About me

How I Contribute to Higher Education’s Ongoing Success

  • Educational Development Specialist at The Gwenna Moss Centre for Teaching Effectiveness at the University of Saskatchewan with a focus on curriculum evaluation, research on teaching (SoTL), and assessment.
  • Instructor – Qualitative research methods (2016, 2017), Statistics (2015), Introductory Instructional Skills (10 times; 2013-2017)
  • Trained ISW facilitator
  • Workshop facilitator on methodology topics of statistical literacy, mixed methods, qualitative methods, and survey design
  • Workshop facilitator for teaching and learning topics of experts teaching novices, how students learn, assessment, program outcomes development and evaluation, constructive alignment (Video on GMCTE YouTube channel).
  • Writing, publishing and reviewing on curriculum evaluation, educational development research and evaluation, collaborations in research on teaching,  graduate student success and more.


  • Vice-Chair, Professional Development, Educational Developers Caucus (2014 – 2016)
  • Educational Development Associate (or Graduate Student Coordinator), Centre for Teaching and Learning, Queen’s University
  • Teaching Assistant Associate, Educational Development Office, Wilfrid Laurier University
  • Graduate Student Representative, Senate Educational Equity Committee, Queen’s University
  • Treasurer (Executive), Education Graduate Student Society, Queen’s University
  • Secretary & Director of Policy, Graduate Students’ Association, Wilfrid Laurier University
  • Co-President, Psychology Student’s Association, University of Toronto

Three + 1 degrees of education

  • MBA Candidate, University of Saskatchewan 2017 – current
  • Doctorate of Philosophy in Education, Queen’s University – Dissertation: A Contextual View of Support For Graduate Students’ Scholarly Teaching (full version) (Two-page Bridges Newsletter summary:  Hoessler-2013-What-Supports-Graduate-Students-teaching.pdf)
  • Masters of Arts in Psychology, Wilfrid Laurier University – Thesis: To Ipsatize or Not To Ipsatize: That is the Question
  • Honours Bachelor of Science, Psychology Research Specialist Program, University of Toronto – Thesis: Does aging affect the use of shifting standards?

Some of my professional memberships…

Grateful to be Honoured

  • 2016 Educational Developer Leadership Award, Educational Developers Caucus. This national award recognizes individuals who have demonstrated exceptional leadership skills working on a teaching and learning project or initiative that benefits the educational development community.

Other things I enjoy…

Photo of Carolyn Hoessler smiling mid-laugh by Heather Fritz

Photo by Heather Fritz

  • Baking (with its own twitter account: @yxebaking)
  • Puzzles (co-finished a 1000 piece one of Residenz Wurzburg in the same weekend I finally got this website up)
  • Designing and stitching custom cross-stitches
  • Gardening (when ground not covered in snow)


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