CANCELLED: Educators in the First Year Experience – Mastermind Group

Event Date & Time

  • February 26, 2020
    1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
  • March 11, 2020
    1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
  • March 25, 2020
    1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
  • April 8, 2020
    1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Event Description

This event has been cancelled 

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We will be running a mastermind group and invite you to join us! The purpose of the mastermind group is to build capacity and provide support for educators who work to enhance the first year experience (FYE) at the UBC Point Grey Campus.

Participants will share real-life challenges regarding teaching and learning in the first year experience, then receive and discuss feedback, advice, and resources from other group members as part of this peer mentoring group.  This group is open to all educators (i.e., staff, faculty members, and others) who work to enhance the first year experience.

The Educators in the First Year Experience Mastermind Group is open to:

  • Educators involved in the first year experience (FYE) on UBC-V campus. The term ‘educators’ is used broadly and is not limited to those who have a formal teaching appointment.

Next Steps:

  • Express interest in joining the group by Monday, February 17, 2020 (6pm). To express your interest, login to the Events site with your CWL and press the green “Register Now” button at the top of this page.
  • You will be asked to indicate your current involvement as an educator in the FYE and any restrictions on your availability for the meeting dates
  • We will prioritize people who are actively involved in the FYE and who are available for all 4 meeting dates
  • By Wednesday, February 19, 2020 (noon) Isabeau will confirm your participation in the mastermind group

For additional details as to what a mastermind group is, please refer to this post:

If you have questions, please reach out to Isabeau Iqbal at


Karen Smith, Lecturer, Microbiology and Immunology

Karen Smith is a UBC educator focusing on the first year experience and is the creator of the UBC First Year Educators’ Symposium. Karen teaches and coordinates a large first year cell biology course (BIOL 112) and is a strong proponent of active learning and the “Flipped Classroom”.  In addition to her contributions to the scholarship of teaching and learning (productive failure, flexible learning, invention activities), Karen’s education research also examines wellbeing in the classroom such as the Teaching and Learning Enhancement Fund project “Promoting Academic Tenacity”.

Martha Essak, Instructor, UBC Sauder School of Business

Martha Essak teaches statistics in the Sauder School of Business. She is also a project advisor at the Centre for Operations Excellence, where students complete consulting internships with industry partners. She helps guide project teams through the entire process of an analytics project, from developing a focused research question to delivering results in the form of a presentation and a report to the client company.


Locations: Irving K Barber Learning Centre

  • Chilcotin Room 256: February 26 & March 25
  • Stikine Room 260: March  11
  • Seminar Room 2.22: April 8



Venue Website:

1961 E Mall, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, V6T 1Z4