Elsie Chan has been teaching at University Canada West since July 2007. She has taught numerous online and on-campus courses on topics including economics, research methods, foundation mathematics, and statistics. Elsie has also worked as a mentor to over twenty students for their BCom graduate essays.
Elsie has been recognized and awarded locally and nationally for her teaching ability. In 2000, she won the University of Victoria’s highest honour for teaching – the Alumni Association’s Excellence in Teaching Award. In 2001 and 2002, she was named one of the most popular professors in Maclean’s Guide to Canadian Universities & Colleges. She was also featured in the article “Inspiring Educators”, which was published in Focus on Women (now Focus) in September, 2000.
In addition to her regular teaching duties, she has dedicated time to exploring the learning and teaching process, has published several articles, and has conducted numerous presentations at teaching and learning conferences, such as the Society of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education and Teaching conferences and Learning in Higher Education conference at the National University of Singapore. Elsie also taught a research methods course in Uganda for three consecutive summers, from 2005 to 2007.
She has extensive experience in project management, designing surveys and focus groups, collecting and analyzing data, and also presenting findings in both comprehensive written reports and public presentations. Elsie has conducted the first ever comprehensive survey of cruise ship passengers visiting Victoria. The results were presented to over 150 local businesses at a luncheon information session in the downtown Victoria business community which attracted extensive media coverage.
Elsie’s areas of expertise include international business and economics, financial economics, and quantitative and qualitative analysis. She holds an M.A. in Applied Economics from the University of Victoria.