Kiara Mikita

SoTL Postdoctoral Scholar

As the Taylor Institute’s inaugural Postdoctoral Scholar working in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL), Kiara is able to combine her academic passion for social justice-related issues with her interest in advancing teaching and learning research in these areas. Kiara facilitates the SoTL Foundations Program for Graduate Students and SoTL Foundations for Postdocs, facilitates and speaks in other workshops offered at the Taylor Institute (TI), and guest speaks and lectures elsewhere in the University and in the broader Calgary community. 

Kiara's PhD work, supported by a Doctoral Canada Graduate Scholarship (SSHRC), examined the ways in which frontline practitioners and post-secondary students talk about men’s perpetration of sexual assault against women and the implications that follow. Kiara says that being able to blend this research background with teaching and learning leaves her living the dream. She reports that doing this kind of work is something she has wanted to do since taking her first series of workshops years ago at (what was then) the Teaching and Learning Centre at the U of C. 

Kiara credits the learning she has done at the TI with the success of the last course she taught (offered in the Spring of 2016). In the 2017 University Rankings Issue, Maclean’s magazine listed her course, Talk About Sexual Assault, as one of the University of Calgary’s “Coolest Courses.” Kiara has since done several guest presentations about the planning and design that went into developing the course, and lectures and facilitates workshops that builds on aspects of it. Kiara is currently working with a group of undergraduate students from this class on a reflective self-study.

Her research interests include building community in the contexts of teaching and learning, examining and facilitating "safe spaces” in learning environments, and teaching about sensitive or controversial issues.