Project Engage: Student and Faculty Engagement in Teaching and Learning
By Courtenay Alcock
On Oct. 1-2, Memorial hosted two visiting professors from the University of Calgary, Drs. Leslie Reid and Melissa Boyce, who came to Memorial to describe their experiences and offer insights on Project Engage.
Project Engage was a two-year pilot program at the University of Calgary that provided selected faculty with the support and resources they need to improve the learning experiences of students in their arts and sciences courses.
The initiative was led by Dr. Reid, a Tamaratt Teaching Professor in the Department of Geoscience, who has extensive experience teaching in small and large class settings. During her 10-year career Dr. Reid has been recognized for her teaching through numerous awards with the most recent being the 2011 3M Teaching Fellowship. She is currently the associate dean of teaching and learning in the University of Calgary’s Faculty of Science.
Dr. Boyce is a faculty member in the Department of Psychology where she teaches a variety of courses including Introduction to Psychology, Research Methods and Statistics, Social Psychology, Psychology and the Law and Consumer Psychology. She is a two-time recipient of the Student Union Teaching Excellence Award for the University of Calgary’s Faculty of Arts. Dr. Boyce is one of the faculty members that participated in Project Engage and shared her experiences and insights into engaging students in large classes.