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University of Calgary

April 24, 2012 14:25 ET

University of Calgary: New role to enhance teaching and learning

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - April 24, 2012) - The University of Calgary has appointed Dr. Lynn Taylor as its first Vice-Provost (Teaching and Learning), effective August 1, 2012.

The new position of Vice-Provost (Teaching and Learning) was created to ensure that the commitment made in the Eyes High vision to enrich the quality and breadth of learning at the university is attained, according to Dru Marshall, provost and vice-president (academic).

"Taylor has an infectious enthusiasm for educational development, academic integrity and academic leadership, which makes her the ideal person to implement the University of Calgary's teaching and learning strategy," says Marshall.

"She is a highly-regarded educational development specialist, and her experience in advancing innovation and excellence in teaching and learning in post-secondary education in Canada will be a great asset to the University of Calgary."

Taylor believes the prospect of working across the University of Calgary community to realize the university's Integrated Framework for Teaching and Learning is an exceptional opportunity. "This approach is unique in that it is designed not only to support the diverse work of individual teachers and students, but to build institutional capacity to support their efforts through inquiry-driven approaches to developing courses, programs, learning spaces, and communities of practice," says Taylor.

Taylor will engage student leaders, deans, associate deans and academic staff in an ongoing dialogue, and encourage academic staff to reach their full teaching potential and maximize student engagement in the classroom. Taylor will also lead a critical discussion next year on the expansion of recognized teaching metrics on campus.

Taylor is currently the Director of the Centre for Learning and Teaching at Dalhousie University and Associate Professor in its Division of Medical Education and the College of Sustainability. In addition to extensive peer-reviewed publications and presentations, Taylor has prominent roles on national and international editorial boards and professional societies dedicated to the scholarship of teaching and learning in higher education, including the Selection Panel for the 3M National Teaching Fellowship Awards. She holds a BSc and BEd from Memorial University, a MA from Dalhousie University and a PhD from the University of Ottawa

Marshall thanked the Advisory Selection Committee for their dedication to the search and selection process for this new position.

The University of Calgary is a leading Canadian university located in the nation's most enterprising city. The university has a clear strategic direction-Eyes High-to become one of Canada's top five research universities by 2016, grounded in innovative learning and teaching and fully integrated with the community of Calgary. For more information, visit ucalgary.ca.

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