Advanced Learning and Teaching Centre Faculty Scholars Program

Advanced Learning and Teaching Centre

Faculty Scholars Program


2018-2019 Faculty Scholar: Colleen Sharen

Colleen plans to explore the extent to which gender enters into the organizational culture of institutions of higher education, thus shaping institutional assumptions about who is fit to lead; and, how those assumptions manifest in female students’ leadership identities. Her teaching innovation project intends to look at the teaching and learning methods (both curricular and extracurricular) that support students’ leadership development, specifically through a comparison of the MOS programs at Brescia and King’s University Colleges. “While leadership is not an explicit Brescia institutional learning competency, it is an explicit promise in our marketing materials… [This project] will provide our community with a baseline understanding of the effectiveness of teaching and learning innovations in leadership development.” Given Brescia’s mission statement and current Strategic Plan, Colleens plans to explore whether “Brescia better develops female students’ leadership identities as compared to a coeducational institution… The methods identified in this study could then be implemented and assessed in other academic and extracurricular programs at Brescia.”



The goal of the ALT Centre Faculty Scholars Program is to enhance the scholarship of teaching and learning at Brescia by supporting the design, research, and knowledge mobilization of faculty teaching innovation projects.

The ALT Centre Faculty Scholar appointment is a 1-year position, with the possibility to renew for 1 additional year. The ALT Centre Faculty Scholar is supported through a 0.5 or 1.0 credit release, as well as the opportunity to apply for research funding of up to $2,000.

Faculty Scholar Teaching Innovation Projects should reflect one of the following streams and may or may not be specific to the Faculty Scholar’s discipline:

  • Women’s education
  • Outcomes-based education
  • High Impact Practices
  • International or Intercultural Education
  • Curriculum Innovation


The ALT Centre Faculty Scholar position is open to all Full-Time Brescia Faculty.

Details on 2019-2020 application requirements will be posted to this page in August, 2019.

Recipient Requirements

  • Faculty Scholars must be willing to share their project and research findings with the Brescia teaching and learning community. They must also be willing to share this information with the wider teaching and learning audience through, for example, peer-reviewed journals, discipline-specific conferences on teaching and learning, or local, national, and international conferences, such as the Campuses Connected Affiliate Conference or the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education annual conference.
  • Faculty Scholars must submit an interim status report after their first 6 months in the role and a final report that outlines the outcome of their project, related research, and anticipated impact from knowledge mobilization.
  • Faculty Scholars will also be visible within the Brescia teaching and learning community through contributing to teaching and learning professional development activities within their departments and/or across Brescia. This may include contributing to Brescia Faculty Institutes and ALT Centre workshops.


Any questions about the Faculty Scholars program, including inquiries about 2019-2020 submissions, can be directed to Heather Campbell, Associate Director of the ALT Centre.