The professor is in: Creating new space for academic inquiry

By Wendy Chan posted on November 17th, 2016

UBC has taken a unique approach to enriching students’ learning through face-to-face dialogues with their professors, who are bridging the once-distant learning environment to students’ everyday campus experiences. For some, this is a communal “pizza and ideas” philosophical dialogue with Michael Griffin, Associate Professor, Philosophy; as an enthused member of the UBC Professor in Residence program, Griffin lives among the students at Totem Park student housing. For others, it’s a stress-busting between-classes baking session hosted by Celeste Leander, a Professor in Collegia and a Botany Professor of Teaching, at Arbutus Collegia and what is a ‘home away from home’ for commuter students.

Begun as a small pilot project by Student Housing and Hospitality Services (SHHS) and the Centre for Student Involvement & Careers, the Professor in Residence initiative creates opportunities for first-year students and faculty members to engage in informal conversation in residence halls, collegia spaces, and library learning commons about living, studying and working in a complex academic environment.

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