Faculty Matters Discussion Series

As the McGill community navigates the COVID-19 crisis together, we face many universal challenges. At the same time, we know that some issues affect academic staff uniquely, and in distinct ways.

To connect with academic staff, McGill’s Provost & Vice-Principal (Academic), Prof. Christopher Manfredi and his team have created a discussion series entitled Faculty Matters. The series will address some of the most pressing issues on our minds as McGill’s educators and scholars.

Launched in May 2020, Faculty Matters features a lineup of McGill colleagues working in disciplines and Faculties across our campuses who will lead discussions of relevance to us at this particular time. Faculty Matters convened weekly/bi-weekly during the Summer term, but will move to a monthly format for Fall/Winter 2020-21.

Sessions take place at lunch hour, from 12-1 pm in an online meeting. All are warmly welcome!

Please view the upcoming schedule and REGISTER for sessions below.

Do not hesitate to submit advance questions to: events.oap [at] mcgill.ca 

Upcoming Sessions

Date Topic Resources

3 May 2021


Faculty Matters - Fall 2021 Online Examination Options and Alternatives

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17 May 2021


Faculty Matters - Assessment for Learning: Student Perceptions 

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Past Sessions

DATE TOPIC Resources
19 April 2021

Faculty Matters - Do I Belong Here? Imposter Syndrome in the Academy

Registration is now closed.


15 March 2021

Faculty Matters - Supporting PhD's for Post-Pandemic Future

Registration is now closed.

PDF icon Supporting PhDs for a Post-Pandemic Future
22 February 2021

Fall 2021: Worries and Wants

Registration is now closed. 

18 January 2021

Faculty Mentorship

Registration is now closed.


14 December 2020

Remote Teaching: What Have We Learned?

Registration is now closed.


16 November 2020


Happiness & Wellness

Registration is now closed.


19 October 2020


Faculty Check-In: How Are We Doing?

We will discuss ways that we caring for ourselves and others and strategies for maintaining wellness.

Registration is now closed.

18 August

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.

Professor Angelica Galante (Faculty of Education)

Professor Jason Harley (Faculty of Medicine)

Professor Mugambi Jouet (Faculty of Law)

Professor Christopher Manfredi, Provost & Vice-Principal (Academic)

View a recording of the session here.
4 August

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.

Dr. Dana Carsley (Wellness Enhancement Specialist)

Dr. Vera Romano (Director, Student Wellness Hub)

Supporting students through and after COVID-19
21 July

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?

Professor Brian Rubineau (Desautels Faculty of Management)

7 July

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.

Rachel Desjourdy (Accessibility Advisor)

Sinead Hunt (Senior Equity & Inclusion Advisor)

Shanice Yarde (Equity Education Advisor, Anti-Oppression & Anti-Racism Education)

View a recording of the session here.

Equity Team Resources

Case Study

23 June

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.

Professor Jennifer Elrick (Faculty of Arts)

Professor Sujata Madan (Desautels Faculty of Management)

Professor Nik Provatas (Faculty of Science)

View a recording of the session here.
16 June

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.

Professor Christopher Buddle (Associate Provost, Teaching & Academic Programs)

Dr. Laura Winer (Director, Teaching & Learning Services)

Session slides

View a recording of the session here.

9 June 2020

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.

Robin Canuel (Head of Liaison Services, University Libraries)

Emily Kingsland (Liaison Librarian Psychology and Educational & Counselling Psychology, University Libraries)

Sandy Hervieux (Virtual Reference Coordinator, Liaison Librarian Political Science, Religious Studies and Philosophy, University Libraries)

Svetlana Kochkina (Coordinator, Digital Scholarship Hub, University Libraries)

Session resources from Libraries

View a recording of the session here.

2 June 2020

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?

Professor Benoît Boulet (Faculty of Engineering)

Professor Sébastien Faucher (Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences)

NuRee Lee (University Libraries)

Professor Nancy Mayo (Faculty of Medicine)

Jenn Riley (University Libraries)

Professor Alanna Watt (Faculty of Science)

Systematic Reviews, Scoping Reviews, and Other Knowledge Syntheses

Systematic and Scoping Reviews for Health Sciences

Library Workshops and Tours

26 May 2020

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?

Professor Josephine Nalbantoglu (Dean, Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies)

Session slideshow
19 May 2020

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.

  • Professor Patricia Hewlin (Desautels Faculty of Management)
  • Professor Adrian Liu (Faculty of Science)
  • Professor Erica Moodie (Faculty of Medicine)
View a recording of the session here.





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