In September, 1999, University Council endorsed, in principle, the terms of reference for The Centre for Teaching Effectiveness. This action was the result of a year-long planning and needs assessment process undertaken jointly by the Instructional Development Committee of Council and the Instructional Development Program, which was located within the Extension Division from 1992-2000. Beginning on July 1, 2000, the Centre was established as an independent unit, reporting to the Vice-President (Academic). In August, 2000, The Centre was renamed The Gwenna Moss Teaching & Learning Centre, in honour of Dr. Gwenna Moss, Professor of Extension, who was responsible for instructional development at the university for more than a decade.
In 2004, the original Director, Dr. Ron Marken, and Program Director, Eileen Herteis, left The Gwenna Moss Teaching and Learning Centre to pursue other careers in teaching and scholarship. The leadership of the Centre from 2004 to 2006 was provided by Dr. Walter Archer, who also served as Dean of Extension during that period. In 2006, Dr. Jim Greer became the Director of the Gwenna Moss Centre. In 2007, when the Centre became part of the new University Learning Centre, it was renamed The Gwenna Moss Centre for Teaching Effectiveness.
The terms of reference of The Gwenna Moss Centre for Teaching Effectiveness reflect the values of the University of Saskatchewan's mission statement. Learn about the ULC History and how The GMCTE and the ULC collaborate to improve students' learning experiences.
Dr. Gwenna Moss
"Diverse" is the term which could be used to describe Gwenna's career at the University, beginning as Professor of Extension in the Extension Division, moving to the College of Education as Professor of Continuing Education, followed by appointments as Dean of Home Economics (1982-86), Associate Vice-President, Academic (1986-1990), Acting Vice-President, Academic (1990-91), and returning full-circle as Professor of Extension in 1992. Along the way she has taught graduate courses in adult and continuing education, and research methods, and undergraduate courses in history, professional development, and research methods in home economics. Her publications are likewise diverse, including evaluation, needs assessment, women academics, distance education, and women in developing countries.
Gwenna's involvement with instructional development dates to her appointment as the University's first Associate Vice-President (Academic) in 1986. Part of her responsibilities included working with an advisory committee to organize two or three instructional development events each year, and publish a twice-yearly newsletter, building on the base established first by Vice-President (Academic) Mel Preston and later by Vice-President Bruce Schnell. Gwenna assumed responsibility for the University's instructional development program in 1992, and laid the foundation on which the new Centre for Teaching Effectiveness has been built.
Gwenna's work has been recognized by the community and by her peers. She is the recipient of the United Way's W.S. Milne Memorial Award for the Outstanding United Way Volunteer (1999), the University of Saskatchewan Alumni Association Award of Achievement (1998), and the Saskatchewan Association for Lifelong Learning Roby Kidd Award for outstanding contributions to the field of adult education (1996). Her current community involvement includes serving as Chair of the Board of Oliver Lodge Special Care Home. She is also active in Hope Cancer Help Centre, a survivor-led support group for women who live with cancer.
A native of Saskatoon, Gwenna has lived away at various times (Madison, Wisconsin; Ghana, West Africa; Australia and New Zealand), but she continues to think that Saskatoon is one of the best places to live and work.