Beyond the Classroom

Faculty engagement in co-curricular activities provides meaningful opportunities for faculty to interact and teach students beyond the typical classroom setting. Research demonstrates many academic and personal benefits to students who interact with faculty outside of the classroom. Some of these benefits include:

  • A positive effect on cognitive and affective student development
  • Strong student satisfaction in post-secondary education
  • Greater student persistence due to enhance intellectual development
  • Improved academic performance, gain an increased sense of self, and higher levels of confidence and motivation

Faculty who are considered to have the largest impact on students are those who most frequently interact with students outside the classroom. The opportunities on this page are ways in which faculty can engage with students in co-curricular activities. If there are any questions about the opportunities below please contact the email provided with the opportunity or If you would like to submit a university associated co-curricular activity for faculty engagement on this directory please click here

Faculty Engagement Opportunities

Academic Based Opportunities

Academic based opportunities give faculty the opportunity to focus on students' academic skill development, sharing course specific content, and instructing outside of the traditional classroom setting with the goal of supporting academic student success.



Activity: Exam Jam
Department: Office of Student Transition
Description: Exam Jam is a day long event that offers students intensive course-specific study sessions alongside opportunities to engage in activities that help manage stress, while establishing healthy and productive study habits. 
Faculty Role: Participating faculty plan and conduct a 1.5-hour review session for their Fall/Winter course. Exam Jam takes place in December and in April. Review sessions are 1.5hrs in length. Participating students are enrolled in a participating faculty member’s course, however faculty have the option to combine sessions with other instructors teaching the same course. Faculty register for Exam Jam on CISS. Faculty can make a request to participate in Exam Jam up until the last week of September (for Fall Exam Jam), and up until the last week of January (for Winter Exam Jam) 



Activity: “O-Week” Fall Orientation 
Department: Office of Student Transition
Description: “O-Week” provides new students with an introduction to life at UTM, and all the campus resources available to make transition into university a successful one. 
Faculty Role: Participating faculty represent their particular department by providing a department-specific academic orientation session. Such session includes the delivery of a sample lecture to give students an opportunity to experience lecture-style learning, while facilitating conversations regarding campus-specific resources for academic support. Academic sessions are 2 hrs in length. Deadline to participate in O-Week is in July.



Activity: utmONE Instructor 
Department: Office of Student Transition 
Description: utmONE courses develop students’ deeper understanding of academic expectations and provide opportunities to enrich academic performance through enhanced study skill development (e.g., effective reading strategies, study skills, communication skills, and time management skills). ​Open to first-year students; enrolment capacity of 60 in each course​. 
Faculty Role: Please email to find out more about being an instructor.



Activity: utmONE Scholars Instructors​
Department: Office of Student Transition 
Description: utmONE Scholars courses are small, interactive classes that are open to high-achieving incoming students on a competitive, application-based basis. utmONE Scholars courses are designed to develop students’ key research and critical thinking skills. Communication skills (written and verbal) are also a major focus.
Faculty Role: Please email to find out more about being an instructor.



Experience Based Opportunities

Experience based opportunities invite faculty to actively participate in an event, project, or activity to interact with students, share interests and build a campus community in a fun and interactive setting. 



Activity: Community Day Events  
Department: Centre of Student Engagement
Description: Community Day Events (CDE) are single day opportunities that connects students to local community organizations. CDE give students a chance to complete a project for a community partner based on their needs. These events occur twice a month from September to March. CDE give students a chance to gain hands on experience working with different groups of people and themes such as; children and youth, environment, health related, environment and business. A diverse group of students sign up for every project! This is a great starter program as it allows students to have a one day experience volunteering. We are hoping students will sign up to give back to the community, meet new people and also connect with staff and faculty outside of UTM spaces.
Faculty Role: Since events are only for one day- we are hoping faculty will sign up to attend a Community Day event- usually a 4-8 hour commitment (traditionally on the weekends or Fridays). 2-3 Community Day Events are scheduled each month and can be found on our website: Project sign ups will be put up about a month before a project begins and registration will be closed within 5 days of the event. 
Contact: Alysha Ferguson 



Activity: Community Innovation Projects 
Department: Centre of Student Engagement 
Description: Community Innovation Projects (CIP’s) work collaboratively with a local not-for-profit organization that has identified a challenge or problem within their organization that they would like to explore changing. UTM student teams will work to develop an achievable solution to this challenge that meets the organization’s needs. The group of student volunteers will present the final project to the organization's Board of Directors in order to make recommendations to solve the challenge/ problem.
Faculty Role: Faculty signing up to be a contributor to a specific project would be a valuable assist to give the student group an additional resource and connection to the faculty members passions and/or research. Students meet once a week, so faculty are welcome to meet as often as they would like with that group- ideally having the faculty member attend once a month would be ideal! Dates and times are dependent on the group involved with the project. Projects can run from September- December, January- March or September- March depending on the level of needed commitment from the students for the project to be completed. Ideally for projects starting in September- interest should be discussed by August 22nd but any projects are flexible to have faculty interest throughout the year. Students will work together weekly in groups of 5-7 on projects. Students will be passionate about the community partners vision and mission and working on a specific project for that organization. Research, creative and strategic thinkers will be an assist to the students success.
Contact: Alysha Ferguson 



Activity: Engaging Faculty Events (EFE)
Department: Office for Student Transition
Description: EFEs are opportunities for out-of-classroom interactions between students and faculty that allow for meaningful relationships to develop in areas of mutual academic interest. A hosting faculty member would be responsible for planning and implementing an EFE (administrative assistance provided by contact personnel). Examples include: a film night & discussion, tobogganing, skating, dinner, button-making, candle-making.
Faculty Role: EFEs take place at varied times throughout the academic year; EFEs run for approximately 2hrs in duration. Open to all first-year students; however, heavily marketed to first-year students enrolled in hosting faculty member’s discipline



Activity: Faculty In Residence (FIR)
Department: Student Housing and Residence Life
Description: Faculty In Residence (FIR) aims to bring faculty out of the classroom and into residence spaces where students feel at home. Faculty members from a variety of disciplines are involved in programs which allow students a casual venue to get to know faculty, develop connections, and have opportunities for academic, personal and professional growth.
Faculty Role: There isn’t a specific type of event, because we work with each faculty member’s interests to decide what the best fit is for them and our students, but time commitment can range anywhere from an hour (ex. a meal with residents) to a weekend (the faculty can live in residence for the weekend) depending on availability and interest. For all FIR events, any faculty costs are covered by Residence. We typically do most of our planning for the upcoming year in June & July, but are happy to talk with faculty about plans at any time. FIR activities aim to provide a small group setting for faculty and students, so typically faculty interact with 5-15 students. We provide targeted advertising to students in that faculty member’s discipline, but nearly all activities are open to any residence student. 
Contact: Jenna Menzies

Faculty in Residence



Activity: President’s Scholar of Excellence Program (PSEP) Faculty Mentors​
Department: Office of Student Transition 
Description: This is an opportunity for participating faculty members to mentor UTM’s highest academic achieving incoming students for their first year of study.  ​
Faculty Role: 1 academic year; Faculty mentor meetings with a PSEP mentee take place at varied times throughout the academic year​.



Activity: Sneaker Squad
Department: Physical Ed, Athletics & Recreation Dept.
Description: Sneaker Squad is a free program under the MoveU campaign which promotes healthy active living and helps students understand the physical, social and academic benefits of physical activity.
During the fall semester, our program is led by two student leaders who host weekly walks to explore and appreciate our beautiful campus. We aim to invite faculty as guest walkers to join us for a walk and to interact with our student participants. Through this we hope to create an opportunity for students to feel connected to our campus community.
Faculty Role:

  • 45 minute walk with a group of students (ranges from 5 – 15)
  • Select 1 of 2, weekly time slots; timings for the semester are determined in September.
  • Let us know 2 weeks prior
  • Provided with promotional materials to share with your class 



Sneaker Squad



Activity: The Human Living Library
Department: Centre for Student Engagement
Description: Each year the Centre for Student Engagement organizes a Human Living Library where students can sign out human books for a 25 minute chat. The Human Living Library project is an event designed to create dialogue, promote understanding and reduce prejudice. A collection of “human books” (widely varied in gender, cultural and religious backgrounds, and age) will be offered on "loan" to visitors (“readers”). Faculty members often participate as Books. This event is open to all students.
Faculty Role: 3 hrs in February (Date to be Decided)
Contact: Dray Perenic Price 



Activity: utmONE Scholars Enrichment Events ​
Department: Office of Student Transition 
Description: Exclusive to utmONE Scholars students, these enriching events offer the chance to meet with faculty members, learn from knowledgeable peers, and gain critical thinking, communication, and other academic skills while experiencing UTM outside of the classroom. Examples include: Meeting with students in small groups at “Explore: The Research Opportunity Program” (ROP) Event to discuss past ROP projects and the expectations for applying to the program.
Faculty Role: These events take place at varied times throughout the academic year and run for approximately 2hrs in duration​.



Program Name: UTM Abroad Program 
Department: International Education Centre
Description: The UTM Abroad Program provides short term experiential learning opportunities abroad for students during the fall or winter break or right after the end of classes in April on a curricular and co-curricular basis. Each co-curricular experience promotes socially conscious travel that explores global topics and connects them back to the local community within our city and region. Participants engage in active learning beyond the classroom exploring local customs, engaging with the local community and taking a different approach to traveling that involves activities such as staying in hostels/home stays and using local transportation in places such as Peru, Thailand, Guatemala, Ghana and India. 
Faculty Role: Each international experience requires the participation of a faculty member with background or knowledge around each country's theme that support student learning prior, during and after the trip. Faculty that participate in these experiences accompany the students during the trip engaging in every aspect of the itinerary and play a key role in leading discussions that enrich the learning experience by providing context and resources tied to the location and theme. Participating faculty are asked to engage with the group of 15-18 students prior to departure by engaging in at least two pre-departure lunch & learns, one of which would include leading a pre-departure discussion around the location or theme of the experience. They would then participate in a week long international experience during October or February or in a two week international experience during the end of April and beginning of May. The commitment ends with participation in a post trip reflection.
Contact: International Education Centre 

UTM Abroad Program