Professor Carol Rolheiser, PhD.
Professor Carol Rolheiser brings a wealth of teaching and administrative experience to her role as Director of the Centre for Teaching Support & Innovation (CTSI), University of Toronto. As a hub, CTSI provides leadership in teaching and learning for all teaching staff and teaching assistants across the university’s campuses and divisions.
The former Associate Dean, Teacher Education, of the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) of the University of Toronto, is an award-winning educator and researcher with a Ph.D. in teacher education from the University of Oregon. Her research interests include: teacher education and teacher development; instructional and assessment innovation; school improvement; education/university partnerships; teaching in higher education; leadership; the design, implementation and evaluation of professional development initiatives; system reform; and, managing educational change.
For her exemplary teaching, Professor Rolheiser has been awarded the Canadian College of Teachers’ Teacher of the Year Award in 1988 and OISE/UT’s Student Teacher Union Award for Teaching Excellence in 1999. In 2006, in recognition of her career-long commitment to teaching excellence, she was an inaugural recipient of the University of Toronto President’s Teaching Award and established as a member of the University of Toronto’s Teaching Academy. She was honoured by Phi Delta Kappa (University of Toronto Chapter) as Outstanding Educator (2014).
Professor Rolheiser integrates her research in education with her teaching experience as a former elementary school teacher, school administrator and district consultant. As a dynamic leader in educational change, she has contributed to significant innovations in teacher education at the University of Toronto, including cohort-based programming, a two-year Master of Teaching degree, and multi-divisional collaborations, including the Concurrent Teacher Education Program.
In addition to her commitment to the enhancement of teaching and learning at the University of Toronto, Professor Rolheiser’s work as a researcher and consultant has had a direct impact on teaching and learning in elementary and secondary schools across Ontario. Her curriculum and instruction program design skills and teaching expertise are also sought after by organizations worldwide, including those in Canada, the United States, Australia, and Central and Eastern Europe.
Professor Rolheiser’s scholarship and field development activities have resulted in research grants from a range of funding sources. Her contributions to books and journal articles include texts such as Cooperative Learning: Where Heart Meets Mind; The Portfolio Organizer: Succeeding with Portfolios in your Classroom; Beyond Monet: The Artful Science of Instructional Integration; and, a facilitation resource, 13 Parameters: A Literacy Leadership Toolkit. Her books have been distributed widely and translated into French, Lithuanian, Mongolian, and Thai.
At the core of Carol Rolheiser’s professional work is her passionate love of teaching.