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.