Paul R. MacPherson Institute

for Leadership, Innovation & Excellence in Teaching


DNA Decoded with Felicia Vulcu and Caitlin Mullarkey takes students into a virtual lab to perform their own forensic analysis of DNA samples from a murder scene


Call for Applications

We are now accepting applications for T&L Fellowship and Grants


Teaching and Learning Certificates of Completion Program

Open to graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.


Upcoming Instructional Skills Workshops

for Faculty & Instructors


MacPherson Institute Update

Dear McMaster Community,

In April 2018, an external review of Teaching and Learning at McMaster was initiated, with a focus on the activities of the MacPherson Institute.

External reviewers visited the campus in September and met with stakeholders related to teaching and learning. These reviewers produced a report, available on the Provost’s website, with recommendations to enhance teaching and learning at McMaster.

Work is now underway to plan a response to these recommendations; we will share this plan with the campus community in the coming months. We are eager to address the recommendations and to engage in ongoing dialogue with the campus community throughout this process. We appreciate your continued patience and support, as we anticipate that in many cases a thoughtful and appropriate response will take some time to be fully realized.

One of our urgent next steps in responding to the reviewer recommendations will be to clarify the mission, vision and mandate of the MacPherson Institute. We plan to convene town halls in the first months of the new year to gather your input and guidance in this process.

The staff at the MacPherson Institute, like the staff, faculty and students at McMaster University, share a deep commitment to teaching and learning. We look forward to partnering with you to foster, explore and celebrate positive teaching and learning experiences.

If you have questions, concerns or comments, please connect with us at



Dr. Lori Goff
Interim Director, The MacPherson Institute

McMaster University Teaching and Learning Review:
Abridged Self-Study

The McMaster University Teaching and Learning Review, Abridged Self-Study is complete. The final report can be downloaded the link below:

Abridged Self-Study


Forward with Flexibility – a Teaching and Learning Resource on Accessibility

February 19, 2019

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

Student Partners Program Guidebook

September 8, 2015

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

September 4, 2015

Program Review and Enhancement Guidebook

August 19, 2015

The Faculty Accessibility Resource Guide

June 3, 2014


February 26, 2014


February 26, 2014


February 26, 2014