Faculty Engagement in Teaching Development Activities Phase 1 Literature Review

Research Summary:

This report and its accompanying stand-alone  appendix provide a review of the literature related to faculty engagement in teaching development activities at universities.  The literature review is framed using Stephen Brookfield’s four lenses, and discusses changes to student and faculty learning models, the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL), as well as teaching and learning initiatives underway at universities in Canada and other geographic regions.

The literature suggests that while some faculty gain teaching experience at the graduate or post-doctoral levels, most faculty learn to teach on-the-job.  The report suggests that it is important for universities to develop appropriate teaching and learning programs to promote faculty development and support student learning.

In 2010, HEQCO will release the second phase of this project, a report that analyzes how faculty engage in teaching, where and how they acquire their knowledge and skills, and what faculty do to improve their teaching methods.

To request a copy of the stand-alone appendix (English-only) email info@heqco.ca. 


Frederick Evers is a Professor and Director of Teaching Support Services at the University of Guelph and Shirley Hall is a Research Assistant in Teaching Support Services at the University of Guelph.  The report is also written with the help of Judy Britnell, Director, Learning & Teaching Office at Ryerson University; Bettina Brockerhoff-Macdonald, Senior Program Manager, Centre for Continuing Education at Laurentian University; Lorraine Carter, Professor, School of Nursing at Laurentian University; Debra Dawson, Director, Teaching Support Centre at the University of Western Ontario; Donald Kerr, Associate Professor and Acting Chair, Department of Lifelong Learning at Lakehead University; Joy Mighty, Director, Centre for Teaching & Learning at Queen’s University; Gillian Siddall, Director, Instructional Development Centre at Lakehead University; and Peter Wolf, Associate Director & Manager, Educational Development, Teaching Support Services at the University of Guelph.​