About me

How I Contribute to Higher Education’s Ongoing Success

  • Coordinator, Learning and Faculty Development the Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching at Thompson Rivers University.
  • Founder, Senior Specialist and Evaluator, Higher Education & Beyond
  • Adjunct Faculty member in the College of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies with School of Environment and Sustainability at the University of Saskatchewan
  • Chair, Educational Developers Caucus
  • Certified Evaluator (C.E.) with the Canadian Evaluation Society.
  • 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 Specialist (Microcredentialing) working with OCAD and OntarioTech on SMA funded strategy; OCAD University.
  • 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)

2 thoughts on “About me

  1. Dr. Stanley O. Gaines, Jr.

    I have been reading your Masters thesis on ipsatising (or not ipsatising) interpersonal circumplex-related data, and I was just wondering whether you have published any conceptual or empirical papers on the subject — and especially what you think about controlling for a “General Factor” rather than ipsatising data, especially when one moves beyond the realm of non-clinical, interpersonal traits.

  2. Lauren Scharff

    Hello Carolyn

    I enjoyed your presentation this morning at ISSOTL. Thank you for sharing your framework and efforts. I was hoping I could get an electronic copy of the framework? I think it would be super helpful for us to use at my institution (the U. S. Air Force Academy).



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