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Part 1: Identify and Document a Formal or Informal Educational Leadership Experience Related to University Teaching and Learning

Of all the roles and responsibilities you engage in, what role – either informal or informal – do you believe requires educational leadership? The first step in working towards a Certificate in Educational Leadership is to identify a role that you serve – either currently, have served in the past, or will serve in the near future – that requires leadership related to university teaching and learning.

As previously described, formal leadership roles might include Head TA positions, peer mentorship positions, or serving as a member of a teaching and learning task force or committee. Informal leadership roles might include mentoring junior colleagues, taking initiative to redesign or develop teaching material such as a handbook, or taking lead on an educational initiative. However, there are other roles where individuals work to lead educational change; therefore you are not limited to selecting one of the above articulations of leadership. More important than the role identified will be your ability to demonstrate and articulate characteristics of leadership related to university teaching and learning through documentation and critical analysis of the role identified (Part 2).

Once you have selected an educational leadership role for yourself, you will need to obtain evidence of your engagement within this role. Evidence might include:

  • a TA contract that specifies your assignment as the Head TA,
  • a letter from a mentee, a colleague, a supervisor, or a committee member

Again, you are not limited to the above forms of evidence; however your evidence must provide third-party confirmation (confirmation from persons other than yourself) of your role. Indicate the form of evidence being submitted on the Checklist for Submission


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