June 5, 2001

To anonymous faculty across the university

I would like to say “thank you” to faculty members, most of whom I cannot identify, who allowed students from the graduate course “Teaching and Learning in Higher Education” to observe or teach in your classes this past year. This course is offered through the Learning and Teaching Centre to graduate students from across the campus.

A total of 18 graduate students from the disciplines of biology, chemistry, child & youth care, computer science, dispute resolution, education, electrical engineering, French, linguistics, medieval studies, nursing, philosophy, and public administration completed this course about university teaching this year. The course has two requirements that rely on the goodwill and mentoring of faculty members: an observation/analysis of a class session taught by an experienced faculty member, and a minimum 50-minute teaching experience in an undergraduate class.

My students do not need to identify the faculty member whom they observe, and they only occasionally identify the faculty member whose class they taught. I do not need this information in grading the assignments, and the anonymity sometimes makes the faculty member being observed more comfortable with the process.

I thank each and every one of you who made it possible for a graduate student to complete this course. We could talk about teaching all year, but the richness of the experience can only be obtained by direct observation and practice. Students in the future will benefit from the skills that you helped these future teachers to develop.

Dr. P. Beatty-Guenter, instructor, EDCI 560

Apology to Mr. Bruce Partridge, past president of the University of Victoria

The Ring has agreed to print the following letter at the request of The Martlet, UVic’s student newspaper.

In the fall of 1998, the Martlet Publishing Society published a book called Newspaper R(evolution): The Martlet 50 Years, a 50th anniversary reminiscence of the history of The Martlet. In that book, the Society caused to be re-published stories that were originally published in 1971 during Mr. Bruce Partridge’s tenure as president of the University of Victoria.

In publishing the said book, the Society did not intend to suggest that Mr. Partridge in any way misrepresented his academic credentials to the University of Victoria or to any other party. Nor does the Society suggest that Mr. Partridge’s American law degrees, earned in 1950 and 1952 through the Blackstone College of Law, were not lawfully obtained. The selection committee, which unanimously recommended Mr. Partridge's appointment as president, and the university board of governors, which appointed him, were fully aware of Mr. Partridge's academic credentials. It is our understanding that Mr. Partridge was considered an exceptional administrator. Mr. Partridge showed restraint in not taking legal action in connection with the 1971 stories, placing the interests of the University of Victoria ahead of his own.

After he left the University of Victoria, Mr. Partridge pursued a LL.B degree from the University of British Columbia and graduated second in his class, having completed his legal studies in two-and-a-half instead of the usual three years. He then went on to successful careers both in legal and in academic circles and is the author of a textbook on management in Canada.

D. Climenhaga, J. Trueman, M. Vallis
and the Martlet Publishing Society

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