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Annual Teaching Day 2009

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Educational Development is pleased to announce the theme of this year's annual teaching day -- Fostering Civility in the Teaching and Learning Environment. The day will consist of a keynote address and an afternoon of concurrent sessions. Please note there is a $25 registration fee for Laurier members; a $50 registration fee applies to non-Laurier members. Lunch is provided.

Specifically, this year’s one-day event aims to: 

  • provide a forum to share experiences, issues and challenges associated with in/civility
  • strategize ways to prevent, respond to, and mitigate incidence of incivility
  • acknowledge key institutional individuals and service units whom we can call upon
  • strengthen and promote a respectful teaching & learning environment at Laurier

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Zopito Marini is a professor of Child and Youth Studies at Brock University and the recipient of numerous teaching honours including the Brock Chancellor's Chair for Teaching Excellence and the Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations (OCUFA) Teaching Award. His most important accolades come directly from his students who have repeatedly nominated Zopito as one of Brock University's favourite professors in “The Student's Guide to Canadian Universities”. Professor Marini is an expert on the psychological and social factors that contribute to bullying among adolescents. More recently, his interest in teaching has led him to a new research focus – classroom civility. Transferring his expertise in schoolyard bullying to the university context, Dr. Zopito investigates the impact of uncivil behaviour on the learning environment with the aim of developing strategies to establish and maintain positive classroom norms.

8:30 - 8:45 a.m.

Check-in and Refreshments
Bricker Academic Building (BAB), 1st floor foyer

8:45- 9:00 a.m.

Greetings and Welcome

Dr. Deborah MacLatchy, VP: Academic and Provost
Sandy Hughes, Director: Teaching Support Services

9:00 - 10:30 a.m.

Introduction, Keynote Address and Question Period:

Dr. Zopito Marini, Brock University

10:30 - 10:45 a.m.

Refreshment Break - BAB, 1st floor

10:45 - 11:45 a.m. 

Concurrent Session I (60-minute sessions)

Session A: When Students Are like Corn Presenter - Dr. Kristine Lund, Waterloo Lutheran Seminary

Session B: The Entitlement Generation - Implications for the Classroom - Jeanette McDonald, Manager: Educational Development

Session C: "Why I Ban Laptops in My Classroom" - Dr. Ruth Cruikshank, SBE

11:45 - 12:45p.m.

Lunch - Science Building Courtyard

12:45 - 1:45 p.m.

Concurrent Session II (60-minute sessions)

Session A: "Dude, thx 4 ur comments" Fostering Civility in the Classroom through Peer Editing - Dr. Michael Imort, Geography and Environmental Studies

Session B: The Other Side of the Table: Student Experience of (In)Civility - Moderator: Dr. Laura Allan, SBE;
Student Panel: Danielle DeCourcy (4th year Business and Head TA), Ben Kearon (4th year Business and TA), Michael Plevan (4th year Business and TA)

Session C - It's All in the Delivery - Dr. Deena Mandell, Social Work

1:45 - 3:00 p.m.
Closing Panel and Refreshment Breaks - BA101

Fostering and Responding to (In)Civility It takes a community!

Faculty Panel:
- Dr. Mary-Louise Byrne, Acting Dean of Arts
- Dr. Alison Edgar-Bertoia, Director of Counselling Services
- David McMurray, Dean of Students
- Rod Curran, Director of Special Constable Services

- Dr. Zopito Marini, Youth and Child Studies: Brock University
3:00 - 3:15 p.m.
Wrap Up

Related Information Title Type
2009 Keynote Address - Zopito Marini (2009) Document
2009 Keynote Case Study - Louis Schmier Document
2009 Keynote Handout - Zopito Marini (2009) Document