CTE has temporarily relocated to East Campus 3 (EC3). We will continue to offer our regular programs and services from our temporary offices and workshop locations.

Organizational structure

Organizational StructureA large version of CTE's organizational structure chart is available by clicking the image to the right. 

Leadership Team

The Director of the Centre for Teaching Excellence, Donna Ellis, oversees the day-to-day operations of the centre and develops the long-term plans for the unit in consultation with CTE staff members and other members of the university community. She liaises with the Associate Vice-President, Academic, and Waterloo's Teaching Fellows. 

Our Senior Instructional Developers report to the Director. They oversee programming for faculty, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows; support the curriculum design and renewal process at Waterloo; and provide expertise on blending learning, educational technologies, and integrative learning initiatives.  

Instructional Developers

CTE's Instructional Developers provide expertise for Waterloo instructors in various areas of pedagogical development: new faculty development, educational research, and writing across the curriculum. Instructional Developers report to the Senior Instructional Developer, Faculty Programs and Research and the Senior Instructional Developer, Graduate Programs & Internationalization. 

Faculty Liaisons

Six CTE Faculty Liaisons assist instructors with teaching and learning initiatives, especially with regard to technology. They work closely with faculty members to determine student learning objectives and help them design learning tasks and assessment strategies. Faculty Liaisons report to the Senior Instructional Developer, Blended Learning.

Research Associate

CTE's Research Associate supports research about teaching and learning with a focus on the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning and reports to the Senior Instructional Developer, Faculty Programs and Research.

Communications Associate

Our Communications Associate provides guidance on the development of faculty nomination dossiers for external teaching awards and supports CTE’s communications, manages the Centre’s online presence, and supports initiatives to help promote teaching excellence at Waterloo. The Communications Associate reports to the Senior Instructional Developer, Emerging Technologies. 


Three administrators keep the daily workflow on track in the centre. They manage the budget, coordinate events for faculty and graduate students, coordinate awards and grants, maintain a library, and provide general support to other Centre team members. The administrators report to the Director and the Senior Instructional Developer, Faculty Programs and Research.

Graduate Instructional Developers

Graduate Instructional Developers are current Waterloo graduate students who are usually hired for twelve months (three consecutive terms) for ten hours a week. They are responsible for observing teaching events, facilitating workshops and microteaching sessions and providing feedback for participants in the centre’s Fundamentals of University Teaching and Certificate in University Teaching programs. The Graduate Instructional developers report to the Senior Instructional Developer: Graduate Programs & Internationalization.

TA Workshop Facilitators

TA Workshop Facilitators are current Waterloo graduate students who are usually hired for twelve months (three consecutive terms) for approximately 30 hours per term. Their main responsibility is the facilitation of core and discipline-specific instructional workshops in CTE's Fundamentals of University Teaching program. They deliver workshops on a variety of topics in university teaching including lesson plans, interactive teaching methods, classroom delivery skills, assessment and motivational practices. The TA Workshop Facilitators report to the Instructional Developer, TA Training and Writing Support.

Co-op Students

The centre hires several Waterloo undergraduate co-op students every term. They help with the day-to-day operations of the centre and assist with special projects as they arise. CTE's co-op students report to the Program Coordinator, Faculty Programs.