Mancuso to Head Teaching, Learning Canada

December 09, 2013 - News Release

Along with her role as provost and vice-president (academic) at the University of Guelph, Maureen Mancuso has been named as the new volunteer president and CEO of Teaching and Learning Canada, the charitable arm of the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (STLHE).

In this volunteer position, Mancuso will raise public awareness of issues affecting college and university teaching, and will sponsor regional events and other activities.

Arshad Ahmad, STLHE’s president, said Mancuso was appointed because of her “passion and a commitment to teaching and learning with a real focus on enhancing student success.”

Under her leadership, he said, Teaching and Learning Canada will explore new directions and development.

Mancuso said this new volunteer position fits with the U of G philosophy of giving back and sharing knowledge.

"Teaching and learning are under attack these days by critics and pundits who believe we have abandoned our teaching mission, especially our undergraduate teaching mission,” she said.

“But there are a lot of inspiring innovators out there, and we need to do a better job of getting their stories out."

Mancuso has led several key institutional initiatives at U of G to enhance teaching and learning. She led the re-examination of undergraduate learning, introduced the first-year seminar program, chaired the Presidential Task Force on Accessibility to Post-Secondary Education, and led the Integrated Planning Process.

She has served on local and provincial committees, including task forces to improve educational quality, productivity and equity. She has published papers on student engagement and the learning experience, and accessibility issues. In 2011, she received a 3M National Teaching Fellowship.

Mancuso was appointed U of G’s provost in 2004, the first woman to hold the position. She was reappointed in 2009. She chaired the Department of Political Science from 1996 to 2000 and was appointed associate vice-president (academic) in 2000.

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