Selkirk College, Attn: Theresa Southam (on-leave)
820 Tenth Street, Nelson BC, V1L 3C7, Canada
Move to the Mountains
Theresa moved to Columbia Basin in 1990 to attend the Creative Writing program at David Thompson University and live in the mountains. Later after taking courses in university arts and sciences at Selkirk College and graduating from the Fine Woodworking program she travelled extensively. Upon returning home to Canada Theresa launched an environmental communications company, which over the next twenty-five years created, maintained and evaluated national and regional education projects. While running the company Theresa attended Simon Fraser and Royal Roads University and taught at Selkirk College including teaching for five years at the Osoyoos Indian Band Community Centre and school. She loves her current appointment because everyday she rethinks what is taught, how it is taught, and how learning is assessed.
Back to Selkirk
Recently Theresa has launched and served as the principal investigator on a number of scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL) applied research projects including: a case study on the utility and effectiveness of the Selkirk Teaching Innovation and Research (STIR) fund, developing a set of guidelines for incorporating contemplative practices in the classroom (one of five institutions selected by an American foundation out of Amherst Massachusetts) and a project with the Rural Development Institute to help establish a baseline for defining and conserving mountain culture over time.
Theresa is still known province-wide for her role in several key initiatives including community-based wetland conservation, fostering an environmental responsibility ethic, First Nations and Inuit tourism training, behavior change projects, educational studies and strategies, and developing networks and strategies. As Coordinator of the TLI she has further developed her leadership, networking, strategic planning, and management skills in an educational institution setting.
Some of her favourite past times are road biking, swimming, hiking, camping and spending time with her family. She will begin a PhD soon and one day will play a stringed instrument well.