FYMSiC Past News



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! 🙂

– Veselin, Miroslav, Lauren, Michael, and Andie

Have a great Winter 2022 term, folks! 🙂


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 “2022 UTM HS Math Teacher Dialogue: What has happened in the 2021-2022 academic year within secondary & tertiary level Math teaching & learning?” 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’s 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’s share those unexpected positive things that occurred when we taught our students or when our students found that ‘OH’ moment.

The 2022 UTM HS Math Teacher Dialogue information is below.

Date: Wednesday, May 11th, 2022

Time: 16:00 (EDT) to 19:00 (EDT) – 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 – 17:00: HS Teachers Talks – Jason To (TDSB), Mike Pitocco (Halton), Roger Logan (Hamilton)

17:00 – 18:00: Uni Instructors Talks – 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 “Everyday Life of a Post-secondary Math & Stats Practitioner – In Memory of Alfonso Gracia-Saz”.

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 !!! 🙂


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! 🙂


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! â˜ș


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. â˜ș


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! â˜ș


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! â˜ș

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! â˜ș


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 !!! â˜ș


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’s 13th annual Teaching and Learning Conference taking place on April 27th and April 28th, 2022. Our 2022 conference theme is “Fostering Partnerships in Pedagogy”. 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! 🙂

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 !!! â˜ș




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 mathĂ©matique du QuĂ©bec for her career. She is first a “didacticienne” 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’exposĂ© sera prĂ©sentĂ© 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 prĂ©sentation se divise en deux temps.  Dans un premier temps, les principaux rĂ©sultats de notre Ă©tude sur le « portrait mathĂ©matique » des Ă©tudiants du QuĂ©bec effectuĂ© dans le cadre du projet En avant math! (projet conjoint CRM-CIRANO soutenu par le MinistĂšre des finances) seront prĂ©sentĂ©s.  Ce rapport se fonde d’une part sur les rĂ©sultats des tests internationaux TIMS et PISA pour les Ă©lĂšves quĂ©bĂ©cois du primaire et du secondaire et d’autre part, sur la situation des mathĂ©matiques dans les universitĂ©s quĂ©bĂ©coises dĂ©gagĂ©e des donnĂ©es du Bureau de coopĂ©ration interuniversitaire (BCI) ( Ă©volution des inscriptions Ă©tudiantes et portrait des Ă©tudiants tant en genre qu’en statut). Les donnĂ©es du BCI montrent que l’Ă©tudiant typique inscrit en maths dans les universitĂ©s quĂ©bĂ©coises est citoyen canadien, blanc et masculin. Et le nombre total d’inscrits baisse Ă  chaque annĂ©e (sauf, peut-ĂȘtre au doctorat). OĂč sont les filles? OĂč sont les Ă©tudiants issus de l’immigration rĂ©cente? Et pourtant aux tests PISA et TIMMS les Ă©lĂšves issus de l’immigration performent mieux au Canada que les Ă©lĂšves canadiens (c’est l’inverse pour la moyenne des pays de l’OCDE).

Puis, dans un deuxiÚme temps, à la lumiÚre 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 “mathematical portrait” of QuĂ©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 QuĂ©bec elementary and secondary school students and on the other hand, on the situation of mathematics in QuĂ©bec universities based on data from the Bureau de coopĂ©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 QuĂ©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: ‘I always felt that Alfonso actually enjoyed himself at our [FYMSiC] meetings’. 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’s 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 “Numbers for Life” 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.