To support Faculties, Departments and programs in bringing educators together to share ideas and experiences in teaching and learning, the MacPherson Institute may offer joint sponsorship of Teaching and Learning speakers and events.
This year, the MacPherson Institute has a pool of up to $10 000* and/or in-kind support for institution-wide Teaching and Learning speakers, events and activities. We can support up to three events with the total pool of funding.
We are particularly interested this year in supporting speakers and events that connect to the Partnered in Teaching and Learning Strategy, as well as speakers from across career stages.
Interested Faculties may submit a proposal to the MacPherson Institute for co-sponsorship or sponsorship of a speaker or event focused on teaching and learning and aligned with the Partnered in Teaching and Learning Strategy.
As we are piloting this process this year, we are circulating this call in February 2023 with a deadline of March 29th for submissions. Events and activities can be scheduled between May 2023 and April 30, 2024.
Proposals are reviewed and selected by the MacPherson Institute’s Director and Associate Directors based on the evaluation criteria and endorsed by the VP Teaching and Learning. Proposals must be approved by a Dean or Associate Dean for consideration.
If the proposal is approved, staff from the MacPherson Institute may be available to provide support for the planning, delivery, and possible follow-up activities for the event (see Proposal Template).
Some examples of the kinds of speakers and events include:
- Keynote speaker to address an interdisciplinary, institution-wide audience on a topic of interest within a Faculty, but broadly applicable
- Panel discussion drawing on presenters from McMaster and beyond to share insights and experiences on a topic of interest
- Discussion group focused on key reading or presentation
- Teaching demonstrations
Some examples of the kinds of contributions from the MacPherson Institute include:
- Facilitation of discussions before, during or after a speaker or panel presentation
- Coordination of some aspects of events or activities (to be determined in the Event Plan and kick-off discussion)
- Collaboration on communications and marketing
- Contributions to funding speakers, including financial contributions to travel and accommodations
- Collaboration on follow-up activities related to the event
Some examples of the kinds of contributions that are outside the scope of the MacPherson Institute include:
- Coordinating speaker
- Media and publicity beyond collaborations within McMaster
*$10 000 is available in total and may be granted to one large scale event or distributed across many smaller events, depending on the nature of applications.
- Submit a proposal through the Partnered Events in Teaching and Learning Proposal form by March 29th, 2023 (the deadline for submissions).
- Proposals are evaluated and approved by the MacPherson Institute Director and Associate Directors based on the evaluation criteria.
- If the proposal is approved, attend a “kick-off discussion” where a Program and Events Coordinator from MI together with the Faculty-organizer will develop and agree to an Event Plan that outlines expectations, responsibilities and accountabilities.
- If applicable, a Program and Events Coordinator and Educational Developer will collaborate with the Faculty-organizer to prepare for and execute the event and any follow-up activities.
- Where relevant, follow-up events and evaluations to be led by the Faculty-organizer with support from MI, as available.
If you have any questions about the process please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
- Connection of event to Partnered in Teaching and Learning strategy and/or Faculty priorities
- Potential benefits of event for instructors across McMaster are evident, plausible and sustainable/lasting
- Speaker or event offers a unique perspective to McMaster
- Complete budget with in-kind contributions from the Faculty
- Value of event to the Faculty as explained by Dean or Associate Dean