2017 Research on Teaching and Learning Conference: Exploring Teaching and Learning Partnerships in Higher Education

McMaster Innovation Park

November 16, 2017 – November 17, 2017


The Paul R. MacPherson Institute for Leadership, Innovation & Excellence in Teaching is excited to announce the annual Research on Teaching and Learning Conference, which will be held at McMaster Innovation Park (Hamilton, ON) on November 16th & 17th, 2017. The 2017 conference theme will focus on Exploring Teaching and Learning Partnerships in Higher Education.

This conference provides the opportunity to explore vital partnerships that arise in higher education that impact our understandings and approaches to teaching and learning.


We invite abstracts that either involve or explore a range of partnerships, including (but not limited to):


  • Faculty-staff-student partnerships
  • Industry, private sector
  • Municipalities
  • Non-profit organizations
  • Primary, secondary, and post-secondary educators
  • Indigenous communities


Registration information can be found in the Announcements below.





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Keynote Presentations


Alison Cook-Sather

Working toward Greater Equity and Inclusivity through Pedagogical Partnership

Alison Cook-Sather is Mary Katharine Woodworth Professor of Education at Bryn Mawr College and Director of the Teaching and Learning Institute at Bryn Mawr and Haverford Colleges. Her research focuses on how differently positioned participants in education can work together toward deeper learning and on how various metaphors and the classical anthropological concept of liminality can be used to analyze how education is and might be conceptualized and practiced. Supported by grants from the Ford Foundation, The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations, and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Dr. Cook-Sather has developed internationally recognized programs that position students as pedagogical consultants to prospective secondary teachers and to practicing college faculty members. She has published over 80 articles and book chapters and given as many keynote addresses, other invited presentations, and papers at refereed conferences in Australia, Brazil, Canada, Italy, Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and throughout the United States. She has published five books including Engaging Students as Partners in Learning & Teaching: A Guide for Faculty (co-authored with Catherine Bovill and Peter Felten, Jossey-Bass, 2014), Learning from the Student’s Perspective: A Sourcebook for Effective Teaching (Paradigm Publishers, 2009), and International Handbook of Student Experience in Elementary and Secondary School (co-edited with Dennis Thiessen, Springer Publishers, 2007). She is also founding editor of Teaching and Learning Together in Higher Education and founding c-editor of International Journal for Students as Partners. From 2010-2015, she was the Jean Rudduck Visiting Scholar at the University of Cambridge in England.



Sandy Raha

It takes a community to develop a student program: McMaster Children and Youth University in action

Sandy Raha is the co-founder of the McMaster Children & Youth University and an Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at McMaster University. His PhD is from the University of Toronto and his postdoctoral training took place at the Hospital for Sick Children. His current research focuses on understanding how obesity during pregnancy can affect the future health of the baby. Sandy is a recipient of the Synapse Mentorship Award from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), which recognizes health researchers who have made exceptional efforts to promote health research among Canada’s students. His knowledge translation activities are directed at helping children understand what happens in their bodies when they eat poorly or don’t exercise enough.Sandy is also the recipient 2010 FHS Graduate Program Teaching Award as well as a 2017 Presidents Award for Outstanding Contributions to Teaching and Learning for his work integrating community engagement and post-secondary student training.



Patrick Byrne

Students Take Over City Hall: The Adventurous Partnerships of CityLAB

Patrick Byrne is the Project Manager for CityLAB Hamilton, an innovation hub where students from McMaster University, Mohawk College, and Redeemer University College co-create projects with City of Hamilton staff to make the city a better place to live. Patrick is currently on leave from his PhD studies in English and Cultural Studies at McMaster and is a graduate of McMaster's Arts & Science Program. After completing his undergraduate degree, Patrick continued his studies in the United Kingdom by pursuing a Masters of Outdoor Education degree at the University of Edinburgh, where he received Distinction for his work on the potential of narrative to inform environmental practices and cultures in Ontario. Patrick has taught the level four Arts & Science course, “Environmental Education Inquiry” at McMaster and has also taught in the School of Communication and Literary Studies at Sheridan College in Oakville and Brampton. While teaching, Patrick served for three years as the Program Coordinator for the McMaster Discovery Program, a non-credit, university-level course for adults in Hamilton who have experienced barriers to higher education. Patrick successfully managed and expanded this program and worked to create a transformative learning environment where community members and McMaster faculty, students, and staff, came together to share expertise and create a community of engaged learners.

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Please see Accommodation section below to find information on where to stay during the conference.

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