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John Paul Foxe is the new senior director of Concordia’s Centre for Teaching and Learning

The Toronto Metropolitan University veteran will provide strategic leadership and cultivate inclusive and accessible practices
July 25, 2023

A smiling man with short, dark blonde hair and wearing a blue shirt, standing in a brightly lit corridor John Paul Foxe: “I look forward to working with these talented and dedicated teams.”

Concordia is welcoming John Paul Foxe as senior director of the Centre for Teaching and Learning (CTL). His five-year mandate begins August 17.

Foxe arrives after serving as the director of the Academic Integrity Office (AIO) at Toronto Metropolitan University (TMU) for the last seven years. A TMU community member since 2010, he brings a wealth of experience, having served as an educational developer and later as manager of what was then called the Learning and Teaching Office, before becoming the director of the AIO.

In his senior director role at the centre, Foxe will provide strategic leadership for the provost and vice-president, academic, vice-provost of innovation in teaching and learning, and senior academic leaders on a wide range of topics relating to teaching and learning issues. He will lead the centre and the Lab for Innovation in Teaching and Learning (LITL), cultivating inclusive and accessible teaching and learning practices.

Foxe will promote these teams to the Concordia community and beyond as places of innovation and evidence-based approaches to teaching and learning.

Among his primary responsibilities, Foxe will work with senior leaders and relevant offices to implement Concordia’s teaching and learning strategic plan and will advise on evidence-based practices for its implementation. He will also collaborate with the centre’s director of decolonizing curriculum and pedagogy and the Office of Indigenous Directions on initiatives to support Indigenous pedagogies and decolonization of the curriculum.

To ensure that the centre is positioned to provide proper expertise, facilitation of teaching and learning and advice, Foxe will regularly consult with the university community to identify issues of concern about teaching and learning. In collaboration with the faculties, he will direct the development of responsive programs.

‘Valuable insight and expertise’

In his collaboration with associate deans, Foxe will create programming that will support the development of faculty leadership in teaching and learning and provide mechanisms for the recognition and growth of quality teaching.

“I am very excited to have John Paul take the helm of the CTL and the lab. His knowledge and experience in developing and cultivating a culture of academic integrity at TMU and his exemplary stewardship of the AIO are key assets in developing the strategic plan and vision for the CTL and promoting the strategy inside and outside Concordia,” says Sandra Gabriele, vice-provost of innovation in teaching and learning.

“He brings valuable insight and expertise that will allow the work of both the CTL and LITL to flourish.”

Gabriele also thanks Carol Hawthorne for her vital contribution as interim director of the centre over the last two years. “She has provided outstanding leadership in growing the capacity of the CTL and I sincerely appreciate her continuing as interim until John Paul’s arrival.”

Foxe adds that he’s thrilled to be joining Concordia and to support and promote the university’s next-generation teaching and learning opportunities.

“The Centre for Teaching and Learning and the Lab for Innovation in Teaching and Learning play a key role in disrupting the traditional classroom with new concepts, providing experiential opportunities that help Concordia stay on the leading edge of pedagogical innovation,” he says.

“I’m very excited to be coming to Montreal and I look forward to working with these talented and dedicated teams later this summer.”

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