Skip to main content Skip to local navigation
Teaching assistant writing on a white board next to a student

EVENT POSTPONED: Promotion & Support of Teaching & Learning in Chemistry


Please join us on Wednesday, March 6th, 2024 for a talk by Dr. Andrew Dicks (University of Toronto) on Promotion & Support of Teaching & Learning in Chemistry hosted by the Faculty of Science Committee on Teaching and Learning (CoTL). All FSc. instructors, post-docs, and graduate students are welcome. Light refreshments will be provided.

When: Wednesday, March 6
Time: 12pm-1pm in person only.
Location: Lumbers 306, in person only.

If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Robin Marushia (

Presentation Summary

Along with faculty members, graduate students fulfil a vital role in undergraduate education at the University of Toronto. In the Department of Chemistry, we have several formal and informal mechanisms in place to support educators becoming the best they can be. These include a graduate-level professional development course on aspects of research and teaching along with a formalized Chemistry Teaching Fellowship Program, quarterly department-wide Touch Base on Teaching sessions, and the organization of faculty teaching triads. This presentation will highlight these initiatives along with their strengths/weaknesses and will outline their potential transferability to other units.

Speaker: Dr. Andrew Dicks (University of Toronto)

Andy Dicks

Professor Andrew (Andy) Dicks joined the University of Toronto Department of Chemistry in 1997, following undergraduate and graduate studies in the United Kingdom at the University of Wales (Swansea) and Durham University respectively. Following promotion in 2006, he became Associate Chair of Undergraduate Studies and developed an ongoing interest in improving the student experience in his department. He has research interests in undergraduate laboratory instruction that involve designing novel and stimulating experiments, particularly those that showcase green chemistry principles. In 2014 he was co-chair of the 23rd IUPAC International Conference on Chemistry Education which was held in Toronto and became a Canadian 3M National Teaching Fellow in 2016. He began a second term as Associate Chair of his department in 2019 and oversaw the transition to online instruction for 5000 students taking chemistry courses during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Share this:


Mar 06 2024


12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


Lumbers Building (LUM) 306
QR Code