The Celebration Week is a series of sessions organized by the Gwenna Moss Centre for Teaching and Learning (GMCTL) which aims to enhance and celebrate your teaching practice in a variety of ways. The series includes the Celebration of Teaching event, innovative teaching showcases, interactive workshops, and gatherings tailored to specific groups or interests.


Tuesday, April 24

AP/APA Faculty Gathering

Time: 10:00 - 11:30
Location: GMCTL Classroom (Murray 50.12)
Type: Just for You
Facilitator: Ryan Banow, Gwenna Moss Centre

Discussion for AP/APA (Academic Programming) faculty at the University of Saskatchewan. Topics encompass teaching, research on teaching, and more.

Wednesday, April 25

Doing the Legwork for International Collaborative Teaching

Time: 10:00 - 11:00
Location: Collaborative Learning Lab (Murray Library, 1st Floor)
Type: Workshop
David Parkinson, Department of English
Kara Loy, Strategic Research Initiatives
Payel Chattopadhyay Mukherjee, Ahmedabad University

Knowing the necessary tasks can help anyone who is considering international collaborative teaching. This session will offer practical information and practice in carrying out these tasks:

  • planning a course curriculum with an international partner
  • scheduling paired lectures
  • preparing readings (with copyright approval)
  • simplifying technical requirements

Just for FYRE

Time: 2:00 - 3:30
Location: Murray G3
Type: Just for You
Facilitator: Ryan Banow

This session is an opportunity for both seasoned and novice First-Year Research Experience (FYRE) collaborators to get together, share experiences, and build community in a facilitated environment. Potential discussion topics:

  • how are students going through each step of the Research Arc (Question, Investigate, Share) in your class?
  • what aspects of your FYRE implementation have been really successful?
  • what aspects of your FYRE implementation have presented challenges?
  • what have you learned from implementing FYRE?
  • what new ideas do you have for FYRE that you are excited to try next time?

There will be a few informal presentations from collaborators and opportunities for everyone in attendance to share and discuss. Even if you’re brand new to FYRE, you’re encouraged to attend and join in the conversation.

Thursday, April 26

Redesigning the Comprehensive Exam: Relevance, Rigour, and Reasonableness

Time: 2:00 - 3:30
Location: Murray G3
Type: Workshop
Jon Farthing, College of Kinesiology
Susan Bens, Gwenna Moss Centre

How are your doctoral students doing with the comprehensive or candidacy exam experience?  Might it be time to update the goals and processes of the exam for doctoral students in your program?  It can be done!  This interactive session showcases the process undertaken in the College of Kinesiology to redesign the comprehensive exam process for PhD students.   Dr. Jon Farthing (Chair of the Graduate Committee and faculty member in the College of Kinesiology) will share a timeline of key pedagogical discussions, important decisions points, and steps in faculty and student consultation.   Having now had the first PhD students successfully complete the new process, Jon will reflect on the extent to which the goals to enhance the relevance, maintain the rigour, and ensure the reasonableness of the exam experience are being achieved.  Many of the “lessons learned” appear transferrable to other program contexts.  Participants can expect to spend the first half of this session learning about this example and the second half in discussion about application to your own graduate program contexts.

Friday, April 27

Indigenous Voices Showcase

Time: 10:00 - 12:00
Location: Murray G3
Type: Incubator
Loleen Berdahl, Department of Political Studies
Leah Ferguson, College of Kinesiology
Sarah Oosman, College of Medicine
Rose Roberts, Gwenna Moss Centre
Stryker Calvez, Gwenna Moss Centre

This event will showcase the above participants and their projects on Indigenization - the successes and challenges they encountered. The audience will have the opportunity to engage in dialogue with the presenters on their projects or other topics related to Indigenization of teaching and learning.

Celebration of Teaching

Time: 3:00 - 5:00
Location: Biology Building, Room 106

All instructors, and their guests, including students, are welcome to attend the announcement of the Provost’s College and Themed Teaching Awards, and the Sylvia Wallace Sessional Lecturer Award recognizing excellence in teaching. Light refreshments will be served. All award recipients and their guests should register by clicking the button below.

Session Types


Workshop sessions offer further application and strategies of a specific concept or challenge with focused time for more in-depth work.  They usually consist of activities combined with new information and time to apply the principles and receive feedback.


The purpose of this type of session is to bring together colleagues with shared goals and interest in an emerging topic. The time is used to work, connect, brainstorm, explore, develop, and share to move projects forward, while connecting with colleagues. There won't be any presentations or workshop-type activities - this is colleagues working together.

Just for You

Co-created with specific groups, Just for You sessions focus on topics, examples and approaches specific to a discipline or role, with the format determined by the goals of the group. These sessions are tailored to your needs. Interestingly, these sessions can use any of the format structures; their uniqueness is the group.