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Ontario Tech acknowledges the lands and people of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation.

We are thankful to be welcome on these lands in friendship. The lands we are situated on are covered by the Williams Treaties and are the traditional territory of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation, including Algonquin, Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi. These lands remain home to many Indigenous nations and peoples.

We acknowledge this land out of respect for the Indigenous nations who have cared for Turtle Island, also called North America, from before the arrival of settler peoples until this day. Most importantly, we acknowledge that the history of these lands has been tainted by poor treatment and a lack of friendship with the First Nations who call them home.

This history is something we are all affected by because we are all treaty people in Canada. We all have a shared history to reflect on, and each of us is affected by this history in different ways. Our past defines our present, but if we move forward as friends and allies, then it does not have to define our future.

Learn more about Indigenous Education and Cultural Services

Teaching Scholars in Residence (TSIR)

The goal of the TSIR program is to enhance teaching innovation and quality at Ontario Tech by engaging educational leaders who can support educational excellence campus-wide. The TSIRs will develop teaching innovation initiatives, assess the impact of those efforts, and mentor their colleagues through activities such as workshops, facilitated learning communities, and other instructional development opportunities. The TSIRs will receive course releases, funding, and support from the Teaching and Learning Centre.

Teaching Scholar-in-Residence Details

  • Length of the Residency: Two (2) years
  • Award Amount: $10,000 over two (2) years
  • Course Release: Two (2) courses per year during each of the two years



Dr. Sharon Lauricella, Associate Professor  

Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities 

Learning Assessment – Emphasis on innovative approaches to inclusive, authentic assessment with the aim of improving student learning in a hybrid and/or online environment.

TSIR Project: "Are we having fun yet? Using edtech, feedback, fun, and choice to facilitate inclusive assessment" 



Randy Fortier, Associate Teaching Professor  

Faculty of Science 

Inclusive Student Engagement – Focus on inclusive teaching strategies that encourage greater student engagement, offer opportunities for transformative learning experiences, and employ digital tools in the hybrid and/or online learning environment.

TSIR Project: "nGauge: Effective Engagement and Agile Instruction using Modern Communication Tools and Real-time Classroom Analytics"