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Wilfrid Laurier University Leaf
December 9, 2016
Canadian Excellence
Jeanette McDonald

Jeanette McDonald

Manager: Faculty Programming

Contact Information
Phone: 519.884.0710 ext.3211
Fax: 519.884.6063
Office Location: 202 Regina Street North, R297
Office Hours: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Academic Background
EdD (Higher Education), OISE/University of Toronto 
MSc (Rural Extension Studies), University of Guelph 
BASc (Child Studies), University of Guelph

As Manager of Faculty Programming, Jeanette provides programming and support to faculty, teaching/instructional assistants, departments and program committees on matters related to teaching, student learning and assessment, and instructional/curriculum design. She also collaborates on joint educational initiatives and engages in collaborative research on educational development and instructional practices with colleagues internal and external to Laurier.


Jeanette has taught teaching and learning courses (credit, non-credit, professional) to graduate students and instructors in online and face-to-face settings, and facilitated numerous educational development workshops of a variety of sizes (10 – 75) to faculty and students. Currently she co-teaches the university teaching course for masters and doctoral students with Dr. Eileen Wood. She also enjoys guest lecturing on a variety of topics and engaging with instructors on their teaching, learning, and scholarly practice.

Philosophy Statement

Contact Jeanette About:

  • customized programming and support (e.g., workshops, retreat facilitation, guest lecturing)
  • confidential one-on-one consultations and classroom observations
  • designing and teaching online, blended, and classroom courses
  • graduate student supervision and mentoring
  • creating student feedback tools and facilitating student feedback
  • conducting educational research and scholarly teaching practice
  • preparing instructional development grant applications and teaching award nominations
  • connecting academic colleagues on shared areas of interest related to teaching

Additional Information


2014 Pat Rogers Poster Prize, Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. 
(co-presented with Sally Heath and Michael Daly)

2013 President’s Team Award, Centre for Teaching Innovation and Excellence, Wilfrid Laurier University

Select Publications and Papers

Heath, S., & McDonald, J. (2012). Creating community: One institution’s experience with communities of practice. Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, Volume 5. Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. Retrieved from 

McDonald, J., & Borin, P. (2011/February). Developing and recognizing educational developers/development: Issues, questions, and considerations [Discussion paper]. A paper prepared for the Educational Developers Caucus, Halifax, Nova Scotia.

McDonald, J., Siddall, G., Mandell, D., & Hughes, S. (2010). Two sides of the same coin: Student-faculty perspectives of the course syllabus. Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, Volume 3. Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. Retrieved from 

McDonald, J., & Stockley, D. (Eds.). (2010). New Directions for Teaching and Learning, No. 122. Pathways to the profession of educational development. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass. 

McDonald, J. (2010). The inquiry circle. In C. Black (Ed.) The dynamic classroom: Engaging students in higher education (pp. 69-80). Madison, WI: Atwood.

McDonald, J., & Stockley, D. (2008). Pathways to the profession of educational development: An international perspective. International Journal for Academic Development, 13(3), 213-217. doi:10.1080/13601440802242622