Plenary Sessions

It’s All about Relationships: Indigenous Education and the Promise of Indigenization
Wednesday, April 28, 1-2 p.m.

Kelly Anne Butler, 2021 recipient of the Grenfell Campus Teaching Award, Indigenous Education Specialist, Office of Indigenous Affairs, and Adjunct Professor, School of Arts and Social Science, Grenfell Campus

Showcase of Excellence – Presentation of 2021 Memorial University Award for Outstanding Self-directed Learning
Wednesday, April 28, 3:30-4:15 p.m.

Facilitated by Dr. Rob Shea, Chair of Selection Committee and Associate VP (Marine Institute), Academic and Student Affairs, and Dr. Donna Hardy-Cox, Associate VP (Academic), Students, and featuring 2021 recipient Jamie Moran (student), School of Music

Showcase of Excellence Forum – Recognition of Teaching Excellence and Profile of 2020 Recipients of President’s Awards in Teaching and Graduate Supervision
Thursday, April 29, 1:30-2:30 p.m.

Hosted by Dr. Vianne Timmons, President and Vice-Chancellor, and featuring Dr. Janna Rosales, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, Dr. Rebecca Milley, School of Science and the Environment, Dr. April Pike, Faculty of Nursing, Dr. Christina Bottaro, Faculty of Science


Wednesday, April 28, 1-2 p.m.

It’s All about Relationships: Indigenous Education and the Promise of Indigenization

Kelly Anne Butler, 2021 recipient of the Grenfell Campus Teaching Award, Indigenous Education Specialist, Office of Indigenous Affairs, and Adjunct Professor, School of Arts and Social Science, Grenfell Campus

What is Indigenous education? The work leading up to, and the recent release of the Strategic Framework for Indigenization has created a road map of sorts for the Memorial University system. This has been met with a great deal of enthusiasm across campuses. Along with that enthusiasm, for many there is also a bit of confusion. What is ‘Indigenous education,’ and what is it not? What do we mean when we say we want to ‘indigenize’ the academy? What is the value for teaching and learning at Memorial University? Ms. Butler’s talk will focus on these questions and the importance of relationships to the success in navigating a way forward for Indigenous education and indigenization.

Bio

Kelly Anne ButlerKelly Anne Butler is a member of the Mi’kmaw community through her maternal family in Seal Rocks and St. George’s, on the west coast of the island. She is an ethnohistorian with a focus on comparative Indigenous studies and a commitment to direct collaboration with Indigenous communities in her teaching, engagement, and research. Ms. Butler is currently the Indigenous Education Specialist in the Office of Indigenous Affairs and holds an adjunct appointment with the School of Arts and Social Science at Grenfell Campus, where she worked for several years in Indigenous Affairs. A 2017 recipient of the Vice-President (Grenfell Campus) Engagement Award and 2018 recipient of the Vice-President (Grenfell Campus) Staff Service Award, Ms. Butler has recently been named recipient of the 2021 Grenfell Campus Teaching Award.

Ms. Butler’s recent collaborations include Weaving Together Past, Present, and Future – The Grenfell Campus Wampum Belt Project, a curated exhibit at the Craft Council NL main gallery, with graduate students in Dr. Kelley Totten’s Folklore course; and “Maw-lukutinej/Let’s work together: Relationship-Building and Collaboration in a Mi’kmaw Context,” a symposium series and long-term collaboration project, with the Bay St. George Mi’kmaq Cultural Revival Committee and the Office of Research and Graduate Studies (Grenfell).


Wednesday, April 28, 3:30-4:15 p.m.

Showcase of Excellence – Presentation of 2021 Memorial University Award for Outstanding Self-directed Learning

Facilitated by Dr. Rob Shea, Chair of Selection Committee and Associate VP (Marine Institute), Academic and Student Affairs, and Dr. Donna Hardy-Cox, Associate VP (Academic), Students, and featuring 2021 recipient Jamie Moran (student), School of Music

Jamie MoranJamie Moran is a fourth year student in the School of Music and a local musician. During his time in the program, he has had the opportunity to perform with multiple ensembles each semester. Mr. Moran has a love for traditional Newfoundland and Irish folk music, and plays with a variety of groups including the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra, The Celtic Fiddlers and The Colonial Bhoys. As a result of COVID-19, like most musicians Mr. Moran lost many performance opportunities, but he quickly picked up on the trend to live-stream performances from home. Recognizing this may be a new normal, he started a small recording studio in his home and worked to become more technologically fluent in recording and video editing. In the summer of 2020, he started a recording project for credit through the School of Music's Music in the Community program. The idea behind the project was to record all 47 songs of the Gerard S. Doyle's "Old-Time Songs of Newfoundland" songbook. Through his efforts on the project, Mr. Moran developed his skills as a musician and obtained an extensive knowledge of recording processes, filming and editing.


Thursday, April 29, 1:30-2:30 p.m.

Showcase of Excellence Forum – Recognition of Teaching Excellence and Profile of 2020 Recipients of President’s Awards in Teaching and Graduate Supervision

Hosted by Dr. Vianne Timmons, President and Vice-Chancellor, and featuring Dr. April Pike, Faculty of Nursing, Dr. Rebecca Milley, School of Science and the Environment, Dr. Janna Rosales, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, Dr. Christina Bottaro, Faculty of Science

President's Award for Distinguished Teaching
Dr. April Pike, Faculty of Nursing

Dr. April Pike portraitDr. April Pike is an associate professor in the Faculty of Nursing, teaching senior undergraduate clinical and theory courses, online master’s courses and supervising practicum students. Dr. Pike believes students must appreciate the contextual nature of nursing so they can perform in a more responsive manner. As such, having students engage with and reflect on authentic tasks and diverse perspectives is an important aspect of her teaching. She also supports students to be self-directed, and encourages them to take on leadership roles in community projects that help to foster professionalism, leadership, and a commitment to the nursing profession.

President's Award for Outstanding Teaching (Faculty)
Dr. Rebecca Milley, School of Science and the Environment

Rebecca MilleyDr. Rebecca Milley is an associate professor of Computational Mathematics in the School of Science and the Environment, and a 2019 recipient of the Grenfell Campus Teaching Award. Though she teaches challenging material—calculus, computer programming, technical writing—her students succeed because Dr. Milley engages, inspires and supports them; explores teaching and learning approaches that best meet their needs; and meticulously organizes courses and prepares for lectures. In collaboration with colleagues, Dr. Milley has developed outreach activities to build interest and develop skills in coding, math and science among youth. These activities allow her students to become involved with teaching in the community, and include summer coding camps, mini coding workshops and hands-on science activities.

President's Award for Outstanding Teaching (Lecturers and Instructional Staff)
Dr. Janna Rosales, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science

Dr. Janna Rosales portraitDr. Janna Rosales, assistant professor (Teaching), in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, teaches courses that focus on the long-term professional growth of engineering students, with topics such as professionalism, communication, critical thinking, teamwork and ethics. In designing these courses, Dr. Rosales explicitly links the graduate attributes of the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board to learning outcomes and assessments. It is important for Dr. Rosales that her students care about the content of her courses and find relevance of course material to their own lives. For this reason, self-reflection and professional self-awareness are important and assignments are flexible and personal.

President's Award for Outstanding Graduate Supervision
Dr. Christina Bottaro, Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science

Dr. Christina Bottaro portraitThroughout her years of graduate supervision, Dr. Bottaro contributed greatly to student success. She mentors students with a holistic approach, focusing on technical and intellectual development, interpersonal and professional development and social responsibility. This approach provides students with opportunities that assist them in transforming their work into publications, grants, collaborations and, ultimately, successful careers. Dr. Bottaro creates a culture of inclusivity for her students. In particular, she is known to be an advocate for equity-deserving students and is dedicated to ensuring graduate students from underrepresented groups benefit not only from her mentorship, but also from her grant funding.

Contact

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