The Centre for Academic and Instructional Development (CAID)

The Centre for Academic and Instructional Development (CAID) office enhances student learning by supporting excellence in teaching. We offer resources to encourage and recognize teaching excellence and provide professional development services and programs for faculty.

Join us for an individual consultation to discuss teaching and learning, support services available and the use of technology. We offer programs to enhance technology skills, awards and grants and additional resources for faculty. We also provide services for new faculty, such as an orientation and a discussion group for new professors to ‘talk teaching’ with colleagues.

Events  |  Workshops  |  Communities of Practice  |  Awards | New Faculty


International Student Success

INNOVATIONfund – Champions of Change

Friday, April 25; 10:00 - 11:30am

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The International Student Success INNOVATION Fund encourages faculty, staff and students to develop innovative services, activities, teaching, and research to improve the participation, experience and outcomes for all students, with a particular focus on international students and intercultural engagement. Eleven projects were approved, representing  faculty, staff, and students at Saint Mary’s.

Come out and meet these Champions of Change – enjoy some light refreshments and see their innovative, original presentations.


Working more effectively in an intercultural workplace
Saint Mary’s University
4th Fl. Sobey, April 28, 2014
8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Saint Mary’s faculty are invited to participate in the workshop  “Working More Effectively in an Intercultural Workplace”.  This event is being offered on campus through Queen’s University’s International Educators’ Training Program (IETP) with support from the International Student Success Committee.

“Internationalization and shifting domestic demographics have contributed to increasing cultural diversity on Canadian campuses.  This diversity brings both challenges and opportunities. During this workshop, participants will engage in a series of activities and discussions designed to provide a better understanding of internationalization trends in higher education and the intercultural frameworks and tools which help us become more effective educators in this 21st century environment”.

For more detailed information, see the  IETP flyer.            Registration is limited: Contact



Presenter’s Podium

Matthew Fanning, Saint Mary’s Alumni and developer of Presenter’s Podium
Thursday, April 24, 10-11:30am
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Presenter’s Podium is a new interactive e-learning tool that allows students to practice their presentation skills online without taking time away from the instructor or class.  It has already been used at Saint Mary’s University with positive results for both instructors and students.  The MBA program and other courses will be using the software in the summer/fall. 

For more information visit: 


Learn to Pronounce Chinese Names

Friday, May 2, 10-11:30am
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The Spring and Summer semesters at Saint Mary’s typically have many international students attending classes. To help faculty prepare for the sessions, The Confucius Institute and International Student Success (CAID) are offering a session to help with the ‘mysteries’ of pronouncing Chinese names. This interactive workshop will help participants understand how to pronounce Chinese names, and offer a supported practice.

Communities of Practice

A community of practice creates a resource network of people who experience similar circumstances, across disciplines, and can share strategies for effective teaching.

Educational Awards and Grants

There are a number of awards and grants administered by the Senate Committee on Learning and Teaching. Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Awards for full and part-time faculty and librarians provide funding to support:
1) SoTL projects at Saint Mary's University, 2) the dissemination of the results from these projects, and/or 3) the presentation of the results of scholarly research focussed on innovative pedagogical techniques at conferences.

Scholarship of Teaching Awards Guidelines and Criteria

New Faculty

New Faculty Orientation

Each year, the Centre for Academic and Instructional Development (CAID) and the Senate Committee on Learning and Teaching welcome new faculty to campus with New Faculty Orientation. 2014 Orientation events will be held on August 26 and 27, 2014.See the New Faculty page for details.


New Faculty Network

New Faculty Network is a special interest group for new full and part-time faculty and a follow-up program to New Faculty Orientation. Sessions are designed to provide you with an informal, relaxing opportunity to "talk teaching" with your colleagues, to exchange experiences, discuss challenges, and learn about strategies to assist you through your first year at Saint Mary's.