Leading, supporting and celebrating the student learning and development cycle.
Students are at the centre of our work and we seek and achieve diversity in our people, our academic programs, our ways of knowing and working, and our services.
The role enhances the work of the provost and vice-president, academic in the areas of teaching, learning and student experience:
- We champion and promote the success of our students by recognizing the mind, body and life aspects of wellness and by acknowledging the unique desires, pursuits, and pathways of our learners. We strive to offer consistent, creative and sustainable services that are responsive to current students and anticipate the needs of future students.
- We create environments that empower and challenge staff to offer the highest levels of expertise and service with compassion, integrity and professionalism and to recognize the value of their many contributions.
- We encourage and support our academic instructors in the continuous development of enhanced teaching practices leading to deep and meaningful learning experiences.
- We shape and carry out the vision, mission, values, and strategic commitments of the university and connect with communities to seek guidance and to follow mutual goals.
Learning, Teaching and the Student Experience Plan
FOSTERING TOMORROW'S LEADERS
This plan articulates how the university will create teaching, learning and student experiences that develop our future learners, professionals and leaders.
The Teaching, Learning and Student Experience (TLSE) portfolio covers a tremendous range of activities and functions involving teaching, learning and students at all levels of study.
The units that makeup the TLSE portfolio, include:
- Strategic Enrolment Management
- University Registrar’s Office
- Student Affairs and Services
- Teaching and Learning Enhancement
- Distance Education Unit
- Service Team
The vice-provost of teaching, learning and student experience reports to the provost and vice-president, academic.
Dr. Jay Wilson serves as interim vice-provost, teaching, learning, and student experience and is a professor in the Department of Curriculum Studies at the University of Saskatchewan.
Jay has a long association with the University of Saskatchewan joining the organization in 1995. He has degrees from the College of Education, Usask Department of History, and the Edwards School of Business. His Doctorate is from the University of Southern Queensland.
His program of research centers on innovative learning design, online teaching and learning, and experiential learning assessment. Dr. Wilson works to support the understanding and growth of pre-service and in-service teachers and professors through his service and scholarship. His academic work includes a strong focus on the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in both his publications and presentations.
His current projects include SSHRC funded research examining assessment in experiential learning. Another interdisciplinary project funded through the RUH Foundation is in Virtual Reality (VR) in Nursing Education. Another example is research related to VR in kidney care as part of a SHRF Funded project. He supervises PhD and Masters students, including them in his research projects.
He teaches in the areas of curriculum, assessment, program evaluation, technology and media. Jay’s teaching has been recognized locally, nationally, and internationally in many ways including the 2017 3M National Teaching Fellowship, the University of Saskatchewan Master Teacher Award (2015), the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education D2L Innovation Award (2012), University of Saskatchewan’s Outstanding New Teacher Award (2010), and as an Apple Distinguished Educator (2011). He has worked extensively with the Gwenna Moss Center for Teaching and Learning serving as a Teaching Fellow three times.
During his time at USask, he has been actively involved in governance as a member of University Council. He has served as the Chair of Council, Chair and Vice Chair of the Teaching Learning and Academic Resources Committee (TLARC), and Chair of the Governance Committee. He has been engaged with University Council especially with initiatives specific to teaching assessment, the Learning Charter, work on Indigenizing university programming, experiential learning, and partnering with the University Governance Office.