UBC Instructor Network

The UBC Educational Leadership Network changed its name from the UBC Instructor Network in October 2017.  You can find a detailed rationale for the name change linked here.

This site will no longer be updated. Please visit https://blogs.ubc.ca/edleadershipnetwork/.

The Instructor Network is a community of Instructors, Senior Instructors, and Professors of Teaching at the University of British Columbia committed to the

  • celebration of educational leadership, innovation and excellence in teaching and learning
  • sharing of information, resources, expertise, and ideas within the university community and beyond
  • support and promotion of the Educational Leadership stream

The following page contains a variety of posts with information on events that the instructor network has put on in the past.

Preparing your dossier panel & workshop

Instructor Network Leadership Team (InLET) Presents:

Professional Development Event ~ Preparing Your Tenure & Promotion Dossier

Thursday April 20, 2017, 9.30-11.30am

UBCV Campus Rm 3074 Orchard Commons

UBCO Campus Rm SCI 331



The InLET is very pleased to be offering this workshop to help instructor/educational leadership stream faculty gain insight into the process of developing a thorough and concise dossier for promotion purposes. The speakers will focus on how we navigate the different departmental demands as there is no university standard. The various ‘Table of Contents’ used by the speakers will be addressed as well as the areas that provided the most challenge. The session will end with breakout groups where attendees will have the opportunity to discuss a problematic section of their dossier, while the speakers shadow the discussion.

Agenda and Speakers:

  •      Welcome and Introduction – 5 mins
  •      Dr. Harry Hubball – 20 mins
  •      Panel of dossier experiences and examples – 45 mins

○      Dr. Christina Hendricks

○      Dr. Steve Wolfman

○      Dr. Jackie Rea

  •      Q and A – 20 minutes
  •      Workshop  – 30 mins – A chance to share an issue you are struggling with in your dossier in a group context. The speakers will shadow the groups and offer some guidance.


Dr. Harry Hubball

Professor & National Teaching Fellow, Canada

Chair, Academic Program Director: International Program for the Scholarship of Educational Leadership

The University of British Columbia, Vancouver
Faculty of Education
Department of Curriculum and Pedagogy

Dr. Hubball will present on the scholarship of educational leadership, the dossier process and content, and putting it together.  His introduction will be followed by the panel of speakers, indicated below, who will share their dossier experiences and products.  The workshop will finish with a question and answer period and opportunity to discuss ideas and challenges of your dossiers.

Dr. Christina Hendricks

Professor of Teaching, Department of Philosophy
University of British Columbia, Vancouver

Dr. Steve Wolfman

Professor of Teaching, Department of Computer Science
The University of British Columbia, Vancouver

Dr. Jackie Rea

Senior Instructor, Arts Studies in Research and Writing (ASRW) and Vantage College
The University of British Columbia, Vancouver


Resources from the session

We were not able to record this session, but we do have some resources to share.


Jackie Rea showed slides with some suggestions, which you can see in PDF format here: Rea Dossier Presentation (PDF)

Harry Hubball shared his slides from the session, which are about the Scholarship of Educational Leadership Certificate Program at UBC: Hubball SoEL slides for dossier workshop (PDF)


Online Portfolios

Steve Wolfman shared his online portfolio materials, which you can see here along with his speaking notes for the day: http://www.cs.ubc.ca/~wolf/tnp/

Christina Hendricks shared her online portfolio, which you can see here: http://chendricks.org/portfolioarchive  This is the portfolio as it looked when she submitted it for promotion to Professor of Teaching; this version has not been updated since then. A somewhat more updated portfolio can be found here: http://chendricks.org/portfolio


Other Resources

Here is some information on work that Simon Bates (Academic Director, CTLT) has been doing around trying to clarify “Educational Leadership” and how we might give evidence of impact: http://ctlt.ubc.ca/programs/all-our-programs/teaching-and-educational-leadership/

The following are draft documents about the ongoing process to try to develop a Teaching and Learning Impact Framework. These are not finalized; they will be altered in the future. Please see the above link for final versions when they are ready.




Panel discussion on peer review of teaching

December 2016

This panel discussion aimed to help participants be more informed and proactive throughout their own PRT process by clarifying procedures around PRT, as well as showcasing best practices, support and existing models at UBC. Mark Schaller (SAC) discussed the significance of PRT at the SAC level. Simon Bates discussed CTLT’s Peer Review of Teaching Initiative and the support it offers for formative and summative PRT.  Paul Bartha (Philosophy) and Sunita Chowrira (Botany) presented the PRT practices used in the tenure, promotion and reappointment processes in their respective departments.

Though attendance was hampered in part by snow, we recorded the event and you can see it on YouTube, here: https://youtu.be/jkPJz1xSI60

Workshop: Make your UBC CV work for you

Have you wondered how best to highlight your achievements and educational leadership activities in the new UBC Common CV? If the answer is yes, then please join INLeT for our Spring workshop, “Make your UBC CV work for you,” on April 15, from 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. in the Lillooet Room, IKBLC.  
This 2-hour workshop is designed to help educational leadership-stream faculty implement the new version of the UBC CV.  We will begin the workshop with a panel discussion, led by experts on the intent and design of the CV, along with faculty familiar with its use in tenure and promotion decisions. Panelists will include: Melanie Jones (SAC), Jackie Stewart (Chemistry), Sally Hermansen (Geography), and Steve Wolfman (Computer Science). If you have a question you would like the panelists to address, please e-mail your question to Allen Sens at asens@mail.ubc.ca. 
The panel discussion will be followed by a small group activity where participants will have an opportunity to interact and develop approaches to their own CV. Please bring one or two items that you’re not sure where to place on your CV, or that you would like feedback on helping to frame so that they fit in a particular part of the CV. 

Educational Leadership Event, November 30, 2015

Video of Event

Join us for our first educational leadership event of the 2015-2016 academic year, a panel led discussion, titled “Taking your teaching beyond your classroom: Teaching practice and educational leadership.” This event will take place on Monday, November 30th from 2:30-4:00 pm in the Dodson Room in the IKBLC.

Come and learn more about how UBC faculty work to make an impact beyond their own classrooms by incorporating technology into their courses, engaging students in experiential learning opportunities, and working to help international students transition successfully to UBC.

Catherine Rawn, Christina Hendricks, Sunaina Assanand, Allen Sens, and Joanne Fox will present diverse examples of student-centered educational leadership initiatives.

Upcoming Symposium on SoTL at SFU Harbour Centre

We thought many instructors would be interested in the following symposium at SFU Harbour Centre, downtown Vancouver, coming up in November. The link below also provides information on proposing a presentation.

Deadline for proposals is Sept. 21, 2014!


BCcampus, along with colleagues from Teaching and Learning Centres across the province, would like to invite you to join us in Vancouver for the first Provincial Symposium on Scholarly Inquiry into Teaching and Learning Practice on November 14, 2014.

This day includes a variety of keynote speakers, presentations, and opportunities to learn more about conducting inquiries into personal teaching and learning practices. The event will take place at SFU Harbour Centre. Registration is $40, and limited to 100 people, so register early!

Please share this with your faculty colleagues, librarians, instructional staff and anyone else you think would be interested in presenting or attending.

For more information and to register, please go to http://open.bccampus.ca/symposium-on-scholarly-inquiry-into-teaching-and-learning-practice/

Coming Event! Scholarship of Teaching and Learning: What, Why, and How?

Title: The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning: What, Why and How

Day/time: January 31, 2-3:30pm

Location Michael Smith Labs, Room 101

Will it be recorded and posted online? We hope so! We’re working on it, with the help of CTLT, and we’ll let you know.

Description: Have you heard of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, but are not sure exactly what it is or what it looks like? Or perhaps you know something about it but would like to know more? This event will start with a panel of three speakers, and will leave a good deal of time for discussion afterwards. 

Simon Bates, Director of the Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology at UBC, will start off the panel by giving a presentation about the nature of SoTL.

Niamh Kelly, Associate Professor in Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at UBC, will speak about transitioning from disciplinary research to SoTL.

Gary Poole, Professor in the School of Population and Public Health, will speak about some of his research in SoTL, to give an example of SoTL work.

All are welcome to this free, public event! 

Speaker bios

Simon Bates joined UBC in the summer of 2012, and was previously Dean of Learning and Teaching and Professor of Physics Education at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. He has published extensively in the areas of physics education research and the role of technology in enhancing learning. As Academic Director of UBC’s Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology, he is responsible for the provision of academic support services to the teaching and learning community, and part of the leadership team of the Flexible Learning Initiative, a major 5-year teaching and learning transformation program at UBC. He teaches on the Physics 101 course at UBC, a first year course on energy and waves delivered to 1700 non- majors annually

Niamh Kelly, a faculty member in Medicine, describes herself as an academic ‘cross dresser’: a medical microbiologist scientist, not an MD; a scientist who is researching teaching and learning, not science; a University science teacher who is designing curricular interventions for high school students. Through all of this Niamh is interested in cutting across barriers that exist between the humanities and sciences. Her research is focused on: (i) the difficulties associated with transitioning into the scholarship associated with teaching and learning when trained as a scientist; and, (ii) how integrating the arts into a high school biology curriculum influences students’ attitudes toward, and beliefs about, science.

Gary Poole is a professor and Associate Director of the School of Population and Public Health in the Faculty of Medicine and Senior Scholar in the Centre for Health Education Scholarship at the University of British Columbia. He is a past-president of the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education and of the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. In 2004, he established and directed the Institute for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning at UBC.  He is a 3M National Teaching Fellow and he has received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education.  His current scholarly work focuses on self-directed learning, with a focus on medical education.

Coming Event! Celebrating innovation in teaching: Applying scholarship to improve practice

Are you designing a new course? Ready to redesign an existing course? Why not use the scholarship of teaching and learning to inform your design process? Hear our panelists share the different ways they have applied scholarship in their courses, ranging from the broad course design level (Dr. Rawn), to using a flipped classroom model during course delivery (Dr. Sens), to improving the efficacy of feedback on student written work (Dr. Rea). We hope you will leave this session energized to engage in scholarly teaching.


Dr. Catherine Rawn (Instructor, Psychology)
Dr. Allen Sens (Professor of Teaching, Political Science)
Dr. Jaclyn Rea (Instructor, Arts Studies in Research and Writing)

Join us on Thursday 24 October 2013, 12:30-2pm, in Buchanan B208.

Brought to you by the Instructor Network.

Flexible Learning event

Simon Bates has invited you to participate in a session titled ‘What Flexible Learning Looks Like’ on Wednesday, May 8, from 10:30-12:30 in the Earth Sciences Building (2207 Main Mall) in Room 1012 (you can find more information and register here http://www.events.ctlt.ubc.ca/events/view/2439).  Faculty and students will share examples of work being done in the area of Flexible Learning across campus. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions of the speakers and the Flexible Learning Implementation Team and to discuss the support available for course redesign. Professor Toope will also speak at the event.