Supporting faculty to create a healthy and engaging learning environment

Introducing the Toolkit for Faculty & Staff

Being a faculty member is about much more than delivering course content and evaluating academic performance. It is an opportunity to be a part of both the life and learning journey of our students. This often necessitates the wearing of many hats: instructor, mentor, confidant, advisor to name a few.

It is no secret that in recent years students have reported increasing academic stress and anxiety. One of the first places where metal health issues are noticed is the classroom (Plieto – De Rango, 2017). How our students experience their learning environment impacts their ability to learn and can impact their mental well-being. At the same time, the demands of faculty members have increased, and they too are experiencing increased stress levels.  

This interactive webinar aims to highlight some important considerations, anecdotes and findings that impact the mental health and wellness of the learning environment. We will be sharing information from the recently released Mental Health Toolkit for Faculty and Staff (see link below) and discussing these considerations with guests representing the voice of both faculty and support staff. Please bring your thoughts, perspectives and inquiries to the session. 

Key areas of focus will provide insight and perspective on the following areas: 

  • How can we create a healthy balance for both faculty and students to promote engagement and well-being? 
  • What is intersectionality in curriculum design and how can it be incorporated into our classrooms? 

Cecilia Amoakohene is the Community Partnership Coordinator at the Centre for Innovation in Campus Mental Health. She is the lead on the Campus/Community Partnership Project and provides organizational and project management support to campuses and community organizations looking to engage in intentional partnerships. Prior to beginning her work at the Centre for Innovation in Campus Mental Health, Cecilia worked for several years in health promotion at the University of Toronto’s St, George Campus. 

Chad Jankowski is currently the Mental Health Programs Officer for the Faculty of Arts & Science at the University of Toronto where he draws upon many years of experience developing, delivering, and evaluating health-promoting initiatives to support individual and community wellbeing.  Chad’s work has included consulting with partners to develop health-enhancing solutions, supporting system navigation, and delivering engaging learning experiences. Chad is coping with physical distancing by eating all of the food, embracing online board games, playing Pokémon Go (yes, still), and attending virtual activities hosted by Out & Out Toronto.

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