Announcements re the Office of Teaching Advancement (OTA)

PDAD&C#36, 2007-08

MEMORANDUM

To: PDAD&C
From: Vivek Goel, Vice-President and Provost
Date: December 17, 2007
Re: Announcements re the Office of Teaching Advancement (OTA)

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I am pleased to announce that Professor Ken Bartlett has been re-appointed to the position of Director of the Office of Teaching Advancement (OTA) for an eighteen-month term starting on January 1, 2008 and ending on June 30, 2009. Ken has served as the Director of the OTA since its inception in January 2002. The recent Review Report of the OTA (available at http://www.provost.utoronto.ca/public/pdadc/0708/23.htm) recognized Ken's outstanding contributions as Director, and noted that he "has led the Office to its current state of readiness for new challenges and has himself acted as a model of exemplary teaching." He has been awarded numerous University of Toronto teaching awards, including the President's Teaching Award, and was also awarded a prestigious 3M Teaching Fellowship. Ken's knowledge of the University and his commitment to highlighting teaching excellence has been an invaluable asset.

I am also pleased to announce that following the completion of Ken Bartlett's term, Professor Carol Rolheiser has agreed to serve as Director of the OTA for a five-year term from July 1, 2009 until June 30, 2014.

Carol currently serves as Associate Dean, Teacher Education, of the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto (OISE/UT).

At the University of Toronto she has been both a participant and leader in programmatic changes in teacher education, such as the two-year Master of Teaching program. Carol bases her instruction on the growing research about effective learning and teaching, while also contributing to this research through her own studies. Her scholarship is reflected in a range of publications, including books such as Cooperative Learning: Where Heart Meets Mind; Self-Evaluation: Helping Students Get Better At It; The Portfolio Organizer: Succeeding with Portfolios in your Classroom; and, Beyond Monet: The Artful Science of Instructional Integration. Her books have been distributed widely and translated into French, Lithuanian, Mongolian, and Thai. The value of her scholarship is also reflected by honours, such as the 2004 American Educational Studies Association (AESA) Critics' Choice Award for the book, Cooperative Learning: The Challenge for Teacher Education, in which she has co-authored the lead chapter, "Practices in teacher education and Cooperative learning at The University of Toronto".

In recognition of her career long commitment to teaching excellence, Carol has received several major external teaching awards, and is also a President's Teaching Award recipient.

Finally, I would like to thank Pam Gravestock for serving so ably as Acting Director of the OTA since July 1, 2007, while Ken Bartlett was on administrative leave.