KPU's Dr. Diane Salter elected as Chair, STLHE

Wed, May 29, 2013
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Metro Vancouver, BC – Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) is pleased to announce that Dr. Diane Salter, Vice Provost, Teaching and Learning, has been elected as Chair, Partnerships on the board of the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (STLHE).


STLHE strives to be the pre-eminent national voice—and a world leader—for enhancing teaching and learning in higher education. The Society supports research, its dissemination, increased awareness and application of research through scholarly teaching and learning.

“I am very honoured to have been elected as the Chair, Partnerships and I look forward to representing KPU on the STLHE Board of Directors,” said Dr. Salter. “STLHE’s mission is very closely aligned to KPU beliefs in the support of teaching and learning in higher education with a commitment to research and scholarship.  KPU was a founding member of STLHE in 2007 and I look forward to contributing to the Board over the next five years”. 

As Chair, Partnerships, Dr. Salter will be responsible for developing relationships with universities, colleges and student organizations across the country. She will negotiate letters of agreement and memoranda of understanding and will be the first point of contact with partners and sponsors.

Dr. Salter brings extensive experience in higher education to her new board position, joining KPU this past April after leaving the University of Hong Kong, where she was associate professor in the Centre for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning. Prior to this, she held the post of senior educational development officer at Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Dr. Salter has also worked at Sheridan College as Dean, Centre for Curriculum and Faculty Development and at the University of Waterloo, where she was Assistant Professor in the Centre for Learning and Teaching through Technology.

Dr. Salter holds a PhD in applied cognitive science from the University of Toronto and her past experience in SoTL includes leadership roles both locally and internationally at college, university and polytechnic institutions.  She has an extensive list of publications in teaching and learning, learning outcomes, instructional design, learning technologies and staff development including her most recent publication, 'Cases on Quality Teaching Practices in Higher Education published by IGI Global' (March, 2013) that includes case studies from six countries: USA, Canada, Hong Kong, the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand.  Issues discussed in this book include best practices in teaching and learning and pedagogically sound use of technology as well as institutional case studies of how institutions can support these best practices.

She will start her five year term at STLHE on June 1, 2013.

Kwantlen Polytechnic University has been serving the Metro Vancouver region for 30 years, and has opened doors to success for more than 250,000 people. Four campuses—Richmond, Surrey, Cloverdale and Langley—offer a comprehensive range of sought-after programs, including business, liberal arts, science, design, health, trades and technology, apprenticeships, horticulture, and academic and career advancement. Over 18,000 students annually have a choice from over 200 programs, including bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees, diplomas, certificates and citations.


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