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History

The Centre for Teaching and Learning at the University of Regina was created out of a need for a program to support faculty with their teaching. In 1995, Dr. Michael Tymchak, Dean of Education, acted on talk around the university about a need for such a centre by creating the Teaching Development Centre (TDC) within the Faculty of Education, naming Dr. Meredith Cherland as the first director. The success of the centre was evident within its first year and central university administration took responsibility for the TDC, naming Dr. James McNinch as director who continued to serve until 2005.

Early projects at the Centre for Teaching and Learning included brown bag lunches on topics of interest to academic staff and the annual Inspiring Teaching Awards Banquet, which ran for 10 years. The TDC worked to help instructors develop their teaching skills and try new teaching strategies.

In 2005, Dr. Vi Maeers became the director of the TDC and served in the role until 2011. During the period, the Centre for Teaching and Learning (CTL) was formed to oversee the Teaching Development Centre and the Centre for Academic Technology, which investigated and supported new technologies related to teaching, as well as technical support for course and resource development. While working under the umbrella of the CTL, both units were fairly independent.

In 2011, the TDC and CAT were merged administratively and physically into CTL. The CTL was relocated to LY 610, where it remains today. In January 2012, Doug Cripps became Acting Faculty Associate until September 2013. In July 2014, Dr. Stephen Cheng was appointed the Faculty Associate of the CTL.

Dr. Kathryn Ricketts served as Coordinator of the CTL during 2018 and was a member of the CTL’s Teaching and Learning Advisory Group during 2014-18. Kathryn designed and co-taught the Centre’s Graduate Student Teaching Development Certificate Program and the University Teaching Certificate Program in 2016-18. Her other major contributions to teaching and learning at the University include designing and teaching “The Art and Science of Marking – TA Training” (2016); “The Anatomy of Best Teaching Practices”, New Faculty Orientation (2016 & 2017); and organizing and facilitating “Drawing to Learn Symposium” (2017). Dr. Ricketts served as the Director of the CTL from Fall 2019 to Spring 2020.

From November 2019 to April 2020, the CTL also partnered with the Office of Institutional Research (OIR), under the Associate Vice-President (Teaching and Student Anlytics).

Today, the Centre for Teaching and Learning is in the midst of planning a variety of programs, services and workshops for faculty, graduate students, and teaching assistants. The Centre also administrates the President’s Teaching and Learning Scholars Program and the CTL Teaching Awards.

Watch this page for news and upcoming announcements concerning the CTL.