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Tricia Seifert
Associate Professor

email: tricia.seifert@utoronto.ca  

Department: Leadership, Higher and Adult Education

Research Overview

My long-standing research interest has been rooted in understanding how postsecondary participation relates to student learning and success, commonly referred to as college impact research. Recently, my focus has expanded to understanding how postsecondary institutions organize their programs and services in ways that promote student success.

The Supporting Student Success study began by examining how student affairs and services staff at 9 universities and 5 colleges in Ontario perceived their institutionís organizational structures and how these structures helped or hindered staff membersí ability to support student success. This study has expanded its focus and is now developing a 360 degree understanding of how students, staff, faculty, and senior administrative leaders perceive how their institution supports student success. The report from the first phase of the study was released by HEQCO in November 2011 and is available here. The Supporting Student Success research team regularly blogs about the project in terms of how the studyís findings can inform practice and policy. You can follow our blog(http://supportingstudentsuccess.wordpress.com/).

Iím also working with colleagues at the Centre for Teaching Support & Innovation on a HEQCO-funded project examining the role of teaching assistants as members of the course teaching team. One of the key questions of interest is the relationship between TAsí approaches to teaching and studentsí approaches to learning (surface compared to deep). Findings from this study are intended to support faculty, administrators, and educational developers in establishing educational environments and opportunities that maximize deeper learning. We are in the process of collecting data and expect to begin analysis in summer 2012.

Curriculum Vitae


Teaching Overview

Teaching Philosophy

I teach a wide range of courses from research methods to topical courses. The common thread that runs through them is my commitment to supporting student success through the use of experiential learning. I firmly believe that students who have the opportunity to put the theory of what they are learning in the classroom into practice are more confident in their abilities and have a better understanding of how context influences processes and outcomes. My goal as an educator is to help students gain the knowledge, skills, abilities and dispositions they need to be successful based on their self-definition.

Courses Taught

Introduction to Student Services: http://www.oise.utoronto.ca/tps/UserFiles/File/Higher-Ed/TSSyllabus2009.pdf
Quantitative Research Process and Design: http://www.oise.utoronto.ca/tps/UserFiles/File/Higher-Ed/TSSyllabusFall2011.pdf
Survey Methodology: http://www.oise.utoronto.ca/tps/UserFiles/File/Higher-Ed/TSSurvMethodSyllabusWinter2012.pdf
Engaging Issues in Postsecondary Education: Through the crucible of service learning, students will reflect online and in person to make more complex meaning of the issues discussed in Recurring Issues in Postsecondary Education (TPS:1803). The course is still under development and is expected to launch in Winter 2013.

Representative Publications

Seifert, T., & Burrow, J. (2013). Perceptions of student affairs and services practitioners in Ontario's post-secondary institutions: An examination of colleges and universities. Canadian Journal of Higher Education, 43(2), 132-148.

Wells, R., Seifert, T., & Saunders, D. (2013) Gender and realized educational expectations: The roles of social origins and significant others. Research in Higher Education, 54(6), 599-626.

Seifert, T., Wells, R., Saunders, D., & Gopaul, B. (2012). When “College for All” Results in Students’ Unrealized Expectations: Analysis for K-16 Policy and Practice. Retrieved from University of Texas at Arlington K-16 Educational Policy, Leadership, and Research Center Research Commons website: https://dspace.uta.edu/handle/10106/11725

Seifert, T., Arnold, C.H., Burrow, J., & Brown, A. (2011). Supporting Student Success: The Role of Student Services Within Ontario’s Postsecondary Institutions. Toronto, ON: Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario.

Burrow, J., & Seifert, T. (2011). Forms of communication in Ontario college and university student affairs and services: Helping our colleagues, our students and ourselves. Communiqué, 12(1), 12-13.

Martin, G., & Seifert, T. (2011). The relationship between students' interactions with student affairs professionals and cognitive outcomes in the first year of college. Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice, 48(4), 389-410.