We are always looking to connect with other quality assurance practitioners and educational developers, and are interested in growing a network within BC and Canada. If you would like to learn more about our work or collaborate on a project, please reach out to us!
Alana Hoare is the Associate Director, Academic Planning and Continuous Quality Improvement at Thompson Rivers University (TRU). She holds an EdD in Educational Leadership (Western), and a MEd in Leadership, BEd in Elementary Education, and post-baccalaureate certificate in Teaching English as an Additional Language (TRU). Alana’s primary field of study and practice is culturally responsive planning and evaluation in the context of higher education quality assurance and educational development. Her research projects explore the scholarship of teaching and learning and have examined culturally responsive post-secondary performance measurement, qualitative evaluation methodologies for student success, inclusive leadership, the strategic assessment of institutional learning, and EAL students’ academic preparedness. Alana is responsible for leading and managing institutional accreditation with the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, general education and strategic assessment of institutional learning initiatives, mission fulfilment planning and evaluation, and cyclical program review. Alana can be reached at email@example.com
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. Catharine can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Shannon Wagner recently joined Thompson Rivers University (TRU) as Associate Vice President Academic, coming to TRU from the University of Northern British Columbia where she previously served as Dean Faculty of Human and Health Sciences, and Interim Dean College of Arts, Social and Health Sciences. Shannon holds a strong commitment to building excellence in academic teaching, research and service and has been involved in major initiatives such as institutional academic visioning and restructuring, and has led program planning, renewal and quality assurance activities across a wide range of initiatives. Shannon’s teaching has focused on occupational health, psychological assessment, statistics, epidemiology and health promotion and her research interests include quality assurance, organizational interventions, occupational mental health and diverse abilities in the workplace. She is also a registered clinical psychologist with a primary focus on psychological assessment for the workplace. Shannon can be reached at email@example.com