Committee on Teaching, Learning and Student Success


Updated June 2020

In discharging its functions the Committee shall:

  1. Develop policies to give recognition for effective teaching and other contributions that strengthen the learning and teaching environment in the Faculty:
    1. Periodically review teaching awards and grants.
    2. Publicize LA&PS teaching excellence widely and encourage LA&PS faculty members to apply for other teaching awards.
    3. Appoint members to the Dean's Awards for Teaching Excellence Adjudication Sub-Committee who will recommend candidates to the Dean.
  2. Support a culture of effective and excellent teaching and learning:
    1. Promote best practices that foster effective teaching and deep learning that are appropriate to different teaching and learning formats, including those tailored to specific constituencies (mature students, English as a second language [ESL] students, students with special needs) and in non-traditional formats (e.g. Internet, evening, compressed semesters, hybrid, experiential education);
    2. Recommend policies for disseminating information about best teaching practices.
    3. Identify emerging priorities in relation to student learning.
    4. Monitor major research and publications on student learning for significant findings that might improve current LA&PS policies.
    5. Advocate the development of appropriate resources and programs to enhance teaching and learning among all teaching staff, including teaching assistants, contract faculty, and tenure-stream faculty.
    6. Promote faculty and graduate students’ participation in teaching and learning activities and their access to teaching and learning resources.
  3. In tandem with the Dean and in close consultation with Departments/Schools oversee the implementation/coordination of support of teaching and learning within the Faculty.
      1. Recommend a statement of meaningful learning outcomes in LA&PS.
      2. Develop policies to ensure learning goals and outcomes become an integral part of LA&PS culture and a prominent part of LA&PS’ profile in the wider community.
      3. In collaboration with other Council committees on issues of joint concern, ensure alignment among Degree-level Expectations, other Faculty policies and the overall teaching and learning goals of LA&PS.
      4. Monitor and assess LA&PS academic policies to reflect changes in the higher education environment, significant developments in research on learning and teaching in higher education, and changes in student preparedness.
      5. Report annually to the Faculty Council on priorities and policy recommendation to enhance the teaching and learning in LA&PS.
  4. Recommend policies that promote effective assessment of teaching and learning:
    1. Encourage the development of validated course evaluations that yield high-quality information to support ongoing teaching development and decision-making.
    2. Recommend protocols for monitoring and assessing the administration of course evaluations and recommend changes as necessary.
    3. In consultation with the Dean's office, identify broad patterns in course evaluation results to identify areas of excellence as well as areas that need improvement and recommend appropriate policies.
    4. Recommend best practices in the development of formative and summative assessments.
    5. Recommend policies for the appropriate dissemination of evaluation results.
  5. Promote academic integrity within LA&PS and adjudicate academic honesty cases that are unresolved at the unit level:
    1. Review on an annual basis policies and procedures on Academic Honesty at the School/Departmental and Faculty level, and act in accordance with the Senate policies to promote academic integrity within the Faculty;
    2. Give direction in accordance with the Senate Policy on Academic Honesty on procedures to Schools/Departments so that their procedures embody the appropriate standard of fairness and natural justice;
    3. Collaborate with the Curriculum, Curricular Policy and Standards Committee on issues of joint concern and recommend as appropriate proactive, educative, and policy measures at the Faculty and School/Departmental levels.
    4. Hearing Panels will be constituted by members from the full Committee to adjudicate cases of academic honesty that are unresolved at the unit level in accordance with the Senate Policy on Academic Honesty.

Nine full-time faculty members elected-at large for a three-year term
Two graduate teaching assistants elected at-large on an annual basis
One contract faculty member elected at-large on an annual basis
Three students appointed by the Student Council of the Liberal Arts & Professional Studies on an annual basis

Full-time faculty members will be elected at-large for a three-year rolling cycle. Members elected at-large will not be from the same School/Department. Each year, one-third of the membership turns over and will be replaced on a rotational basis by other faculty members from different Schools/Departments who are not already represented on the Committee.

The Chair of the Committee is selected by the voting members of the Committee for a two-year term.

At least half of the voting members of the Committee, the majority of whom are full-time faculty members, constitutes a quorum.

Ex-officio (non-voting) members
Dean or Dean’s designate
Associate Dean, Students
Representative from E-services
Director of the Teaching Commons or designate
Director of the Learning Commons or designate
Senior Director, Student Success & Retention
Representative from Academic Advising
Chair of Faculty Council or designate
Secretary of Council or designate

Dean’s Awards for Teaching Excellence Adjudication Sub-Committee Membership:

Faculty members who have distinguished themselves in teaching including:
One full-time faculty member from the humanities
One full-time faculty member from the social sciences
One full-time faculty member from professional studies
One contract faculty member
One undergraduate student representative recommended by the LA&PS Student Council

One Teaching Assistant
One ex-officio representative from the Teaching and Learning Committee who will report on the process of deliberation.

Academic Honesty Hearing Panel Membership:

Panels will have three voting members of whom two are full-time faculty members and one is an undergraduate student. An Associate Dean acts as the Faculty Presenter during these hearings and presents the allegations and evidence of breach(es) of the Senate Policy on Academic Honesty.

Membership 2020-2021

Chair: Natalie Neill, Department of English

Karen Ruddy, Writing Department
Hilary Davis, Department of Philosophy
Hyunwoo Lim, School of Administrative Studies
Awalou Ouedraogo, Department of Equity Studies
Jakeet Singh, Department of Politics 
Gordana Colby, Department of Economics
Katharine Anderson, Department of Humanities
Sirvan Karimi, School of Public Policy and Administration

Contract Faculty Representative:

Andrea Valente, Department of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics

Teaching Assistant Representatives:

Scott White, Department of Equity Studies
Virginia Grimaldi, Department of History

Representatives from SCOLAPS:

Alexander Simone
Shayan Noor
Kevin Chan

Ex-Officio Members (non-voting):

Anita Lam, Associate Dean, Teaching & Learning 
Michele Johnsons, Associate Dean, Students
Jason Verbovszky, Representative from E-services
Robin Sutherland-Harris, Representative from the Teaching Commons
Sophie Bury, Representative from the Learning Commons
Catherine Salole, Senior Director, Student Success & Retention
Derrick Fairman, Representative from Academic Advising
Andrea McKenzie, Chair of Faculty Council
Paminderjit Sunner, Coordinator, Faculty Council & Committees

Scheduled Meeting Dates 2020-2021

The Committee on Teaching and Learning and Student Success will normally meet on the first Monday of each month (September - June) from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm. For Faculty Council and Standing Committees Scheduling Document, please click here.

** Rescheduled ** September 14, 2020
October 5, 2020
November 2, 2020
December 7, 2020
January 4, 2021 - Cancelled
February 1, 2021
March 1, 2021
April 5, 2021
May 3, 2021
June 7, 2021

Reports & Documents

2020-2021 Dean's Awards for Excellence in Teaching

Terms of Reference: Terms of Reference- Dean's Award for Excellence in Teaching 2020-2021 (PDF)  

Nomination Form for Student Nominators: LA&PS Dean's Award for Excellence in Teaching Nomination Form (

Nomination Form for Departments/Schools: 2020-2021 Dean's Awards for Excellence in Teaching (

Course Evaluations Summary Form: LA&PS Dean's Awards for Excellence in Teaching - Course Evaluations Summary Form (DOC)