Welcome to Dr. Eric Seidlitz!
The BHSc (Hons) Program is delighted to announce the appointment of Dr. Eric Seidlitz as an Assistant Professor, as of September 15, 2017. Eric has been an instructor in the BHSc (Hons) Program since 2011, contributing to teaching in the basic sciences in a variety of roles. Originally from Portage la Prairie, Manitoba, Eric completed undergraduate degrees in biology and psychology at the University of Manitoba and a master’s degree in psychology before doing his Doctorate in physiology and pharmacology in the Medical Sciences PhD program here at McMaster.
Eric doesn’t see learning as the outcome of teaching. “Learning is the result of engagement with concepts and ideas in a way that promotes understanding,” he explains. “Teaching is my method of fostering this engagement.”
He’ll be playing a number of roles for 2017-18 Academic Year. He is part of the facilitation teams for the 2nd year inquiry courses (HTHSCI 2E03 – Inquiry: Biochemistry and HTHSCI 2K03 – Inquiry: Cell Biology), and will also work with Chari in HTHSCI 1I06 – Cellular & Molecular Biology. This fall, Eric is also teaching a first-year elective course, HTHSCI 1K03 – Health Sciences & the Media, an exciting opportunity for students from across the university to explore the relationships between popular media representations of discoveries in the health sciences and the original research behind them. He’ll also be taking the lead in some important curriculum development to support student readiness for research. When he’s not teaching, Eric enjoys spending his creative time as an amateur photographer and a stained glass artist, and as a former pilot he unashamedly watches every aircraft that flies by.
“Eric has been part of the BHSc community for some time, and I’m excited about how this new role will enable him to contribute to the ongoing evolution of the program,” says Dr. Stacey Ritz, Assistant Dean of the BHSc (Hons) Program.
“I teach because I know that I can make a positive difference for students,” Eric says. “I see my role primarily as a coach, with students as the stars. I’m there to provide informed guidance and support for their own journey towards excellence.” We’re glad to have you as part of the BHSc (Hons) Team, Dr. Seidlitz!