Teaching and Supervision

McGill’s Active Learning Classrooms (ALCs)

Current PhD Supervision 
Jean Archambeault
Catalin Bidian
Peymon Montazeri

Current Courses
GLIS 620 – Managing Information Organizations
GLIS 625 – Information Architecture
GLIS 664 – Knowledge Networks (formally Communities of Practice)

Teaching Philosophy 

I joined the School of Information Studies at McGill University in the Fall of 2013. I am an enthusiastic and passionate teacher who has received excellent reviews from students, as well as five commendations for teaching excellence. My teaching philosophy focuses on encouraging students to actively develop a theoretical foundation of the subject area and be able to apply theoretical principles in practice. This involves exposing students to exemplary work or literature reviews to assist them in learning key concepts, models, frameworks and methodologies. Once they have acquired an appropriate theoretical foundation, I incorporate practice-based teaching methods into the learning process. Some examples include the use of case analysis, interactions with industry partners, and the assignment of term-long group work that simulates actual project objectives and deliverables. I also provide regular and detailed feedback to aid in enhancement of student understanding. To encourage engagement and constructive debates, I incorporate e-learning (e.g. supplemental online video lectures, collaboration and discussion), which, in turn, creates additional opportunities for richer discussion, guest lectures, case studies, and leading-edge research in the classroom. This has the effect of further empowering students and allowing them to absorb material and study at a pace more comfortable for them.

Teaching Experience

2013 – Present | McGill University
Assistant / Associate Professor
School of Information Studies – McGill University
GLIS 620 – Managing Information Organizations (previously Information Agency Management)
GLIS 664 – Knowledge Networks (previously Communities of Practice)
GLIS 625 – Information Architecture (Jan. 2016 – Present)
GLIS 602 – Integrating Research & Practice (Jan. 2017 – Apr. 2018)

2004 – 2013 | University of Toronto
Adjunct Instructor
Faculty of Information (Master’s Program) – University of Toronto
INF1003: Information Systems, Services and Design (2012 – 2013)

Course Instructor
Institute of Communication, Culture, Information, and Technology (ICCIT) – University of Toronto Mississauga
MGD423: Technology in Organizations (2005 – 2013)
CCT225: Information Systems (2006, 2008-2013)
CCT424: Strategic Innovation (2012 – 2013)
MGD422: Management of Technological Innovation (2012 – 2013)

Teaching Assistant and Lecturer
Faculty of Information (Master’s Program) – University of Toronto
INF2149: Administrative Decision Making in Information Organizations (2008 – 2011)
INF1230: Management of Information Organizations (2005 – 2006)

Department of Management – University of Toronto Mississauga
MGT491: Introduction to International Business (2005 – 2006)
MGT492: Introduction to Strategic Management (2005 – 2006)
MGM200: Analysis for Decision and Control (2004 – 2006)
MGT353: Introduction to Marketing Management (2004 – 2006)
MGM102: Management in a Changing Environment (2004 – 2005)
MGM101: Introduction to Management Functions (2004 – 2005)