Last Lecture



Watch Last Lecture 2020

The nominations for the 2020 Last Lecturer are in. The students have spoken, and their chosen instructor to deliver a lecture that throws away the syllabus and goes off-book is the Faculty of Nursing’s Lisa Sydora-Wood!

Passionate, supportive, energetic and absolutely larger than life, are just some of the many ways Sydora-Wood’s students describe her. This dedicated Nursing instructor finds unique ideas to keep advancing her students’ learning and make nursing school feel fun. Her belief in her students’ abilities leaves her current and former students feeling she genuinely cares for them.

Hear from Sydora-Wood at the 2020 Last Lecture to find out how to become an active listener who engages and remembers, and the true power of relationship-building as a nurse.

About the Speaker

Lisa Sydora-Wood, ’01 BCom, ’12 BScN, RN
Lisa Sydora-Wood is an assistant lecturer in UAlberta’s Faculty of Nursing. After working for a few years in the business world and starting her family, she completed her nursing degree and became a Registered Nurse. Sydora-Wood worked in neonatal intensive care before becoming a clinical instructor at Norquest College in the Licensed Practical Nursing program. She is currently completing her master of health sciences education in UAlberta’s Faculty of Education.

About the Last Lecture Series: Inspiring Education

The Last Lecture asks one of the most amazing educators on campus to answer one question: If this were your last time to address a group of students, what would you say to them? The Last Lecture is an opportunity for the broader UAlberta community to hear from a favourite faculty member.

The concept of a "last lecture" became nationally recognized in 2007 with Dr. Randy Pausch, who gave his last lecture speech on Sept. 18, 2007, at Carnegie Mellon University.