Corey Goldman Biography

Corey Goldman


Corey Goldman is the Associate Chair (Undergraduate) of the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology in the Faculty of Arts and Science.

He earned a BSc in biology in 1980 and an MSc in zoology in 1983, both from U of T, and he joined U of T’s Department of Botany in 1983 as the academic coordinator for the introductory biology course, BIO110. Corey was promoted to Senior Tutor in 1986; in 1999 this rank was changed to Senior Lecturer. Since 1990, he has taught the laboratories in BlO150, the prerequisite course that replaced BIO110, with an annual enrolment of about 1,800. Corey has developed numerous innovative and interesting laboratory exercises, including interactive online activities. He also runs an annual Teaching Assistant training program for over 40 graduate students. Since the course began in 1990, Corey has participated in teaching over 30,000 undergraduate students in BlO150.

In September 2003, Corey launched the highly successful BIOME: The Meeting Place for Life Science Students at U of T. BIOME is an online community that permits over 4,500 life science students to communicate with each other 24/7 via message boards and provides links to campus resources. The award-winning BIOME has been repeatedly cited as one of the most effective technology initiatives to improve the academic experience for life science students on the St. George campus. Corey is also the founder and inaugural director of the Faculty of Arts and Science’s successful First-Year Learning Communities Program, which improves the transitional experience for entering students by helping students make meaningful connections with classmates, staff and faculty, and the resources and opportunities available on campus, and learning the skills required to be a successful university student. Response for this growing program has been very positive.
Between 1990 and 2006, Corey served on the executive committee of the Association for Biology Laboratory Education (ABLE), which promotes information exchange among university and college educators who teach biology in a laboratory setting. He was ABLE’s president from 1995-97 and hosted the 1993 ABLE conference. He also edited nine proceedings volumes and created ABLE’s award-winning website.

Corey actively advocates excellence in teaching and learning within U of T, including serving on committees such as the Provost’s Task Force on Academic Computing and New Media; the Excellence in Teaching Initiative; Arts and Sciences’ Curriculum Review and Renewal Committee, Faculty Planning Committee, Educational Advisory Committee, Student Experience Working Group, Recruitment Advisory Council, Coordinating Committee on Writing; and the planning group for a conference for U of T faculty to explore the challenges of information technology in teaching and research.
Corey is the founding director of the University of Toronto National Biology Competition. The annual competition, which has won a Gold Award in the Prix d’Excellence Awards program of the Canadian Council for Advancement in Education, enables high school students to test their knowledge and understanding of biology, and win scholarships, cash prizes, and certificates. Over 66,000 students from Canada and abroad have participated in the competition since 1995.

Corey’s achievements as an educator have resulted in several teaching awards and honours. In 1994, he won a Faculty of Arts and Science Outstanding Teaching Award. In 1999, U of T’s Alumni Association honoured BIO150 with the Northrop Frye Award for distinguished achievements in linking teaching and research. In 2005, U of T’s Alumni Association gave Corey the Joan E. Foley Quality of Student Experience Award for improving academic or extra-curricular student life on campus. Also in 2005, he received a National Technology Innovation Award from The Learning Partnership, which recognizes the achievements of Canadian public school educators whose innovative approach is instrumental in building modern learning environments for students. Corey has received a Dean’s Excellence Award from the Faculty of Arts and Science every year since the award’s inception in 1990.

Corey challenges his students intellectually and inspires them to become successful life-long learners. His goal is to help his students to think critically, solve problems creatively, effectively express their views orally and in writing, learn about the discovery and dissemination of new knowledge, learn the skills to be successful, and remain informed citizens within a global world. Corey maintains a supportive learning environment for his undergraduate students, Teaching Assistants, and colleagues, and is continually improving his teaching. He enjoys using technology to enhance teaching, learning, and student success. Within his teaching, he incorporates active and collaborative learning, and advocates for the core skills of information literacy, effective communication, and analytical proficiency.

Corey continues to develop innovative ways to improve the learning experience of students at the University of Toronto.