People

Meet CTL's Leadership Team, Technology Enhanced Teaching and Learning Team, Indigenous Focus Team, Assessment and Evaluation Team, Open Education Team, and Administrative Team.

For general inquiries email ctl@ualberta.ca.


LEADERSHIP TEAM

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Tommy Mayberry, ABD PhD

Executive Director
tommy.mayberry@ualberta.ca

Tommy (he/she/they) is a scholar, professional, and academic drag queen with a background in diverse teaching and instructional facilitation in academia as well as industry. As a sought-after speaker on the topics of “Gender Pronouns and Cultures of Respect” as well as visual pedagogies and LGBTQIA+ inclusivity, Tommy has presented their scholarship and research findings nationally as well as internationally, in places such as Oxford, Washington DC, Tokyo, and Honolulu. They strive to embody and model decolonial, anti-racist, and equity-driven intersectional visions and leadership.

Tommy was a SSHRC Doctoral Fellow during their PhD work and is also a recipient of the University of Waterloo’s Award for Exceptional Teaching. They are co-editor of the forthcoming book, RuPedagogies of Realness: Essays on RuPaul’s Drag Race and Teaching and Learning (McFarland 2021), and they serve as the Vice-Chair, Communications on the Educational Developers Caucus (EDC) national Executive.


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Cosette Lemelin, PhD

Assistant Director
cosette.lemelin@ualberta.ca

Cosette has 17 years of experience in Educational Developer roles in a 20-year career in adult and post-secondary education at three universities (the University of Winnipeg, the University of Manitoba, and the University of Alberta). She has a Master of Education (2003) and PhD in Education (2016) focusing on adult and post-secondary education. Cosette’s unique specialities include teaching within health professions education (with a focus on clinical practicum teaching and learning), classroom management, and varying aspects of interpersonal communication in teaching and learning. Cosette calls herself a “Teaching Coach” for university instructors and faculty members striving to improve their teaching one class, one activity, or one interaction at a time. Cosette is the 2019 recipient of the University of Alberta Excellence in Learning Support Award, and received the award again in 2020 with the CTL Team as part of their COVID 19 Response.


TECHNOLOGY ENHANCED TEACHING AND LEARNING TEAM

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Graeme Pate

Lead Educational Developer, Technology Enhanced Teaching amd Learning
graeme.pate@ualberta.ca

Graeme Pate has substantial experience with integrating effective teaching methodologies and educational technology. Graeme spent 28 years working in Scotland in education, eighteen 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.


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Anita Parker, BSc, BEd, MEd

Educational Developer
aparker@ualberta.ca

Anita brings two decades of science teaching at secondary and post-secondary levels to her role with the educational development team at CTL. She also is experienced in leading professional development workshops and individual coaching for instructors with a focus on maximizing student engagement with authentic activities and assessments.

Since 2015, Anita has worked closely with instructor teams from many disciplines across the University with their blended learning resources and projects. This includes helping build course frameworks on eClass, planning student-centred learning experiences, and video storyboard creation.

Anita enjoys being part of a team that supports teaching and learning excellence in online, blended, and face-to-face environments.


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Christopher Borger, BEd

Instructional Designer

Chris Borger (BEd, University of Alberta) is an educator and performer based in Edmonton. Joining the CTL team in 2020, Chris is a driving force behind CTL's website content. Combining his passions for performance and education, Chris has worked for both the Telus World of Science (Edmonton) as well as Science World (Vancouver) in roles that ranged from performing in Science Shows to managing teams. He has also worked for Rapid Fire Theatre as a professional improviser and educator since 2011, and as well produces video content for the CBC Comedy website in addition to the Nation Network (Oilersnation) media group.


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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.


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Joey Lucius, BA/BEd

Instructional Design Support

Joey Lucius currently works with CTL creating online support content for instructors. Joey is a 2019 graduate of the combined BA/BEd program at the University of Alberta. He has worked extensively as an educator and performer with Rapid Fire Theatre since 2007, focusing much of that time working with adult learners as well as with vulnerable youth through the outreach program. With over 17 years of experience, Joey has been creating various media content as a performer and writer all over the continent, winning a Canadian Comedy Award along the way. Joey is also a freelance contributor with The Beaverton.


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Mike Robertson, FMS

Multimedia Content Designer

Mike Robertson (Bachelor of Film and Media Studies, University of Alberta) is a filmmaker and performer based in Edmonton. Mike works with CTL as a multidisciplinary media editor, creating most of the videos, graphics and podcasts that the Center for Teaching and Learning creates. His previous employment entailed creating MOOCs for the University of Alberta, including shooting and editing on Indigenous Canada, Mountains 101 and Black Holes.


INDIGENOUS FOCUS TEAM

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Jen Ward, PhD Student, Philosophy in Indigenous Studies

Lead Educational Developer, Indigenous Focus

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.


ASSESSMENT AND EVALUATION TEAM

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Bradon Valgardson, MA

Data Analyst

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.


OPEN EDUCATION TEAM

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Krysta McNutt, PMP

Open Education Lead
krystam@ualberta.ca

Krysta brings over 15 years of experience in the post-secondary education field and over 10 years as an organizational change manager and corporate trainer. Since leading the provincial Campus Alberta OER Initiative (2014-2017), she shifted gears from management consulting to advance openness in education by modeling, teaching, and collaborating across the institution to explore open practices.


ADMINISTRATIVE TEAM

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Karen Seto-Wagg, BComm

Human Resources & Events Assistant

Karen Seto-Wagg (BComm, University of Saskatchewan) has lived in Edmonton since graduating from post-secondary education. She brings a strong knowledge of office administration and analyzing procedures to her role at CTL. Her love of learning combined with an approachable attitude contributes to a positive mark in roles that she takes on. Karen’s current role at CTL is providing administrative support to day-to-day operations in human resources and events.


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Lily Lai, BDes

Communications Coordinator

Lily Lai (BDes, University of Alberta) provides design and communications support for CTL's print and digital media. She develops visual concepts that support teaching and learning, and co-ordinates CTL courses and workshops.