Steve the Teacher

I never really planned to be a teacher, but now I cannot imagine NOT teaching.  I absolutely love being in front of a class and – yes – the larger the class the better!  I really enjoy the challenge of trying to present information in both a clear and entertaining way.  Engagement is the front door to learning, and if students aren’t engaged not much else about one’s teaching style matters.  So I try very hard to convey to my students how cool and interesting psychology is and, since psychology is really the study of human behaviour  how cool and interesting THEY are.

I am incredibly lucky to be a faculty member of the University of Toronto Scarborough and since coming here in 1995 I have taught more than ten different courses including Introductory and Advanced Statistics, Memory and Cognition, Psychology and the Law, the Scientific Study of Conscious and Unconscious Influences, Wikischolar, Computational Models of Memory and Attention and Computers in Psychology.  However my true love is my 1800 student Introduction to Psychology class.  It is a course I have totally overhauled, and continue to overhaul, in an attempt to create the best possible learning experience for my students.  Big class means bad class?  I don’t think so … with though big classes can provide deep learning experiences!  Everything I learn from my research is applied in that context.

Teaching Awards

2017             Canadian Post-Secondary #EdTech Professor of the Year – Mindshare Learning

2015             3M National Teaching Fellowship

2014             UTSC Principles Award: Special Commendation in Recognition of Commitment to Educational Innovation

2013             Underground Best Professor (one of five named)

2013             Scarborough Campus Student Union (SCSU) Best Teacher Award

2012             Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations (OCUFA) Teaching Award.

2011             Scarborough Campus Student Union (SCSU) Best Teacher Award

2010             Finalist for Computer World Magazines IT Educator of the Year award

2010             President’s Teaching Award, the highest teaching honour at the University of Toronto.

2009/10        Named one of Ontario’s top 10 post-secondary lecturers as part of Television Ontario’s “Best Lecturer” competition

2008/9          Named one of Ontario’s top 20 post-secondary lecturers as part of Television Ontario’s “Best Lecturer” competition

2006/7          Leadership in Faculty Teaching Award (Provincial Award to recognize the best post-secondary professors)

2006/7          Named one of Ontario’s 10 best post-secondary lecturers as part of Television Ontario’s “Best Lecturer” competition

2004/5          Named one of Ontario’s top 30 post-secondary lecturers as part of Television Ontario’s inaugural “Best Lecturer” competition

2002/3          Scarborough Campus Student Union “Best Professor” award

 

Online Videos

You Can Lead Students to Knowledge but How Do You Make Them Think (TVO)

A Collection of Short Videos Related to Assessment (Steve is one of several featured professors)

 

Online Opinion Articles

You Can Lead Students to Knowledge but how do you Make them Think?

The Carpentry of Thought: Helping Students Develop Cognitive Skills

Influencing University to Embrace Learning Outcomes: Why JOBS is a Four Letter Word

Teaching Matters: Habits of Mind

 

Online Blog Posts

Speak, Listen, Think … Repeat

Why Not Have Mandatory “Toolbox” Training?