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Jim Greer, Academic Lead of The GMCTE - On Leave

Jim Greer

Jim Greer is a Professor of Computer Science and the Director of the University Learning Centre. He has been at the University of Saskatchewan since 1987. Over that time, with many collaborating researchers and graduate students in the ARIES Laboratory, he has been an active researcher in advanced learning technology and adaptive learning environments. Jim is committed to teaching excellence and mentorship. He received the University of Saskatchewan Master Teacher award in 2001, and the Outstanding Graduate Supervisor award in 2005. As academic lead of The Gwenna Moss Centre for Teaching Effectiveness, he is committed to extending the reach of the Centre to touch and influence a much larger proportion of faculty across the campus.

Contact him by E-mail or by phone (966-2234).

Nancy Turner, Acting Director 

Nancy Turner is Program Director for the Gwenna Moss Centre joining the team in November 2013. Her role involves strategic leadership of the Centre and leading and contributing to institutional initiatives to enhance learning and teaching.

Nancy has returned to Saskatchewan after a decade working in London England, most recently as Associate Dean of Learning, Teaching and Enhancement at the University of the Arts London where her work focused on initial and continuing professional development of faculty, technology enhanced learning, reward and recognition for teaching, student engagement and open education. Her main areas of research are professional development and change in Higher Education, Nancy has taught for over a decade in Canadian Higher Education in classroom, laboratory and online learning environments and has lead curriculum design and delivery at Masters level in the UK.

Contact her by E-mail or by phone (966-1804).

Christine Anderson Obach, Program Manager

Christine Anderson Obach

As program manager Christine works with faculty and staff at the centre to coordinate programs and special events. Christine is the Managing Editor of Bridges, and is also responsible for event promotion and other internal communications for the Centre.

Christine received a B.A. from the U of S in 1985 and has worked on campus since 1989.  She worked in Development (1989-1991), the Extension Division ( from 1991-2000).  While in Extension she worked  with Gwenna Moss and the Instructional Development Program. Once The Gwenna Moss Centre for Teaching Effectiveness opened in 2000, she continued her association with instructional development as the program coordinator for the new Gwenna Moss Centre. 

Contact her by E-mail or by phone (966-1950).

Sharilyn Lee, Assistant

Sharilyn joined the U of S in the Fall of 1997 in the College of Graduate Studies and Research. In 2005 she accepted a position with the Department of Art and Art History where she remained until 2012. After that, she became a part of the Division of Humanities and Fine Arts Administrative Commons. Sharilyn joined the Gwenna Moss Centre for Teaching Effectiveness in October 2013 assisting with the day-to-day operations of the office.

Contact her by E-mail or by phone (966-2231).

Dr. Winona Wheeler, Faculty Fellow

PhD (2000) Comparative Ethnic Studies/History/Native American Studies. University of California, Berkeley

MA (1988) History. University of British Columbia

BA, Hons (1986) History. University of Manitoba

Winona is a member of the Ochekwi Sipi (Fisher River) Cree Nation in Treaty No. 5 (Manitoba) territory though her family hails from George Gordon’s First Nation in Treaty No. 4 territory Saskatchewan). She has been a professional historian and a professor of Indigenous Studies since 1988 with research interests in and publications on the history of Indigenous-Newcomer relations, Indigenous oral histories and traditional knowledge, colonialism and anti-colonial studies, Land Claims and Treaty Rights. She is currently an Associate Professor and the Department Head of Native Studies (soon to be Indigenous Studies) at the University of Saskatchewan, President Elect of the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association (NAISA), and serves on local and national committees including the Aboriginal Advisory Committee of the Canadian Museum of History and as Keeper for the upcoming Walking With Our Sisters Exhibit (October 31 – November 21, 2014 in Saskatoon). She is a mother, a grandmother, and lives at Sakakweyana ranch near Duck Lake, SK, with her husband Tyrone Tootoosis and her horses.

Dr. Richard Schwier, Faculty Fellow

Richard. A. Schwier is Professor Emeritus of Educational Technology and Design (ETAD) at the University of Saskatchewan. During his 36 year career at the U of S, he served as the Department Head of Curriculum Studies and the Coordinator of Graduate Programs in ETAD. He was also the principal investigator in the Virtual Learning Communities Research Laboratory, which investigated the nature of interaction and learning in formal and informal online settings. His current research addresses pedagogical issues in design disciplines, particularly instructional design. His teaching was recognized with a U of S Master Teacher Award, and a 3M National Teaching Fellowship.

Contact him by E-mail

Dr. Doug Clark, Faculty Fellow

Douglas A. Clark is the Centennial Chair in Human Dimensions of Environment and Sustainability and an Assistant Professor with the School of Environment and Sustainability at the University of Saskatchewan. He is also an Associate Member of the Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy and the International Centre for Northern Governance and Development, as well as a Research Affiliate with the Northern Rockies Conservation Cooperative in Jackson, WY. Doug worked for 11 years in natural resource conservation with Parks Canada and was twice awarded that Agency’s Award of Excellence, for training program design and mountain rescue. He earned a bachelor degree in biology from the University of Victoria, a master’s in zoology from the University of Alberta, and a PhD in geography and environmental studies from Wilfrid Laurier University. His research interests include governance and policy processes for wildlife and ecosystem management, solving resource management conflicts, and improving professional practice in natural resource management.

Contact him by E-mail

Dr. Jay Wilson, Faculty Fellow

Dr. Jay Wilson is an Associate Professor and Head of the Department of Curriculum Studies at the University of Saskatchewan. He is the Graduate Chair for the Curriculum Studies and Educational Technology and Design programs. He has extensive teaching experience in the area of technology and its application to learning and instruction. He is frequently called upon to consult in the areas of multimedia production, presentation skills, and delivery of professional development. His program of research centers on skill development in educators, experiential leaning, and design studio learning environments. Dr. Wilson was awarded the International D2L and STLHE Innovation in Teaching and Learning Award in 2012, the Apple Distinguished Educator award in 2011, the U of S Provost's Outstanding New Teacher Award in 2010 and the College of Education Graduates' Choice Instructor of the Year award in 2010. 

Contact him by E-mail

Frank Bulk, Manager, E-Learning and Innovative Programs

Frank Bulk

Frank Bulk has worked at the University of Saskatchewan since 1991, in a number of capacities all related to educational technology. In 1999 he earned his Master in Education (Curriculum) with a focus on learning technologies and adult education. He managed the provincially funded Technology Enhanced Learning program from 2006 to 2010, which supported significant growth in distance education courses and the use of technology for blended learning.

As a member of the ULC/GMCTE team, Frank provides guidance and advice on learning technologies and distributed education. In 2011 Frank was assigned work on experiential learning initiatives; to promote, showcase, and facilitate new experiential learning opportunities for students. Frank is currently the acting program director for the University Learning Centre which supports student success through a range of academic support programs.

Frank can be reached by E-mail or by phone (966-6702).

Tereigh Ewert-Bauer, Educational Development Specialist

Tereigh is a mother of two amazing daughters, and has lived on many treaty territories, and in Latin America.  She completed her M.A. in English Literature in 2005, focusing on “whiteness,” feminism, life-writing and identity, and neo-colonial theories.  Building on this foundation, she has completed the UBC Certificate in Intercultural Studies, and is a Qualified Administrator of the Intercultural Development Inventory.

Tereigh has been with the GMCTE since October 2000. Formerly working with Jeff Baker and Collen Charles, and currently Sylvia McAdam, the BEADWORK committee (College of Education), Elders and Traditional Knowledge Keepers, community members, and faculty and staff, she has been on a life-long transformative learning journey while co-creating the Indigenous Voices program.

Some of Tereigh’s scholarly and developmental interests include decolonizing and Indigenizing the university, intercultural competency and communication, internationalization, inclusive teaching practices across the disciplines, critically reflective teaching.

Tereigh can be reached by E-mail or by phone (306.966.6321).

Sylvia McAdam, Indigenous Voices Special Projects Officer 

Sylvia McAdam is a mother and grandmother from the Treaty 6 territory of the nehiyawak (Cree) people on Turtle Island (Canada). Sylvia has her Juris Doctorate from the University of Saskatchewan and Bachelors in Human Justice from the University of Regina. She is author of a book called "Cultural Teachings: First Nations Protocols and Methodologies". Sylvia is a recipient of the Carol Geller Human Rights Award, Activist of the Year Award and Social Courage Award. Her greatest joy and solace is enjoying her time on the lands and waters of her people’s territory.

Sylvia can be reached by E-mail

Kim West, Educational Development Specialist

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Kim West (PhD, Carleton University) is an Educational Development Specialist with The Gwenna Moss Centre for Teaching Effectiveness and Professional Affiliate with the Department of Geography and Planning.  

Kim has been teaching and working in the fields of educational development and geography/geology since 2001. Her primary focus has been guiding and mentoring graduate students in the philosophy and practice of university teaching. Consequently she has designed and taught several courses for the College of Graduate Studies and Research, including GSR 989: Introduction to University Teaching and GSR 982: Mentored Teaching.  As a Professional Affiliate, Kim also teaches undergraduate courses for the Department of Geography and Planning and for the Interdisciplinary Centre for Culture and Creativity.

Her educational scholarship involves research on the following topics: rapport-building, trust, creativity, poetic transcription, and teaching philosophies. 

She can be reached by E-mail or by phone (966-2249).

Sheryl Mills, Program and Curriculum Development Specialist

Sheryl Mills (PhD, University of Saskatchewan) has three guiding professional commitments: (1) to appreciate connections among people, ideas and initiatives; (2) to appreciate innovation, scholarship and intellectual craftsmanship; and (3) to appreciate diversity and creativity. Her role at GMCTE is to support program and curriculum innovation and revitalization from first steps through to approval and implementation. Sheryl’s research interests include Indigenous, holistic and right-brain ways of knowing and learning, and personal, professional and organizational change. Her dissertation research was on instructional renovation at the post-secondary level.

Contact her by E-mail or by phone (966-5867).

Susan Bens, Program and Curriculum Development Specialist

Susan (PhD University of Saskatchewan) has worked at the U of S since 1997 in student affairs roles ranging from direct service to senior leadership and in 2011 joined the Gwenna Moss Centre for Teaching Effectiveness. As a member of the Curriculum Innovation Team, Susan works with a range of academic units supporting program and curriculum renewal and rejoices in seeing how different disciplines envision their curricula and move in the direction of their program goals. In addition to her practical knowledge of curriculum change processes, Susan can provide ideas for engaging student feedback and insight through focus groups and designing assessments that foster students' academic integrity. Susan serves as a professional affiliate in the Department of Educational Administration and, as a sessional lecturer, has taught a graduate course in university administration (Education) and undergraduate courses in leadership (Kinesiology, Agriculture & Bioresources).

Carolyn Hoessler, Program and Curriculum Development Specialist

Carolyn Hoessler (Ph.D. Queen's University) joined the Gwenna Moss Centre for Teaching Effectiveness in June 2012 as a Program and Curriculum Development Specialist. As part of the Curriculum Innovation team, her focus is on teaching and learning in higher education, assessment, program evaluation, graduate student development, and mentorship. In supporting individuals, programs, and departments, she draws on her background in quantitative statistical and mixed-method research in both education and psychology. Her research interests encompass contextual, social, interpersonal, and motivational influences shaping educational and professional development experiences. Her doctoral research examines support for graduate students’ teaching across the multi-layered context in which they learn and teach.

Prior to coming to the University of Saskatchewan, Carolyn worked as an Educational Development Associate at the Centre for Teaching and Learning at Queen’s University during her PhD in Education, and as a Teaching Assistant Associate at Wilfrid Laurier University’s Educational Development Office while completing a Master’s degree in Psychology.

 Contact her by E-mail or by phone (966-5371).

Roxanne Martine, Curriculum Assistant - On Leave 

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Roxanne earned her Executive Assistant Certificate in 2000 and joined the U of S in 2007, after being involved in the insurance industry for many years. She loves learning and has been advancing her skills and knowledge throughout her career. In her current role, she assists the Program and Curriculum Development Specialists and Instructional Design Specialists with administrative tasks, as well as manages financials.

Contact her by E-mail or by phone (966-4832).

Jesse Witow, Curriculum Assistant 

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Jesse completed his BA in Philosophy at the University of Saskatchewan in 2012, and is currently pursuing his MA.  He has joined the Gwenna Moss Centre as a temporary replacement for Roxanne Martine while she is on leave - covering her administrative assistant tasks, tracking GMCTE projects, overseeing grant finances (Curriculum Innovation Fund & Experiential Learning Fund), and working with digital resources to aid the GMCTE team.

Contact Jesse by E-mail or by phone (966-4832).

Heather Ross, Instructional Design Specialist

Heather Ross

Heather received her B.A. (Journalism) from California State University Northridge, her B.Ed. (Secondary Education) from the University of Toronto and her M.Ed. (Curriculum Studies - Educational Communications and Technology) from the University of Saskatchewan. She worked as an instructional designer at the Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology (SIAST) for six years before joining the team at the Gwennna Moss Centre for Teaching Effectiveness in November 2011. While completing her M.Ed. she worked as a research assistant for Richard Schwier on studies related to instructional design and virtual learning communities. She is currently working on her PhD in Educational Technology and Design, studying open educational practices.

Heather can be contacted by E-mail or by phone (966-5327).

Ryan Banow, Instructional Design Specialist


Ryan joined the Gwenna Moss Centre after five years as a secondary mathematics and physics teacher in rural Saskatchewan. He grew up in Esterhazy, SK and attended the University of Saskatchewan where he completed an M.Ed in Educational Technology and Design, a B.Ed. and a B.Sc. in Math. During his time at the Gwenna Moss Centre, he has taught GSR 979: Introductory Instructional Skills, as well as led workshops on Course Design and Flipped Teaching. His interests include online learning, blended learning, educational technology, social media tools and virtual learning communities. He is very excited to be working with faculty to transform teaching and learning on campus and in online environments.

Ryan can be contacted by E-mail or by phone (966-5508)

Barbara Schindelka, Instructional Design Specialist

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Barbara has been with the Gwenna Moss Centre as an Instructional Design Specialist since 2011. Prior to that, she worked on campus as an Instructional Designer at EMAP and the Extension Division. Born and raised in rural Saskatchewan, Barbara obtained both her degrees [B.Ed.; M.Ed., Curriculum Studies, Educational Communications & Technologies] from the U of S. Her areas of expertise include teaching effectiveness and professional development, assessment, and the design of educational multimedia. She loves teaching and is dedicated to the U of S teaching and learning community through her work at the GMCTE.

Barbara can be contacted by E-mail or by phone (966-5905).

Wenona Partridge, Instructional Design Assistant


Wenona Partridge completed her MA in Philosophy at the University of Saskatchewan and her BA at the University of Lethbridge. She is currently a graduate student in the Department of Curriculum Studies. Her interests are diverse, but are focused on art and design, communication, the reward and recognition of teaching, instructional design and issues around access to education. Her current duties include co-teaching Introduction to Teaching Online and the Course Design Institute, and supporting national and international teaching award nominations.

 Wenona can be contacted by E-mail or by phone (966-5287).

Sara Kuleza, Educational Development Assistant

Sara is an Educational Development Assistant at the GMCTE and a M.Sc. student in Biology at the University of Saskatchewan.Sara worked at the GMCTE as a Graduate Service Fellow from September 2012 to April 2013.  She has returned to the GMCTE to continue her involvement with GSR 984: Critical Thinking and with the development of the professional skills certification program for graduate students.  She has also been recruited to help in the development of the "Early Alert" program.  Sara's experiences at the GMCTE and GSR 984 have profoundly shaped her teaching, learning and thinking skills.  When she's not working or writing her thesis, she can be found enjoying a good yoga session, riding her bike, or just spending outside enjoying nature (likely admiring, identifying, and smelling the flowers).

Giselle Patrick, Research and Evaluation Analyst

Giselle works part time at the Gwenna Moss Centre for Teaching Effectiveness in the capacity of Research and Evaluation Analyst. She is also a PhD Student in Applied Social Psychology at the University of Saskatchewan. She has experience working in programme evaluation in several different contexts and communities.

Amelia Horsburgh, Graduate Teaching Fellow

Amelia Horsburgh (PhD candidate Department of English, University of Saskatchewan) completed her BA in English & French at the University of Saskatchewan (2005), and an MA in World Literature at Case Western Reserve University (Cleveland, OH; 2007). At the GMCTE, she co-instructs GSR982: Mentored Teaching and GSR989: Philosophy and Practice of University Teaching. She has taught in various capacities as both a co-instructor and instructor here at the University of Saskatchewan and in the United States. Along with co-instructing this academic year, Amelia will continue her scholarship of graduate student development, specifically the value of voluntary and mandatory graduate student teacher training and the incorporation of Universal Instructional Design in both the planning and delivery of courses.

Amelia’s dissertation, Sexualized Female Bodies in Canadian Women's Short Fiction, identifies how bodies of female characters perform a wide range of acquiescence and resistance to the dominant western ideal of female beauty. She will defend her dissertation in Summer 2015.

Amelia can be contacted by E-mail

Adam Pottle, Graduate Student Assistant

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Working as a graduate assistant, Adam Pottle is currently helping to organize the 2014 Graduate Student Fall Orientation to Teaching and Learning. He is also assisting with the development of the Graduate Professional Skills Certificate, a program in which graduate students cultivate and/or enhance crucial skills such as management, leadership, communication, and entrepreneurship.Prior to arriving in Saskatoon, Adam completed his BA and his MA in English at the University of Northern BC in Prince George, British Columbia. He is now a PhD candidate in the Department of English at the University of Saskatchewan. His research explores how Canadian novels portray disability—specifically, how disability disrupts and refreshes Canadian stories. 

Adam can be contacted by E-mail