Centennial Symposium
Banff, Alberta, Canada
November 11 to 13, 2010

Pre-Symposium Workshops
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
November 10, 2010



Susan L. Elrod
Executive Director of Project Kaleidoscope

Susan Elrod began as the second director of Project Kaleidoscope (PKAL) at the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) on January 1, 2010. She holds a Ph.D. in genetics and has taught extensively, conducted scientific and educational research. Elrod came to PKAL from Cal Poly – San Luis Obispo where she has been a professor of biological sciences since 1997, and most recently served as associate dean for strategic initiatives in the College of Science and Mathematics at Cal Poly and as the director of Cal Poly’s Center for Excellence in Science and Mathematics Education (CESaME). She has experience in curricular reform, learning assessment and program evaluation, faculty development, and departmental and institutional governance, and has led a wide array of STEM education initiatives, including PKAL’s W.M. Keck Foundation-funded initiative, Facilitating Interdisciplinary Learning and several STEM teacher education initiatives. Elrod is also a PKAL Faculty for the 21st Century (F21) member.


Pat Hutchings
Senior Associate with The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching

Pat Hutchings joined the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching in 1998, serving as a senior scholar and then as vice president, working closely with a wide range of programs and research initiatives, including the Carnegie Academy for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. She has written widely on the investigation and documentation of teaching and learning, the peer collaboration and review of teaching, and the scholarship of teaching and learning. Recent publications, drawing from Carnegie's work, include Ethics of Inquiry: Issues in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (2002), Opening Lines: Approaches to the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (2000) and, co-authored with Mary Taylor Huber, The Advancement of Learning: Building the Teaching Commons (2005). She continues to work part-time with the Foundation on a broad range of higher education issues. She was chair of the English department at Alverno College from 1978 to 1987 and a senior staff member at the American Association for Higher Education (AAHE) from 1987-1997. Her doctorate in English is from the University of Iowa.


Ron MacDonald
Journalism Professor in the Faculty of Communication Studies at Mount Royal University

Ron MacDonald has been a reporter, staff correspondent, senior editor, news director, acting bureau chief, and freelance writer. He taught at other post secondary institutions before joining the faculty at Mount Royal as a full-time Journalism instructor in 1984, and has served at Mount Royal as Chair of Academic Council, a member of the Mount Royal Board of Governors, and as Chair of the former Communications Department and of the Applied Journalism and Applied Electronic Publications degree programs.  Ron was selected as a 2009 Mount Royal University Teaching and Learning Scholar, and his inquiry focused on learning disciplinary ways of thinking and practicing in two introductory journalism courses.  His study examined students' posts to asynchronous online discussion forums in two back-to-back introductory undergraduate journalism courses, looking for evidence that students are learning how to think and act like journalists.


For more information please contact the Institute for Scholarship of Teaching and Learning at sotlinstitute@mtroyal.ca or 403.440.5503