Elections 2011

This is the year we need only elect one person (the Chair-elect, 2011-2012, who becomes Chair in 2012-2013 and Past Chair in 2013-2014).

Unfortunately for us, though happily for her, Carol Miles (who was to be incoming Chair Nov 2011 after serving for one year as Chair-Elect) has moved on to another role abroad. However, Michael Potter of Windsor has graciously agreed to do another stint as Chair. We will also vote to confirm his Chairship when we vote for Chair-Elect.

There is one Candidate for Chair-Elect for Nov 2011-Nov 2012:

Debra Dawson
Director, Teaching and Learning Services at the University of Western Ontario

As the Director of Teaching and Learning Services at Western I oversee the Teaching Support Centre, Continuing Studies, Distance Studies and the Student Success Centre (Careers, Leadership and Transition programs). I am also the founding director of the Centre for Research on Teaching and Learning in Higher Education in the Faculty of Education. After receiving my PhD in Psychology in 1994 I became an educational developer. In 1997, I was also the recipient of a university-wide teaching award.

As a result of these activities I have numerous interests in higher education including: fostering the development of the scholarship of teaching and learning, investigating the efficacy of the Instructional Skills Workshop, examining best practices for student engagement in Canada, to enhancing learning and student success at the national and international level. I currently have two grants from the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario to investigate the impact of several of our programs with grad students and instructors on improving teaching. From 2003-2009 I sat on the boards of the Canadian Society for Studies in Higher Education and the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education and also participated in the selection committee for the STLHE 3M Teaching Fellowship from 2004 to 2006. I currently sit on the editorial board of Canadian Journal of Scholarship of the Teaching and Learning. In addition to my publications I have given over 40 papers at referred conferences on topics related to educational development.

I have been involved in COED since its inception. I am passionate about enhancing higher education and believe that COED has vital role to play at this point in time at transforming post-secondary education in Ontario. The key strength of COED is that we work collaboratively towards common goals and I would see my role as Chair as helping to ensure our voice is heard both provincially and nationally.

We ask at this time that the membership confirm both Michael Potter and Debra Dawson's roles for the upcoming year. Although on some level acclamation could entail no vote needed, we would like to show our support for these worthy colleagues.


Trevor Holmes and Marla Arbach
2011 COED Nominating Committee

Vote here!