About CELT

The Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching promotes teaching excellence for all TRU faculty members.

The centre supports faculty in their work to develop innovative and engaging pedagogies and programs across the university communities to improve student learning, recruitment, transition and retention.



The Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching will:

  • recognize, support, and develop expertise in learning innovations pan-institutionally;
  • be the academic catalyst that advances collective practice, academic expertise and distinctive institutional excellence in learning so that TRU can excel in exemplary learning opportunities;
  • operate as the centre of resources for learning innovation and engagement across TRU learning environments;
  • provide opportunities for faculty at TRU and beyond to engage with the centre as scholars of innovation learning engagement;
  • promote the generation, dissemination, and assess of new knowledge of innovation and engagement in learning; and
  • employ a continuous improvement model for all activities of the centre.

Values and goals

A core value of the centre is to recognize that faculty members across all divisions and units are professional instructors, and the centre’s purpose is to provide continual professional development opportunities. The centre works to build a TRU community of teachers, rather than being the centre of activity.

The centre is responsive to:

  • All levels of learners (e.g. adult basic education, diploma, trades foundation and apprentices, degrees, and graduate degrees)
  • All programs
  • All delivery modes (e.g. classroom, blended, flipped, web-based, experiential, independent study)
  • All instructors (full- and part-time campus instructors, Open Learning Faculty Members, instructional designers and teaching assistants)

CELT staff

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Dr. Catharine Dishke Hondzel


HL 220 | 250-377-6012 | cdishke@tru.ca


Catharine Dishke Hondzel was appointed as the Director of the Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching at Thompson Rivers University in 2017. She holds a PhD in educational psychology (Western University) and an MA in applied social psychology (Windsor). Her work as an educational developer centres on appreciative faculty development, undergraduate research, experiential learning and the scholarship of teaching and learning. Her teaching experience has been in the discipline of social and educational psychology, including personality, health, adult education and research methods. Catharine’s research projects have examined the role of teaching and the environment in fostering creativity; retention, completion and well-being in academic and trades students; and faculty and student perceptions of teaching cultures at research-intensive universities.


Carolyn Ives

Coordinator, Learning and Faculty Development

HL 224 | 250-828-5171 | cives@tru.ca


Carolyn Ives holds an MA in English (University of Saskatchewan) and is a former faculty member in English at MacEwan University and in English and Modern Languages at Thompson Rivers University. Her work shifted to educational development in recent years through her roles as Academic Integrity Officer and then Curriculum Planning and Development Coordinator at MacEwan. Her professional interests include curricular integration of sustainability, diversity, and academic integrity; outcomes creation and assessment; the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL); and Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR).

Carolyn Hoessler

Dr. Carolyn Hoessler

Coordinator, Learning and Faculty Development



Carolyn Hoessler is an award-winning educational developer, Credentialed Evaluator (CE) with the Canadian Evaluation Society, and national consultant in evaluation, experiential learning and higher education. With over 15 years in educational development, Carolyn H. enjoys consulting and facilitating discussions on program learning outcomes to highlight the strengths of your program, SoTL to evidence and explore your teaching, and aligned course design and experiential learning to focus and strengthen your students’ learning. Furthering knowledge and practice, Carolyn H. teaches evaluation, data analysis, and research methods; and collaborates in SSHRC-funded interdisciplinary research for human-nature connection for sustainability, experiential learning outcomes, and change in teaching and learning.

Diane P. Janes3

Dr. Diane P. Janes

Coordinator, Learning and Faculty Development

HL 222 | 250-377-6084 | djanes@tru.ca


Diane holds a PhD in Higher Education with a focus on research methodologies, learning theory, and e-learning (University of British Columbia), an M.Ed. in educational technologies and communications (Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador), and an MBA with a specialty in Community Economic Development (Cape Breton University). Her career has spanned 5 provinces and has incorporated teaching, administration and leadership. Her research and professional interests include Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL), transformative communities of practice, e-strategic planning, faculty development, collaborative online pedagogy, e-research, program evaluation, mentoring, and instructional design. Her most recent published works include a focus on mentoring women leaders, reconciliation as design, and faculty techno-resiliency via communities of practice. Diane is looking forward to working with you to explore how she can support your classroom teaching and learning – F2F, blended and/or online, as well as your SoTL research.

Laura Grizzlypaws3

Laura Grizzlypaws

Educational Developer, Indigenous Teaching & Learning
Ecw7úcwalmicw | Státimc

HL 226 | 250-371-5664 | lgrizzlypaws@tru.ca 


Grizzlypaws was born and raised in Lillooet, British Columbia in the Interior Plateau region, she is of St’át’imc descent. Her ancestral name is "Stálhalamcen – Grizzly Paws," She belongs to the people of Xwisten the Bear Clan. She is an independent mother of four children. At the age of sixteen, Grizzlypaws began to relearn the St’át’imc traditions. Her passion grew stronger in education and the heritage of her people; it became a way of life. She is a dancer, drummer and singer/songwriter, an academic, educator and a language/cultural advocate.

The experiences in her education provided her with knowledge and skills with a focus on providing her recipients with the highest quality of cultural education based on the values and needs of the community while meeting the deliverables of the organization or project goals. Grizzlypaws worked at the St’át’imc Government Services office as the Education and Training Manager to strengthen the collective organization and capacity of the St’át’imc; collaborate with the St’at’imc and partners to exercise greater control over education skills and training and to establish a knowledge-based foundation to inform St’át’imc decision-making. She taught extensively through the Nicola Valley Institute of Technology and the St’at’imc Education Institute. She has many years of work in curriculum development with the Gold Trail School District, the St’át’imc Education Institute and St’át’imc Government Services.

Her education background consists of a Masters of Education in Education Foundation Land Based Education(2011); Bachelor of General Studies Degree Double Minor Linguistics & First Nation Studies(2007); Bachelor of Education Degree in Curriculum Development & Instruction (2007); Professional Development Teaching Certificate (2006); Language Proficiency Certificate (2003); Counselling & Wellness Certificate (2003). Grizzlypaws was also granted a Language Heroes award for the British Columbia Salishan language family. Her educational accomplishments were made possible through the balance of traditional and spiritual practices of her St’át’imc cultural heritage. Followed by her academic credentials Grizzlypaws was recognized through the Indigenous Music Awards (2019) and awarded for the category “Best Hand Drum Music” for her album debut “Come Home” a week after her receiving an award she competed in the British Columbia Pro Cup and took home two metals for her first Natural Body Building competition as a bikini athlete. She released her new Album “Muzmit.stumc” (2019); dedicated to language revitalization through prayer songs and now preparing for the 2021 bodybuilding competition year where she will strive to earn her place at centre stage and move onto the nationals to obtain her Pro Card and beyond. Grizzlypaws was inducted into the Wall of Fame at the University of Saskatchewan Alumini (2020) for her athletic achievements and the recognition of the Indigenous Education work she offers globally. Thorough knowledge of education and cultural affirmations had proven valuable in Grizzlypaws educational work and cultural way of life.


Michael Looney

Coordinator, Teaching and Learning

CT 223 | 250-852-6832 | mlooney@tru.ca


Teresa Dickmeyer

Teresa Dickmeyer

Office Coordinator

HL 228 | 250-828-5272 | celt@tru.ca



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