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Mary Rita Holland


School of Kinesiology and Health Studies

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Mary Rita Holland is a great example of an instructor that cares for the wellbeing of their students, especially during these difficult times. She is kind and her approach to educating captivates her students. Mary Rita Holland encourages good conversation and work but also understands everyone has their limits and is subject to burnout. When the weather was warmer at the beginning of the term, we took our seminar outside as she thought it was a good change in scenery to improve mental wellbeing and learning.

Anonymous Student

Mental health is a prerequisite to learning. I had significant mental health challenges throughout my time as a student but had many good relationships with professors who reassured me and encouraged me when I was anxious. I'm grateful to be in a position where I can do the same for another generation of students. 

What I have learned from my years of teaching so far is that diverse student needs are best managed through universal design. I try to eliminate the extra burden and stigma for students who may require accommodations as much as possible. For example, I provide flexibility and choice in student assessments to mitigate stress and ensure students are learning in a comfortable environment. I try to reassure students by being open to hearing about their needs and making adjustments to timelines for assignments as well.

I want students to be comforted with the knowledge that I care about them and want them to succeed. I value the trust students put in me as a mentor and hope that I can support them through the challenging times they encounter. 

--- Dr. Mary Rita Holland