Wendy Benoit, Associate Dean - Teaching, Learning, and Student Engagement
Dr. Wendy Benoit is a well-respected educator known for building and using creative strategies for active learning in large enrolment courses.
Having earned a Bachelor of Science with honours from Memorial University of Newfoundland, Wendy completed her PhD with a specialization in synthetic organic chemistry at the University of Calgary. As a professor (teaching), she holds a joint appointment between the Natural Sciences Program and the Department of Chemistry. In 2015, she became the director of the Natural Sciences program until 2018 when she was appointed Associate Dean – Teaching, Learning, and Student Engagement in the Faculty of Science.
The cornerstones of Wendy’s approach to teaching have been reflection, problem-solving, and collaboration. Her teaching has been recognized with the 2012 Faculty of Science Award for Excellence in Teaching and a 2015 Students’ Union Teaching Excellence Award. Wendy is passionate about building robust mentorship networks for both faculty and students.
Her scholarly work includes the co-development and research on improving and extending training and mentorships opportunities in the Department of Chemistry for graduate student teaching assistants. She has also collaborated on research into the effectiveness of using historic case studies to help students understand scientific concepts.
In her current role as Associate Dean – Teaching, Learning, and Student Engagement, Wendy forges connections across disciplines in Science as well as with other Faculties. She supports both formal and informal paths for both academic staff and students to reflect on and share their experiences.