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Bonjour FYMSiC !!! ūüôā

The outcomes of our First-Year Math & Stats in Canada One-day Online Conference: Everyday Life of a Post-secondary Math & Stats Practitioner РIn Memory of Alfonso Gracia-Saz.

Date: Wednesday, May 4th, 2022

In Memory of Alfonso Gracia-Saz

2021 CMS Excellence in Teaching Award:


MAT137 Calculus with Proofs Playlist (great videos!):


Session 1: Teaching Faculty Ranks Across Canada

Moderated by Veselin Jungic (SFU)

Teaching Faculty Ranks Across Canada [Presentation Slides]

Session 2: 10-minute Presentations

Kerri Webb (Selkirk): Is test a four-letter word? Teaching strategies for math anxious and math averse students

Is TEST a four letter word? [Presentation Slides]

Andrew Skelton (York): Mental health resources in the first-year math classroom

Mental health resources in the first-year math classroom [Presentation Slides]

Jeremy Chiu (Langara): Mitigating Cheating by Incentivizing Honesty and Positive Reinforcement

Mitigating Cheating [Presentation Slides]

Diana Skrzydlo (Waterloo): Teaching Communication and Teamwork in Math… with LEGO!

Teaching Communications and Teamwork in Math… with LEGO [Presentation Slides]

LEGO activity link: https://uwaterloo.ca/scholar/dkchisho/blog/learning-communication-strategies-lego

Gary Au (Saskatchewan): Reflecting on teaching an introductory course with no midterms or finals

No Midterms or Finals [Presentation Slides]

Session 3: Grants, Publications, Supervising Undergraduate & Graduate Students

Moderated by Darja Barr (Manitoba)

Grants, Publications, Supervising Undergraduate & Graduate Students [Presentation Slides]

Session 4: Parallel Sessions

Matt Coles (UBC): Gender in honours mathematics: Identity, belonging, and experience

Gender in honours mathematics [Presentation Slides]

Tyler Pattenden (Western): The Student Perspective on Mastery Grading in a First-Year Mathematics Course

Understanding the student perspective on mastery-grading [Presentation Slides]

Sean Fitzpatrick (Lethbridge): What is New in PreText

https://www.cs.uleth.ca/~fitzpat/talks/FYMSiC_May4_2022.html [Cool Presentation Slides]

Anton Mosunov (Waterloo): Algorithmic Questions in Introductory Algebra Class and Their Performance Affecting Factors

Algorithmic assessments in introductory algebra class [Presentation Slides]

Closing Remarks

Thank you to all of you for attending, presenting, and sharing your thoughts, opinions, and experiences today.

This meeting has again demonstrated that we, Canadian post-secondary math and stats practitioners, are a strong and tight community:

  • we all share the same high level of commitment to positively influence¬†our students personal growth and their general well-being;
  • we all share love and passion for our subject;
  • we all take our share of responsibility to support our peers and¬†institutions in their tasks to provide the best teaching environment¬†possible;
  • we have similar educational and career paths; and,
  • we face similar work related challenges on a daily basis.

This meeting also demonstrated how much talented, thoughtful, and knowledgeable members of our community are.

I would like to remind you that we dedicated this meeting to our friend Alfonso Gracia-Saz. Alfonso, we miss you.

Finally, I’d like to thank to Andie, Lauren, and Miroslav for all their time and work they’ve put into this conference and into building the First-Year Math and Stats in Canada community.

So, thank you and good luck! —¬†Veselin


This one is for you, Alfonso !!! ūüôā

Thank you FYMSiC fam !!! ūüôā <3


After reflecting over the holiday break  . . .  a warm and vibrant message from FYMSiC  . . .

Thank you very much for all your support over the years! We are slowly reaching *FOUR* years of existence, and we could not have made this grassroots movement this far without you all! We have done so much to bring together the mathematics and statistics educators across Canada and beyond through various initiatives. We truly appreciate this wonderful and friendly community with its always refreshing dialogue around teaching and learning. We hope you feel that you are a part of something special and belong to one happy and proud family which will continue to grow and be merry! ūüôā

‚Äď Veselin, Miroslav, Lauren, Michael, and Andie

Have a great Winter 2022 term, folks! ūüôā


A message from our colleague down under, Deborah King (University of Melbourne):
At the university (and in others across the country) this has resulted in certain teaching and assessment practices moving online through necessity but which may become permanent through expediency for the university, even though they may be quite detrimental to student learning.
We are currently collecting information from institutions about how their institutions have dealt with examinations, and what they propose for the future.

I have attached a notice here with a link to the survey, if you think that this is something your group may be interested in contributing to. As we all know, it is very important to get an international perspective on our practice.  It will also go to colleagues in New Zealand, and the UK.

Once the data is collected and analysed, we would be very happy to share the results with you.

So please feel free to circulate the link as far and wide as you see fit!


Dear FYiMaths friends,¬†Many of you have expressed frustration with academic integrity during COVID. We have now received ethics approval to run a research study on what is happening at universities regarding assessment in mathematics. Please take a few minutes to fill out a short survey¬†here¬†or via QR code below. Results will be presented at the workshop in Sydney in a few weeks’ time. For more details on the study please click¬†here.We are gearing up for this year’s workshop and have already received quite a number of abstracts for talks. In order to finalise the programme and know who is coming to Sydney could you please fill in a survey if you are thinking of attending (either in person or via Zoom). Thanks to those who have already completed the survey. The survey can be accessed¬†here¬† or via QR code below.

Results of Survey BarWorkshop details are as follows:When: July 18 & 19Time: 10 am to 5 pmVenue: Western Sydney Uni Parramatta Campus (The workshop will also be run over Zoom but we would really love to see you in person!)Cost: free! Thanks very much to Don Shearman for organising funding for the catering. (Dinner on the Monday night is at your expense.)Theme: Teaching, learning & assessing post COVID: lessons learnt during the pandemic We still have room for a few more talks so if you would like to present please send your expression of interest to  fyimathsproject@gmail.com . Please let us know the following:

  • title
  • abstract
  • length – 30, 45 or 60 mins
  • face-to-face or online

Please submit your expression of interest by Monday 4 July. We are looking forward to catching up face-to-face in Sydney in a few weeks.Professor Deb King, Don Shearman and Michael JenningsFYiMaths National Steering Committeefyimathsproject@gmail.comhttps://fyimaths.weebly.com/

Dear FYMSiC-ers, 
Following the recent CMS session on Authentic Applications, Anton and I are putting together a package containing examples of applications presented by our speakers and we would like to extend the invitation to contribute to this resource to the entire FYMSiC community.
In sharing the resources, we enrich¬†each other’s teaching and find inspiration in each other’s work. Moreover,¬†I believe that our community needs to make an effort to collect our contributions in order to make a bigger impact on undergraduate¬†education in Canada. So I encourage you to submit an application¬†(or two).
Submissions will be reviewed and compiled together into a document that will be posted on the FYMSiC website.
Here are the general submission guidelines:
  • the submission should be at most 5 pages in¬†length;
  • the¬†submission¬†should contain enough¬†detail so that another instructor can somewhat easily adopt it (half-baked ideas will be considered as well);
  • the application should be authentic and/or appealing (I won’t provide definitions of those terms for the sake of flexibility and variety, but no sliding ladders please);
  • make sure to cite the necessary sources and sources used.
Below is the template you can follow to describe your application. This will hopefully result in a collection of applications with a consistent look, making it easier to parse and use effectively.
[This is a Word file. Copy and paste the text in the Word file into your tex editor. WordPress does not like tex files, or even simple text files. Sorry for the inconvenience.]
Please submit your contributions to Kseniya at kgarasch@gmail.com by July 31st.
If you have any questions or comments, please email me (Kseniya) as well — I’d love to hear from you.
Looking forward to all the amazing applications,
Kseniya Garaschuk (Fraser Valley)


H-E-L-L-O FYMSiC !!!

Let‚Äôs get some young people to flex their math skills in a cool and inclusive contest! ‚ėļ

A fantastic message brought to you by our DEAR AMENDA (York):

Here’s the website: https://cariboutests.com

Aside from the contests, there are math games, puzzles, past contests, etc … The site is an excellent resource for young people interested in math. Brock University math professor, Thomas Wolf, is the founder.


Hello FYMSiC !!

An exciting external event (an alliteration) hosted by UTM to dialogue about … what happened during the 2021-2022 academic year both in high school and university.

The University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM) is hosting another dialogue, titled ‚Äú2022 UTM HS Math Teacher Dialogue: What has happened in the 2021-2022 academic year within secondary & tertiary level Math teaching & learning?‚ÄĚ The event will be online.

We hope that the virtual gathering will bring high school math teachers and university instructors from across the GTA and surrounding areas to discuss teaching and learning math. Let‚Äôs have a conversation about the challenges in the present and potentially in the future, ranging from student engagement to curriculum to learning expectations to assessments. But also let‚Äôs share those unexpected positive things that occurred when we taught our students or when our students found that ‚ÄėOH‚Äô moment.

The 2022 UTM HS Math Teacher Dialogue information is below.

Date: Wednesday, May 11th, 2022

Time:¬†16:00 (EDT) to 19:00 (EDT)¬†‚Äď join us for five minutes or the entire event!

Zoom link + Passcode: It will be emailed out on Wednesday, May 4th, 2022.

Tentative Dialogue Schedule (in EDT):

16:00 Р17:00: HS Teachers Talks РJason To (TDSB), Mike Pitocco (Halton), Roger Logan (Hamilton)

17:00 – 18:00: Uni Instructors Talks¬†‚Äď Alex Rennet (UTM, Math Faculty Advisor), Ehsaan Hossain (UTM, Intro to Math Proofs), Maria Wesslen (UTM, Calculus), Anton Mosunov (Waterloo, Linear Algebra), Miroslav Lovric (McMaster, Mathematical Modelling)

18:00 – 19:00: Open Discussion

Please register for the 2022 UTM HS Math Teacher Dialogue by filling out this quick Google Form by Wednesday, May 4th, 2022: https://forms.gle/d2GnyzbxuvWiBEGc8

Please email Andie Burazin (a.burazin@utoronto.ca) or Tyler Holden (tyler.holden@utoronto.ca), if you have any questions or any potential ideas you want us to entertain.

We hope to see you at the 2022 UTM High School Teacher Dialogue on Wednesday, May 11th, 2022!


Dear FYMSiC community,

First-year Math and Stats in Canada (FYMSiC) has organized a one-day online conference, titled ‚ÄúEveryday Life of a Post-secondary Math & Stats Practitioner – In Memory of Alfonso Gracia-Saz‚ÄĚ.

The one-day online FYMSiC conference will be held on Wednesday, May 4th, 2022, starting at 11:00 EDT and ending at 16:30 EDT.

Zoom link + Passcode: email ANDIE  a.burazin@utoronto.ca

We will celebrate our dear friend, Alfonso Gracia-Saz, who has been a regular attendee to most FYMSiC events, and will dedicate the conference to him.

Conference Itinerary (times in EDT): 2022 FYMSiC One-day Online Conference Itinerary

To register for the conference (for free!), please click on the following link: https://forms.gle/cqSfMX3vJxAwi2Le8

Registration deadline is Friday, April 29th, 2022.

We hope that you join in and contribute to our wonderful FYMSiC community!



Two exciting job opportunities as an Assistant Professor in Statistics and Computer Science at Mount Royal University passed along by our FYMSiC member, Pamini Thangarajah. Check out job postings below and share the joy with others!



Best wishes and luck to all applying !!! ūüôā


Guten Tag FYMSiC,
A cherished FYMSiC member, Shannon Ezzat (Cape Breton), asked us to pass along a great job opportunity:
We’re hiring a permanent lab instructor in the department at Cape Breton University:


All the best to those individuals who apply! ūüôā


Ciao FYMSiC!

The great and fantastic, Brian Forrest (Waterloo), asked to spread this superb job opportunity:

I was speaking to my former Ph.D. student yesterday and he mentioned a probationary instructor’s position in mathematics. I told him that the FYMSiC group might have some interested people. The job posting at the University of Winnipeg:¬†

Probationary Instructor in Mathematics, Department of Mathematics and Statistics – University of Winnipeg (northstarats.com)

The best to all who apply! ‚ėļ


Salute FYMSiC,

Our dear FYMSiC friend, Brian Forrest (Waterloo), has kindly asked to share the following fantastic opportunity for the 2022 Summer CMS Meeting Education Sessions:

As the Chair of the CMS Education Committee, the organizers of the CMS Summer Meeting in St. John’s Newfoundland have reached out to me about possible education related sessions. If anyone has an idea for a session they would like to organize please contact me as soon as possible.¬†¬†


The meeting will take place from June 3-6, 2022. At this point, it is not known if the meeting will be help in person or virtually. If it is in person, it is very likely that there will be an additional virtual component of the meeting focusing on educational issues.

Organizing a CMS Education Session is a great way to bring our fellow mathematics and statistics educators to discuss relevant topics within teaching and learning and to have a sense of community and support for one another. ‚ėļ


Hola FYMSiC,

Another great job opportunity presented by our inspiring and wise FYMSiC friend, Gary Au (Saskatchewan):

We (the Math and Stats dept. at the U of Saskatchewan) are hiring a 4-year lecturer position in Statistics:


Good luck to all applicants! ‚ėļ


Zdravo FYMSiC!

Our dearest FYMSiC friend, Kseniya (UFV), asked us to pass along a wonderful space and place to share your fabulous, inspiring, and thought-provoking mathematics and statistics questions used in your teaching. Check out the message below! ‚ėļ

Have a nice problem that you use in your courses and want to share it with others? Looking for some inspiring problems to “steal”? This year, Crux Mathematicorum (a problem solving journal published by the Canadian Mathematical Society) is introducing a new column “From the lecture notes of…”, which will feature our favourite problems from first and second year undergraduate courses,¬†problems that are non-standard, elegant or unexpected.¬†

 If you have a problem you would like to share (and it fits on one page), please send it along with its solution and a description of the course/audience it is intended for to Kseniya at crux.eic@gmail.com

MSLMA: Make Students Love Math Again! ‚ėļ


Hello FYMSiC folks,

Our dear FYMSiC friend, Sean Fitzpatrick (Lethbridge), has a wonderful mentorship opportunity. Please see below the message from Sean:

My colleague Habiba Kadiri, who chairs the CMS EDI committee, needs help to promote a program that aims to get more Black and Indigenous students into STEM PhD programs. They also need mentors for this program.

Below is what I received from Habiba (I am consolidating a couple of emails here).
If you are interested (or know someone who might be), it sounds like you can apply at the links below, or contact Sam Lawson for more info.

Thanks, Sean

Regarding mentorship:
Regarding the mentorship, we got a bit more details from the admin of the program for what they are looking for:
“As it stands right now, we have 17 fellows; they will be engaging in a matching process, where they will choose who they would like to work with for their first year. As such, there will not be a fellow matched to every mentor this coming January when the process begins. That being said, this program is rapidly growing, and the number of fellows will quickly multiply in the coming year or two – as such, we are actively recruiting to ensure our needs will be met as our numbers grow. Also, the fellows will have a different mentor every year to ensure they receive a variety of perspectives along the course of their doctoral degree. The application form can be found here:¬†https://ibetphd.ca/be-a-mentor/
The FAQ also is enlightening:
“Mentors are typically PhD holders working in academia, industry, and government institutions; however, there are no definite conditions. Anyone working within STEM fields is encouraged to apply for a mentorship position. You can apply to be a mentor here, and you will be added to our diverse pool of mentors from across North America.”

For more information or questions, I found Sam Lawson (snlawson@uwaterloo.ca) has been very responsive.

Regarding the Program:
Website https://ibetphd.ca/

“In a nutshell, the IBET PhD Project aims to remove the financial barriers of receiving a doctoral degree in engineering and computer science for Indigenous and Black-identifying students by providing approximately $30,000 of support in the form of the IBET Momentum Fellowship every year for four years. We hope that, by providing this assistance, we can diversify STEM fields in Canada and provide more role models for younger Black and Indigenous scholars looking to enter STEM. This fellowship also includes a component which will pair fellows with a different mentor every year who is currently working in industry or academia, thus helping them through the difficult process of obtaining a PhD. This will also allow fellows to build a professional network prior to graduation and increase career opportunities. Internships are also available.”

While the site does contain quite a large amount of information, you may contact:

Sam Lawson, MA (she/her)

Administrative Assistant, IBET & EDI
Faculty of Engineering, University of Waterloo


Dear members of the FYMSiC community,

We would like to invite you to contribute to a new open-access (no page charges either) journal, Maple Transactions, which aims to publish on topics of interest to the Maple community.  Use of Maple is not a prerequisite for publication in Maple Transactions.  This journal is made possible through the sponsorship of Maplesoft and of Scholarship Western, and is online only, using Open Journal Systems.  The particular focus of Maple Transactions is on computer-assisted research in mathematics, applications, and education: a broad focus, to be sure, but we want to make it clear that education is very much a priority for us.

For more information, please visit Maple Transactions: Call for Contributions.


Bonjour FYMSiC,

From our colleague and friend Frédéric Gourdeau (Laval), a wonderful job posting:

We have succeeded in obtaining a position at our Department for someone who would be interested in devoting a significant part of their energy towards the mathematical (including statistical) education of pre-service teachers. The ideal candidate would also be active in research in either mathematics or statistics. The full description is attached, in both French and English.

Job Posting (Laval) in French

Job Posting (Laval) in English

Good luck to all applicants !!! ‚ėļ


Dear FYMSiC colleagues,

Passing along a fantastic opportunity to be a part of the UW Teaching and Learning Conference in April 2022. Do not miss out!

Thank you Diana Skrzydlo (Waterloo) for sharing !!!

As members of FYMSiC, I encourage you to submit a proposal for University of Waterloo‚Äôs 13th¬†annual¬†Teaching and Learning Conference taking place on¬†April 27th¬†and April 28th, 2022.¬†Our 2022 conference theme is ‚ÄúFostering Partnerships in Pedagogy‚ÄĚ. We are excited to welcome Dr. Alison Cook-Sather, Mary Katherine Woodworth Professor of Education and Director of the Teaching and Learning Institute at Bryn Mawr College, as our keynote speaker.¬† Additionally, the Igniting Our Practice plenary session will feature two inspirational University of Waterloo instructors demonstrating a successful instructional approach to showcase some of the excellent online teaching that has been happening on our campus over the past year and a half.

You are invited to submit proposals for presentations, panel discussions, workshops, poster presentations, and items for a teaching and learning showcase, that share your practices and research related to how we can foster the many kinds of pedagogical partnerships that benefit teaching and learning in our university community. The deadline for proposals is January 26, 2022. You can read the Call for Proposals here and learn more about the conference at the UWTL Conference website. Please note that like last year, this conference will be held primarily online. There will however be opportunities for in-person engagement.


Dear FYMSiC,

Our valued colleague, Derek Postnikoff (Saskatchewan), asked to pass along this fantastic online colloquium talk. All information is below, and we hope you join and enjoy! ūüôā

University of Saskatchewan Department of Mathematics & Statistics Colloquium AnnouncementDate/Time: Friday, January 21 @ 3:30 PM CSTSpeakers: Dr. Cathy Marks Krpan and Dr. Gurpreet Sahmbi, OISE, University of Toronto(Professor Marks Krpan is the 2021 recipient of the Margaret Sinclair Memorial Award from the Fields Institute recognizing innovation and excellence in mathematics education)Title: Arguing for access: Teachers’ perspectives on the use of argumentation in elementary mathematics and its impact on student successAbstract: Argumentation is a critical skill for deepening mathematical thinking. However, explicit argumentation tasks, in which students are invited to prove or disprove mathematical ideas, are not widely used in elementary classrooms. During our presentation, we will share findings from our research that explores elementary teachers’ perceptions of the explicit implementation of argumentation in their mathematics programs. We will share and discuss student work samples and video footage of elementary students engaged in argumentation tasks.  In addition, we will explore the possible implications of our findings for intermediate, secondary, and post-secondary mathematics.Zoom Link: https://usask-ca.zoom.us/j/99456436400?pwd=WCtWbW02SStqUE10UU1EMnpaNitCdz09   Please feel free to share this link responsibly with anyone you think would be interested in attending the talk.  This talk is the intellectual property of the speaker and must not be redistributed in any form without their explicit permission.Please contact colloquium@math.usask.ca if you have any questions.  We hope to see you on the 21st!Colloquium CommitteeUniversity of SaskatchewanDepartment of Mathematics and StatisticsFind us on Facebook @uofs.math.stats and Twitter @UofS_Math_Stats


Salute FYMSiC friends,

Our FYMSiC colleague, Fok-Shuen Leung (UBC), has asked to pass along a great job opportunity! Please see below:

The UBC Math Department is advertising for up to two “Teaching Project¬†Postdoctoral Fellow” positions, which are designed for people interested in¬†teaching-faculty positions in Math. The positions are described on Mathjobs¬†at¬†https://www.mathjobs.org/jobs/list/18155

Good luck to all applying !!! ‚ėļ



On June 21, 2022, Rachael Lewitzky successfully defended her PhD thesis, Exploring Post-Secondary Instructors’ Approaches to Teaching Introductory Statistics Courses Online under the supervision of Dr. Doug McDougall at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto.

Lauren DeDieu (Instructor, University of Calgary) received the 2022 University of Calgary Teaching Award for Full-time Academic Staff. Press release: https://taylorinstitute.ucalgary.ca/awards/recipients

Sean Fitzpatrick (Instructor III, University of Lethbridge) received the 2022 University of Lethbridge Excellence in Teaching Award. Press release: https://www.ulethbridge.ca/unews/article/dr-sean-fitzpatrick-earns-excellence-teaching-award

Cindy Blois (Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream, University of Toronto) was awarded the University of Toronto Teaching Fellowship. For more information: https://memos.provost.utoronto.ca/2021-22-recipients-of-the-early-career-teaching-award-and-teaching-fellowship-pdadc-31/

Burcu Karabina (Lecturer, University of Waterloo) and Amanda Garcia (Lecturer, University of Waterloo) received the 2021-2022 UW Excellence in Online Course Design Award. Press release: https://uwaterloo.ca/math/news/amanda-garcia-burcu-karabina-online-course-design 

Asia Matthews (Mathematics Tutor, Quest University) was awarded the MAA Dolciani Mathematics Enrichment Grant. For more information: https://www.maa.org/programs-and-communities/outreach-initiatives/dolciani-mathematics-enrichment-grants 

Rebecca McKay (Assistant Professor, University of New Brunswick) received the 2022 Neil Scott Education Leadership Award.

Pamini Thangarajah (Professor, Mount Royal University) is honoured with the 3M National Teaching Fellowship. Press release: https://www.mtroyal.ca/AboutMountRoyal/MediaRoom/Stories/2022/05/mru-mathematics-professor-honoured-with-3m-national-teaching-fellowship.htm

Bravo Caelan Wang for securing an Instructor position at the University of Manitoba!

Congratulations Jerrod Smith for receiving tenure with promotion to Senior Instructor at the University of Calgary!

Hats off to Kseniya Garaschuk for being successfully promoted to an Associate Professor at the University of the Fraser Valley!

Congrats Lauren DeDieu for receiving tenure with promotion to Senior Instructor at the University of Calgary!

Dan Wolzcuk (Continuing Lecturer, University of Waterloo) received the 2022 Canadian Mathematical Society Excellence in Teaching Award. Press release: https://cms.math.ca/news-item/professor-dan-wolczuk-to-receive-2022-excellence-in-teaching-award/

Joanna Niezen secured a Lecturer position at Simon Fraser University.




Ciao FYMSiC friends,

Another amazing opportunity presents itself thanks to Patrick Walls (UBC)!

We are hiring for a tenure-track teaching position at UBC this year and I’d like to ask for your help in getting the word out. In particular, it would great if you could please share the following information with the FYMSiC community about a teaching position at UBC:
The Department of Mathematics at UBC is advertising an Assistant Professor of Teaching position in Applied Mathematics. The role includes teaching undergraduate mathematics courses and developing curriculum and innovative teaching methodologies especially for courses involving mathematical software and computation. See the job ad for more information: https://www.mathjobs.org/jobs/list/18710

Dear FYMSiC, 

Our wonderful Yvan Saint-Aubin (Montreal) has passed along information about talk (mainly french) by his colleague Louise Poirier (Montreal) who received a prize of the Association math√©matique du Qu√©bec for her career. She is first a ‚Äúdidacticienne‚ÄĚ of the teaching of math at the primary school level. She went on to become the dean of her faculty and, during her mandates there, she created a centre called The Extension. This centre is located in a neighbourhood of Montreal called Parc-Extension that it mostly populated by new immigrants and poorer families. It provides help for kids with their school work, and dental and eye-doctor services. A lot of these services are given by advanced students of the Faculties of Education, of Optometry and of Dentistry.

Le vendredi 5 novembre 2021 / Friday, November 5, 2021

15 h 30- 16 h 30 / 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Louise Poirier (Université de Montréal)


Les mathématiques ont une histoire et une géographie/ Mathematics has a history and a geography

(L’exposé sera présenté principalement en français/ The presentation will be given mainly in French)


Zoom : https://umontreal.zoom.us/j/93983313215?pwd=clB6cUNsSjAvRmFMME1PblhkTUtsQT09

ID de réunion : 939 8331 3215

Code secret : 096952


La pr√©sentation se divise en deux temps.¬† Dans un premier temps, les principaux r√©sultats de notre √©tude sur le ¬ę portrait math√©matique ¬Ľ des √©tudiants du Qu√©bec effectu√© dans le cadre du projet En avant math! (projet conjoint CRM-CIRANO soutenu par le Minist√®re des finances) seront pr√©sent√©s.¬† Ce rapport se fonde d‚Äôune part sur les r√©sultats des tests internationaux TIMS et PISA pour les √©l√®ves qu√©b√©cois du primaire et du secondaire et d‚Äôautre part, sur la situation des math√©matiques dans les universit√©s qu√©b√©coises d√©gag√©e des donn√©es du Bureau de coop√©ration interuniversitaire (BCI) ( √©volution des inscriptions √©tudiantes et portrait des √©tudiants tant en genre qu‚Äôen statut). Les donn√©es du BCI montrent que l’√©tudiant typique inscrit en maths dans les universit√©s qu√©b√©coises est citoyen canadien, blanc et masculin. Et le nombre total d’inscrits baisse √† chaque ann√©e (sauf, peut-√™tre au doctorat). O√Ļ sont les filles? O√Ļ sont les √©tudiants issus de l’immigration r√©cente? Et pourtant aux tests PISA et TIMMS les √©l√®ves issus de l’immigration performent mieux au Canada que les √©l√®ves canadiens (c’est l’inverse pour la moyenne des pays de l’OCDE).

Puis, dans un deuxième temps, à la lumière des résultats du portrait des étudiants, nous discuterons des enjeux sociaux pour des mathématiques plus inclusives. Une recherche collaborative avec les communautés inuit du Nunavik viendra illustrer nos propos. /


The presentation is divided in two parts. First, the main results of our study on the ‚Äúmathematical portrait‚ÄĚ of Qu√©bec students carried out as part of the En avant math! Project (CRM-CIRANO joint project supported by the Ministry of Finance) will be presented. This report is based on the one hand on the results of the international TIMS and PISA tests for Qu√©bec elementary and secondary school students and on the other hand, on the situation of mathematics in Qu√©bec universities based on data from the Bureau de coop√©ration interuniversitaire (BCI) in terms of evolution of student enrollments and portrait of students ( gender and status). BCI data shows that the typical student enrolled in math at Qu√©bec universities is a Canadian citizen, white and male. And the total number of registrants decreases each year (except, perhaps for the PhD students). Where are the girls? Where are the students from recent immigration? And yet on the PISA and TIMMS tests, immigrant students perform better in Canada than Canadian students (the opposite is true for most of the OECD countries).
Then, in the light of the results of the student portrait, we will discuss the social issues for more inclusive mathematics. Collaborative research with the Inuit communities of Nunavik will illustrate our point.


Dearest FYMSiC,

Thanks Matt Coles (UBC) for passing along this great opportunity! Please share with others.

The Mathematics Department and the Science Centre for Learning and Teaching (Skylight) at the University of British Columbia (Vancouver campus) are looking to hire a Science Education Specialist (SES).

The full job posting is here:


The job description is summarized below:

The position is a Faculty of Science-funded education specialist embedded in the Mathematics Department. The person will have disciplinary expertise in Mathematics (preferably a graduate degree in Mathematics or closely related discipline), and will bring expertise in pedagogy and evidence-based practices from their own background and bolstered with Skylight-coordinated professional development workshops and ongoing mentoring from Skylight leadership and peers. They will mentor faculty instructors using the developed teaching methods and materials. From time to time, the incumbent may participate in the instruction of undergraduates to advance the pedagogy of the way a course is delivered.

The SES will be a resource, guide and support within the department. They will lead scholarship of teaching and learning projects, advise the faculty on teaching and learning practices, and work with them on course and curriculum revisions, evaluations and pedagogical improvement projects.

Dear FYMSiC neighbourinos!
Our dearest member, Amenda Chow (York), has kindly asked to spread the word about a fantastic job opportunity for an Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream, Tenure Position at York University!
See the job positing information in the following link: https://www.mathjobs.org/jobs/list/18049?


Fabulous FYMSiC colleagues,

Our awesome member, Diana Skrzydlo (Waterloo), asked to pass along a fantastic opportunity for STATS & ACTUARIAL SCIENCES teaching positions at the University of Waterloo.

The Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science at the University of Waterloo is hiring 5 Lecturer positions, to start as early as January 2022. More details here: https://uwaterloo.ca/statistics-and-actuarial-science/opportunities/five-lecturer-positions-statistics-and-actuarial-science


Dear FYMSiC community,

It is with our deepest sadness that we are informing you that our colleague and friend Alfonso Gracia-Saz passed from Covid-19 on Thursday, May 6th, 2021. As Veselin Jungic put it: ‚ÄėI always felt that Alfonso actually enjoyed himself at our [FYMSiC] meetings‚Äô. He regularly attended our events and always had something insightful to share. We will remember him as an active member of our community, excellent teacher and mathematician, and above all, a beautiful human being. To learn more about Alfonso, read the Canadian Mathematics Society media release and the article in the Toronto Star. He will be missed.

Nick, Alfonso‚Äôs life partner, has shared the following: University of Toronto has setup a memorial page where you can contact the family and also contribute to a scholarship in Alfonso’s honour. Details are here: http://www.math.toronto.edu/cms/alfonso-memorial


Dear FYMSiC community,

We are being asked to participate in a research opportunity to investigate experts’ views of mathematical proof¬† by Professor Chris Sangwin, School of Mathematics, University of Edinburgh. This study is designed to better understand what characteristics expert mathematicians value when considering the relative merits of different mathematical proofs.

The duration to participate will take about 15-20 minutes where several short proofs of a given theorem to read and compare.

For further information, please visit: Education research study on proof.


Dear Friends and Colleagues:

Please consider attending the Indigenising University Mathematics Symposium organized by the University of Newcastle.

This national and international two-day symposium will address the pressing challenge of how to Indigenise mathematical practice at Universities, both in education and research. The methodology is of collaboration and sharing of knowledge and worldviews from within both Indigenous cultures and the cultures of mathematics and its allied disciplines. The symposium will be organised around a collection of interconnected themes, each chaired by a partnership of Indigenous and non-Indigenous practitioners. These include: Indigenous Mathematics, Re-imagining the living present, Traditional Knowledge, Country, Language and Oral Traditions, and Love and Pedagogy. The symposium will also launch a call for contributions to a book on the same topic.

The event will be held online.

Dates: Monday, 20th September 2021 – Tuesday, 21st September 2021 (Note that this is the local time in Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia)

Website and registration: https://carma.newcastle.edu.au/meetings/ium/



Miroslav Lovric (Professor, McMaster University) was awarded the HEQCO Skills Consortium Grant for his project “Evaluation of the numeracy course ‚ÄúNumbers for Life‚ÄĚ at McMaster University to measure learning gains and to explore possibilities for wider adoption of numeracy curriculum”.

Jerrod Smith (Instructor, University of Calgary) received the Faculty of Science Teaching Excellence Award (Early Career). Details here.

Michael Liut (Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream, University of Toronto Mississauga) received the Outstanding Faculty Guidance & Support Award (U of T Student Life). Details here.

Camelia Karimian Pour and Stan Yoshinobou secured an Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream position in the Faculty of Arts & Science at the University of Toronto.

Shannon Ezzat secured an Assistant Professor position at Cape Breton University!

Alfonso Garcia-Saz (Associate Professor, Teaching Stream, University of Toronto) won 2021 CMS Excellence in Teaching Award. Press release: https://cms.math.ca/news-item/professor-alfonso-gracia-saz-to-receive-the-2021-cms-excellence-in-teaching-award/

Kseniya Garaschuk (Assistant Professor, University of Fraser Valley) has been named the recipient of 2021 Canadian Mathematical Society Graham Wright Award for Distinguished Service. Press release: https://cms.math.ca/news-item/dr-kseniya-garaschuk-to-receive-the-2021-graham-wright-award-for-distinguished-service/.

Brian Forrest (Professor, University of Waterloo), Kseniya Garaschuk (Assistant Professor, University of Fraser Valley), and Veselin Jungic (Teaching Professor, Simon Fraser University) are the newest Canadian Mathematical Society Fellows.

Bruce Dunham (Professor of Teaching, University of British Columbia) is the recipient of the 2021 PIMS Education Prize. Press release: https://www.pims.math.ca/news/2021-pims-education-prize-awarded-bruce-dunham

Petra Menz (Senior Lecturer, Simon Fraser University) and Nicola Mulberry (PhD Candidate, Simon Fraser University) won the 2021 BCampus Award for Excellence in Open Education. Please visit: https://bccampus.ca/2021/03/24/bccampus-award-for-excellence-in-open-education-petra-menz-and-nicola-mulberry/

Zack Cramer (Lecturer, University of Waterloo) received the University of Waterloo Student Association Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award. Press release: https://uwaterloo.ca/math/news/zack-cramer-receives-wusa-excellence-undergraduate-teaching

Xinli Wang (Instructor, University of Manitoba) received the University of Manitoba, Teaching and Learning Seed Project grant. Project: Mastery-based grading in a second year mathematics course, and its impact to student’s learning.

Parker Glynn-Adey secured an Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream position at the University of Toronto Scarborough.