Make a difference in teaching. Become a teaching fellow.

Dr. David Townsend

Faculty of Education

July 2006 - June 2007


Dr. Pam Adams

Faculty of Education

Sept. 2006 - June 2007


Dr. Jennifer Mather

Department of Psychology

July 2007 - June 2008


Nicholas Wade

Faculty of Fine Arts - Art

Jan. 2008 - Dec. 2008


Helena Danyk

Department of Biological Science

July 2009 - June 2010


Dr. Harold Jansen

Department of Political Science

July 2009 - June 2010


Dr. Dayna Daniels

Department of Kinesiology

Jan. 2010 - Dec. 2010


Dr. Jan Newberry

Department of Anthropology

Jan. 2010 - Dec. 2010


Dr. Keith Roscoe

Faculty of Education

July 2010 - June 2011


Dr. Ute Kothe

Department of Biological Science

July 2011 - June 2012


Phil Jones

School of Health Sciences

July 2011 - June 2012


Dr. Sheila McManus

Department of History

Jan. 2012 - Dec. 2013


Dr. Lisa Doolittle

Faculty of Fine Arts - Drama

Jan. 2012 - Dec. 2012


Wayne Lippa

Department of Chemistry

July 2012 - June 2013


Dr. Leanne Elias

Faculty of Fine Arts - New Media

July 2012 - June 2013


Dr. Jason Laurendeau

Depratment of Sociology

Jan. 2013 - Dec. 2013


Dr. John Poulsen

Faculty of Education

Jan. 2013 - Dec. 2013


Dr. Tom Perks

Department of Sociology

July 2013 - June 2014


Kelly Williams-Whit

Dhillon School of Business

July 2013 - June 2015


Anne Dymond

Faculty of Fine Arts - Art

July 2014 - June 2016


Dr. Janay Nugent

Department of History

Jan. 2014 - Dec. 2016


Dr. Bruce MacKay

School of Liberal Education

Jan. 2015 - Dec. 2016


Dr. Rolf Boon

Faculty of Fine Arts - Music

Jan. 2015 - Dec. 2016


Dr. Michelle Hogue

First Nations Transitions Program

June 2015 - July 2017


Dr. Greg Patenaude

Chemistry and Biochemistry

June 2016 - July 2018



Richelle Marynowski

January 2017 - December 2018

As a Teaching Fellow, Richelle will be working with Graduate Students in continuing to refine their assessment and grading practices.

Randy Barley

July 2017 - June 2019

During his time as a fellow, Randy hopes to better understand the effects of technology both inside and outside of the classroom.

Mark Zieber

January 2017 - December 2019

Is looking at how Faculty socializes themselves to using Moodle.

Aaron Taylor

July 2017 - June 2019

Aaron is looking at a few ideas from reviewing the changing nature of teaching literature, to offering graduate workshops. He is also hoping to discover some best practices in creating video essay projects.

Call for Applications

The Advisory Council for the Teaching Centre would like to announce the call for applications for the position of Teaching Centre Teaching Fellow. Applications are currently being accepted for two-year Teaching Fellow positions for the following terms:

  • July 1st, 2020 – June 30th, 2022 - (2 fellowships available)
  • January 1st, 2021 – December 31st, 2022 - (2 fellowships available)

Applications can be uploaded to our OneDrive account. Please contact the Teaching Centre ( to get access to the OneDrive folder.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: The third Friday of January (January 18th, 2019, by 4:30 PM)

I. General Qualifications

Teaching Fellows will be academic staff members with tenured, tenure-track or continuing appointments who have demonstrated both commitment to excellence in their own teaching and willingness to champion the importance of teaching development in the university community.  Previous Teaching Fellow recipients may be considered for another two-year Teaching Fellowship term if it has been at least two years since the completion of their previous term. 

II.Roles and Responsibilities of Teaching Fellows

Teaching Fellows will contribute directly to the achievement of the Teaching Centre’s primary objectives to:

  • Foster a community of practice in which teaching and learning are enriched and celebrated.
  • Extend the University’s commitment to a scholarship of teaching.
  • Lead the integration of best teaching practices with new technology.
  • Establish a process of generative evaluation that will inform, guide, and justify the continuing activities of the Centre.

In reaching these objectives, Teaching Fellows are encouraged to be involved in some or all of the following Teaching Centre activities:

  • Workshop planning and organization of Teaching Centre Talking about Teaching series.
  • Provide individual consultation with faculty members.
  • Establish the mentorship of small groups of new professors.
  • Conduct research into teaching and learning.
  • Provide classroom observations.
  • Deliver presentations at provincial, national, and international conferences.
  • Engagement or contributions towards Teaching Centre initiatives, i.e., SPARK, Light on Teaching, Teaching Centre Newsletter, etc.,
  • Other activities, as agreed upon in negotiation with the Academic Director of the Teaching Centre.

III. Term of Appointment

Teaching Fellows will be appointed for a two-year term.  The Teaching Centre may appoint up to four (4) Teaching Fellows a year, with staggering start dates.  Normally, two Fellows will be appointed to commence their terms on July 1 of each year, and two will be appointed to commence their terms on January 1 of each year. The first year of service will require the Teaching Fellows’ presence at the monthly Advisory Council meetings.  The second year of service will be dedicated to performing the initiatives developed by the Teaching Fellow and/or the Advisory Council. An appointment as Teaching Fellow carries a one course teaching relief for the two-year period, normally to be applied during the term of appointment; the timing of the course relief is to be negotiated with the Dean of the Faculty/School.     

IV. Application Procedures

In acknowledgment of the fact that academic planning cycles vary among faculties, applications for teaching fellows may be made up to two years in advance of the proposed term of appointment. The call for applications, identifying Teaching Fellow expectations and available terms of appointment, will normally be made in November of each year (example attached). Faculty members may apply for terms to commence on any of the following:

  • July 1st – June 30th(i.e., 6 months from application date)
  • January 1st – December 31 (i.e., 1 year from application date)
  • July 1st – June 30th of the (i.e., 18 months from application date)
  • January 1st – December 31st (i.e., 2 years from application date)

Application deadline is the third Friday in January. From this list of nominees, the Advisory Council will select up to four Teaching Fellows for each academic year. Final decisions will be communicated to the Deans and applicants no later than the end of March.

Application Dossier:

Candidates for a Teaching Fellowship must submit an application package including the following components.  As a guideline, please try to limit the content of your entire dossier to no more than the equivalent of 25 pages. 

  1. Letter of support from your Dean or Chair.
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Evidence of teaching excellence
    • Innovative practices in teaching and/or assessment
    • Course evaluations from 5 recent courses
    • Other evidence beyond course evaluations (i.e. peer evaluations, letters of support, course outlines)
  4. Philosophy of teaching/self reflection of teaching practice(maximum of 500 words)
  5. Participation, contributions, and/or leadership in teaching development(maximum of 500 words)
  6. Rationale for candidate’s interest in serving as a Teaching Fellow – (rationale should support the strategic priorities of the Teaching Centre ( and contributes to the improvement of teaching and learning) (maximum of 500 words)

Application Procedure:

  • All components of the application should be submitted electronically and be appropriately labeled (ex: 1-Letter-of-Support-Dean.pdf, 2-Curriculum-Vitae.pdf).
  • Components can be submitted as PDF, or URL/Links.
  • If submitting URL/Links, please provide a short description.
  • Contact for access to a OneDrive account
  • The Teaching Centre is available to assist you with the application submission process up to 3 working days before the submission deadline.

Upon final review of applications the review committee may recommend an applicant be:

  1. Approved for the period requested
  2. Approved with a recommendation for an alternative term
  3. Asked to resubmit in a subsequent competition; or
  4. Denied a teaching fellowship position.

The Advisory council may fill all teaching fellowship positions available within the two-year application period.

NOTE to previous Teaching Fellows: New applicants may be granted first consideration for available positions.

Richelle Marynowski - Faculty of Education

Teaching Fellow - January 2017 to December 2018

As a Teaching Fellow, I am looking forward to supporting Faculty and Graduate Students in continuing to refine their assessment and grading practices. I believe that having Teaching Fellows supports colleagues in working together to make our practice, and thus the learning experiences of students, better.

Randy Barley - Department of Biological Sciences

Teaching Fellow - July 2017 to June 2019

It seems that in 2017, students view smartphones as being almost as essential to their lives as oxygen and with continuous notifications, interjecting themselves into the minds of students, it is becoming increasingly difficult for them to focus on the task of learning.  The goal of my fellowship is to examine the detrimental impacts that smartphones are having on student learning both in the classroom and beyond and to explore strategies to help students cope in this increasingly information-dense world. 

Keith Roscoe - Faculty of Education

Teaching Fellow - July 2010 - June 2011

Keith constructed a teaching handbook for graduate students who took on a teaching assistant role during their master's degree.

Helena Danyk - Department of Biological Sciences

Teaching Fellow - July  2010 - June 2011

Helena focused her time as a Teaching Fellow working with our staff to help revitalize the Graduate workshops for teaching assistants. To this day we are still running these workshops which remain very popular with graduate students.

If you are looking for projects to start or contribute to, below is a list of possibilities that you could be part of.
  • Leading our Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) working group to further the profile and support for this type of research on campus.
  • Researching and implementing a Peer Mentoring and Support initiative to help partner new faculty with experienced faculty so that they have a support structure for their teaching.
  • Looking at current course evaluation processes and practices across campus to help improve the process (for Faculty and Students) as well as help Faculty better utilize the information that can be gleaned from this process.
  • Researching Open Access resource usage on campus and helping to identify the supports that are necessary to allow Faculty to move to Open Access if they want to.