2016 Leadership Award: Cynthia Korpan

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Educational Development Leadership Award 2016

Cynthia Korpan smilingCynthia Korpan

Cynthia Korpan is the Professional Development Programs and TA Training Manager at the Learning and Teaching Centre at the University of Victoria (UVic) in Victoria, BC. Cynthia holds a Masters in Cultural Anthropology and is currently a PhD candidate taking a workplace learning theoretical approach to the learning process that teaching assistants (TAs) go through as they first learn to teach. Cynthia has 10 years of educational development experience and has worked diligently to build a robust graduate student professional development and TA training program. She also works on curriculum development, faculty professional development, and the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL).

We recognize Cynthia for her national leadership in teaching assistant and graduate student research and support, including:

  • Her leadership in developing and disseminating significant resources and publications for the national community on teaching assistant and graduate student development, including the Key People Directory, an edited special issue of the Canadian Journal of Higher Education and a report on the state of teaching assistant development in Canada.
  • Her initiative in designing and advocating for the creation of awards to recognize graduate student contributions to the national body of the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, which has resulted in the inclusion of graduate students in the 3M National Student Fellowship.

Her ground-breaking work leading the collaborative development of a national framework for teaching assistant competencies, the TA Competency Framework, now used in multiple institutions across the country.