December 2020 Newsletter 

Quote: “If you are a leader, do everything you can to grow yourself and create the right environment for others to grow” –John C. Maxwell— John C. Maxwell


Dear Educational Leadership stream faculty,


Congratulations for surviving an unprecedented term! While remote teaching will continue into Term 2 for most of us, I hope you will have some restful time this month.


In This Update:


  1. ELNET Announcements
    • ELNet Fireside Chat on Zoom: December 15, 3:30-5pm
    • ELNET Mentorship Program Reminder
  2. PD Resources and Opportunities
    • 3M National Fellowship Award

    • CTLT Winter Institute


  1. SoTL
    • SoTL Dissemination Fund
    • Classroom Wellbeing Research Invite (The TEACHERS Project)


  1. ELNET Announcements 


ELNet Fireside Chat on Zoom


ELNet invites you to an end-of-term (virtual!) fireside chat to socialize with colleagues and share your reflections on the term. We also welcome hearing about things for which ELNet could gently advocate as we look ahead to 2021. Bring your own snacks, beverages, and seasonal attire – we look forward to seeing you soon!


December 15, 3:30-5pm



ELNET Mentorship Program

ELNET facilitates mentorship for educational leadership faculty, including preparing your dossier for promotion and tenure, helping you prioritize and determine focus of EL activities, and simply making connections with other EL faculty at UBC! If you are interested in being mentored, please send an email to or and we will find a wonderful mentor to match you with.


For more information about ELNET, please visit our website.


  1. PD Resources and Opportunities

Updated 3M National Teaching Fellowship Award Guidelines Now Available

The Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (STLHE) and 3M Canada are pleased to announce the call for nominations for the 2021 3M National Teaching Fellowship Award.

The 3M National Teaching Fellowship Award is open to all Canadian post-secondary educators, regardless of discipline or level of appointment. Up to ten awards are given each year with the intent to recognize and reward an exceptional educator—one who, in addition to being known for extraordinary teaching, also demonstrates educational leadership, promoting exemplary teaching in others through educational innovation.

In celebration of a 35-year partnership, STLHE and 3M Canada signed a new agreement. This agreement prompted an extensive review of the 3M National Teaching Fellowship Award. As a result, the 2021 call for nominations includes a newly revised nomination package and guidelines.

You can view the revised call for nominations at: The submission deadline is January 15, 2021.


CTLT Winter Institute

From December 14-17, 2020, UBC faculty, staff, postdocs and graduate students are invited to a week of complimentary online professional development workshops during the mid-academic year to reflect on the impact their teaching, learning, and technological practices have on online student learning and experiences. The theme of the 2020 Winter Institute is, Sustainable, Inclusive & Thriving Online Teaching and Learning Communities.


For the first time, the Institute will also feature a multi-day program. Transitioning to Online Teaching: A Blended Approach is designed to explore different approaches to online teaching, and blend synchronous and asynchronous online components. December 15th is “Wellbeing Day” with sessions examining the wellbeing of educators and students amid the transition to remote teaching and learning.


For more info visit


  1. SoTL


Rolling Call for Proposals: SoTL Dissemination Fund

Last year the Provost Office announced a new fund to support the publishing and dissemination of Scholarship of Teaching and Learning work. The funds are managed and adjudicated by the Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology (CTLT) and the Institute for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (ISoTL). 

The Dissemination Fund supports journal processing feedback, conference registration, travel costs, etc. All full time faculty at UBC-V are eligible to apply. 

Deadline: Ongoing. Please see the Fund page for more information.


Classroom Wellbeing Research Invite (The TEACHERS Project)

The TEACHERS Project ~ Research


We are inviting you (and your class) to be a participant in a research project involving faculty training and support to integrate targeted wellbeing interventions into your class.  Research very strongly supports that student wellbeing, more specifically addressed and supported in classrooms, is linked to learning. This project aims to help you do that with little effort. If you are tight on time, have limited “know how” or resources for student wellbeing, and/or are keen to help students be well and learn, it would be wonderful to have you be a part of our research project.  Please email or for more information.