our approach

Due to the unprecedented circumstances related to COVID19, this course has been adapted to a be offered fully online. We understand that there may be distractions during the online learning sessions as many of us are at home working with partners, pets, and/or other family members in close proximity. Some of us may also be impacted by illness and/or requirements for self-isolation during the course offering. We are compassionate to these circumstances, and are committed to accommodating learner’s needs throughout this course.

The course will begin with a four-day online learning intensive, where participants will meet online from 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. for a variety of synchronous and asynchronous learning sessions. During this time, you will engage in interactive, workshop-style sessions, and individual and group work to explore literature and cases related to mentorship and leadership in higher education. You will draft an educational leadership or mentorship philosophy and develop a plan to implement and evaluate an educational leadership or mentorship initiative. Guest presenters will also participate in these sessions.

Over the course of the summer and fall semesters, participants will implement and evaluate their initiatives in their local context, submit their philosophy statement and a summary of their initiative for peer and instructor feedback. During this time, there will be a few online check-ins and peer feedback activities facilitated via the course website. There will be a final face-to-face capstone session where you will debrief your initiative and reflect on your learning in the course. This session will be scheduled during the fall semester (2021) in collaboration with course participants.