Summary: Message from the President May 2009
As individuals, they are dedicated and impressive. As a group, they are inspiring and remarkable. I'm
talking about our faculty and their diverse teaching and research contributions and accomplishments.
The success of our professors and researchers is vital to the success of the entire University. Their
academic expertise and commitment are at the core of our mission. Their knowledge, innovation and
creativity define all that we bring to our students and to the local and global communities.
With summer soon upon us, and perhaps a shift in focus to other activities and projects or for
students, a move into summer jobs and different kinds of learning experiences this is an ideal time
to look back at the academic accomplishments of our faculty over the last year.
Of course, in selecting examples to illustrate the valuable and diverse commitment of our faculty to
their research and teaching, I risk the danger of missing many; but know without doubt that they are
all important. This is but a small selection.
One of the many ways our faculty and researchers contribute to the academic mission is by sharing
and generating knowledge among peers and within the educational community through conferences.
One of the most recent, called Teaching and Learning to the Power of Technology, provided an
opportunity to talk about best practices in teaching and learning with technology. In a province the
size of ours, the use of technology is becoming more essential than ever to our teaching practice. This
conference allowed some of our own experts including Alec Couros and Dean Shareski from the
Faculty of Education to engage in meaningful discussions with educators from across Saskatchewan
and Canada about how technology can better help us serve our learners.