About me

How I Contribute to Higher Education’s Ongoing Success

  • Certified Evaluator (C.E.) with the Canadian Evaluation Society.
  • Adjunct Faculty member in the College of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies with School of Environment and Sustainability at the University of Saskatchewan
  • Curriculum Specialist with the Faculty & Curriculum Development Centre at OCAD University working with OTU and OCAD U on their innovative SMA collaboration.
  • Founder, Senior Specialist and Evaluator, Higher Education & Beyond
  • Vice Chair, Communications, Educational Developers Caucus
  • Trained ISW facilitator
  • Workshop facilitator on evaluation and methodology topics of statistical literacy, mixed methods, qualitative methods, data analysis, data management, evaluation planning, 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).
  • Writing, publishing and reviewing on curriculum evaluation, educational development research and evaluation, collaborations in research on teaching,  graduate student success and more.


  • Curriculum Development Consultant in the Office of the Vice Provost Academic at Ryerson University located in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (current)
  • Tutor and co-developer of the International Educational Development Course with collaborators across Canada and the UK.
  • 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 (2012-2018)
  • Instructor – Qualitative research methods (2016, 2017), Statistics (2015), Introductory Instructional Skills (10 times; 2013-2017)
  • 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
  • Co-President, Psychology Student’s Association, University of Toronto

Three+ degrees of education

  • Leadership Saskatoon 10-month program, Leadership Saskatoon and University of Saskatchewan
  • MBA Courses, University of Saskatchewan (Business & Society, HR, and Accounting)
  • Indigenous Voices, University of Saskatchewan
  • 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 (1000+ pieces ideally)
  • Designing and stitching custom cross-stitches
  • Gardening (when ground not covered in snow)

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