Faculty Development Director Brings Innovative Approaches to Teaching

As part of its continued mission to enhance the instructional, professional, and organizational development of its faculty, St. George’s University’s Department of Educational Services (DES) welcomed Diane Salter as its Director of Faculty Development this spring. Dr. Salter joins True Blue after making international contributions to teaching and learning, with a focus on innovative approaches to faculty development.

“I am extremely happy to have been invited to join the DES team and look forward to being part of the dynamic SGU community,” Dr. Salter said. “I hope to learn about and contribute to the needs of faculty and students at SGU. I believe in leading through example to guide colleagues in developing and evaluating their skills to achieve their best. Individuals are unique, in approaches to teaching and approaches to life; this uniqueness should be respected and encouraged.”

Dr. Salter joined SGU after serving as the Vice Provost of Teaching and Learning at Kwantlen Polytechnic University in British Columbia, Canada. Previous roles in Canada and internationally include as Dean of Curriculum and Faculty Development at Sheridan Polytechnic University in Ontario; Associate Professor and Head of Faculty Development at the University of Hong Kong; Senior Academic Developer at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University; and positions in Ontario, Canada as Assistant Research Professor at the University of Waterloo, and Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto.

While at the University of Hong Kong, her work with medical faculty members Drs. LC Chan and Julie Chen resulted in the curriculum developed for the Special Studies Module in Medicine titled “Pen, Brush, and Camera,” work that merited the Ron Hardin Award for Innovation in Curriculum Development in Medical Humanities in 2010.

In her international consulting work, Dr. Salter has designed and delivered staff development workshops in Sri Lanka, Thailand, Macau, Taiwan, China and Australia. With more than 20 years of experience in teaching and leadership internationally, she has over 75 publications, including book chapters, refereed journal articles, short stories and refereed conference presentations. She also authored the book, “Cases on Quality Teaching Practices in Higher Education,” which is based on her work with award-winning teachers at research-intensive universities internationally. Published in 2013, it focuses on the issue of developing and maintaining quality teaching and learning environments in higher education institutions.

In March 2017, Dr. Salter was invited to present as a panelist at the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW). Under the priority theme of “women’s economic empowerment in the changing world of work,” Dr. Salter’s panel discussed “Mentorship in the Changing World of Work.” Although inclement weather prevented her from attending, she nevertheless reported on the data from a pilot project on mentoring she co-leads with the Canadian National Federation of University Women. The goal of the mentoring program is to enable women entering the careers in science, technology, arts, engineering and medicine (STEAM), as well as the areas of politics and organizational Leadership, to learn from women who are experienced in these fields. Dr. Salter was joined on the UNCSW panel by Dr. Madeline Kalbach, Professor Emeritus, Department of Sociology, University of Calgary; Cheryl Hayles, Principal, Halton District School Board (Ontario, Canada) and VP International, CFUW; Raine Liliefeldt from the YMCA, Canada; and Ashli Akins, Founder and President of Mosqoy who discussed the importance of empowering women in Peru.

Dr. Salter holds a Doctor of Philosophy in cognitive sciences from the University of Toronto, a Master of Science in educational psychology from the University of Calgary, and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Toronto, with majors in psychology and exceptionality of human learning.