Grad student Katie Fontana leads a lab in chemistry.Grad student Katie Fontana leads a lab in chemistry.

Survey to explore UWindsor teaching culture

An institution’s teaching culture is tied to student engagement and learning, instructor and learner experiences, and student persistence, says Erika Kustra: “Understanding the context and factors that impact teaching culture can help us enhance both teaching and learning, and enrich student and faculty experiences.”

Director of the Centre for Teaching and Learning, Dr. Kustra has partnered with eight Canadian universities to develop and implement a survey that examines perceptions of institutional teaching culture. This research is funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) and is championed by educational leaders at Western, Queens, McMaster, Laurier, Waterloo, Ryerson, Brock, and Calgary universities.

The anonymous, 20-minute survey is open to a random sample of undergraduate students; all faculty and graduate students; and staff in roles related to teaching and learning at the University. Participants are eligible to win one of two $400 VISA gift certificates.

This research has received clearance from the University of Windsor Research Ethics Board. To learn more, visit the project website or contact Kustra at, 519-253-3000 ext. 4842.