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Dr. Lea Harper appointed Program Evaluator

Dr. Lea Harper has been appointed as Program Evaluator for the Office of Faculty Development and Performance (OFDP) as of August 15, 2022.

The Program Evaluator is a new position, and will be responsible for the evaluation and study of faculty programs to ensure iterative development and educational dissemination of the work within the OFDP.

Learn more about Dr. Harper in her bio below!

Dr. Ji Guo

Dr. Ji Guo appointed Data Specialist

Dr. Ji Guo has been appointed as Data Specialist for the Office of Faculty Development and Performance (OFDP) as of August 15, 2022.

The data specialist is responsible for expanding the capacity for data-driven decision-making across CSM, leading strategies for data validation, collection, analytics, and presentation.

Learn more about Dr. Guo in his bio below!

Dr. Kiara Mikita

Dr. Kiara Mikita appointed Sexual Violence Educator

Dr. Kiara Mikita has been appointed as Sexual Violence Educator in the Office of Faculty Development and Performance (OFDP) as of August 15, 2022.

The Sexual Violence Educator role, split between CSM and AHS, works with faculty, staff, students, and AHS professionals to grow and build awareness about sexualized violence in healthcare settings and educational environments. 

This specialized role is the first of its kind, and the OFDP is proud to pave the way and create space for Dr. Mikita to lead faculty development in this important area.

Learn more about Dr. Mikita in her bio below!

What does OFDP do?

The Office of Faculty Development and Performance is all about helping faculty soar. Whether your focus is research, teaching, administrative leadership, clinical work, or a combination of those, we’re invested in your success. Once we meet you at New Faculty Orientation, you can’t get rid of us! If you have questions about anything or everything related to your role at the University, we’ll get you the answers or find the people who can. We support faculty reporting and analytics, career development, leadership development, and teacher development.  We offer resources, workshops, programs, and consultations for full-time academic staff and faculty members with adjunct/clinical appointments. We want to hear your new ideas for useful resources and programs and we’d love to hear about a workshop or session that you’d like to facilitate for faculty. Reach out today!

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What does Faculty Analytics do?

Faculty Analytics provides support for the management, analysis and reporting of public and private data to research and business units within the CSM and throughout the university. If you would like assistance in these areas, please reach out today!

Who is OFDP?

Dr. Sarah Anderson

Dr. Sarah Anderson

Scientist Educator

Dr. Sarah Anderson is an instructor with the Department of Cell Biology and Anatomy and is a Scientist Educator with the OFDP Team. Sarah's neuroeducation-based research seeks to inform teaching and learning by understanding the biology of learning. This approach combines neural (EEG), biometric (eye-tracking), and behavioural data as novel proximal measures of learning in higher education. She uses this evidence to inform best practices and applies lessons learned in her approaches as an anatomy educator in medical and undergraduate programs. Sarah also enjoys curriculum development, brainstorming new ideas with colleagues, and serves on several educational committees. Outside of work, Sarah spends time playing with clay in the pottery studio, growing plants, travelling, and connecting with family and friends.

Dr. Sylvain Coderre

Dr. Sylvain Coderre

Director, Teacher Development

Dr. Coderre joined CSM in 1997 in the Department of Medicine, Division of Gastroenterology and served in numerous teaching and educational leadership roles.  Now a Professor, he most recently served as the Associate Dean of Undergraduate Medical Education. Dr. Coderre is a highly respected teacher, leader and colleague, and has been recognized for his excellence through many awards. When not at work, Sylvain can be found on a curling rink, at the Olympic Oval speed skating, or on a softball diamond coaching his daughters team.

Dr. Ji Guo

Dr. Ji Guo

Data Specialist

Ji is an educational research methodologist who blends statistical rigour with pragmatic and robust analytic solutions to bring unique insights into individual experience, behaviour, assessment, engagement, and business operation issues and their impacts on organizational performance. His focus has been on teaching/learning improvement, learning analytics, and context-based machine/deep learning in higher education. Besides Ji's professional interests, he is a pilot and does aerobatic flights at local fly-ins and flyovers before football games with his kiddos as co-pilots. He also enjoys spending time with his family and doing nothing at home.

Dr. Lea Harper

Dr. Lea Harper

Program Evaluator

Dr. Lea Harper is a respirologist and lung transplant specialist. She completed her advanced clinical fellowship at the University of Toronto. Her academic interest include medical education, and she is currently completing her master's degree in medical education through Johns Hopkins University. In addition to her clinical and academic interests, Lea enjoys travel and good food. While she used to enjoy marathon running, she now spends much of her spare time running after her toddlers.

Dr. David Keegan

Dr. David Keegan

Associate Dean, Faculty Development and Performance

David is the Associate Dean of Faculty Development and Performance and a Professor of Family Medicine at the Cumming School of Medicine. He works in comprehensive urban family medicine care including clinics, long-term care, and in-home palliative and frailty care (i.e., house calls!). He is the founding editor of LearnFM, the collaborative Canadian family medicine curriculum, and is passionate about creating and facilitating faculty development programs. He loves going on outdoor adventures with his family and being between the pipes on the ice.

Kenna Kelly-Turner

Kenna Kelly-Turner

Manager, Faculty Development and Performance

Kenna has been with UCalgary since 2013 and managing OFDP since 2017. Working in OFDP allows Kenna to combine her love of education, brilliant people, and public universities with her experience in quality assurance and improvement. Outside office hours, Kenna can be found avoiding sunlight, shaking her head at the news, volunteering with literacy initiatives, or sharing a bottle of wine with family and friends.

Danielle Kiss

Danielle Kiss

Administrator

Danielle joined OFDP in early 2019 after spending a year learning the intricacies of being a CSM administrative assistant while working for two prolific and successful researchers. She brings many years of administrative experience to the OFDP team, having been an office manager and technical editor for forensic engineers/accident reconstructionists in her pre-UCalgary career.

In her off-campus life, you can find Danielle digging in her garden, camping in Kananaskis, volunteering in her community, and being a super enthusiastic hockey mom!

Dr. Kiara Mikita

Dr. Kiara Mikita

A creative and playful educator, Kiara has been with UCalgary since 2017 when she became the Inaugural Postdoctoral Scholar at the Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning after completing a doctorate studying sexual violence. She then worked with the Association of Alberta Sexual Assault Services, and with Faculty of Social Work and CSM’s Precision Health Program before joining the OFDP as the Sexual Violence Educator. Her current role, split between CSM and AHS, brings together Kiara’s passions for and expertise in sexual violence and in teaching and learning, allowing her to raise relaxed eyebrows, engagingly frustrate established social sensibilities, and gently help retract jut jaws while building capacity and community among people interested in ending sexual violence.

Dr. Marcy Mintz

Dr. Marcy Mintz

Clinician Educator

Dr. Marcy Mintz is a Clinical Professor and a general internist with over 20 years of clinical experience at the Foothills Medical Centre. She has a strong interest in education, with previous roles as the Internal Medicine Clerkship Director (2006-2011) and Internal Medicine Program Director (2015-2021). She has also been involved with the RCPSC written exam committee (2001-2007) and has been a RCPSC oral examiner since 2012. She enjoys her roles as a Master Teacher, student academic coach, and resident academic advisor. Dr. Mintz has received numerous awards at the undergraduate, postgraduate, departmental, faculty, and national level. When not at work she enjoys cooking, going for long walks with her westie, and spending time with her three boys and her husband.

Terri Moleski

Terri Moleski

Program Coordinator

Terri Moleski is the Program Coordinator for OFDP.  Terri’s role focuses on Teaching Excellence in Medical Education, CSM Haskayne Leadership Program, PLUS Programs and other programs or workshops within the Office of Faculty Development and Performance. She supports eLearning design and administration, facilitating the successful execution of collaborative faculty development programming and coordinating effective communication, and opportunities for faculty development.  Terri is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Arts at the University of Calgary, she holds a Diploma in General Business Administration as well as certificates in both Professional Management and Adult and Community Education with a focus on eLearning. 

Luigi Riscaldino

Luigi Riscaldino

Faculty Development Support Specialist

Luigi joined the OFDP in 2020 as the Faculty Development Support Specialist. With the University of Calgary in one form or another since 1997—when he arrived in Calgary from Montreal—Luigi has experienced what it is like at UCalgary to be a graduate and undergraduate student, part-time and full-time employee, and even a standardized patient. He has worked on main campus, at the Foothills campus, and beyond. He brings his wide-ranging university experience to the OFDP and looks forward to helping the team out on many exciting initiatives in addition to providing support with academic reporting. Luigi volunteers as a Local 52 council member and, when not at work, he divides his time between hanging out and travelling with his family, (slowly) continuing his degree in Italian Studies, and acting in theatre, film, television, and voice over.