Teaching Development

What We Do

The MacPherson Institute works with the McMaster community to support innovation, leadership and excellence in teaching and learning. We provide development opportunities, individual consultations, events, and resources on effective teaching practices. We also work with faculty, graduate students and post-docs, and undergraduates through other programs such as.


There are no upcoming events at this time.

Information for New Faculty & Instructors

New Faulculty Guide to Teaching and Learning

The quality and well-being of our new instructors translate into successes in student learning. Connect with any of our Educational Developers for:

  • guidance or feedback on teaching portfolio development, including teaching philosophy statement and evidence of teaching effectiveness
  • consultation and resources on specific teaching methods and course design
  • opportunities for classroom observation (being visited by us or visiting an experienced teacher’s class) and instructional skills training
  • evaluating and improving course design/delivery through the MacPherson Institute’s course refinement service (many of our leading teachers have taken advantage of this service)
  • connecting with the MacPherson Institute and faculty across campus to work on specific areas relevant to teaching and learning, through communities of practice

Sessional Faculty Notes from CUPE 3906:

CUPE 3906 represents Sessional Faculty at McMaster responsible for the delivery of degree credit courses. The University and CUPE collaborate on a Sessional Faculty Notes document that contains important resources for Sessional Faculty and Hourly Rated Sessional Music Faculty, including information about parking, e-mail access, grade submission, the appeals process, student resources, teaching resources, and more. It can be located at:

Take a look at our teaching and learning guidebooks.

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Effective Teaching in Large Classes – Strategies from Social Science Instructors

October 2, 2018


November 2, 2016

New Faculty Guide to Teaching and Learning at McMaster

October 20, 2015

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Student Partners Program Guidebook

September 8, 2015

Quick Guide for Faculty, Instructors, Post-Docs and Grad Students

September 4, 2015

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Program Review and Enhancement Guidebook

August 19, 2015

The Faculty Accessibility Resource Guide

June 3, 2014


February 26, 2014


February 26, 2014

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Teaching Development Consultation

If you are currently a McMaster University faculty member and wish to schedule a consultation meeting with an Educational Development consultant, please fill in the form below.
We offer support in the following areas:
Evidenced-based Teaching Methods
Learning Portfolio Implementation
Teaching Portfolio Review
Course/Assessment Design
Mid-Course Feedback
Interpreting Course Evaluation Data Technology (e.g. clickers, online learning)
Additional questions or issues
  • Please provide any details if possible (e.g deadlines etc). Please note: all information collected will be kept confidential. Any details you provide will help us determine how best to support you.
  • If you are requesting support in preparing a teaching dossier, please specify if the dossier is being prepared for :