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

Recognizing Positive Mental Health as a Pre-Condition for Learning

yellow friendship bench

Today — January 25, 2017 — is “Let’s Talk” day.  Consistent with the program’s commitment to breaking the silence about mental illness in Ontario, I thought it timely to blog about wellbeing. This is an issue I care… Read More


student orientation blue shirt

As my quest to learn about Sheridan continues, I’m personally and professionally focused on transitions. This is an area I’m passionate about; transitions and the first-year experience have been two of my research foci for over twenty years. … Read More

Five “Gucci” Things

Donkey - Shrek - Joel Cumber

Today is day eleven and – notwithstanding the winter weather – I couldn’t wait to get here this morning.  The last two weeks have been busy and awe-inspiring. Most noteworthy is the genuine warmth and generosity that permeates… Read More

My First Official Day!

Sheridan Trafalgar Campus

Greetings! Today marks my first official day as a member of the Sheridan learning community and I’m really excited to be here. After some much needed time off – largely spent shuttling my kids around and getting a jump-start on holiday shopping – I’m feeling rested and rejuvenated. I know Sheridan has a bold vision and great aspirations; I’m ready to learn about how I can help. First and foremost, however, I want to introduce myself and underscore some of my personal and professional values.