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.
With a focus on building trust, collaboration and connection, we work with students, colleges, academic instructors, staff and communities, big and small, to realize our passion and purpose.

Learning, Teaching and the Student Experience Plan


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:


The vice-provost of teaching, learning and student experience reports to the provost and vice-president, academic.


Russell Isinger, BA, MA, is a graduate of the college of arts and science and the college of graduate and post-doctoral studies, University of Saskatchewan. Russ joined the staff of the University Registrar’s Office in the Student and Enrolment Services Division (SESD) in 2003. In 2009, Russ joined SESD’s senior leadership team as University Registrar, and he continued to serve on the TLSE’s senior leadership team, most recently as University Registrar and Senior Director of Academic and Financial Services. As University Registrar, Russ is a member of university council, senate, and the general academic assembly, and he has been actively involved in leadership and governance across the university. He was appointed Interim Vice-Provost, Teaching, Learning and Student Experience and University Registrar in November, 2022.

Russ is also a professional affiliate with the department of political studies, University of Saskatchewan. He has taught as a sessional lecturer with the department and with St. Thomas More College, and he continues to research and write in his area of academic interest, the Royal Canadian Air Force and the CF-105 Avro Arrow supersonic interceptor program of the 1950s. In 2020, Russ was the co-recipient of the Jennifer Welsh Scholarly Writing Award, awarded by the Saskatchewan Book Awards, as co-editor of the book Back to Blakeney: Revitalizing the Democratic State.

Leadership team



Danette Stang
Executive Assistant to the Vice-Provost, Teaching, Learning and Student Experience