Inspiring teaching and learning on campus
The Teaching Academy operates as a working group of on-the-ground professionals who are interested in supporting the development of individual and collective teaching practices on our campus.
The Teaching Academy
The Teaching Academy is a community of instructors who have received University of Calgary Teaching Awards in recognition of their exemplary contributions to teaching and learning. The Teaching Academy operates as a working group of on-the-ground professionals who are interested in supporting the development of individual and collective teaching practices on our campus.
In support of the University of Calgary's Eyes High vision, the Teaching Academy is committed to communicating the importance of teaching, modeling the potential for teaching and research integration and investing in a positive teaching and learning environment on campus.
Foundational beliefs about teaching
The purpose of the Teaching Academy is to establish a network of colleagues who can collectively develop teaching and learning expertise at the University of Calgary. This purpose is driven by the following foundational beliefs about the scholarship and practice of teaching:
- knowledge and understanding of excellent teaching is informed by research, but driven by practice;
- teaching expertise is shared across disciplines and across campus;
- teaching is a developmental skill that can be deliberately strengthened; and
- opportunities for teaching feedback and development need to be offered in a low-risk and encouraging manner.
The Teaching Academy Peer Support program is open to all instructors at the University of Calgary. Participants will be matched with members of the Teaching Academy; participants and mentors will work collaboratively to determine the nature of their mentoring relationships and the kinds of teaching development that will take place.
Themed Conversation Series
Themed Conversation is a series of noon-hour discussions hosted by the Teaching Academy exploring a range of topics related to teaching in higher education. These conversations give participants the opportunity to share experiences, explore ideas and engage in dialogue with peers about a variety of teaching issues.