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Wilfrid Laurier University Laurier Brantford
May 31, 2016
 
 
Canadian Excellence
Jenna Olender

Jenna Olender

Manager, Writing & Study Skills Services

Contact Information
Email: jolender@wlu.ca | lbwritelearn@wlu.ca
Phone: 519.756.8228 ext.5788

Office Location: MP109

Personal Website: http://www.wlu.ca/lbwritelearn
Academic Background

Current - Ph.D. Candidate, Higher Education, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto

2012 - Certificate in Leadership in Higher Education, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto

2007 - ABD, Media Studies doctoral program, University of Western Ontario

2005 - M.A., Memorial University of Newfoundland

1998 - Hons. B.A., University of Toronto

Biography

I have a varied educational background, which has helped me work with students across all our programs at Laurier Brantford. In Writing and Study Skills Services, we support student learning and writing in and across the disciplines.  My undergraduate studies were interdisciplinary, and my graduate studies focus on qualitative research. 

I have recently completed the Leadership in Higher Education certificate program at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, where I am now completing my doctorate in Higher Education.   My areas of research interest include student development, academic and student affairs collaboration, and organizational assessment.  

Through my own studies and in my day to day work in Writing and Study Skills Services, I'm dedicated to exploring and developing new ways to engage and support student learning at Laurier Brantford.

Additional Information

Areas of Expertise:

Higher Education
Student development
Learning theory
Academic writing
Research methods

Conference Presentations:

Jenna Olender and Michael Lisetto-Smith. 2016. “Diversity Inside and Out? The Practice of Peer Learning for Social Justice in the Canadian Context.” Association for Learning Development in Higher Education (ALDinHE) Conference, Heriott-Watt University, Edinburgh, Scotland.

Michael Lisetto-Smith and Jenna Olender. 2015. “Being an Effective Online Learner: Developing Interactive Online Learning Support Modules from Idea to Impact.” Learning Specialists Association of Canada (LSAC), Eastern Regional Conference, Ryerson University.

Jenna Olender with Debra Langan. 2014. “Partners in Professionalization: Supporting Graduate Students’ Skills Development.” Integrated and Engaged Learning Conference, Wilfrid Laurier University.

Jenna Olender, Gary Warrick, Judy Eaton, and Irene Tencinger. 2014. “Using First-Year Writing-Intensive Courses to Build Better Skills in Context.” Integrated and Engaged Learning Conference, Wilfrid Laurier University.

Jenna Olender, Gary Warrick, Irene Tencinger. 2012. “Designed for Success: A Research Update on Scaffolding Support for First-Year Research Papers.” Learning Specialists Association of Canada (LSAC), Eastern Regional Conference, University of Toronto.

Jenna Olender, Christina Michener, Alana Rudrum, and Elizabeth Baisley. 2011. “Helping Aboriginal Students Succeed in a New Context for Writing.” Canadian Association for Studies in Discourse and Writing (CASDW), Congress 2011, University of New Brunswick.

Jenna Olender, Gary Warrick, and Irene Tencinger. 2010. “Designed for Success: A Holistic Approach to First-Year Research Papers.” Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (STLHE) Conference, Ryerson University.

Shurli Makmillen and Jenna Olender.  2009. "F2F Distance Education: Teaching Writing in the Large Lecture Hall." Landscapes of Learning Conference, Wilfird Laurier University.