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)

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.

Manuel Dias

Educational Consultant: Learning Technologies & Faculty Liaison (Faculty of Science)

Manuel supports faculty and staff in integrating technology in their teaching and learning practice. He has more than 7 years of experience in educational development and instructional design to support instructors in face-to-face, fully online and blended learning contexts. He has a keen interest in course design to enhance student engagement and collaboration online using a variety of learning technologies. Manuel supports professional development programs at CTLT including the Instructional Skills workshop, Teaching in A Blended Learning Environment, the Learning Technology Hub, the Canvas and edX Studio training sessions.

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.

Deb Chen, PhD

Educational Developer: Teaching & Learning Professional Development

Deb collaborates with faculty and staff to create pedagogically informed and process-driven classrooms. She provides consultations, coordinates CTLT Institutes programming, develops resources to support professional and capacity development, and facilitates processes and workshops designed to improve teaching and to enhance student learning. Deb is an Instructional Skills Workshop (ISW) facilitator and a Facilitator Development Workshop (FDW) trainer. Deb holds a PhD in Pathology and Laboratory Medicine from UBC.

Kari Grain

Analyst, Experiential and Integrated Learning
phone: 6048220828

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

Educational Consultant: Facilitation and Process Design

Sue provides design and facilitation services to the UBC teaching and learning community. Sue is involved in program planning and facilitation across various TLPD programs and she leads the Course Design Intensive. She is engaged in supporting TLPD’s integration of diversity and anti-oppressive pedagogy across our programming and has a particular interest in supporting educators who are navigating relationships as allies in social and racial justice initiatives. Sue is currently pursuing a Doctor of Education, and describes her research as a critical exploration of alternative career pathways for PhD students and how they come to “be” in their careers.

Isabeau Iqbal, PhD

Educational Developer

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.

Janey Lew, PhD

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 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.

Rie Namba

Educational Resources Developer
work phone: 6048272768

Rie is a Visual Art graduate interested in web technology and user-centric design. Rie provides implementation support to users of UBC’s learning technology ecosystem, including learning management system (LMS/Connect) and open learning technologies (specifically UBC Wiki and WordPress). The focus of this work will be both to support new users/projects/implementations using this framework and existing users involved with the Digital Tattoo, Learning Commons and other large scale resource development projects using UBC’s open publishing framework. Rie likes playing video games, drawing random cartoons, and writing reviews on Yelp.

Amy Perreault

Strategist, Indigenous Initiatives

Amy is the 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. She 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 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

Educational Consultant: Learning Technologies

Emily consults, supports and trains faculty groups and staff with the integration of learning technologies, such as Canvas, WordPress, UBC Wiki, iPeer, Camtasia, and much more, into their face-to-face and online teaching and learning environments. Emily is presently involved in a number of UBC initiatives such as Canvas implementation project, New Faculty Orientation programs and much more. She is presently situated in the Learning Technology Hub. Emily has worked with learning technologies for over 17 years.

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.

Hanae Tsukada, PhD

Educational Consultant: Student Diversity Initiative

Hanae develops resources and programs to create respectful and productive classroom environments, particularly in teaching and discussing Indigenous topics and other socially and politically sensitive issues. In collaboration with UBC community members, she has developed an online teaching and learning resource called Time and Place at UBC: Our Histories and Relations to foster awareness of historical layers of the time and place that we share at UBC on Musqueam territory today. She has a PhD in Educational Studies from UBC. Her doctoral research critically examined the intersection of the internationalization of universities and international students’ experiences in Japan.

Cindy Underhill

Strategist, Learning Resource Design
Cindy is engaged with projects that leverage learning design, open practices and technologies in the development of web based learning resources for students and faculty members. Example collaborative projects include Digital Tattoo and the Learning Commons. In both cases, students are co-producers of learning resources with guidance and mentorship from the project teams.  As a former college instructor and networked learner, Cindy appreciates the complexities and opportunities involved in designing for learning.

Jens Vent Schmidt

CIRTL Program Coordinator

Jens supports the Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning (CIRTL) at UBC. Together with the CIRTL leadership, he develops and facilitates workshops for CIRTL participants, and coordinates Teaching-as-Research intern applications and project proposals. He is the voice behind cirtl.info@ubc.ca and communicates with graduate students and the CIRTL leadership. He maintains cirtl.ubc.ca and relays CIRTL offerings to graduate students at UBC. In addition, Jens is an Instructional Skills Workshop facilitator and a Facilitator Development Workshop trainer. As Vanier Scholar and UBC Public Scholar, he is working towards a PhD in Experimental Medicine.

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

Educational Consultant: Learning Technologies

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 is grateful to live, work, and play, on the unceded, ancestral, and traditional land 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.