Tom Klubi

Tom Klubi
Affiliation: 
Learning Strategist and Program Manager
Place of Birth: 
Truro, Nova Scotia
First Year Employed at UTM/U of T: 
1996
Department / Division: 
Robert Gillespie Academic Skills Centre

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Tom Klubi

Tom Klubi is the learning strategist and program manager at UTM’s Robert Gillespie Academic Skills Centre (RGASC). He is responsible for designing and managing support programs that help develop students’ academic skills. These ongoing programs include: Head Start, the RGASC’s annual transition program for first year students, which he launched in 1999 and ran from 1999-2012; the Facilitated Study Group (FSG) program, the RGASC’s peer mentorship initiative, launched in 2004; and the Promoting Academic Skills for Success (PASS) program, launched in 2015, which supports at-risk students on probation and suspension.

Klubi started at the RGASC in 1996, just after its launch. Beginning as a small unit operating in the corner of the Meeting Place, it was often confused with the Academic Workshop – a department that designs and builds equipment to facilitate research. In 2006, the RGASC moved to its current location in the Hazel McCallion Academic Learning Centre.

Klubi attributes much of the success of the RGASC to its founding director, Cleo Boyd. Boyd envisioned an academic skills centre that would develop programs spanning a wide variety of academic skills and assessment approaches, and would foster extensive collaboration with faculty and staff. According to Klubi, the RGASC represented “a holistic approach that was ahead of its time and the first of its kind”. Over the years, the mandate of the RGASC has grown to include support initiatives for writing, English Language Learner (ELL) students and accessibility students. Klubi believes the key to this growth over the years has been the passion and commitment of UTM’s faculty, librarians and staff, along with the efforts of many student volunteers.

In the near future, the RGASC will feature increased writing support, including writing “retreats” and Co-Curricular Record-accredited workshop series, expanded program offerings such as the RGASC’s numeracy initiative, which supports the development of numeracy skills across all subject areas, as well as a collaboration with utmONE to teach a course entitled Science of Learning, where Klubi says students can “learn about learning for credit”. Soon the RGASC will be moving again, to accommodate its growing program offerings. You can expect the RGASC to relocate to the new North building in 2018.