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Vice Provost: Teaching and Learning

As Wilfrid Laurier University’s vice-provost: teaching and learning, I create opportunities for members of the Laurier community to engage in ongoing conversations and scholarly explorations of what matters most in the education of our students. I am a passionate advocate for innovations in curriculum and evidence-based, inclusive teaching and learning practices and keen to advance the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL) at Laurier. I am committed to deepening Laurier's shared dedication to excellence in curriculum and teaching and learning, and to advancing our collective efforts to graduate students who are well prepared to lead rich and meaningful personal and professional lives.

Areas of Responsibility

The vice-provost role provides strategic leadership and oversees four functional dimensions of teaching and learning at Laurier through the Teaching, Learning and Development; Teaching, Learning and Retention; Experiential Learning and Career Development; and Accessible Learning units. By building collegial networks and leading broad, collaborative efforts, the vice-provost nurtures Laurier’s pervasive commitment to knowing and caring for individual students as evolving members of an engaged academic community, to cultivating opportunities for students to stretch themselves and develop self-knowledge and agency, and to continuously building expert, rigorous instruction in academic disciplines as well as in socially powerful knowledge, skills and habits of mind.

Background

I hold a Specialized Honours BA in Psychology and English and an MA in English from the University of Guelph, as well as an EdD in Theory and Policy Studies from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto in Toronto, Canada. As an award-winning teacher and researcher, I created the Supported Learning Groups program and Canadian Centre for Supplemental Instruction at the University of Guelph where I also served as an Educational Developer in Guelph's teaching centre and an Instructor in Guelph's First Year Seminar Program. I served for three years as the inaugural director of the Centre for Innovation in Art & Design Education at OCAD University, and for six years as the first director of the Centre for Academic Excellence at Niagara College. In addition to serving as vice-provost, teaching and learning, I hold a faculty position in Laurier's Faculty of Education.

My research and practice interests include educational development, postsecondary education policy, curriculum theory and practice, the history of postsecondary education, and postsecondary student learning experiences. I have served on numerous boards, committees and professional associations and taught courses in Adult and Higher Education for the Faculties of Education at Brock University and OISE/UT.

Jeanette Parsons jeanette parsons

Director, Accessible Learning

Areas of Responsibility

I am responsible for the overall leadership and strategic direction of the Accessible Learning Centre (ALC). With the support of ALC staff, I implement, evaluate, and enhance effective services that ensure equitable and dignified access for students with disabilities to the learning environment at Laurier. This includes guiding the university in its compliance with human rights and accessibility legislation specific to students with disabilities and advising on complex accommodation and accessibility matters.

I lead the ongoing development of a collaborative environment with faculty and staff across our campuses which is essential for effectively accommodating and supporting students with disabilities. I also collaborate with faculty, educational developers, eLearning specialists and administration to support using universal design practices to remove access barriers while enhancing the learning experience for all students.

Background

A graduate of Laurier (BA ’95), I returned as director of Accessible Learning in March 2021. Previously, I worked at Queen’s University for 17 years in various roles specific to equity, human rights, and accessibility for students with disabilities. In 2003, I was the first accessibility coordinator appointed by an Ontario university to lead its compliance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). From there, I assumed a leadership role at Queen's student accessibility services overseeing accommodation supports and services, a role I held for 10 years.

I have chaired the IDIA, a provincial association of University Accessible Learning Centres, co-chaired ministry-appointed committees advising the Ontario government on accessibility in higher education, and represented the Council on Ontario Universities on AODA standard development committees.

I am a doctoral candidate in the School of Rehabilitation at Queen’s University. My doctoral research focuses on disability policy and accommodations in high school and university. I hold a professional master’s degree in Public Administration from Queen’s University, a Master of Science degree in Family Studies (Family Therapy) from the University of Guelph, and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree in Psychology from Wilfrid Laurier University.

Select Publications

  • Parsons, J., McColl, M.A., Martin, A., & Rynard, D. (In Press). Accommodations and academic performance: First-year university students with disabilities. Canadian Journal on Higher Education.
  • Parsons, J., McColl, M.A., Martin, A., & Rynard, D. (2021). Students with disabilities transitioning from high school to university in Canada: Identifying changing accommodations. Exceptionality Education International 30 (3), 64-81.
  • O’Riordan, A., Peterson, J.A., Murphy, S., Parsons, T., Docherty, D., Parsons, J., Meyerman, B., & Paterson, M. (2011). Collaboration in action: Health care education. Academic Exchange Quarterly, 15 (4), 94-99.
  • Parsons, J., & Tindale, J. (2001). Parents who sue their adult children for support: An examination of decisions by Canadian court judges. Canadian Journal on Aging 20 (4), 451-470.

Non-referred publications

  • Parsons, J., Oakley, B., Wideman, M. (2012). Identifying essential requirements: A guide for university disability service professionals. Inter-University Disability Issues Association. Toronto, ON.

Jan BassoJan Basso

Assistant Vice-President: Experiential Learning and Career Development

  • jbasso@wlu.ca
  • 519.884.0710 x4137
  • CC102, Experiential Learning and Career Development Centre, 192 King St. N., Waterloo

Areas of Responsibility

I am directly responsible for the development, management and support of experiential learning at Laurier, and for ensuring career development is an integral part of the student experience. My portfolio includes the Career Development Centre, Co-operative Education and Community and Workplace Partnerships, where I focus on the development and delivery of comprehensive programs and services. These programs and services enable students to enhance their learning, and identify and realize their educational and career goals. I am committed to building strong relationships and partnerships both within the institution and externally with employers and community.

Background

I am a Laurier alumna, having completed my Bachelor of Arts at this institution. I also hold a Master of Education degree in Higher Education from the University of Toronto. I am the recipient of the Laurier President’s Award for Individual Achievement and the Laurier Alumni Association Schaus Award for Staff. As a nationally-recognized leader in the field of post-secondary career development and experiential learning, I have held a number of leadership roles in related professional associations and networks.

Joseph BeerJoseph Beer

Director: Teaching, Learning and Development 

  • jbeer@wlu.ca
  • 519.884.0710 x4734
  • P247, Teaching and Learning Commons (Peter's Building), Waterloo

Areas of Responsibility

My role supports the development of programs, courses, spaces, and pedagogical innovations that promote best practices in post-secondary education. I lead the team of educational developers that work with faculty to support their evolution as educators, their engagement with the scholarship of teaching and learning, and in building research-informed and inclusive pedagogical practices across Laurier that encourages outcomes attainment and curricular success in our students. We also work with programs to assist in the creation of programmatic lenses to support the development of curriculum that is inclusive, outcomes focused, and responds to contemporary best practices in higher education within the relevant discipline.

I support numerous faculty, chairs and deans in the development of courses, programs and curriculum, including strategies around innovative teaching practices and the creation of outcomes alignment and assurance-of-learning processes. I am involved in national and regional research projects focused on the development of productive teaching cultures within institutions and faculties. I have been involved in curriculum development, educational development and projects focused on the enhancement of teaching and learning throughout my career in higher education. My interests surround assurance of learning, connecting curricular and co-curricular learning, building institutional supports around teaching and learning, and hybrid modalities in course and program delivery.

Background

I joined Laurier in 2014 as the Associate Director: Academic Development. I also served as Acting Director: Centre for Teaching Innovation and Excellence from 2016 to 2018. Prior to joining Laurier, I was at the University of Auckland Business School for thirteen years as a tenured academic and chair of undergraduate with the Department of Management and International Business. I hold a MCom (Hons.) from the University of Auckland and various higher education certificates. I received the University of Auckland Business School Teaching Excellence Award in 2007.

Sara NeziolSara Neziol

Manager, Education Advising

Areas of Responsibility

I strive to create a culture of advising at Laurier, serving as a collaborative leader to professional teams of faculty and staff who provide academic advising to undergraduate students. I act as a resource to academic advisors embedded in Laurier’s faculties, overseeing Academic Advising for the Faculty Liberal of Arts, Faculty of Human and Social Sciences, the Honours Bachelor of Social Work Program and the Bachelor of Business Technology Management Program. I am also a member of the National Academic Advising Association’s Canadian Advising Steering Committee.

Background

I completed my Honours Bachelor of Arts at Laurier and my Master of Education at Nipissing, with a research focus in Leadership, Pedagogy and Student Support.

Mary ScottMary Scott

Director, eLearning

  • mscott@wlu.ca 
  • P238-A, Teaching and Learning Commons (Peter's Building), Waterloo

Areas of Responsibility

I provide strategic leadership, direction and vision for technology enabled teaching and learning across the institution in both virtual and physical environments. Through a focus on continuous improvement we seek to streamline processes, enhance services and deliver professional support to all users of teaching and learning technologies at Laurier.

I oversee the development of digital learning programs, services and materials to support technology enabled teaching and learning in virtual and physical spaces in both for- and non-credit courses and programs. By supporting innovation and continuous improvement across the institution, eLearning introduces new technologies and strategies which will enhance teaching and learning for faculty and students today and in the future.

Background

I completed an Honours Bachelor of Arts in English Language and Literature with a minor in Classical Studies at the University of Waterloo (2001), followed by a Bachelor of Education Junior/Intermediate English from Nipissing University (2002). In 2018, I graduated from Memorial University with a Master’s of Education in Post-Secondary Studies with a capstone focused on the evaluation and development of supports for adult students who are studying online. I started my career at Laurier in 2002 in 'Distance Education' and have held various positions in the unit since that time.

Select Conference Presentations

  • Olender, J., Scott, M. (2019, June). Enhancing support for online learners: Researching student needs to inform innovation. Presented at CACUSS Conference, Calgary, Alberta.
  • Alisat, S., Barichello, A., Hughes, S. E., & Scott, M. C. (2016, May). Student perceptions of online learning. Presented at CAUCE-CNIE Conference, Waterloo, Ontario.
  • Scott, M. (2014, July). Unconventional uses of the LMS. Presented at FUSION Conference, Nashville, Tennessee.
  • Kleinschmidt, P., Scott, M. (2011, July). Submitting grades from Desire2Learning learning environment to Banner student information system. Presented at FUSION Elevate Conference, Denver Colorado.

Lindsay TaylerLindsay Tayler

Acting Director, Office of Continuing Education

  • ltayler@wlu.ca
  • P241-D, Teaching and Learning Commons (Peter's Building), Waterloo

Areas of Responsibility

As Director: Office of Continuing Education, I set priorities for program development and renewal, and establish an institutional direction for lifelong learning. This portfolio has a keen focus on collaboration, specifically with faculty, staff, academic leadership and industry partners. Together, we are advancing key pillars of Laurier’s Strategic Plan, including credential innovation, enriching community partnerships, and future-readiness.

As a proud Alumna with experience working and learning with undergraduate, graduate and non-credit student populations, I am passionate about the diversity of perspectives included in what we consider the student experience. I am eager to help new and existing members of our broad learning community experience the quality and innovation that continuing education at Laurier has to offer.

Background

I completed my Bachelor of Business Administration and Masters of Business Administration at Laurier. After completing my BBA, I joined Laurier’s Department of Residence in a professional capacity supporting first year students in their transition to post-secondary education.  

I joined the Office of Continuing Education (formerly named the Office of Professional Development) in 2017 where I served as the coordinator of professional development, creating, managing, and evaluating non-credit courses, certificates and programs to meet the evolving continuing education needs of adult students. During this time, I oversaw the portfolio’s operating budget and acted the team leader. I created a strategic direction for the area which produced measurable growth in program enrollment and revenue.  ​

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E: wluteaching@wlu.ca

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