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 Office Tel: (306) 966-2231

Office Fax: (306) 966-2242

General Inquiries: gmcte@usask.ca 

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).

Frank Bulk, Manager, E-Learning and Innovative Programs

Frank Bulk

Frank Bulk is the Manager, E-Learning and Innovative Programs and he joined The Gwenna Moss Centre for Teaching Effectiveness when the responsibility for the TEL (Technology-Enhanced Learning) program, which until 2010 was a Government of Saskatchewan funded program, was transferred to the GMCTE. TEL was an innovative collaboration of post-secondary institutions, regional colleges, Aboriginal institutions, and the Government of Saskatchewan that allocated funds for developing courses in alternative formats, enhancing the capability of faculty and staff to work with new technologies, and supporting learners. TEL has become the foundation for distributed learning activities throughout the province, but when the province ended the program the GMCTE continued serving a key role in seeing through TEL-funded activities, as well as in the ongoing coordination of e-learning for the U of S.

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

Tereigh Ewert-Bauer, Educational Development Specialist

ereigh 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 now Collen Charles and 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).

Colleen Charles, Indigenous Voices Program Coordinator

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Colleen started as an Indigenous Voices Program Coordinator with the Gwenna Moss Centre in the last week of September 2013. Working with Tereigh Ewert-Bauer, together they are promoting the Indigenous Voices Program campus-wide. She believes that all people will be working directly or indirectly with First Nations people and that there needs to be an avenue where we can build capacity through creating partnerships and lasting relationships on campus and abroad.

She completed her M.Ed in Foundations in June 2013, focusing on Indigenous contexts in regards to leadership in First Nations education, resilience in education and anti-racism/anti-oppression theories and practices. She completed her undergraduate degree with a BA in Indigenous Studies and a diploma in Aboriginal Human Justice and in the Recreation and Leisure Management Program. In her years of experience in community development through sport, culture and recreation, this was her motivation to seek higher learning and her goal is to write about Aboriginal women in sport.

Colleen can be reached by E-mail

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 has worked at the University of Saskatchewan since 1997 in student affairs roles ranging from direct service to senior leadership. Susan holds a PhD in Educational Administration from the University of Saskatchewan 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 efforts 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 processes, Susan has a research background in understanding university students¹ experiences of academic and social transition and their experiences of learning environments, especially related to matters of academic integrity.   Susan also serves as a professional affiliate in the Department of Educational Administration and has taught senior undergraduate courses on leadership as a sessional instructor in the College of Agriculture and Bioresources and in the College of Kinesiology.

 Susan, who works in the Centre on a half-time basis, is most available 9:15 - 3:15, Monday ­ - Friday, and can be contacted by E-mail or by phone (966-5465).

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

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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).

Heather Ross, Instructional Design Specialist

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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. Her other areas of interest include personal learning networks, social capital, blended learning, and the use of social media in education.

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 spent approximately 90% of her adult life on the U of S campus, as Student, Staff and Contractual Employee (she likes to think she looks younger than she is, so do not be deceived: Barbara has over 11 years of experience as an Instructional Designer). Prior to joining the Gwenna Moss Centre, she applied her Instructional Design expertise to a wide variety of projects at EMAP and Extension Division. Barbara obtained both her B.Ed. and M.Ed. (Curriculum Studies, Educational Communications & Technologies) from the U of S.  Her academic interests include teaching effectiveness, leadership and personal effectiveness, educational technology, epistemology of instruction, and media ecology. She is passionate about teaching and is dedicated to being service 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

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Wenona Partridge completed her MA in Philosophy at the University of Saskatchewan and her BA at the University of Lethbridge. She has also completed graduate level instructional design courses through the College of Education at the U of S. Her inerests are diverse, but are focused on art and design, communication and issues around access to education.

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

Amelia Horsburgh, Graduate Teaching Fellow

Amelia completed her BA in English & French at the University of Saskatchewan (2005), followed by 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—writing liaison, co-instructor, tutorial leader, co-instructor and instructor—both here at the University of Saskatchewan and in the United States. Along with co-instructing this 2013-2014 academic year, Amelia will continue her scholarship of graduate student development, specifically the value of voluntary and mandatory graduate student teacher training, and her contributions specific to graduate student teachers in Bridges. She organized and hosted our 2013 Graduate Student Fall Orientation to Teaching and Learning (FOTL).

Amelia is a PhD candidate in the Department of English. Her dissertation, Sexualized Female Bodies in Canadian Women's Short Stories, identifies how bodies of female characters perform a wide range of acquiescence and resistance to the dominant western ideal of female beauty. She plans to defend her dissertation in March 2014.

Amelia can be contacted by E-mail

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).

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.