What is it?
Your biography provides an overview of your background and your experience as a teacher. Under Biography, provide a short few paragraphs that describe who you are and your current (overall) responsibilities at Queen’s. Your biography helps the readers to place the information in your dossier in a broader academic context.
How do I start?
Ask yourself, and/or a colleague to assist in finding the few key points that would shape your biography.
Thanks to Professor Donna O'Connor for the following excerpt from her dossier:
- What do you want it to say about you?
- Trace your educational background and work briefly
- Focus on a brief review of your experience in teaching e.g. when you first started teaching and your current commitment.
Upon graduation in 1973 (Diploma) and BSc.OT (1976) I engaged in clinical
practice in both a pediatric and home care setting. I was an avid fieldwork
educator with a specific interest in experiential learning and the application and
transfer of knowledge from the academic to the clinical setting.
From 1980-1985 I was involved in the Occupational Therapy Program in teaching
modules of various courses, teaching single courses for faculty on sabbatical
leave, supervising 4th year independent projects and small group teaching for
communication skills course in both the Occupational Therapy Program and the
School of Medicine.
In 1989-90 I began and completed courses in the Master’s of Education program
at the University of Dundee, Scotland. Upon returning to Canada, I received
course credits toward the Master’s Of Education program at Queen’s University. I
completed the master’s degree part-time while once again teaching courses,
modules, communication skills and participating in curriculum development in the
OT program. My involvement as Lecturer and Instructor, OT Program included
various teaching responsibilities from 1992-1999 and membership in the
Committee for the Redevelopment of the Clinical Education Centre.
I was awarded my Master of Education in 1995. I was appointed as Assistant
Professor Adjunct Faculty, Occupational Therapy Program in 1999.