TLS offers workshops and certificate programs where faculty and instructors can come together to build interdisciplinary communities focused on teaching. Individual departments, however, may well have their own specific teaching and learning culture with discipline-specific teaching techniques and assessments. To that end, a number of departments across campus have Teaching Mentors who help to facilitate informal discussions about the issues educators may face within their departmental contexts.

The Role of Teaching Mentors

Teaching Mentors will take a leadership role to build on the informal mentorship that already occurs within academic departments. This leadership role will typically involve a number of elements, including:

  • Acting as the initial point of contact for new faculty members and contract instructors seeking advice on developing and teaching courses and acting as a resource for all instructors interested in further developing their teaching.
  • Planning/hosting at least one teaching seminar or roundtable in the department during each academic year.
  • Coordinating/curating the collection of shared teaching resources, such as sample course outlines and assessment tools (sample assignments, evaluation guides, marking rubrics).
  • Serving as a point of contact between TLS and the department for the promotion of teaching and learning events.

List of Teaching Mentors, 2023-2024

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Name Department Email Carleton Ext.
Marc Saurette History x. 2831
Matthew Hawkins Sociology & Anthropology x. 2795
Aaron Doyle Sociology & Anthropology x. 1914
Chris Motz Psychology x. 1940
Matt Sorley Psychology x. 1979
Susan Birkwood English x. 2302
Don Myles SLaLS x. 6190
James McGowan Music x 3537

Faculty of Engineering and Design

Name Department Email Carleton Ext.
Alan Steele Electronics x. 1551
Ahmed Hassan Civil & Environmental Engineering x. 7031
Adrian Chan Systems and Computer Engineering x. 1535

Faculty of Public Affairs

Name Department Email Carleton Ext.
Steve Tasson Law & Legal Studies x. 8062
Vincent Kazmierski Law & Legal Studies x. 3673
Simon Power Economics x. 3764
Mira Sucharov Political Science x. 3010
Chris Penny International Affairs x. 3581
 Beth Martin Social Work x. 4399
Sandra Robinson Journalism and Communication x. 8470

Faculty of Science

Name Department Email Carleton Ext.
Kim Hellemans Neuroscience x. 5302
Wayne Horn Math & Statistics x. 1805
Veronic Bezaire  Biochemistry x. 5012
Alex Pettit Biochemistry
Pam Wolff Chemistry / Environmental & Interdisciplinary Science x. 1156
Robert Collier  Computer Science x. 4032
Jim Davies Cognitive Science x. 1109
Jesse Heilman Physics x. 4201
Laura Pickell Health Sciences x. 7014

Sprott School of Business

Name Department Email Carleton Ext.
Rebecca Renfroe Business x. 4226
Shannon Butler Business x. 1874

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