Teaching and Learning Chair
Janna Rosales, Chair for Teaching and Learning, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science
In 2015, Dr. Janna Rosales was appointed as the inaugural Chair for Teaching and Learning for the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science.
In fall 2014, Memorial University created a Chairs in Teaching and Learning program to enhance the student learning experience by promoting the development of innovative pedagogical approaches, teaching capacity and competence across the university, within academic and support units, and at the level of individual faculty members. Under the provisions of the strategic plan for the Teaching and Learning Framework, each faculty and school is able to appoint a Chair in Teaching and Learning (CTL).
Dr. Rosales brings an interdisciplinary background to this position, studying and teaching at the crossroads of the sciences and humanities. She received her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees from Memorial University, and completed her doctorate at the University of Toronto, where she studied the social and ethical implications of nanotechnology. In 2010 she joined Memorial's Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science as a research associate with the MetaKettle Project, a Legacy Pedagogy Project supported by the 2004-2009 NSERC/Petro-Canada Chair in Women in Science and Engineering, Atlantic Region (CWSEA).
Now a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Faculty, Dr. Rosales teaches ethics, communication and professionalism as part of the Faculty of Engineering’s complementary studies stream of courses, and has taught courses in technology and society for the departments of Sociology and Religious Studies as well as lecturing with the Graduate Program in Humanities and the First Year Success program.
As a co-investigator with the MetaKettle Project, Dr. Rosales engages in the scholarship of teaching and learning, studying areas such as diversity, leadership development, civic engagement, mindfulness, and dialogue in engineering education. Recent publications with her MetaKettle Project collaborators have also included work on graduate student research writing and academic literacy.
She has been a member of the Student-Centred Learning Committee for the Teaching and Learning Framework, and is currently a member of the Expert Working Group for the Office of Public Engagement and Chair of the Faculty Learning Community for Contemplative Education.