Meet CTL's Leadership Team, Instructional Team, Open Educational Resources Initiative, Educational Technology Team, Research Team, eClass Specialist and Administrative Team.

For general inquiries, call CTL's General Office at (780) 492-2826 or email

Leadership Team

Janice Miller-Young

Janice Miller-Young, PhD
Academic Director, CTL
Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering

(780) 492-7314
Janice Miller-Young (PhD, University of Calgary) has over 15 years' experience as a teacher of both large and small classes in engineering and general education. Her research interests focus on the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL), specifically, the development of SoTL as a practice, and helping students increase their learning by making certain concepts and thinking processes explicit and narrowing the gap between novice and expert thinking. In her role as the Academic Director of CTL, Dr. Miller-Young provides strategic leadership for the growth of CTL and for further strengthening connections between CTL and the faculties and other CTLs across the country. She is very active in the broader North American SoTL community, currently chairing SoTL Canada, facilitating one of their Collaborative Writing Groups, and serving as an Associate Editor of the Canadian Journal of SoTL.

David Chorney

David Chorney, PhD
Associate Director (Curriculum), CTL
Associate Professor, Department of Secondary Education

(780) 492-1207

David Chorney (PhD, MEd, University of Alberta, BEd and BA University of Saskatchewan) is an associate professor in the Faculty of Education, Department of Secondary Education, at the University of Alberta. Dr. Chorney has been working in post-secondary education for the past 16 years. Prior to becoming a professor, he worked as a high school teacher for 7 years, teaching exclusively physical and health education.

David's active research program focuses on physical education teacher education (PETE); curriculum theorizing in physical education, Physical Literacy as it relates to teacher education as well as technology integration within the teaching of physical and health education. David's teaching is dynamic and engaging and he devotes much time to ensuring that his classes are relevant, meaningful, inspiring, and challenging. He is well respected as an outstanding, informed teacher educator at the provincial and national level. He has been awarded the Faculty of Education Undergraduate teaching award, the Faculty of Education Technology in Teaching award, and in 2014 was awarded the Rutherford Award of Excellence in undergraduate teaching, the University of Alberta's most prestigious teaching award.

Roger Graves, University of Alberta, Centre for Teaching and Learning, Writing Across the Curriculum

Roger Graves, PhD
Associate Director (Writing), CTL
Professor, Department of English & Film Studies

(780) 492-4704
Roger Graves (PhD, Ohio State). Roger Graves recent research focuses on how students in a wide variety of disciplines learn to write. As Director, he provides strategic advice on the role of writing and communication in teaching and learning. He offers workshops and consults with instructors to provide advice about writing assignments, scoring guides for evaluating student writing, and a variety of other topics related to writing.


Neil Haave, PhD
Associate Director (Scholarship of Teaching and Learning), CTL
Professor, Augustana - Sciences

(780) 492-3208

Neil Haave (PhD, University of British Columbia) has been teaching molecular cell biology and biochemistry at the Augustana Campus since 1990 where he served as Chair of Science and Associate Dean. Neil is a recipient of the Rutherford Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, a McCalla Professorship and Augustana's Teaching Leadership Award and Teaching Faculty Award for the Support of Information Literacy. His research interests include the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL) with publications on biology curricula, e-portfolios, and undergraduate research. He is currently conducting research on students' learning philosophies. His involvement with SoTL has included editing Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, co-chairing the Festival of Teaching steering committee, and chairing the Teaching Professor Conference Advisory Board. For the last decade, he has been developing his lecture courses to include a greater degree of active learning resulting in most of his courses using some version of team-based learning. Neil is interested in developing scholarly approaches to teaching which includes researching our own educational practices in light of the published literature on teaching and learning in higher education.

Pierre Mertiny

Pierre Mertiny, PhD
Associate Director (Learning Technology), CTL
Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering

(780) 492-1207

Pierre Mertiny (PhD, University of Alberta) studied Mechanical Engineering at the Leibniz University Hannover in Germany, where he graduated in 1999. He joined the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Alberta in 2006. He has been teaching and conducting research in the areas of engineering design and advanced materials, focusing on fiber reinforced and/or particle modified polymer composites and structures. He has supervised nearly 100 undergraduate and graduate students and post-doctoral fellows. Together with his students and collaborators he has been the author of over 100 journal articles, conference papers and book chapters. He has been awarded five visiting professorships to teach and conduct research at the Technical University Munich in Germany, including three August-Wilhelm Scheer Visiting Professorships. He has been serving several engineering organizations, including the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). He is a member of the Executive Committees for the ASME Northern Alberta Section and the ASME Pressure Vessel and Piping Division. He is passionate about promoting excellence in teaching. He has been appointed a Vargo Teaching Chair at the University of Alberta. He has received several teaching awards by the University of Alberta and external organizations, including the Summit Award for Excellence in Education by the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (2015) and the SAE International Ralph R. Teetor Educational Award (2012).

Cheryl Poth, PhD
Associate Director (Assessment), CTL
Associate Professor, Department of Educational Psychology

(780) 492-1677

Cheryl Poth (PhD, Queen's University) has more than two decades as an educator, researcher, and evaluator working with partner communities across diverse contexts both internationally and across Canada. Her research considers the implications of teaching, learning and assessment taking place under varying conditions of complexity; yet, too often we attempt to reduce, control, or simply ignore the effects of complexity rather than revisiting underlying assumptions and adapting our instructional practices. During the past decade at the University of Alberta, her collaborations with professional associations, community organizations, students, clinicians, teachers, and academics have examined a range of issues concerned with enhancing capacity for impactful teaching, learning, and assessment experiences across diverse and complex contexts. She holds an Ontario Teaching certificate, the Credentialed Evaluator (CE) designation from the Canadian Evaluation Society, and was awarded the University of Alberta's Provost's Award for Early Achievement of Excellence in teaching in 2013.

Instructional Team


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Cosette Lemelin

Cosette Lemelin
, PhD
Senior Educational Developer (Programs)

(780) 492-1398

Cosette Lemelin (PhD, University of Manitoba) has 15 years of experience in post-secondary education in a 20 year career as an adult educator at the University of Winnipeg, University of Manitoba, and University of Alberta. Her doctoral dissertation focused on clinical nursing education and preceptor educators. Her unique expertise is in health professions education, classroom management, and varying aspects of interpersonal communication in post-secondary education.

Graeme Pate

Graeme Pate
Educational Developer

(780) 492-9673

Graeme Pate has substantial experience with integrating effective teaching methodologies and educational technology. Graeme spent 28 years working in Scotland in education, 18 of which were spent at the University of Glasgow, developing innovative instructional materials as well as designing and modelling innovative TEAL (Technology-Enhanced Active Learning) approaches such as flipped teaching (blended learning), backchannel discussions, advanced use of Moodle (eClass) as well as using Twitter & online voting systems during lectures and tutorials to engage learners. He was the Programme Director for the MA Primary Education and the B.Ed (Hons) degree programmes and was presented with three Excellence in Teaching awards by the University of Glasgow for design, implementation of teaching methods and the use of technology to enhance learning.

One of Graeme's specialties is supporting instructors who wish to be more confident and competent in their use of technology to enhance their planning, facilitation, and/or assessment of student learning.

Jennifer Ward

Jen Ward
, PhD Student, Philosophy in Indigenous Studies
Educational Developer, Indigenous-focus

(780) 492-7181
Jennifer Ward (PhD Student, University of Alberta) is of Umpqua and Algonquin decent. She has ten years experience as an English Instructor at NAIT, as well as two years experience as a Consultant in the First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Education unit with Edmonton Public Schools (EPSB). Her PhD work supports Indigenization and decolonization of the Academy and post-secondary education. The use of Indigenous epistemologies and pedagogies in education and training staff are the foundational principles of her master's thesis and the work she did with EPSB and the Government of Alberta. She has designed both face-to-face and on-line courses. She was short-listed for a student nominated Instructional Excellence Award in 2014. In addition, Jennifer is a sessional instructor for the Faculty of Education's EDU211: Aboriginal Education and the Context for Professional Engagement. Working with Elders, students and community are some of her most cherished experiences. Jennifer welcomes the opportunity to help educators bring Indigenous worldviews into their practice and their classrooms. Hiy Hiy.
Ellen Watson

Ellen Watson
, MEd, PhD(c)
Senior Educational Developer (Assessment)

(780) 492-9380

Currently a doctoral candidate with the Faculty of Education, Ellen Watson brings a variety of educational experiences and strengths to the educational development team. Prior to joining CTL, Ellen acquired over eight years of experience teaching at the post-secondary and secondary levels in Science and Mathematics education. As an additional experience, Ellen had the opportunity to work as a Curriculum Writer as part of the team producing the Physics 30 curriculum in Saskatchewan released in fall 2016. Finally, Ellen is a recent winner of the Faculties of Graduate Studies and Education graduate teaching award for 2016 - 2017 for her work with teaching undergraduate students in the Department of Secondary Education.

Ellen's focii at CTL include assessment, science education, course design, and active learning strategies. She can also speak to areas of educator reflection, educational technology, learning outcomes, and feedback. Ellen welcomes anyone who wants to talk about education to join her at her workshops or for a consultation!

Ellen has a particular interest in educational research and has recently been focusing on the areas of metacognition, science education, problem-based learning, action research, teacher beliefs, and teacher concerns.

Open Educational Resources Initiative


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Krysta McNutt, PMP
Open Education Program Lead

Krysta has over 10 years of experience in project management and organizational change in the public sector including technology implementations, granting programs, organizational design transitions, and course design projects. Since leading the provincial Campus Alberta OER Initiative she continues advocating for open education by working with faculty on finding, adapting, and creating open educational resources (OER) and supporting the UA OER Awards program.

Educational Technology Team


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Rishi Jaipaul, BEd
Educational Technology Team Lead

(780) 492-3421
Rishi Jaipaul (BEd, University of Alberta) manages the Educational Technology Team by working with the Education Developers and instructors to develop blended learning content. He couples two of his interests of education and technology to create learning elements such as videos and interactive games to assist both students and instructors in their blended learning courses.
Katelyn Lindmark

Katelyn Lindmark

Educational Technologist
Katelyn Lindmark brings experience in consumer and industrial graphic design. Her current interests include leveraging her graphic design experience in the online environment. Katelyn is part of the Educational Technology Team and provides design support for CTL's blending learning projects.

Research Team


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Luis Fernando Marin
, MEd
Research Co-Ordinator

(780) 492-5328

Luis Fernando Marin (MEd University of Alberta) is a doctoral candidate with the Educational Psychology department and a seasoned higher education professional with over six years of experience in Educational Technology and Instructional Design. His graduate studies and research have focused on understanding current Blended Learning best practices, on how to better promote students' growth. As an innovator and early adopter of Technology and as a passionate educator he always enjoys finding new and better ways to design a course, deliver instruction, or use technology to kindle students' curiosity and passion for learning. Fernando has experience applying quantitative and qualitative methodologies to understand students' perceptions, characteristics, and behaviors related to course and instructional technologies. His doctoral work uses course trace data and other sources of information to gain insight into how and why students are able to thrive, to be actively and independently engaged and make the most out of a course, and help students and teachers improve their understanding of their teaching and learning relationships.

Fernando's focus at CTL is to coordinate and support efforts to plan, organize, and conduct independent research, literature reviews, research protocols, data analysis, and publications of results as internal reports, conference presentations, or professional journal articles.


Bradon Valgardson
, MA
Data Analyst

(780) 492-2812

Bradon Valgardson (MA, University of Southern Mississippi) is a data analyst for the CTL. Bradon analyzes institutional data and prepares educational resources, documentation, and reports related to teaching and learning. His past work has focused on the influence of adverse conditions on health and well-being. His research has involved examining data from nationally representative samples and collecting data from various groups including university students, prison inmates, correctional officers, and domestic violence service providers.

eClass Specialist


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Josh Westlake, BA
eClass Specialist

(780) 492-2264

Josh Westlake (BA, University of Alberta) is the eClass Specialist for CTL. Josh has spent the last six years working at various positions at the University of Alberta, and has developed a strong background in assessment, LMS support, and media development. Josh offers consultations and workshops on designing assessments in eClass.

Administrative Team


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Sharon Luyendyk
Administrative Lead

(780) 492-2468

Sharon Luyendyk has over 20 years' experience as an administrative professional through a variety of positions at the University of Alberta and Alberta Health Services. Sharon is the first point of contact for all budget, finance, human resources, and administration-related matters for CTL.
Jen Carstensen

Jen Carstensen
, BA, BComm
Administrative Assistant
(on leave)

(780) 492-2826

Jen Carstensen (BA, BComm, University of Alberta) The Administrative Assistant is the first point of contact for visitors to CTL and provides general office administration and support to the Centre staff. Jen provides administrative support for the Academic Director and several committees, and supports events planning.


Lily Lai
, BDes
Communications Co-Ordinator

(780) 492-1404

Lily Lai (BDes, University of Alberta) The Communications Coordinator develops, edits, and designs a range of CTL communications such as the annual report, and website, co-ordinates CTL events, courses, and workshops, and ensures that consultation requests are responded to in a timely manner.
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