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Wilfrid Laurier University Leaf
March 3, 2015

Canadian Excellence

Keynote Presentations



Opening Session

Dr. Geoff Scott, Emeritus Professor of Higher Education and Sustainability, University of Western Sydney Australia.

Geoff_Scott.jpg Dr. Geoff Scott was Pro Vice-Chancellor (Quality) and then Executive Director of Sustainability at UWS from 2004-12. He is actively involved in the Sustainable Futures Leadership Academy, helped establish RCE-Greater Western Sydney & with Canada's Michael Fullan is author of the widely used book Turnaround Leadership for Higher Education and the 2014 US NPDL White Paper Education Plus. In 2013, he completed an international study funded by Australia's Office for Learning & Teaching of Turnaround Leadership for Sustainabilty in Higher Education with Daniella Tillbury, Leith Sharp and Liz Deane and another project for OLT with Kerri-Lee Krause and colleagues in 11 Australian universities on Inter-university moderation and the assurance of higher education subject and program achievement standards. In 2008 he led the ALTC study of 500 Learning Leaders in Times of Change with colleagues from ACER. In 2010, he led the national survey of sustainability in the curriculum of Australia's universities.

He is a former member of the Board of Directors of the Australian Council for Educational Research, a fellow of the Australian College of Education, a member of TEQSA's Panel of Experts and a higher eduction auditor in many countries. He is currently National Senior Teaching fellow with Australia's Office for Learning and Teaching. In 2007, he was the recipient of the Australian Higher Education Quality Award.




Closing Session

Dr. Deena Mandell, Associate Professor, Faculty of Social Work,
Wilfrid Laurier University

Dr. Deena MAndell Web page pic_1.jpgMandell teaches in the Individuals, Families and Groups concentration of the MSW program, the Writingfor Publication course in the PhD program,co-ordinates the seminar she initiated for ESL students in the faculty, offers an annual Writing Workshop for MSW Students. Particular areas of interest in teaching are:education for practice that expands the concept of "use of self" to include critical reflection and brings critical and feminist perspectives into preparation for clinical practice.Previous research and writing have focused on understanding individual problems in the context of systemic social relations, policies and practices. Her book, Revisiting the Use of Self: Questioning Professional Identities is used as a text by several Faculty of Social Work instructors. Other published work has focused on subjectivity and social construction in relation to separated fathers and child support obligations, families coping with chronic health problems, Family Group Conferencing, the experiences of employees and families in the child welfare and mental health systems, and a review of the literature on the child welfare system and Aboriginal peoples of Canada. She has also been involved in a study of the use of course syllabi by students and instructors.

Dr. Mandell's experience as a practitioner in the community includes family services, outpatient mental health and inpatient hospital services, direct service with individuals, families and groups, program development and professional development education.

Nadine LeGros, Educational Developer (Intercultural Communications),
Wilfrid Laurier University

Nadine LeGros_3.pngIntercultural communication competencies are critical to constructive dialogue, productive relationships, and success in every aspect of life at Laurier and in our globalized world.Nadine isdeeply committed to the intersection between intercultural communication, academic skills, and instruction. Nadine has experience both as an international student and as an instructor in international classrooms.As part ofher undergraduate degree in English and French, Nadinespent one year at a university in France.Sheis also certified to teach English as a second language, and has taught in France, Japan, Korea and Turkey. Nadinehas offeredworkshopson the Canadian university environment to international graduate students from over 40 countries, supporting them in their adaptation to studying and teaching in a Canadian classroom. Some ofher previous research has focused on the development of teaching communication competencies in international graduate students.