Susan Bens is the great grandchild of settlers to the Canadian prairies and grew up on a family grain farm in Treaty 6 Territory and the homeland of the Metis and continues to live and work in this territory, in Saskatoon.
Susan has worked at the GMCTL since 2011, and prior to that in student affairs and services roles at the U of S since 1997. As an Educational Development Specialist, Susan works with faculty who want to improve or create programs. She can help design and facilitate meeting processes, provide resources and tools for curriculum mapping and development, and can think alongside faculty about how to incorporate new curricular and teaching practices. Her additional interests include approaches for Indigenization of courses and curricula, active learning, course design, and educating students for academic integrity.
Susan is a member of the Buffalo Circle – a U of S grassroots initiative for allies who support reconciliation and Indigenous Peoples. She serves as a professional affiliate in the Department of Educational Administration and as a sessional lecturer has taught graduate courses in university administration and organization theory (Education) and undergraduate courses in leadership (Kinesiology, Agriculture and Bioresources).
Susan holds a Bachelor Science of Physical Education (1992, U of S), Master of Education (1995, U of A), Certificate in Adult and Continuing Education (1997, U of S), Doctor of Philosophy (2010, U of S) and is currently working on ICF coaching certification.