April 2021 Newsletter

Dear Educational Leadership stream faculty,


In This Update:


  1. ELNET Announcements
    • EL Work Equity Survey
    • Call for Presenters: Love It or Lose It: Ideas to Keep in Your Teaching Practice and Ones to Let Go
    • ELNET Mentorship Program Reminder
  2. PD Resources and Opportunities
    • Scholars at Risk (SAR): Call for Volunteer Proofreaders 
    • Upcoming Teaching and Learning Conferences
    • CTLT Workshops
  3. SoTL
    • Call for Applications: CELT Senior Editor
    • Call for Proposal: SoTL Seed Program & SoTL Dissemination Fund
    • ISSoTL Call for Nominations
    • Survey Invitation: Teaching Multilingual Students


  1. ELNET Announcements 


EL Work Equity Survey

Faculty members in the Educational Leadership (EL) rank will be invited to participate in a survey beginning  April 26 and ending May 14. This survey is positioned in the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion initiatives from the UBC President’s Office.  Led by EL faculty members, the aim is to examine work roles held in this rank. The survey is divided in two sections: Work Equity Survey and Self-Identification. We would like to hear about your perspectives, experiences and suggestions. Your participation is voluntary and anonymous.


Survey link: https://ubc.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_5bsA4jEnHkq0t4W


A final report of the results of the survey will be sent to the President’s Office and to the ELNET population. We anticipate that the ELNET community will bring forward recommendations based on these initial results.


If you have any questions or concerns, please do contact us.


We look forward to hearing from you.


Karen Ragoonaden, Faculty Senior Advisor to the President

Silvia Bartolic, Co-Chair, UBC Educational Leadership Network

Jannik Haruo Eikenaar, Co-Chair, UBC Educational Leadership Network

Ayaka Yoshimizu, Communication and Membership Coordinator, UBC Educational Leadership Network

Sally Stewart, Mentorship Coordinator, UBC Educational Leadership Network

Fabiano Camara, Graduate Research Assistant



ELNET Event Call for Presenters

2nd Annual “Market Place” Event: Love It or Lose It: Ideas to Keep in Your Teaching Practice and Ones to Let Go

You are invited to submit a presentation for ELNET’s 2nd Annual Marketplace: “Love it or Lose it”.  We have all tried many new methods to enhance teaching during our rapid transition to remote instruction this academic year, and this is a great opportunity to reflect on and share lessons learned and materials that might serve us in future teaching. This event will be co-sponsored by UBCV CTLT and UBCO CTL as part of “Celebrate Learning Week,” May 17 at 4:00-5:30 pm. 

Please complete the short form below if you are keen to present. Presentation submissions will be reviewed by the ELNET committee and presenters will be notified shortly. Additionally, confirmed presenters will be asked to prepare a short summary handout to support their presentation that will be provided to all participants. Even if you don’t care to present we hope that you will attend this practical and fun teaching event during CTL/CTLT’s Celebrate Learning Week (Register here: https://ubc.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3KoZYGYv6dLbwr4).


Please submit your responses to the following questions by Friday, May 7, 5.00 pm, to Nina Hewitt nina.hewitt@ubc.ca or Anita Chaudhuri anita.chaudhuri@ubc.ca






Presentation title:

Brief Summary of your “love it or lose it” practice: (250 words)

(Please indicate if this is an evidence-based practice or something you have just tried; highlight if this practice has any applications for specific programs, class size, student sub-population or other.)


For more information about the event, please visit: https://blogs.ubc.ca/edleadershipnetwork/category/events/


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 sally.willis-stewart@ubc.ca or robert.crawford@ubc.ca 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


Scholars at Risk (SAR): Call for Volunteer Proofreaders 


SAR invites interested individuals to participate in the new Volunteer Proofreader Initiative by offering professional, individualized edits and suggestions to CVs, cover letters, teaching statements, and other documents relevant to the academic job search. By providing professional edits and recommendations, you will help not only in addressing a scholar’s immediate proofreading needs but also in supporting a scholar’s understanding of the fundamental aspects of the job application process.


For more information, visit: https://www.scholarsatrisk.org/volunteer-proofreader-initiative/


Upcoming Teaching and Learning Conferences

Upcoming Conferences


Call for Proposals


CTLT Workshops

Online Course Design Showcase Series: Piloting a Concurrent Hybrid Model within a Professional Graduate Program

April 27 | 12:00–1:00 p.m.

In response to student feedback amidst the transition to online learning, the Master of Health Administration (MHA) program approached learning design in creative ways. Discuss models of learning, ask questions and share ideas!



Celebrate Learning Week Keynote — Bandwidth Recovery: Helping Students Reclaim Cognitive Resources Lost to Poverty, Racism, and other “Differentisms”

May 18 | 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Introducing our Celebrate Learning Week Keynote Speaker, Cia Verschelden. Recognize the impact of societal realities, learn about the bandwidth concept, and explore how to implement strategies to help students regain the cognitive resources to be successful. 



Following the keynote event, Cia Verschelden will be hosting additional workshops to focus on specific roles in assisting students recover bandwidth.

Faculty Workshop | May 18 | 1:00-2:30 pm


Student and Faculty Perspectives on Learning and Teaching During the COVID-19 Pandemic

May 20 | 9:30–11:00 a.m.

Students and faculty reflect on their experiences of learning and teaching over the past year. Explore how to create more equitable and compelling learning opportunities at UBC.



Shaping Our Future: A Fireside Chat

May 20 | 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Attend an informal dialogue with the Associate Provosts of Teaching and Learning, Simon Bates (UBCV) and Brad Wuetherick (UBCO) as they share the lessons learned from the rapid shift to remote instruction.



SAVE THE DATE! CTLT Spring Institute 

June 7–10, 2021

Hosted this year in June, the Spring Institute offers educators in the UBC teaching and learning community a platform to share innovative practices and research around teaching, learning and technology. The full schedule will be posted soon.




Respect, Sincerity & Responsibility: Land Acknowledgements @ UBC

Respect, sincerity, and responsibility are three core principles to follow when developing land acknowledgements. Learn how to acknowledge Indigenous lands in a meaningful way through the new self-paced Canvas workshop developed by CTLT Indigenous Initiatives and HR Workplace Learning & Engagement.



  1. SoTL

Call for Applications: CELT Senior Editor

The Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (STLHE) is seeking a senior editor from a Canadian college or university to assemble and oversee the editorial team of Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching (CELT), for a three-year term, with the option of extending the commitment beyond this period.


Visit this site for details: https://www.stlhe.ca/deadlines/call-for-applications-celt-senior-editor/


Call for Proposals: SoTL Seed Program

The UBC Institute for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (ISoTL) and the Centre for Teaching, Learning, & Technology offer a support program for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL). The SoTL Seed Program provides graduate research assistants, collegial support, and complementary funding for projects that seek to research and evaluate impactful pedagogies. Selected projects broaden our understanding of teaching and learning in higher education and show a potential for significant contributions to the UBC community and beyond. 


Projects are strategically selected to reflect the breadth of work at UBC in terms of disciplines, scholarly approaches, and expertise. 


Deadline: June 4, 2021. Please see the ISoTL Program page for more information. 


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.


ISSoTL Call for Nominations


ISSoTL is seeking nominations, by April 30, for the following positions: President Elect, Treasurer, Student Vice-President


Survey Invitation: Teaching Multilingual Student

Dear UBC Colleague,


Do you teach multilingual undergraduate students who speak English as an additional language in your UBC courses (at UBC-V or UBC-O)? If so, we would like to hear from you by participating in an online survey.


This survey is part of a study (Ethics ID H20-03118) that investigates instructors’ perspectives towards working with multilingual students at UBC. This project will contribute valuable insights to inform institutional policies and guidelines and create enhanced supports for instructors who teach multilingual undergraduate students.


To complete the survey, please visit: https://ubc.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_9pew38MQZZ7v3ka


The survey will be available until May 31, 2021.


Thank you very much for your time,


Teaching Multilingual Students Project Research Team:

Principal Investigator: Dr. Sandra Zappa-Hollman, Assistant Professor, Department of Language and Literacy Education (Sandra.zappa@ubc.ca ) Graduate Research Assistants:

  • Dmitri Detwyler (PhD Candidate, Department of Language and Literacy Education) •Greta Perris (PhD Student, Department of Language and Literacy Education)