Donna Ellis

Donna Ellis

Director

Email: donnae@uwaterloo.ca
Phone: 519-888-4567 ext. 45713
Office: EC3 2017
Pronouns: she/her/hers

Since 1994, Dr. Donna Ellis has supported teaching development for Waterloo’s instructors and promoted the importance of teaching and learning at our institution. 

In her role as Director, she oversees the strategic direction of the Centre's work which includes individual faculty consultations; events directed at instructors at all levels regarding face-to-face teaching, blended learning, emerging technologies, and integrative and experiential learning; online resources; curriculum and program review consultations; and research and evaluation. She also engages in both research and institutional-level projects about teaching and learning. From March 2020 to June 2021, she served as President of the US-based Professional and Organizational Development (POD) Network in Higher Education, and will continue to serve in that organization for an additional year as Past President.

Trevor Holmes

Trevor Holmes

Associate Director

Email: tholmes@uwaterloo.ca
Phone: 519-888-4567 ext. 43408
Office: EC3 2009

As Associate Director, Dr. Trevor Holmes oversees the Senior Educational Developers at the Centre for Teaching Excellence. His focus is on our strategic priorities and overall approach to supporting teaching at Waterloo.

Prior to joining CTE, Trevor worked at a variety of universities teaching courses, supporting faculty and teaching assistants through educational development offices, and advising undergraduates. Trevor earned a PhD (English, York University) with the dissertation "Goth Rhizomes: Queer Difference in Minor Gothic Literature." A popular workshop facilitator at the national and international levels, Trevor is also interested in questions of identity in teaching and teaching development.

Katherine Lithgow

Katherine Lithgow

Senior Educational Developer, Integrative & Experiential Learning

Emailklithgow@uwaterloo.ca
Phone: 519-888-4567 ext. 47076
Office: EC3 2023A

As Senior Educational Developer, Integrative & Experiential Learning, Katherine Lithgow facilitates ePortfolio, experiential and integrative learning initiatives. Katherine provides support to instructors across campus with the design and implementation of activities that help students integrate learning in academic, workplace, community and social environments.

Mark Morton

Mark Morton

Sr. Educational Developer, Inquiry & Communications

​Email: mmorton@uwaterloo.ca
Phone: 519-888-4567 ext. 47765
Skype: mmorton@uwaterloo.ca 
Office: EC3 2023C
Pronouns: he/him/his

As Senior Educational Developer, Inquiry & Communications, Dr. Mark Morton helps instructors and staff discover and use new learning technologies in pedagogically effective ways. He also provides oversight for CTE's external communications.

Mary Power

Mary Power

Sr. Educational Developer, Faculty Programs & Blended Learning

Email: m2power@uwaterloo.ca
Phone: 519-888-4567 ext. 45931
Office: EC3 2023D

As Senior Educational Developer, Faculty Programs & Blended Learning, Mary Power develops programming that promotes the effective use of the online environment in on-campus courses.Working closely with faculty liaisons, Centre for Extended Learning (CEL), and Instruction Technologies and Multimedia Services (ITMS), she helps manage initiatives related to “blended learning” courses. Mary is also involved in research projects related to the impact and effectiveness of blended learning.  

Veronica Stephenson

Veronica Stephenson

Sr. Educational Developer, Curriculum & Quality Enhancement

Email: veronica.stephenson@uwaterloo.ca
Phone: 519-888-4567 ext. 41096
Office: EC3 2023B​
Pronouns: she/her/hers

As Senior Educational Developer, Curriculum & Quality Enhancement, Veronica (Brown) Stephenson provides oversight and facilitative support for departmental and Faculty-wide curriculum planning initiatives. She also leads the development and implementation of the Centre’s assessment plan for understanding the impact and quality of our work. Veronica works closely with colleagues across campus who support program development and review, including members of the Office of the Associate Vice-President, Academic, the Quality Assurance Office, and the Graduate Studies Office.

Svitlana Taraban-Gordon

Svitlana Taraban-Gordon

Sr. Educational Developer, Graduate Programs & Internationalization

Email: staraban@uwaterloo.ca
Phone: 519-888-4567 ext. 46110
Office: EC3 2011
Pronouns: she/her/hers

As Senior Educational Developer, Graduate Programs & Internationalization, Dr. Svitlana Taraban-Gordon works with graduate students and postdoctoral fellows and supervises graduate-student staff who contribute to the work of CTE. Her primary role is coordinating teaching certificate programs for graduate students, including the Fundamentals of University Teaching and the Certificate in University Teaching

Leslie Wexler

Leslie Wexler

Senior Educational Developer, Indigenous Knowledges and Anti-Racist Pedagogies

Email: leslie.wexler@uwaterloo.ca
Phone: 519-888-4567 ext. 40793
Office: EC3 2012A

As Senior Educational Developer, Indigenous Knowledges and Anti-Racist Pedagogies, Leslie Wexler provides support for three main activities at the University of Waterloo: (1) departmental and Faculty-wide Indigenization, Anti-Racism, and Decolonization efforts in curriculum and pedagogy, (2) discipline-specific consultation and facilitation of Educational Development, and (2) initiatives both internally and externally related to Indigenization, decolonization, and reconciliation work of the Centre for Teaching Excellence.

Kyle Scholz

Kyle Scholz

Educational Developer, Research and Consulting

Email: kwscholz@uwaterloo.ca
Phone: 519-888-4567 ext. 41240
Office: EC3 2012C

As Educational Developer, Research and Consulting, Dr. Kyle Scholz consults with and supports faculty and staff on the design and implementation of pedagogical research. He also chairs the annual University of Waterloo Teaching and Learning Conference, and administers the Learning Innovation and Teaching Enhancement (LITE) grant program.

Kristen Archbell

Kristen Archbell (on leave till January 3, 2023)

Educational Research Associate

Emailkristen.archbell@uwaterloo.ca
Phone: 519-888-4567 ext. 43771
Pronouns: she/her/hers

As the Educational Research Associate, Dr. Kristen Archbell supports the development, implementation, and dissemination of educational research at Waterloo. She supports the academic content of the annual conference program and the Learning Innovation and Teaching Enhancement (LITE) grant program. Additionally, Kristen is actively involved in the CTE's assessment plan, evaluating the efficacy of the Centre's programming.

Winnie Chan

Winnie Chan

Educational Research Associate

Emailwy3chan@uwaterloo.ca
Phone: 519-888-4567 ext. 40869
Pronouns: she/her/hers

As the Educational Research Associate, Dr. Winnie Chan supports the development, implementation, and dissemination of educational research at Waterloo. She supports the academic content of the annual conference program and the Learning Innovation and Teaching Enhancement (LITE) grant program. Additionally, Winnie is actively involved in the CTE's assessment plan, evaluating the efficacy of the Centre's programming.

David Thiessen

David Thiessen

Educational Developer, Curriculum & Quality Enhancement

Email: dthiesse@uwaterloo.ca

As Educational Developer, Curriculum & Quality Enhancement, Dr. David Thiessen provides support for departmental and Faculty-wide curriculum initiatives, with an emphasis on quality enhancement through support of program review, accreditation, and new program proposals.

Prior to joining CTE, David taught courses on Tolkien, Arthurian Legend, and writing for the Academy at Wilfrid Laurier and the University of Waterloo. David holds a PhD in English Literature and his research focuses on the intersections between linguistics and the interpretative role of the body in late Middle English Literature.

Monica Vesley

Monica Vesely

Educational Developer, Faculty Programs and Consulting

Email: mvesely@uwaterloo.ca
Phone: 519-888-4567 ext. 41721
Office: EC3 2012K

As Educational Developer, Faculty Programs and Consulting, Monica Vesely designs and delivers instructional development programs and provides confidential consultations for faculty members and staff instructors in course design, instructional skills and evaluation. Monica engages in research on the impact of programs such as Teaching Squares and the Facilitator Development Workshop on teaching development. In November of 2020, she became the Chair of the Council of Ontario Educational Developers, a provincial organization that brings together educational developers from across the higher education sectors in Ontario, and advocates for best practices in teaching, curriculum, graduate student, and instructor development. 

Kristin Brown

Kristin Brown

Educational Developer, TA Training and Writing Support

Email: kristin.brown@uwaterloo.ca
Phone: 519-888-4567 ext. 42940
Office: EC3 2027A
Pronouns: she/her/hers

As Educational Developer, TA Training and Writing Support, Dr. Kristin Brown supports graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in their teaching development as well as instructors integrating writing into their courses and curriculum. Kristin facilitates the Certificate in University Teaching program and supports the Fundamentals of University Teaching program. She also supervises CTE's six TA Workshop Facilitators.

Julia Burke

Julia Burke

Faculty Liaison: Environment; Accounting & Finance; Political Science; Economics

As a Centre for Teaching Excellence (CTE) Faculty Liaison, Julia Burke supports instructors with teaching and learning initiatives, instructional design, learning experience design, and the effective integration of technology into face-to-face and blended learning course designs. She also serves as a guide for instructors to access other CTE resources.

Natalie Chow

Natalie Chow

Faculty Liaison: Health, Psychology, Sociology & Legal Studies, and Support Units

Phone: 519-888-4567 ext. 40643
Office: LHS 1631
Email: n8chow@uwaterloo.ca

As a Centre for Teaching Excellence (CTE) Faculty Liaison, Natalie Chow supports instructors with teaching and learning initiatives and the effective integration of technology into face-to-face and blended learning course designs. She also guides instructors toward innovative instructional design, continuous course improvement, and appropriate CTE resources.

Victoria Feth (on leave)

Victoria Feth (on leave till May 2022)

Faculty Liaison: Arts

Emailvictoria.feth@uwaterloo.ca
Phone: 519 888 4567 ext. 43851
Office: PAS 1234

As a Centre for Teaching Excellence (CTE) Faculty Liaison for the Faculty of Arts and Affiliated and Federated Institutions of Waterloo (AFIW), Victoria Feth supports instructors with teaching and learning and the effective integration of technology in their courses. She also serves as a guide for instructors to access other CTE resources.

Paul Kates

Paul Kates

Faculty Liaison: Mathematics

Email: pkates@uwaterloo.ca
Phone: 519-888-4567 ext. 47047
Office: MC 3044

As a Centre for Teaching Excellence (CTE) Faculty Liaison, Paul Kates helps instructors in the Faculty of Mathematics integrate technology into their teaching through innovative learning activities.

photo of Richard Li

Richard Li

Faculty Liaison: Engineering

Email: r68li@uwaterloo.ca
Phone: 519-888-4567 Ext. 45902
Office: CPH 2376A

As a Centre for Teaching Excellence (CTE) Faculty Liaison, Richard Li supports instructors in the Faculty of Engineering with teaching strategies, learning activities, course design, assessment methods, instructional innovations, as well as effective integration of educational technologies. He also serves as a guide for instructors to access other CTE resources.

Lynn Long

Lynn Long

Faculty Liaison: Arts

Emaill3long@uwaterloo.ca
Phone: 519 888 4567 ext. 40367
Office: PAS 1234

As a Centre for Teaching Excellence (CTE) Faculty Liaison for the Faculty of Arts and Affiliated and Federated Institutions of Waterloo (AFIW), Lynn Long supports instructors with teaching and learning and the effective integration of technology in their courses. She also serves as a guide for instructors to access other CTE resources.

Jason Thompson

Jason Thompson

Faculty Liaison: Science

Email: jason.thompson@uwaterloo.ca
Phone: 519-888-4567 ext. 43225
Office: B2-358D

As a Centre for Teaching Excellence (CTE) Faculty Liaison, Jason Thompson supports instructors in the Faculty of Science with teaching and learning and the effective use of technology in their courses. 

Monika Soczewinski

Monika Soczewinski

Program Coordinator, Graduate and Postdoctoral Programs

Email: m2soczewinski@uwaterloo.ca
Phone: 519-888-4567 ext. 43132
Office: EC3 2027A
Pronouns: she/her/hers

As Program Coordinator, Monika Soczewinski works with the Graduate and Postdoctoral Programs at the Center for Teaching Excellence.

Maris Weiss

Maris Weiss

Administrative Assistant

Email: maris.weiss@uwaterloo.ca
Phone: 519-888-4567 ext. 43153
Office: EC3 2012J


Brianna Bennett

Brianna Bennett

Faculty Program Coordinator

Email: bfgbennett@uwaterloo.ca
Office: EC3 2012E

As the Faculty Program Coordinator, Brianna administers the support, organization, and communications for CTE’s faculty programs and events, as well as the University-wide teaching awards for Waterloo instructors and teaching assistants. In addition, Brianna supervises the co-op students that are hired each term at CTE. Brianna is currently pursuing a Master’s in Education degree, with a focus on Curriculum.

Toben Racicot

Toben Racicot

Graduate Educational Developer (Graduate Student)
Blessing Medon

Blessing Medon

TA Workshop Facilitator (Graduate Student)
Sondus Jamal

Sondus Jamal

Graduate Educational Developer (Graduate Student)
Emma McDougall

Emma McDougall

TA Workshop Facilitator (Graduate Student)

Email: edmcdougall@uwaterloo.ca

Lia Tennant

Lia Tennant

TA Workshop Facilitator (Graduate Student)

Email: liana.tennant@uwaterloo.ca

Pronouns: she/her

Angeline Ram

Angeline Ram

TA Workshop Facilitator (Graduate Student)

Email: a7ram@uwaterloo.ca

Pronouns: she/her

Shannon Lodoen

Shannon Lodoen

TA Workshop Facilitator (Graduate Student)

Email: smlodoen@uwaterloo.ca

Pronouns: she/her

Rachel Beaver

Rachel Beaver

TA Workshop Facilitator (Graduate Student)

Email: rcbeaver@uwaterloo.ca

Pronouns: she/her

Rebecca MacAlpine

Rebecca MacAlpine

Graduate Educational Developer (Graduate Student)
Dakota Pinheiro

Dakota Pinheiro

Graduate Educational Developer (Graduate Student)