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 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. 

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Who is OFDP?

Dr. Fareen Zaver

Dr. Fareen Zaver

Associate Dean

Dr. Zaver, MD MSc’22, associate dean of OFDP, is an emergency medicine physician and associate professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine. Her master’s degree in medical education focused on the challenging transition from trainee to unsupervised practice, and she has led multiple national curricular changes in this area. She is dedicated to developing a community of faculty leaders across CSM who are empowered to advance equity, diversity, inclusion, anti-racism, and anti-oppression initiatives. Dr. Zaver has received numerous awards including Avenue Magazine’s Calgary Top 40 Under 40, the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons Robert Maudsley Fellowship for Studies in Medical Education, the Canadian Association of Emergency Physicians Top Education Innovation Award and multiple PGME, UME and Department of Emergency Medicine teaching awards. While not at work, Dr. Zaver loves to follow her taste buds, traveling to destinations around the world with her husband and new baby daughter.

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Patricia Steele

Manager

Patricia joins us most recently from the Clinical Research Unit at the CSM but has an incredible background as Instructional Design Consultant; Director, Educational Resources at the Montreal General Hospital; Manager for Learning & Development with Canadian Pacific Railway; Executive Director for the Canadian Institute of Natural & Integrative Medicine; and Director for Research & Operations in Preventive and Integrative Medicine at UBC, just to name some of her roles! Patricia is passionate about collaboration, cultural change, and working for causes she supports.

 

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Terri Moleski

Program Operations Lead

Terri Moleski is the Program Operations Lead for OFDP.  Terri’s role focuses on Teaching Excellence in Medical Education, CSM Leadership Program, EDI Programs and other programs or workshops within the Office of Faculty Development and Performance. She supports, all learning, 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. When not at work Terri enjoys a variety of artistic mediums and dog sports with Blue, the Corgi.

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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!

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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.

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Dr. Marcy Mintz

Clinician Educator

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Dr. Sarah Anderson

RECRUITING NOW! Scientist Educator

Are you passionate about the future of education and mentoring colleagues in their own teaching and learning practice? The Scientist Educator position at the Cumming School of Medicine’s Office of Faculty Development and Performance (OFDP) offers an exciting opportunity to make a significant impact on our community.

For more information, contact OFDP@ucalgary.ca.

"As the outgoing Scientist Educator, I found this role incredibly rewarding.  Joining the OFDP allowed me the opportunity to have an upstream role in encouraging excellence in teaching and learning at the CSM.  I have had the privilege to provide one-on-one faculty advising for teaching improvement and curricular/course development, collaborate on the OFDP website redesign, conduct a needs assessment for teaching programs within CSM, and support colleagues participating in our Teaching Excellence Programs.  Moreover, this role provided a great opportunity to further develop my own educational leadership skills while working alongside the incredible OFDP team. "

The future Scientist Educator will have an opportunity to develop innovative educational content tailored to Foundational Science Departments and deliver sessions in various settings from workshops to online resources. Collaboration is key; you’ll work closely with units, departments, and institutes within and beyond the Cumming School of Medicine to promote community and teaching and learning culture throughout the faculty. 

We’re seeking candidates who embody compassion, collaboration, and innovation in education. Whether you have experience in faculty development, teaching, or both, we welcome individuals eager to drive positive change within our institution. If this sounds like something you are interested in, you are welcome to reach out to me as I would be happy to chat about the exciting potentials of this role! 

Sarah Anderson, MSc, PhD (she/her)

Scientist Educator- Office of Faculty Development

Assistant Professor (Teaching)