I’ve taught extensively on topics related to creativity and psychology, including online, seminar, and lecture courses that have ranged in size from less than 20 to over 300 students. At Sheridan, my teaching responsibilities centre on delivering courses on creativity, especially those within the Board Undergraduate Certificate in Creativity and Creative Problem Solving, which provides ““an opportunity for every degree student to gain a deliberate set of 21st century creative thinking skills and creative problem solving competencies”.” Prior to joining Sheridan College, I taught a number of courses on psychology, cognition, and neuroscience at the University of Waterloo, and received both faculty and institutional awards for teaching excellence.

Faculty Focus Feature

Nathaniel Barr: Tapping into the Creative Mind (feature in Ovation, Sheridan’s alumni magazine)

Creativity Courses

  • Creative Thinking: Theory and Practice
  • Introduction to Studies in Creativity
  • Principles of Creative Problem Solving
  • Group Dynamics and Creative Problem Solving
  • Creative Leadership and Problem Solving

Psychology Courses

  • Introduction to Psychology (online)
  • Principles of Psychology
  • Cognitive Processes
  • Research in Memory
  • Research in Neuroscience

Teaching Awards

2014 Amit and Meena Chakma Award for Exceptional Teaching by a Student

The Amit & Meena Chakma Award for Exceptional Teaching by a Student is given to a registered student who has had a formal teaching role at the University of Waterloo, has exhibited intellectual rigour and communication skills in the interpretation and presentation of subject matter, and has shown concern and sensitivity to the academic needs of students.” http://www.bulletin.uwaterloo.ca//2014/mar/25tu.html

2014 Warren Ober Award for Outstanding Teaching by a Graduate Student in the Faculty of Arts

The Warren Ober Awards for Outstanding Teaching by a Graduate Student may be granted to graduate students who have made significant contributions to classroom teaching within the Faculty of Arts at the University of Waterloo.”

Scholarship of Teaching and Learning

Scholarship, Research and Creative Activity (SRCA) Growth Grant ($10,000) from Sheridan College; Does Creativity Training Make a Difference?

Learning Innovation and Teaching Enhancement Seed Grant ($5000) from Centre for Teaching Excellence, University of Waterloo; Improving Student’s Deep Learning through Interpolated Testing and Distributed Practice in Waterloo’s Online Learning Environment