MacPherson Institute works with the McMaster community to support innovation and excellence in teaching and learning. We provide training opportunities, individualized consultations, and resources on effective teaching practices. Below, you will find information on our areas of expertise.

New Faculty

The quality and well-being of our new instructors translate into successes in student learning. Contact 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 MacPherson Institute’s course refinement service (many of our leading teachers have taken advantage of this service)
  • connecting with MacPherson Institute and faculty across campus to work on specific areas relevant to teaching and learning, through communities of practice

New Faculty Networking Orientation

Connecting you to campus resources to support your
teaching, learning, and research.

  • Connect with fellow new faculty members at the University.
  • Meet the President, and other senior leaders and faculty about McMaster’s institutional culture.
  • Get to know the MacPherson Institute and other campus resources available to support your teaching, learning, and research.


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:

New Faulculty Guide to Teaching and LearningNew Faculty Guide to Teaching and Learning at McMaster

This guide compiles practical information and resources for faculty to consult whether they are new to teaching or are experienced educators who are new to McMaster. In addition to practical information about topics such as undergraduate course management policies and drafting a syllabus, the guide also includes links to articles on key aspects of the teaching and learning process.

Campus Resources:

Workshops offered by the Associate Vice-President (Faculty):
Faculty Leadership and Development
Workshops help new faculty learn the ropes

Workshops and resources in respective Faculties:
Health Sciences

New Employees
New Employees Orientation Program

Teaching Development Consultations

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.

  • 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

1.Your Name (required)

2. Department (required)

3. Your Email (required)

4. Teaching Appointment

5. Inquiry


6. Please provide any details if possible (e.g. any deadlines). Please note: all information collected will be kept confidential. Any details you provide will help us determine how best to support you.

7. If you are requesting support in preparing a teaching dossier, please specify if the dossier is being prepared for one of the following:

8. Preferred Meeting Times


Great teachers are an inspiration to teachers and students alike! Whether you are a student, instructor, or staff, you can shape the culture of teaching and learning at McMaster by sharing the stories of great teachers’ methods and impact. As in any scholarly activity, it is important to be learning about what others have done, reflecting on our own practice, and building on existing knowledge. Various opportunities are available to help recognise and celebrate the excellent and innovative teachers on our campus:

We invite you to participate in our teaching and learning culture at McMaster:

  • Connect with past award winners, and/or visit their classroom
  • Nominate your colleague or teacher for a teaching award
  • Find out more about past award winners, and learn about their work
  • Connect with MacPherson Institute to prepare your teaching portfolio for a future award, or simply for reviewing evidence of your teaching effectiveness and finding opportunities to enhance your impact on campus

It is important for department administrators to actively encourage and nominate great teachers for their Faculty-level and campus-level awards. Receiving the President’s Award for Outstanding Contributions to Teaching and Learning is an asset to being nominated at the provincial (e.g. OCUFA Teaching Award) and national levels (e.g. 3M National Teaching Fellowship).

Preparing for an award nomination is a rewarding endeavour that takes time and thought. Please consult an Educational Developer (use our Consultation Request Form) as early in the process as possible.