Simon Power

Professor Simon Power

Economics Professor Simon Power has always loved teaching. Over his decades-long career, he has strived to improve his students’ learning while also fostering “a more positive attitude towards economics as a discipline.”

In 2019, he received the FPA Teaching Fellowship, which offers full-time faculty members and instructors a $1,000 honorarium and a grant of up to $6,000 to be held over two years.

“Receiving the FPA Teaching Fellowship further reinvigorated my long-standing passion for teaching, which is, after all, the very raison d’être of the university,” says Power. “Good teaching does not simply involve the transmission of knowledge, perhaps even more importantly it also opens new doors, fosters creativity, expands horizons, nurtures resilience, and underpins the foundations of our great liberal society.”

André Plourde, Dean of the Faculty of Public Affairs, says the fellowship reflects the Faculty’s priorities.

“We wanted to ensure that our faculty members, instructors and students understood the importance FPA places on teaching in the university setting,” says Dean Plourde. “This fellowship offers an opportunity to innovate and demonstrate leadership in teaching, as well as to reward teaching excellence.”

One of Carleton University’s leaders in teaching is Social Work Professor Sarah Todd, the 2017 teaching fellowship winner who went on to receive a 3M Teaching Fellowship last year. She credits the FPA fellowship with helping her get her research off the ground.

“The teaching fellowship provided funds for me to develop a new teaching tool, which eventually led to a partnership with a private tech company to develop AI teaching technologies for social work,” she explains. “It gave me the opportunity to experiment with new technologies in social work education that I had not even imagined before receiving the fellowship.”

Another recipient was Sandra Robinson in the Communication and Media Studies program. She found the fellowship enabled her to enrich the classroom experience for her students and share her findings more broadly.

“The fellowship enabled me to purchase core texts to support course development and as references for students to consult in class,” says Robinson. “I was able to fund conference travel to disseminate my research on data methodologies, data pedagogy, and social media research ethics, comprehensively brought together within the context of experiential learning.”

Thursday, April 30, 2020 in ,
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