It’s time for some introductions. The Teaching and Learning Centre recently welcomed three new staff members to expand the services available to instructors and academic units.
First up, alphabetically, is Erin Aspenlieder, our new educational consultant. She joined us just this week and will provide support to the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.
Erin comes from McMaster University (Hamilton, ON), where she worked in the Centre for Leadership in Learning as a postdoctoral fellow and consultant with a focus on graduate-student professional development, teaching-assistant training, and course and curriculum design and review. She has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in a range of disciplines, including English, Education, and Inquiry.
Erin has particular expertise in incorporating “active learning,” providing students with effective feedback, accessibility, and experimental pedagogies. She will be offering individual classroom consultations and course refinements for instructors in FASS, will support FASS departments and programs engaged in curriculum mapping exercises, and will facilitate relationships among and between constituents within FASS interested in teaching and learning topics (e.g., mentorship relationships, idea exchanges, brown bag lunches, workshops). She will also work on the Certificate Program in University Teaching and Learning for Graduate Students and is beginning consultations on refining supports for teaching assistants and graduate students. Read more about Erin’s background and interests on her profile page.
The other new members of the TLC team are videographers Eric Sanderson and Chris Wayatt.
Eric is a graduate of the SFU Film program. His thesis film, Slack Water, debuted at the Montreal World Film Festival in 2009. In 2010 he lived in Ghana, documenting the implementation of education and water infrastructure projects. Since then he has produced several short projects for the Ministry of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation and contributed to the Royal Roads Digital Stories Project of Tsawout First Nation. He is currently working on a documentary about a former Zen monk teaching meditation to incarcerated youth.
Chris hails from New Zealand and came to a career in film after 10 years as an international competitive ski racer. In 2003, he travelled to Africa to produce the documentary Designs from the Wild, featuring Gucci jewelry designer Pippa Small, which is now being developed into a 13-part television series. Chris ventured into high-altitude extreme filming as part of a month-long expedition to the 20,000-foot summit of Island Peak in Nepal. He acted as both cinematographer and stills photographer on the award-winning 2006 documentary Uganda Rising, narrated by Kevin Spacey. In 2009, Chris was behind the camera for MTV’s 10-part docudrama Peak Season and shot epic footage for the O’Neill Coldwater Classic surf competition in Tofino. He also shot and edited video for the 2010 Winter Olympics and has broad commercial experience. Chris lives with his wife and two small children on an acreage in Paradise Valley, Squamish, B.C.