Dr. Jessica Riddell

COLLABORATING ACROSS THE ACADEMY TO ENHANCE QUALITY UNDERGRADUATE EDUCATION IN CANADA AND AROUND THE WORLD

ABOUT JESSICA

Dr. Jessica Riddell is a Full Professor of Early Modern Literature in the English Department at Bishop’s University (Quebec, Canada), specializing in early modern dramatic and non-dramatic literature. She holds the Stephen A. Jarislowsky Chair of Undergraduate Teaching Excellence at Bishop’s University; in this capacity, she explores innovative teaching and learning practices, creates mentorship opportunities for students and faculty, and participates in a wide range of consultations at the national and international levels. Dr. Riddell is also the Executive Director of the Maple League of Universities, a consortium of four universities – Bishop’s, Mount Allison, Acadia, and St. Francis Xavier – that share a focused commitment to quality undergraduate experience.

EDUCATOR

Dr. Riddell is an award winning educator committed to quality undergraduate education and extraordinary student experiences. She is 3M National Teaching Fellow, a recipient of the William and Nancy Turner Teaching Award (Bishop’s highest recognition of teaching excellence), and had a track record of creating innovative learning environments for students, faculty, and others within the academy and beyond. 

WRITER

As a scholar, Dr. Riddell has written articles, book chapters, and has a forthcoming book on topics as diverse as Shakespeare, experiential learning in the humanities, institutional leadership and culture change. She often co-publishes with student partners, and has edited a collection of undergraduate research with a student editorial team for the past 8 years. Dr. Riddell is also active in public scholarship: she is the longest running columnist for University Affairs Magazine, a contributor to the Globe and Mail, and has written program notes for the Stratford Festival.
 

LEADER

Dr. Riddell has dedicated her career to making the academy more equitable, diverse, and inclusive, creating spaces for emerging scholars and amplifying student voices, decolonizing our institutions, advocating for teaching and learning as scholarly endeavors, and arguing for the relevance of the humanities. Through her work at her own institution, through inter-institutional collaborations, and sitting on national and international boards she has sought to build communities and ecosystems animated by a generosity of spirit that animates all our endeavours in PSE, including mentorship, leadership, and a commitment to support established and emerging learners and scholars in the pursuit of knowledge creation and sharing.
 

JARISLOWSKY CHAIR

She holds the Stephen A. Jarislowsky Chair of Undergraduate Teaching Excellence at Bishop’s University; in this capacity, she explores innovative teaching and learning practices, creates mentorship opportunities for students and faculty, and participates in a wide range of consultations at the national and international levels.

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE MAPLE LEAGUE OF UNIVERSITIES

Dr. Riddell is also the Executive Director of the Maple League of Universities, a consortium of four universities – Bishop’s, Mount Allison, Acadia, and St. Francis Xavier – that share a focused commitment to quality undergraduate experience. Dr. Riddell works closely with university presidents across Canada on local and national initiatives to enhance undergraduate student experiences, including on issues of funding, domestic student mobility, undergraduate research, but also on defining and advocating for a 21st century liberal education.

FEATURED PROJECTS

The mission of H&S is to enable students and professors from across Canada to connect and share their research in a comfortable, collaborative environment that fosters the pursuit of knowledge and the love of learning.

 

This is a chance to network, build connections, and encounter different world-views and perspectives all while highlighting undergraduate academia and scholarship.

Shakesperience is a an immersive learning experience that turns the Stratford Festival, in Stratford, Ontario, into a classroom. This is — at its heart — a transformative experiential learning course, so the students will participate in workshops like learning a song and dance from Chicago in the morning and then watching the musical in the afternoon. 

 

The participants have unprecedented back-stage access to the theatres — peeking behind the scenes with close up views of the sets, and so much more! They enjoy an insider peek into the costume warehouse where we can see first-hand how the magic is created and dress up in some of the fabulous Stratford costumes! This truly is a once in a lifetime experience.

SHAKESPERIENCE

HEART AND SOULS CONFERENCE

A practical course in the assessment, editing and publication of undergraduate academic work. In consultation with a faculty advisor from the English Department and the QUEUC conference coordinator, the student will coordinate the selection of student papers for the conference and oversee the subsequent publication of conference proceedings.

EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING IN HUMANITIES - ENG459

RESILIENCE WORKSHOPS

Dr. Riddell offers multiple workshops on resilience. 

Riddell is the chair of undergraduate teaching excellence at Bishop’s University. On May 2, 2018, she delivered a talk as part of the Teaching Matters seminar series for SFU faculty on how faculty can address what she sees as an increasing and concerning trend among students: an inability to cope with adversity.  

LEGACY PROJECTS

LIBRARY LEARNING COMMONS

The Learning Commons at Bishop’s University is designed to explore the rich intersections between learning, space, and technology. The John Bassett Library is in the process of being transformed into a 21st century hub for knowledge creation, knowledge mobilization, and knowledge sharing.

SHAKESPEARE ON TRIAL

Dr. Riddell developed a mock trial project that forged collaborative ties between her ENG223 Elizabethan Shakespeare class, members of faculty, Bishop’s alumni, and the student body across disciplines. On February 24, 2012 Shakespeare was prosecuted for fraud in the Canadian Criminal Court system. Groups were asked to compile research related to their topic, synthesize information, and present it.

TEACHING AND LEARNING CENTRE

In the fall of 2011, we founded the Teaching and Learning Centre (TLC) at Bishop’s University, and Dr. Riddell has been the Chair since January 2015. Together they have organized pedagogical development workshops, hosted round table events, and we conduct monthly talks around relevant topics as diverse as technology in the classroom and formative assessment. With a focus on three pillars:

1) Pedagogical excellence

2) Educational leadership and

3) Research on scholarly teaching

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Dr. Jessica Riddell

Jarislowsky Chair and Executive Director of the Maple League of Universities