Organizational structure

CTE's organizational structure

Org chartA map of CTE's organizational structure is available (PDF).

Leadership team

The Director of the Centre for Excellence, Donna Ellis, oversees both the strategic direction and the day-to-day operations of the centre. She also develops and coordinates the long-term strategic plans for the centre, with input from a leadership team that comprises CTE’s six Senior Instructional Developers. The Director is the main liaison with the Associate Vice-President Academic and the Teaching Fellows

Instructional Developers

CTE's Instructional Developers and Senior Instructional Developers provide expertise for Waterloo instructors in various areas of pedagogical development: blended learning; new educational technologies; curriculum development; and programming for departments, faculty members, staff instructors, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students. 

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. 

Research Associate

CTE's research associate supports research about teaching and learning with a focus on the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.


Three administrators keep the daily workflow on track in the centre. The administrators handle the budget, book meetings and rooms, coordinate events for faculty and graduate students, coordinate awards and grants, maintain a library and provide general support to other Centre team members. 

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. They assist with providing resources for graduate students in all faculties and disciplines at Waterloo with teaching related issues. 

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. They also work to promote the centre’s workshops, development programs, and other special projects with a focus on TA training, within their home Faculties and departments.  

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.

More about CTE

Staff profiles. Brief bios of our team members that highlight their areas of expertise.

Organizational structure. A chart showing our areas of support, and who works within them. 

Staff research and service. Year-by-year statistics that highlight our impact and professional accomplishments. 

Guest presentations. Experts in higher education whom we have hosted. 

Newsletter archive. A repository of quarterly newsletters going back to 1999. 

Campus location. A map showing where we are located.