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Mayberry Presents Keynote for Online Teaching Institute

Mayberry Presents Keynote for Online Teaching Institute

Date: Monday, July 20, 2020

St. Jerome’s University is pleased to congratulate Tommy Mayberry, an SJU alum and the Manager of Outreach and Recruitment, on being selected as the keynote speaker for the University of Alberta’s Online Teaching Institute’s “Equity, Diversity, and Inclusivity (EDI) across the digital teaching and learning divide”. Mayberry will speak on “Gender Pronouns, Teaching and Learning, and Cultures of Respect”. The workshops and presentations, designed to help instructors develop their teaching skills, take place on August 6th.


Tommy Mayberry (he/she/they) is a self-described “academic drag queen”, who works and researches “from an embodied standpoint to explore, both individually and intersectionality, gender, pedagogy, performance, language, social media, and reality TV.” Mayberry is an Instructional Skills Workshop (ISW) trainer and facilitator with the ISW Network, and co-editor of the forthcoming book, RuPedagogies of Realness: Essays on RuPaul’s Drag Race and Teaching and Learning (McFarland, 2020). They have presented academic work and research across Canada and internationally and are currently completing a PhD in English Language and Literature at the University of Waterloo.


The focus of Mayberry’s upcoming keynote is on teaching instructors how to forestall mistakes in class, such as using the wrong pronoun, name, and/or otherwise referring to someone in a sexed/gendered way. The keynote will include a review of grammar and linguistic history identifying where words came from and how they work (or do not). It will also review impacts and impasses of privilege and inclusivity focused on strategies for positive engagement with gender pronouns and teaching and learning.  The keynote will conclude with pronoun awareness and cultures of respect to ultimately reflect on whiteness, marginalization, trauma, and continued struggle.


“I am so excited, so thrilled, and so proud,” says Mayberry about the upcoming keynote. “This opportunity feels like such a hallmark in my career as a social justice academic to be recognized for my work, research, and voice, and to be invited to share it and to lead in this capacity at another of Canada’s Top Ten universities.”


Mayberry adds that the “buzz” and public interest coming from people outside the academy has led to enquiries asking for more information, and for them to be part of wider professional development programming. “The whole point of being an academic is to get your work and research out of the academy and to effect change in society,” they add, “so while I am floored by the in-academy recognition from my peers across Canada, the wider net this is casting for me in conversations of EDI and cultures of respect is the real honour and privilege I feel.”


To find out more and/or register for “Equity, Diversity, and Inclusivity (EDI) across the digital teaching and learning divide”, please visit the registration page on the University of Alberta’s Online Teaching Institute website.


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