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Teaching and Learning

The Office of Teaching and Learning is led by the Associate Dean Teaching and Learning, and is comprised of the Teaching and Learning Specialist, a Community Based Learning Advisor, Teaching and Learning Analyst, two Teaching and Learning Coordinators (TLCs), and two Teaching and Learning Administrators (TLAs). Teaching and Learning Coordinators and Administrators provide technical training and administrative support for faculty and staff, facilitating learning solutions to enable change, build technical capacity and help faculty and students achieve course learning and program outcomes.

Teaching Fellows

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Team Profiles and Contact Details

Leighton Wilks, MBA

Leighton Wilks

Associate Dean Teaching and Learning
Senior Instructor
403-220-4139
leighton.wilks@ucalgary.ca

Leighton Wilks is the Associate Dean of Teaching and Learning and an Senior Instructor in Organizational Behavior & Human Resources. He holds a BA in Psychology and an MBA (thesis-based) from the University of Calgary, and is currently a PhD Candidate. His research interests are in the scholarship of teaching & Learning (SoTL), negotiation, ethics, and cross-cultural management.

He has taught a variety of courses in the Undergraduate, and Master’s programs including negotiation, cross-cultural management, organizational behaviour, as well as a short-term study abroad program to Japan. Leighton is a four-time winner of the University of Calgary Student’s Union Teaching Excellence Award, and was inducted into the Teaching Hall of Fame in 2019. He has also received a received a Calgary Award for Community Achievement in Education (2019), the Commerce Undergraduate Society Teaching Award (2018 & 2019), the Executive MBA Teaching Excellence Award (2019), and is a former Haskayne Teaching Fellow.

Victoria Reid

Victoria Reid

Teaching and Learning Specialist
Office of Teaching & Learning
403-220-3546
victoria.reid@haskayne.ucalgary.ca

Victoria holds a Bachelor of Education as well as a Master’s of Education. Prior to joining Haskayne, she was a high school teacher in Edmonton as well as a high school teacher and school administrator at a California charter school. Victoria focuses on long-term strategic projects in the Office of Teaching and Learning, and is responsible for coordinating the Assurance of Learning process for Haskayne’s AACSB accreditation as well as facilitating the curriculum mapping process within the faculty.  Victoria’s area of SoTL interest is in formative and summative assessment practices, learning analytics, as well as best practices for the development and evaluation of program-level goals and outcomes.

Sylvia Trosch

Sylvia Trosch

Community Based Learning Advisor, Teaching and Learning

403-220-8999
sylvia.trosch@haskayne.ucalgary.ca

Sylvia holds a Bachelor of Education as well as a Bachelor of Science. Prior to joining Haskayne, she has worked for the Office of Sustainability within UCalgary as Manager of Engagement Programs as well as the City of Calgary, Water Resources in citizen and youth engagement programming. Sylvia’s portfolio within Teaching and Learning at Haskayne focuses on supporting the planning and implementation of a wide range of Community Based Learning (CBL) initiatives and building relationships with potential community partners to support these initiatives. Her area of SoTL interest is in best practices for experiential learning within curriculum and on building and assessing effective community-university partnerships to contribute to student learning.

Gillian Ayers

Gillian Ayers

Teaching and Learning Analyst
403-220-5688
gillian.ayers@haskayne.ucalgary.ca

Gillian holds a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Sociology and a minor in French as well as a Master of Arts in Sociology. Prior to joining Haskayne, she worked in student services, research coordination and as a sessional instructor. Gillian's role focusses on SoTL support and special projects within the Office of Teaching and Learning at Haskayne. She supports SoTL study design and administration, grant writing, teaching award nominations and opportunities for faculty development. Gillian endeavors to identify opportunities for high impact practices, and she works with faculty to measure the outcomes and effectiveness of these practices. Her area of SoTL interest is currently in active learning spaces as well as projects that explore reflection, experiential learning and interdisciplinary thinking.

Qian (Alice) Gao

Qian (Alice) Gao

Teaching and Learning Coordinator
ACCT/FNCE/BTMA/OSCM/RMIN/REAL 403-220-3818
alice.gao@ucalgary.ca

Alice holds a Bachelor of Science as well as a Master's of Science. Prior to joining the University she worked as a research assistant, a teaching assistant, a tutor and an administrator in a post-secondary institution. Alice's portfolio within the Teaching and Learning team at Haskayne focuses on dynamic support and implementation of educational technologies, as well as teaching and learning practices within the area. Her area of SoTL interest is innovative technology-enhanced learning solutions in professional development, particularly involving virtual reality technologies such as simulations and games.

Tammy Pickering

Tammy Pickering

Teaching and Learning Coordinator
OBHR/SGMA/MKTG/ENTI/PLMA 403-220-8532
tammy.pickering@haskayne.ucalgary.ca

Tammy holds a Bachelor of Education from the University of Calgary. Prior to joining Haskayne she was an entrepreneur and an elementary and junior high teacher in the public and private systems in Alberta and Ontario. Tammy’s portfolio within the Teaching and Learning team at Haskayne focuses on teaching and learning administrative support for faculty. Her area of SoTL interest is finding balance between active learning and dynamic instruction, and developing effective online learning.

Lisa Bensmiller

Lisa Bensmiller

Teaching and Learning Administrator
OBHR/SGMA/MKTG/ENTI/PLMA
bensmill@ucalgary.ca

Lisa is the newest member of the Teaching and Learning team, coming from a 16-year stint with the U of C’s Schulich School of Engineering. Lisa earned her Office Administration diploma from SAIT and has a certificate of Office Applications from the U of C. Lisa is enthusiastic about providing high level administrative support to the Teaching and Learning team and academics within the Haskayne School of Business.

Sarah Gillis

Sarah Gillis

Teaching and Learning Administrator
ACCT/FNCE/BTMA/OSCM/RMIN/REAL
sarah.gillis@ucalgary.ca

Sarah has a certificate in Health Information from the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology. Prior to joining Haskayne, she worked as an Administrative Assistant in the Cumming School of Medicine and as a Payroll Administrator in a Long-Term Care facility. Sarah’s portfolio within Teaching and Learning at Haskayne focuses on teaching and learning administrative support for faculty, as well as the implementation and support of various educational technologies. Her areas of interest are innovative technology-enhanced learning solutions and developing effective online learning.

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