AMPD’s Bridget Cauthery recipient of 2018 President’s University-Wide Teaching Award

May 31, 2018

AMPD’s Bridget Cauthery recipient of 2018 President’s University-Wide Teaching Award

eLearning @ AMPD congratulates Bridget Cauthery (Dance), who is one of the recipients of the 2018 President’s University-Wide Teaching Award!

As a contract faculty member in AMPD since 2008, Bridget Cauthery teaches in the Department of Dance. She is being recognized with a President’s University-Wide Teaching Award in the Contract and Adjunct Faculty category. Her nominators praised Cauthery for her imaginative use and command of technology enhanced learning and creative course development. She is a proponent for the use of video both as a teaching aid and as a method for students to submit videos of their original choreography. She has been an invited speaker on effective blended learning strategies to members of AMPD through the school’s lunch and learn sessions and focus groups.

Her investment in evaluating effective e-Learning strategies led her to complete the Teaching Commons’ EduCATE! Education, Curriculum and Teaching Excellence one-year program in 2015-16. She has researched the impact of innovative teaching methods on undergraduate students and will use her findings to inform future iterations of her courses. Her nominators referred to her outstanding ability to engage undergraduate students in their learning (for example, she addresses 250 students in one class each by name). She is a respected mentor and actively promotes the work of her graduate students. Under her leadership, one student writes: “I had the opportunity to benefit from her caring and attentive manner, her skillful maneuvering through a variety of different learning platforms and information sources, and her ability to draw all of these together as a coherent whole in a way which resonated with students’ immediate experiences.”

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Dr. Bridget Cauthery is a dance and cultural studies scholar focusing on the impact of post/neo-coloniality and the processes of globalization on contemporary and popular dance practices in the Global North. In 2016 she was the recipient of a twelve-month research leave to complete the manuscript for her forthcoming book Choreographing the North (McGill-Queens University Press) that examines eleven contemporary dance works from the northern and southern hemispheres that take the North as their source and inspiration.  She was one of four keynote speakers for the 2016 Selma Odom Lecture Series celebrating forty years of dance studies at York.

In 2015 Bridget received Academic Innovation funding for a new blended learning course that uses social media to manufacture undergraduate student engagement in critical theory.  In 2014 Bridget won the inaugural AMPD eLearning Teaching Award for her course Dance, Film & Culture.  She has presented at conferences in Canada, the U.S. and Europe and her research has been published in EthnologiesCulture & Tradition, Canadian Dance StudiesPerformance Journal UK, TOPIA and appears in Fields in Motion: Ethnography in the Worlds of Dance (2011).  Since 2008 she has been lecturing in the Dance Department at York University and in the Theatre School at Ryerson University and was appointed to York’s Faculty of Graduate Studies in 2014.