Centre for Teaching and Learning

Centre for Teaching and Learning
Centre for Teaching and Learning

Sue Fostaty Young PortraitSue Fostaty Young, Ph.D.


Contact Information:

Email: fostatys@queensu.ca
Phone: (613) 533-6000 ext. 78557


Sue started with the Centre in 2012 but has been an active member of the Queen's community since the early 90s and in a number of roles from Master's student to adjunct assistant professor in the Faculty of Education. While Sue has become a familiar face across campus she's probably best known for having co-authored  Assessment and Learning: The ICE Approach with colleague and professor emeritus Robert Wilson. The ICE approach, a comprehensive yet accessible conception of learning, is popular with both teachers and students and has recently gained international prominence with the publication of a Japanese version of the text. Sue is recognized by colleagues and students at home and abroad for her commitment to collaborating with them in their development as educators. Please look at the excellent profile of Sue published in the Queen's Gazette entitled: Destined to teach others how to teach.

“The emphasis in educational development is on education – it has to be educative. Everyone has to learn something. It’s a relationship – I learn something, too, as I work with instructors. I want to start where people are – conceptually and contextually – which means meeting them in their departments. Then we grow from there.”

For more information on Sue Fostaty Young


  • Ph.D. (Education; double major: Cognition; Curriculum) Queen's University
  • M.Ed. Queen's University
  • B.A.   (Psychology) McGill University


As an Educational Developer Sue works closely with faculty members, graduate students and post-doctoral fellows as they develop their knowledge and skills as educators. She acts as mentor to the Centre's Educational Development Associates (EDAs) - graduate students who have been hired to an intern-like role. In collaboration they design and implement programming for graduate students and post-docs such as the Certificate Program in University Teaching and Learning (PUTL),  while they themselves gain skills as educational developers.

In her role as Program Manager Sue works closely with Sandra Murray and oversees the Centre's programming in an effort to support Queen's educators' immediate and emerging educational development needs. 

Research and Collaborations:

The effects of the ICE model on instructors' conceptions of learning and approaches teaching (with Dr. Hiroko Hanada; Director of Nursing, Nagasaki University)

Transfer of knowledge and skills from undergraduate music (with Dr. Julia Brook; School of Music, Queen's University)

Identifying the educational development needs of Queen's University's international graduate students and post-doctoral fellows