Student-Consultant Partnerships With Faculty

The student-consultant partnership program was developed to provide ongoing and meaningful support to faculty members in course development and delivery. This program pairs faculty members with a second to fourth year undergraduate student whose role is to provide feedback for course development or course delivery.

Calls For Students

Student Design Consultant

Students will be paired with a faculty member to provide feedback for courses that are in development for delivery in a subsequent or future semester. The student partner is expected to meet with their faculty partner 1-2 hours per week to provide feedback and assistance in course development. Student partners will also meet with the program coordinator, Gabrielle Foran (MacPherson), for 1 hour per week to discuss relevant pedagogical theory, the provision of meaningful feedback and effective mentorship. Time commitment for the student partner is approximately 3 hours per week.

Requirements

  • Second to fourth year undergraduate students
  • Three hour per week time commitment
  • All majors/disciplines welcome
     

Student Delivery Consultant

*Note: The Student Delivery Consultant program will not run during summer 2017.  The program will resume in September 2017.  

Students will be paired with a new faculty member during the winter semester to provide feedback and a student perspective on courses that are in progress. The student partner will spend 1 hour per week attending their faculty partner’s lectures to observe their teaching practice and student response while documenting feedback for the instructor. Student partners will then meet for 1 hour per week with their faculty partner for feedback delivery and discussion. Weekly meetings with the program coordinator, Kris Knorr, will take place for 1 hour to discuss the delivery of meaningful feedback, relevant pedagogical topics and effective mentorship. Time commitment for the student partner is approximately 3 hours per week.

Requirements

  • Second to fourth year undergraduate students
  • Three hour per week time commitment
  • All majors/disciplines welcome

Calls for Faculty Partners

Student-Faculty Partnership for Course Development

Faculty members do not typically directly consider the perspective of their audience, the students, when they are designing or re-designing a course. The MacPherson Institute is offering interested faculty members the opportunity to benefit from this increasingly important voice in post-secondary education through the student-faculty partnership for course development program. This program pairs a faculty member with a second to fourth year undergraduate student whose role it is to provide their faculty partner with regular feedback on their plans for course design and to provide insight on how to better engage students. Student partners should not be expected to be discipline-specific experts but will be able to bring their perspective as learners, along with training provided by the MacPherson Institute to help their faculty partners create more learner-centered courses. It is recommended that partners meet regularly throughout the semester, either virtually or in person, at mutually convenient times. The minimum time commitment for a faculty partner is to meet with your student partner for at least 30 minutes bi-weekly.

Student-Faculty Partnership for Course Delivery
*Note: The Student Delivery Consultant program will not run during summer 2017.  The program will resume in September 2017.  

Faculty members who are interested in receiving regular feedback on their teaching are encouraged to participate in the student-faculty partnership for course delivery program, which is being piloted by the MacPherson Institute this winter. This program is modeled after a highly successful initiative that was pioneered at Bryn Mawr and Haverford Colleges wherein second to fourth year undergraduate students attend their faculty partner’s classes for the purpose of providing feedback on their teaching. Undergraduate students are in a unique position to offer feedback on teaching as they bring the perspective of a learner to the classroom and often notice different aspects of teaching and learning then would a fellow faculty member. The student partners are not expected to be a source of discipline-specific information, but will be instead trained in offering effective feedback by the MacPherson institute and will be able to provide you with detailed feedback in important aspects such as communication, lesson organization and learner engagement. The program requirements for faculty partners are that you allow your student partner to observe one hour per week of your teaching and that you meet with your student partner once a week outside of class to receive and discuss feedback.

APPLICATION Deadline by April 20th, 2017

This form is to be completed by faculty and course instructors only.  Students who are wishing to apply to become a Student Design or Delivery Partner with the MacPherson Institute should visit the Student Partners Page, and look at the MacPherson Institute Student Partner Opportunities


1. Your Name

2. Your Email

3. Faculty

4. Department

5. Select On Option (required)

6. Course Code

7. Course Name

8. Course Description (from Calendar):