Cynthia Korpan

Cynthia Korpan
Position
Manager of Professional Development Programs
LTSI
Credentials

BA (Windsor), BA (UVic), MA (UVic), PhD (UVic)

Contact
Office: HHB 120k

Cynthia plans and develops all learning and teaching related professional development programming for graduate students, such as the bi-yearly TA Conferences and workshops throughout the academic year. She also prepares and oversees the TAC program, and co-facilitates Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (LATHE), a Graduate Certificate program. For the campus community, Cynthia coordinates the yearly Let’s Talk about Teaching conference, and as advised by the centre’s director, works on curriculum retreats.

Concurrently, Cynthia is a PhD Interdisciplinary candidate researching the learning process that TAs undergo as they first begin teaching (as the lead instructor in the classroom) in the academic workplace. Her dissertation is titled, “Teaching Assistants’ (TAs) Learning in the Workplace.” Cynthia served as chair (vice-chair previously) of the Teaching Assistant and Graduate Student Advancement (TAGSA) special interest group (SIG) within the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (STLHE) for two consecutive terms from 2012-2016. Cynthia recently received the inaugural Educational Developer Leadership Award 2017.

Professional development initiatives that are sustainable and transformational, teaching experiences of TAs, workplace learning theories in academic settings, experiential learning, curriculum design, and the scholarship of teaching and learning.

Scholarly and Professional Achievements

Articles Published in Refereed Journals

Korpan, C., Le-May Sheffield, S., & Verwoord, R. (2015). Teaching assistant competencies in Canada: Building a framework for practice together. Collected Essays in Learning & Teaching, 8, Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education.

Korpan, C. (2014). The Apprenticeship of Teaching Assistants: Time to change? Transformative Dialogues, 7(3). Online access: http://www.kpu.ca/td/current-issue

Korpan, C. (2014). From Teaching Assistant (TA) Training to Workplace Learning. Collected Essays in Learning & Teaching, 7(2), 8 pages, Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. Online access: http://celt.uwindsor.ca/ojs/leddy/index.php/CELT/article/view/4002/3294

Korpan, C. (2010). Teaching Assistant Consultants (TACs): Peer Mentors for departmental TAs – Inspiring and instilling the value of learning. Collected Essays in Learning & Teaching, 4, 5 pages, Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education.

Berry, D. & Korpan, C. (2009). Fly on the Wall. Collected Essays in Learning & Teaching, Volume 2, 5 pages, Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education.

Other Publications

Reports

“TA Awards: strategies to help departments successfully implement.” (forthcoming). Learning and Teaching Centre, University of Victoria, Victoria, BC.

“Impact of the Course Design Institute and TA Training at a University in China.” (2015). University of Victoria Research Project. Co-authored with Dr. Jane Gair.

"Preparing First-time Teaching Assistants (TAs): A National Survey of Canadian Post-secondary Institutions' TA Orientations." (2014). Educational Developers' Caucus (EDC) funded report.

“Guide to Preparing Teaching Statements and Dossiers: For Graduate Students and Teaching Assistants.” (2015). Learning and Teaching Centre, University of Victoria, Victoria, BC.

“Framework for TA competency development.” (2015). Teaching Assistant and Graduate Student Advancement (TAGSA) Special Interest Group of the Society of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (STLHE).

“TAGSA Key People Directory.” (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015). Teaching Assistant and Graduate Student Advancement (TAGSA) Special Interest Group of the Society of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (STLHE).

“Formative Feedback for Teaching Assistants (TAs) at UVic.” (2012). Learning and Teaching Centre, University of Victoria, Victoria, BC.

“International Teaching Assistant (ITA) Resources at UVic.” (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015). Learning and Teaching Centre, University of Victoria, Victoria, BC.

“TA ProD in Canada Report.” (2011). Teaching Assistant and Graduate Student Advancement (TAGSA) Special Interest Group of the Society of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (STLHE).

“The Instructor’s Guide to Working with TAs.” (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015). Learning and Teaching Centre, University of Victoria, Victoria, BC.

“Overview of Primary TA Responsibilities.” (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015). Learning and Teaching Centre, University of Victoria, Victoria, BC.

Papers, lectures, addresses

Professional Presentations

“TAGSA welcome.” June, 2015, Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (STLHE) conference, Vancouver, BC. Co-presenter.

“Teaching assistant (TA) competencies: Testing theory through practice.” June, 2015, Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (STLHE) conference, Vancouver, BC. Co-presenter.

“Tuning into faculty and TA development in China: What we achieved and learned. “  June, 2015, Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (STLHE) conference, Vancouver, BC. Co-

presenter.

“Teaching Assistant (TA) Orientations: Are we laying a transformative foundation?” June, 2014, Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (STLHE) conference, Queen’s University,

Kingston, Ontario. Co-presenter.

“Teaching assistant (TA) competencies: Provoking change.” June, 2014, Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (STLHE) conference, Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario. Co-

presenter.

“Teaching assistant competencies – Shaping institutional priorities.”  February, 2014. Educational Developer’s Caucus Conference, University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta. Co-presenter.

“Applying workplace learning theories to graduate teaching assistant preparation.” November, 2013. Professional and Organizational Development (POD) Conference, Pittsburg, PA.

“Learning for Academic Life: using workplace learning theories towards a more sustainable learning situation for teaching assistants.” June, 2013. Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (STLHE) Conference, Sydney, Nova Scotia.

“Learning Trajectories: using the metaphor of ‘windows’ in the Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (LATHE) certificate program.” June, 2013. Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (STLHE) Conference, Sydney, Nova Scotia.

“Teaching Assistant Competencies: a commitment to providing excellence.” June, 2013. Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (STLHE) Conference, Sydney, Nova Scotia.

“From TA Training to TA Workplace Learning: a new approach to becoming an educator in higher  education.” June, 2013. Canadian Society for the Study of Higher Education (CSSHE) Conference, University of Victoria, Victoria, BC.

“The Double-edged Role of Departmental TA Mentors.” June, 2013. Canadian Society for the Study of Higher Education (CSSHE) Conference, University of Victoria, Victoria, BC. Co-presenter.

“The Tacit Dimension of Teaching Assistant (TA) Learning.” May, 2013. Canadian Anthropology Association Conference, University of Victoria, Victoria, BC.

“Teaching Assistant Competencies: Increasing Potential.” February, 2013. Educational Developer’s Caucus Conference, Wilfred Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario. Co-presenter.

“Building Capacity in Teaching Assistant (TA) Programming: Integrating Forward- and Backward-reaching Knowledge Transfer.” February, 2013. Educational Developer’s Caucus Conference, Wilfred Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario. 

“An Embodied Language: how role-play informs TA skill development.” June, 2012. Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (STLHE) Conference Workshop, Montreal, Quebec. Co-presenter.

“Critical Incidents: for Teaching Assistant Development.” June, 2012. STLHE Conference Poster, Montreal, Quebec. Co-presenter.

“Teaching Assistant Consultants (TACs): Departmental TA Mentors who help TAs navigate their new role.” May, 2011. Navigating your PATH Conference, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario.

“Teaching Assistant Consultants (TACS): Peer Mentors for departmental TAs.” June, 2010. STLHE Conference Poster, Toronto, Ontario.

“Conversations and Collaborations.” STLHE Conference, June 2009, Fredericton, New Brunswick.

“Fly on the Wall.” STLHE Conference, June 2008, University of Windsor, Windsor, Ontario. Co-presenter.

Invited Talks/Teaching

Faculty and TA Professional Development Two-week Program, National University of Defense Technology, Changsha, China, April, 2015.

“From TA Training to TA Workplace Learning: a new approach to becoming an educator in higher education.” July, 2013. University of Brasilia, Brasilia City, Brazil.

“Embracing, Managing or Resisting Change: A Panel Discussion.” May, 2013. Symposium on Teaching and Learning: Embracing Change @ SFU, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, BC.

“Re-searching research in TA teaching preparation.” May, 2013. Teaching Graduate Students to Teach, Teaching Assistant and Graduate Student Advancement (TAGSA) Regional Conference, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, BC.

“Educational Developers in Second Life: Assessing our experiences.”  May, 2009. Educational Developers Caucus, Durham College, Oshawa, Ontario. Co-presenter.

Discussant/Chair

“Research Pedagogy Scholarship 1.” June, 2013. Canadian Society for the Study of Higher Education (CSSHE) Conference, University of Victoria, Victoria, BC. Editor

Co-Editor, Special Issue, Enhancing the Quality of Graduate Student Teaching,

Canadian Journal of Higher Education, 45(3), December 2015. Online access:  http://ojs.library.ubc.ca/index.php/cjhe/issue/view/182721

Co-Editor, Special Issue, Preparing Graduate Students for a Changing World of Work, Canadian Journal of Higher Education, 44(3), December 2014. Online access: http://ojs.library.ubc.ca/index.php/cjhe/issue/view/182526