University of Waterloo Teaching Fellows

Centre for Teaching Excellence (CTE) staff members often collaborate with the University of Waterloo's Teaching Fellows on projects and initiatives related to teaching and learning. Each of UWaterloo's six faculties has at least one faculty member serving as a Teaching Fellow (though in Engineering the role is known as Associate Dean of Teaching). CTE's Director, Donna Ellis, meets regularly with the Teaching Fellows as a group. 

While the Teaching Fellows pursue projects appropriate to their individual faculties, they share a common purpose: to foster a culture of teaching at the University of Waterloo marked by an interest in engaging students and a commitment to professional development. More specifically, they aim to: 

  • Raise the profile of teaching and learning at the University of Waterloo;
  • Establish communities of practice, pertaining to teaching and learning, with interested faculty members and administrators;
  • Provide or coordinate assistance and mentoring to any instructor;
  • Work with services on campus, such as the Centre for Extended Learning and the Centre for Teaching Excellence, to provide faculty members with information on resources and instructional practices.

UWaterloo's first Teaching Fellows were appointed in 2012, as recommended by the 2011 report Innovative Teaching Practices to Promote Deep Learning. Typically, Teaching Fellows are appointed for a three-year term. 

Current UWaterloo Teaching Fellows: 

Faculty Teaching Fellows
Applied Health Sciences

Robyn Ibey (Kinesiology)

Elena Neiterman (School of Public Health and Health Systems)

Zara Rafferty (Recreation and Leisure Studies)



Engineering Carolyn MacGregor (Systems Design Engineering)

Su-Yin Tan (Geography and Environmental Management)


Brian Forrest (Pure Mathematics)


Marcel Pinheiro (Biology)