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TThe graduating faculty of the Teaching Learning Certificate program at the celebration luncheon on Sept. 23.// Photo by Christopher Ellis

The first graduating faculty of the new Teaching Learning Certificate program at the celebration luncheon on Sept. 23.

Teaching Learning Certificate alters a common trajectory for new faculty

As Jean-Eric Ghia pursued an academic and research career, he was enthusiastic about jumping into teaching. He had been surrounded by educators his entire life — his father and mother, aunt, godfather and wife all teach. Being immersed in the educational environment, he was confident the teaching would come easy.

Those positive feelings were quickly hampered by reality. His first attempts at teaching were “a disaster,” says Ghia, who’s now an associate professor in immunology and director of the Gastrointestinal Basic Biology Research at the IBD Clinical and Research Centre in the Max Rady College of Medicine, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences.

Since enrolling in the inaugural Teaching Learning Certificate program in 2014 through The Centre for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning (The Centre), he says his teaching has “exponentially improved.”

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