Teaching & Learning Professional Development

Senior Management

kele fleming

Associate Director, Teaching & Learning Professional Development

kele directs the development of comprehensive plans for professional development, resource development and community engagement of faculty and graduate students involved in teaching face-to-face, blended and distance courses, in support of the university’s strategic teaching and learning goals. She negotiates partnerships with faculties and, in collaboration with localized teaching and learning units, develops and implements professional development programs (e.g., one-to-one faculty assistance and workshops on teaching skills development, assessment and evaluation of student learning, effective teaching and learning strategies, etc.) in order to foster teaching and learning excellence within Academic Units and across the University. Her role has University-wide scope, supporting the efforts of faculty, students, and staff who engage in CTLT’s programs and services to advance their learning and teaching goals.

Gillian Gerhard, PhD

Senior Manager, Teaching & Learning

Team (listed alphabetically)

Carissa Block

Educational Programs Coordinator

Jennifer Brown

Lead Facilitator, Graduate Programs

Jen is a member of the Graduate Student Facilitator Team where she is an Instructional Skills Workshop (ISW) facilitator and a Facilitator Development Workshop (FDW) trainer. In her role as the Lead Facilitator of this team, she provides support to her colleagues, leads professional development for the team, and works behind the scenes to ensure the ISWs run smoothly. Jen is currently pursuing her PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences.

Ainsley Camps

Educational Developer: Teaching & Learning Professional Development

Ainsley is a point person for the CTLT’s Institutes; from planning and development to coordination and the curation of Institute recordings and resources. She also takes part in the facilitation of Journey into Course Design, and the moderation of CTLT Fireside Chats which feature faculty panelists sharing their teaching and learning experiences in different topic areas. Ainsley is an enthusiastic lifelong learner; at present her interests lie in trauma aware teaching and learner-centred inclusive teaching. Ainsley is grateful to be a guest on the ancestral and unceded territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) people; one of the most beautiful places on Earth.

Judy Chan, PhD

Faculty Associate / Faculty Liaison (Land and Food Systems)

Judy develops programs for faculty members, post doc fellows, and staff to support their teaching and learning needs. She has special interests in Using Problems and Cases in the Classroom, Teaching and Learning for the Heart and MindQualitative Research, and more! She coordinates Faculty Instructional Skills Workshops and the CTLT Institute. Judy calls herself a milk protein chemist and explores various food science topics with her students in FNH 200.

Hannah Coderre

Educational Consultant, Curriculum and Student Development

Hannah joined CTLT’s Indigenous Initiatives team in December 2020 as an Educational Consultant, Curriculum and Student Development. Hannah is proudly Métis, a citizen of the Métis Nation of Alberta, and of mixed European ancestry. She is from Treaty 8 territory, born in Grande Prairie, Alberta and is now grateful to be here on the traditional and unceded territory of the Musqueam people. Hannah works alongside our team and partner units to ensure that CTLT programming, resources, and support services centre Indigenous student experiences. She recently completed the Master of Education (SCPE) program at UBC, where she held the student position of SAGE Coordinator/Indigenous Graduate Student Mentor. Prior to UBC, she worked in the Calgary non-profit sector, supporting the capacity building of local organizations and was a coordinator of a community GED program.

Will Engle

Strategist, Open Education Initiatives

Will is engaged with projects that leverage emerging technologies and pedagogies to support open learning. As a strategist for open education initiatives, he has worked on a range of initiatives that have included helping to support open pedagogy-based assignments that emphasize students as collaborators in the production of knowledge, the effective integration of open resources into individual courses, the development of UBC’s Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), and learning analytics hackathons for undergraduate students. With a Master’s degree in library science, Will is interested in supporting the removal of barriers that limit access to education and knowledge.

Shaya Golparian, PhD

Educational Developer: TA Development Programs

Shaya develops and coordinates the TA Development Program at CTLT. This includes consulting with departments to plan, design, deliver and evaluate department-specific TA teaching skills development. Shaya designs and facilitates capacity-building workshops for department TA training programs, and coordinates the TA training community of Practice. She is an Instructional Skills Workshop (ISW) facilitator and a Facilitator Development Workshop (FDW) trainer, and she is involved in the design and delivery of various teaching and learning professional development initiatives, programs and workshops at CTLT. Shaya has a PhD in Curriculum and Pedagogy from UBC.

Sue Hampton, EdD

Educational Consultant: Facilitation and Process Design

Sue provides design and facilitation services to the UBC teaching and learning community. Sue is involved in program design and facilitation across various TLPD programs and she leads the Course Design Intensive for Faculty. She is engaged in supporting TLPD’s integration of equity, diversity, and anti-oppressive pedagogy across our programming, and is involved in developing related professional development opportunities in areas such as inclusive teaching and anti-racist teaching and learning. Sue holds a Doctor of Education (EdD) in Educational Leadership from Simon Fraser University.

Isabeau Iqbal, PhD

Senior Educational Consultant: Educational Leadership

At CTLT, Isabeau is involved with various formative peer review of teaching initiatives, consults with instructors on teaching and learning matters, and facilitates processes and workshops designed to improve teaching and student learning in higher education. In addition, Isabeau conducts Small Group Instructional Feedback and works with instructors who are developing their teaching portfolios. Isabeau holds a PhD in Education from UBC.

Janelle Kasperski

Educational Consultant, Strategic Projects

Janey Lew, PhD

Senior Educational Consultant, Indigenous Initiatives

Janey joined CTLT’s Indigenous Initiatives team in August 2015 and is grateful to work and learn at UBC on the unceded, ancestral territories of the Musqueam people. As Senior Educational Consultant, Indigenous Initiatives, Janey supports faculty engagement and professional development on topics related to intersectional differences, social justice, and critical Indigenous studies in teaching and learning. Janey is an experienced facilitator in a variety of community and educational settings, and holds a PhD in Comparative Ethnic Studies from the University of California, Berkeley. Prior to joining CTLT, Janey taught courses in the Asian American Studies Program at UC Berkeley, the English departments at Capilano University and Douglas College, and the First Nations Studies Programs at SFU and UBC.

Freda Maideen

Educational Consultant: Anti-Racist Teaching & Facilitation

Freda joined the Indigenous Initiatives team at CTLT in October 2021 as an Educational Consultant, Anti-Racist Teaching and Facilitation, and is grateful to have the opportunity to live, learn, and work on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded lands of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) people. Freda completed a Master’s degree in Educational Policy Studies with a specialization in Theoretical, Cultural, and International Studies at the University of Alberta. After graduate school, she started her career journey in the non-profit sector which eventually brought her to Student Engagement work at UBC in 2016. In her current role at CTLT, Freda will be working with members of the Teaching, Learning, and Professional Development, the Indigenous Initiatives team, the Equity and Inclusion Office and other members of the UBC community to develop and deliver programming and strategic support relating to anti-racist teaching and learning.

Rie Namba

Educational Resources Developer – Open Resources
work phone: 6048272768

Rie designs, develops, supports and maintains resources to facilitate the use of open practices in teaching and learning (specifically Wiki and WordPress). Rie provides consultation to students, faculty, and staff who are incorporating open practices in their work and develops, implements, and curates educational resources and materials (guides, handouts, tutorials, websites) that address teaching and learning-related professional development needs and improve upon sustainable practices for resource sharing. Rie also supports a variety of web resources development projects including the Learning Commons project, the Digital Tattoo project, and the Open UBC project.

Amy Perreault

Senior Strategist, Indigenous Initiatives

Amy is the Senior Strategist, Indigenous Initiatives at the Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology (CTLT) at the University of British Columbia on the traditional and unceded territory of the Musqueam people. Amy is proudly Red River Métis, with mixed European ancestry. She was born in Thompson Manitoba but spent most of her childhood fishing, picking huckleberries, hiking and being on the land and water ways in the East and West Kootenay’s on the traditional territories and homelands of the Ktunaxa Nation. She holds an MLIS from the UBC School of Information, where she currently serves as adjunct faculty and oversees the First Nations Curriculum Concentration. Amy works with staff, faculty groups, training programs for teaching assistants, new faculty, and administrators, to support the development of a higher standard of professionalism in conducting discussions of Indigenous and other contentious social issues in curricular settings. Amy is a co-developer and researcher for the educational resource What I Learned in Class Today: Aboriginal Issues in the Classroom and manages the development of Indigenous Foundations. Work on these projects, as well as her own experience as an Indigenous student, staff and faculty member at UBC, clearly identify the complexities and challenges of classroom conversations involving contentious cross-cultural discussions, and in specific discourse around Indigenous curriculum.

Emily Renoe

Senior Educational Consultant: Learning Technologies

Emily consults, supports and trains faculty and staff with the integration of learning technologies into their face-to-face, online and blended learning environments. Emily is presently involved in a number of UBC initiatives such as Teaching Development Program for New Faculty, Learning Technology Rovers and much more. She is presently situated in the Learning Technology Hub. Emily has worked with learning technologies for over 19 years.

Kyle Shaughnessy

Educational Consultant: Staff Training, Indigenous Initiatives

Kyle holds a joint position between HR Workplace Learning & Engagement and CTLT Indigenous Initiatives as Education Consultant: Staff Training, at the University of British Columbia, situated on the traditional and unceded territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) people. Kyle is a Two-Spirit, trans person of mixed Indigenous (Dene) and European (Irish & Ukrainian) ancestry, and is a social worker and writer originally from the Northwest Territories and rural BC. He holds an MSW from Dalhousie University and his professional background includes health education, institutional & systems change, Indigenous community engagement & cultural safety consultation, LGBT2Q+ advocacy, and Two-Spirit teaching & learning practices. Kyle’s role as Education Consultant: Staff Training is to provide consultation and support for staff (including teams and leadership) seeking to foster greater integration of Indigenous knowledges and perspectives in university programming and engagement strategies.

Joseph Topornycky, PhD

Manager, Graduate Student Programs

Joseph designs and develops CTLT’s overall programming and support for Graduate Students and Teaching Assistants at CTLT. Joseph works with his team to ensure that graduate student support is informed by current research on how people learn and well grounded teaching and learning theory in accord with the university’s strategic goals. He is also the lead developer and facilitator for the certificate in pedagogy for graduate students. He is an Instructional Skills Workshop (ISW) facilitator and a Facilitator Development Workshop (FDW) trainer. Joseph has a PhD in Philosophy from UBC.

Jens Vent-Schmidt, PhD

Educational Consultant: Design and Facilitation

Jens supports the UBC teaching and learning community through consultation, design and facilitation. He is an Instructional Skills Workshop (ISW) facilitator and a Facilitator Development Workshop (FDW) trainer and involved in several teaching development workshops at CTLT, including the Faculty ISW and the Teaching Development Program (TDP) for new faculty. Jens has developed and facilitated teaching development for graduate student and postdoctoral fellows and faculty through the CTLT and CIRTL since 2013 and he brings his experience as a faculty member teaching Biology at Kwantlen Polytechnic University.

Natalie Westwood

CIRTL Program Developer, Graduate Student Program

Magdalena Wojda

CATL Facilitator

Magda works as a facilitator for the Certificate Program in Advanced Teaching and Learning at CTLT. She is an Instructional Skills Workshop (ISW) facilitator and a Facilitator Development Workshop (FDW) trainer, and facilitates Graduate ISWs and department-specific TA training sessions at UBC as part of her work on the Graduate Student Facilitator Team. Magda is working toward her PhD in Law at the Allard School of Law at UBC, with a research focus on clinical legal education.

Lucas Wright

Senior Educational Consultant

Lucas supports faculty and staff in integrating technology in their teaching and learning practice. He is an adult learning instructor with more than 15 years of experience teaching adults online, face-to-face and in blended contexts. He has a keen interest in blended learning, open education and the role of learning portfolios in teaching and learning. Lucas supports professional development programs at CTLT including the Instructional Skills workshop, Teaching in a Blended Learning Environment, the Learning Technology Hub and the edX Studio sessions.

Erin Yun

Educational Consultant, Classroom and Campus Climate

Erin started at CTLT since being a graduate student in 2013 and is thankful to work and learn on the unceded and traditional territory of the Musqueam people. Erin supports and leads UBC teaching and learning community’s professional and capacity development in helping to create a classroom climate that is supportive to teaching and learning. She provides consultation, process design, facilitation, programming, and resource development services to faculty, staff, and graduate students, focused on difficult conversations related to classroom and campus climate, and Indigenous engagement within teaching and learning.