CAAA Education Committee Report

May 2010

The Education Committee has had a busy and effective year. I am now completing my third full year as Chair of the Education Committee and I have agreed to another one-year term. The majority of the Education committee carried over from the past few years, which has helped tremendously. We continued to gain a few additional members at last years conference and throughout the year. The committee is quite large (20 members), my philosophy is to accept all volunteers and then encourage them to be as involved as possible. Like many volunteer activities, we have some members who are very involved and others that contribute less frequently.

The current members include:

  • Ayesha Laher, CGA
  • Beth Honeychurch, CASB
  • Bob Sproule, University of Waterloo
  • Camillo Lento, Lakehead University
  • Carmen Kuczewski, Concordia University
  • Chris Burnley, Vancouver Island University
  • Christopher Martinez, Centennial College
  • Colleen Evans, Red River College
  • David Inhaber, SAIT
  • Jamie Aldcorn, Seneca College
  • Jean Pai, University of Manitoba
  • Joanne Jones, York University
  • Liang Chen, University of Toronto
  • Linda Robinson, University of Waterloo
  • Mark Binder, Red River College
  • Norman Sheehan, University of Saskatchewan
  • Rand Rowlands, George Brown College
  • Vanessa Magness, Ryerson University
  • Sandy Hilton, University of British Columbia Okanagan

All members of the committee have worked tirelessly to promote a focus on teaching and learning at the annual conference. We have organized eleven sessions during the regular conference period (up from 10 in 2009), a full-day session for the professional development day preceding the conference, one of the two plenary sessions, and organized the competitions for the French and English cases competitions, and the Howard Teall Innovation award. My sincere thanks go out to each and every member of this years committee; it truly was a team effort!

One of our goals this year was to continue to draw upon the experts beyond those on the committee. Most of the sessions we have organized this year involve numerous academics outside of the committee. In particular, we have Gary Poole (UBC) as our plenary speaker, two academics from the US (Dee Fink and Marsha Huber) and a number of representatives from the professional bodies helping with various sessions. We are grateful for their involvement.

Through multiple conference calls and numerous email exchanges between September 2009 and May 2010, the committee developed the educational sessions for the 2010 annual conference. I will not report the details of each session below since much of that is available elsewhere (the conference program for instance). Consistent with prior years, planning the annual conference was the sole focus of the committee this past year

I believe we have developed a very strong set of sessions that should be of interest to many educators. One of my hopes this year was to continue to host a session dedicated to the scholarship of teaching and learning we had sufficient papers submitted that we are hosting such a session in 2010.

I spent many hours this past year working with CMA Canada to revise the pool of funds ($20,000) that had originally been given for the Beechy Project in 2006 and 2007 but have remained unused since then. CMA Canada has agreed to allow those funds to be used to support scholarship of teaching and learning projects. The final details are still be worked out, but I anticipate that the grant will function much like our other research calls except that it will be adjudicated by the Education Committee with input from CMA Canada.

I am grateful for the opportunity I have had to work with this committee, with the board, and with the variety of educators across the country who are passionate about teaching and learning. Personally, I would like to thank each member for their incredible contribution this year, to the Board for your leadership, and to Lesley for being flexible and keeping me on track.


Sandy Hilton

May 9, 2010




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