CTL Catalysts: A Conversation Series on Teaching | “What to do so that your course doesn’t suck!”

What to do so your course doesn't suck
September 24, 2013 - 2:30pm to 3:30pm
Telus Centre Rooms 217/219
Everyone is welcome to attend. This event is free but we ask that you please register

CTL Catalysts: A Conversation Series on Teaching | "What to do so that your course doesn't suck!"

This is a monthly series of conversations with UofA teaching award winners on their trials and triumphs in teaching. Led by the award winners themselves, the series is meant to provide a forum for celebration, conversation and reflection about teaching practices. Everyone is welcome to come and learn from some of our best teachers.

Drawing from their own successes and failures, participants in this panel discussion will share practical tips about what they’ve learned to do when teaching, and, more importantly, what not to do! The discussion will be hosted by Frank Robinson (instructor of animal science 200, 3M Teaching Fellow, Vice Provost and Dean of Students) and features Clive Hickson (Education), Candide Sloboda (Nursing) and Alex Brown (Chemistry). 


Dr. Alex BrownDr. Alex Brown
Department of Chemistry

Alex Brown is an Associate Professor and Associate Chair (Undergraduate) in the Department of Chemistry. He has received recognition both for teaching [Rutherford Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching (2013), Faculty of Science Award for Excellent Teaching (2012), GSA Graduate Student Supervisor Award (2012), and Chemistry Student Association Teaching Award (2004 and 2007)] and research [Alberta Ingenuity New Faculty Award (2007-2009)]. His research group, which currently comprises 6 graduate students, 1 post-doctoral fellow, and several undergraduate students, is involved in the development and utilization of computational methods for laser control of molecular processes, molecular photochemistry, understanding novel materials and their bonding, and excited state dynamics.


Dr. Clive HicksonDr. Clive Hickson
Department of Elementary Education

Clive Hickson has been an educator for 29 years. During that time, he has been a classroom teacher at all grade levels from Kindergarten to Grade 12, a principal at a K-7 and a K-12 school, and has taught undergraduate and graduate courses. Since coming to the University of Alberta in 2000, Clive has received the Faculty of Education Undergraduate Teaching Award and the Rutherford Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching. Clive also serves as a regional evaluator for the Prime Minister's Awards for Teaching Excellence. He is presently an Associate Professor and Associate Dean in the Faculty of Education. Clive’s research primarily focuses on teacher education programming, effective teaching, and mentorship experiences.


Candy SlobodaCandy Sloboda
Faculty of Nursing

Candy Sloboda has been a nurse for 37 years and a nurse educator for 30 of those years. She loves being in the classroom and clinical areas helping students reach their potentials. To see students accomplish greater things than they ever envisioned of themselves is her greatest reward of teaching. Candy has taught in hospital schools of nursing and colleges, and has been at the University of Alberta for the past 17 years. She has won numerous teaching awards for her excellence in teaching and enjoys mentoring graduate students and new faculty. Candy has a husband, and 2 sons who are her pride and joy. She enjoys working out at the gym and baking, and is currently looking forward with great anticipation to becoming a grandma in January.


Frank RobinsonFrank Robinson
Instructor of animal science 200, 3M Teaching Fellow, Vice Provost and Dean of Students

Dr. Frank Robinson joined the University of Alberta in 1986 as an Assistant Professor in poultry production and physiology. He received a BS in Agriculture from the University of Saskatchewan in 1979, a MSc from Virginia Tech in 1983 and a Ph.D. from the University of Guelph in 1986. Frank’s primary research focus involves the reproductive fitness of chickens and turkeys. He has served the Department of Agricultural, Food and Nutritional Science as Associate Chair (Academic), and is the past Associate Dean (Academic) of the Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sciences. Frank was appointed as Interim Vice-Provost and Dean of Students beginning July 1, 2008.

Frank has recently been named a Fellow of the Poultry Science Association and was inducted into the Alberta Agriculture Hall of Fame in 2006. Frank is an avid champion of inquiry-based learning and particularly in improving the freshman experience for students. He has been a frequent speaker on these topics which has furthered the objective of his innovative “There’s a Heifer in Your Tank” Program. Many will have seen the question-and-answer presentation, most-recently shown as a public forum at Northlands Park and in the rural communities of Westlock and Vegreville. In 2007, Frank was awarded the 3M National Teaching Fellowship.