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Laurier appoints new faculty associate for educational development
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Dr. Ruth Cruikshank, a professor from Laurier’s school of business and economics (SBE), has been appointed faculty associate for educational development.
During her three-year appointment, Cruikshank will provide teaching-related support to all departments, faculty and teaching assistants. Her range of responsibilities will augment existing educational development programming by assisting the office of teaching support services in responding to the needs of faculty and students across the university.
“Ruth has a lot of energy and values teaching,” says Sandy Hughes, director of teaching support services. “Her interest in teaching and her enthusiasm, as well as her ideas for new programs, makes her an excellent fit for this position.”
Cruikshank, who has been a Laurier faculty member for ten years, has been a strong force in the school of business and economics; she is also the director of undergraduate business programs and works on the SBE’s integrated case exercise.
Prior to her time at Laurier, Cruikshank was a commercial banker before completing her PhD in Business at York University.
“I feel my greatest advantage in this position is my experience,” says Cruikshank, who has taught at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. She’s also done research related to teaching and has a degree in education from the University of Western Ontario.
Cruikshank is eager to sit down and discuss goals with the department chairs, “especially in growing departments,” she says.
“With rapid growth in the number of students and faculty it’s harder to maintain the level of teaching excellence that Laurier is known for,” says Cruikshank. “We also need to pay attention to the large number of part-time faculty and the TA workforce and support them. It will be fun; I’m looking forward to it.”
The appointment began July 1, 2006 and will run until June 30, 2009.