As we begin another school year, I recently committed to another year of working closely with the Office of the Vice Provost Academic at York University as a Curriculum and Program Innovation Specialist. This commitment has resulted in managing long-term projects, as well as seeing the fruition of projects from the past year. These projects are designed to support departments and faculties with revisioning their curriculum to be innovative, student-centric, and future-focused; elements of education, I am deeply committed to. This new commitment also came with a new work space on campus. This larger space is more constitutive for visual mapping and collaboration and I'm looking forward to putting my personal stamp on in as we move further into fall!
In other news, the July 5th event at the Wilson Institute for Canadian History, McMaster University, about teaching history precarious times will result in an edited collection published by McGill-Queen's University Press. The collection will be edited by myself and Dr. Mary Chaktsiris. There is currently a Call For Papers for those who presented a paper at the event, with a public CFP being shared later in the fall. I look forward to working with teachers and other academics on this collection.
Finally, I currently have submitted two papers, and am included in one symposium proposal, for the CSSE Annual Conference at Congress 2020. If accepted, these contributions will explore such themes as poststructuralism and commemoration, whiteness and history education, and visual literacy and graphic novels. I will also be proposing some research we have been doing at York on higher education curriculum revision, but CFPs for these works are not yet out.
While we'll have to wait to find out if I'll be presenting at Congress, but I at least know that in March 2020, I will be running a half-day workshop on learning theory at this year's National Council on Public History conference in Atlanta, Georgia! Atlanta is a city I've always wanted to visit and I am especially excited to be introduced to it by and with a group of public historians! Visit their website for more information on the conference.
Since January of this year, I’ve been working with the Associate Vice-President Teaching and Learning at York University on innovative Experiential Education curriculum. Of particular interest are the questions related to equity and access of EE opportunities for students who work part- (and full-) time along with their full-time studies.
I’ve also been continuing my work as a Curriculum Specialist in the Office of the Vice Provost Academic, York University, assisting departments and faculties with revisioning their curriculum to be more student-centric and learning objectives focused.
On June 19, I have the honour to close the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada symposium, "Commemorating Canada: The Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada at 100" by sharing my thoughts on innovating commemoration in Canada for the next 100 years. You can RSVP to attend in person or online.
On July 5, I’ll also be talking at the Wilson Institute for Canadian History, McMaster University about teaching history, meaningfully, in "precarious times." Visit their website for more information.