The Faculty Matters discussion series will take place remotely via Zoom. Registration for each event is limited to 300 participants on a first come, first served basis. All events take place between 12:00pm-1:00pm.
Life as an Academic in our New Normal
What does it mean to be a “McGill Prof” during the COVID-19 crisis, especially as we work at physical distance from our students, our offices and labs, and often with considerable care responsibilities? Join us for discussion and exchange led by three McGill colleagues.
Meaningful Graduate and Postdoctoral Supervision at a Distance
What strategies and best practices can be put in place to supervise and guide our graduate and postdoctoral students effectively, even while we may not be permitted to meet with or train them in person? How can we work to ensure that these students feel well supported and mentored as they work toward the completion of their programs and projects?
Supporting Remote Research (Lab-Based and STEM Disciplines)
How can those of us working in lab-based disciplines maintain research momentum when access to our lab space is limited or impossible to access at this time?
Session Resources from Libraries
Supporting Remote Research (Social Sciences & Humanities Disciplines)
Four colleagues from the McGill Libraries will share information about the services and resources put in place to help you keep momentum in social sciences and humanities research while working remotely. These include, among many others, training and assistance with systematic & scoping reviews and research data management for SSH scholars, training and support for your research assistants, and providing access to primary documents and literary texts licensed for study with computational methods.
Teaching Remotely Part 1: Effective Pedagogy at a Distance
Last March, the pivot to remote delivery of our courses was sudden and instructors across campus moved swiftly to transition their teaching to virtual platforms to ensure our students could continue their learning. Remote delivery of courses continues into the Summer term and it may be the case that our Fall term will require remote delivery for at least some of our courses. Join two campus leaders in the realm of teaching and learning in a discussion about the resources and strategies that McGill has put in place to support instructors through this transition so that we can maintain our commitment to quality academic programs and courses.
Teaching Remotely Part 2: Success Stories
Building on the discussion from the preceding session, this discussion will showcase the work of three scholars from different Faculties and disciplines who have demonstrated true pedagogical excellence in remote delivery of courses last term. Join us in a discussion with them as they share insights and advice and drawing on their experiences teaching in varied formats and contexts.
Respectful and Inclusive Learning Environments
McGill’s commitment to equity is cross-cutting, guiding all aspects of our academic mission. Ensuring that our students learn in spaces characterized by openness to diverse views and by respectful and inclusive engagement is of paramount importance. How can we ensure that our classroom spaces are open, accessible, and inclusive? To what extent are these commitments challenged if students must learn virtually for the coming period? Join experts from McGill’s Equity Team who will lead a discussion on these questions.
Equity and University Life Balance through and after COVID-19
In many ways, the COVID-19 crisis has had disproportionate effects on marginalized populations and groups that are underrepresented in postsecondary educations. What are the equity implications of COVID-19 for university members (students, staff, and faculty)? And are there opportunities to leverage this unprecedented disruption in the ways we learn, work, and collaborate to establish university processes and practices that promote equity?
Supporting Students through and after COVID-19
The COVID-19 crisis threw into even sharper relief the mental health challenges that many students experience. How can we as professors and supervisors support our students effectively through our work with them? Join two leaders from McGill’s Student Wellness Hub who will lead us in a discussion on this critical topic.
Welcoming New Colleagues in Person, from a Distance
Provost Manfredi will lead our discussion in this final session of Faculty Matters, which will host three junior professors who will share their experiences about their first years at McGill and the strategies that are most effective for welcoming new colleagues who join our University. The discussion will focus on how we can ensure that we provide effective advice and support to incoming professors, particularly as we consider the possibility that some may begin their careers at McGill while teaching and working remotely.