Embracing the Next Challenge

Convocation

Photo Credit: Matthew Mioduszewski When I got the job of Vice-Provost, Students at York, my son Bennett boasted to all of his friends that I would soon be responsible for all the sports fields on campus.  As a… Read More

Heroes and Villains

On Saturday, February 24, my partner Ken and I attended the Bal de Neige, an annual Oakville event hosted by AMPed for Life, a team of amazing leaders — including the Pace family — who raise funds for… Read More

The Complexities of Learning

Capes for Kids

My partner and I have spent a lot of time in recent weeks talking to our twelve-year old son about strategies for fueling his own learning.  For those of you with experience parenting pre-teens, you’ll appreciate that—at times… Read More

Community and Empathy

Snowflakes

Photo Credit: iStock.com/dibrova As many of you know, my Dad has been unwell in recent months.  After 30 days of intense radiation, he underwent 16 hours of head and neck surgery last Thursday in Toronto.

Are We There Yet?

Emporer penguins with chicks

Photo Credit: iStock.com/vladsilver This past week has been difficult for every member of our learning community. Faculty and staff at Sheridan are deeply committed to delivering premier, purposeful educational experiences for students.  The ongoing strike, and the consequent… Read More

Happy Fall!

Like many of you, I have lived my entire life on an academic calendar. I love September and the adrenalin rush that comes with the arrival of a new academic year.  It was a privilege to welcome so… Read More

Lifelong Learning

lifelong learner

In the course of our Academic Planning process, I had a number of great conversations with faculty colleagues about our fourth priority:  Fuel academic and career success by cultivating curiosity, a passion for growth and learning, perseverance, fun, and… Read More

Charting our Course Together: Sheridan’s New Academic Plan (2017-2022)

Further to an earlier post, and consistent with the timeline we’ve shared broadly, I’m pleased to report that Sheridan’s Senate voted on March 23 to recommend that the Board of Governors approve our new Academic Plan when they… Read More

Indigenous Knowledge

Indigenous Knowledge

As we’ve marched together towards a penultimate draft of our new Academic Plan, I’ve been asked about the embedded commitment to Indigenous Knowledge. In the interests of transparency, I wanted to address the question of why this is… Read More

Character, Quality and Sustainability: What’s Your Take?

three emerging themes in the academic plan

I love planning.  As a teenager — when I was managing the demands of high school and a competitive swim schedule — I would plan out the week ahead for my whole family every Sunday night.  My mother… Read More