I began this academic year signing another contract with the Office of the Vice Provost Academic at York University as a Program Development and Curriculum Innovation Specialist. This commitment has resulted in managing long-term projects curriculum projects that support departments and faculties with revisioning their curriculum to be innovative, student-centric, and future-focused. This new commitment also came with a new work space more constitutive for visual mapping and collaboration. I am 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 and teaching reflections due in early-winter. I look forward to working with both teachers and 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.
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.