Faculty and Administrative Staff
Marcel D'Eon - Professor, Community Health & Epidemiology; Faculty Consultant, College of Medicine
Marcel completed his PhD in Educational Administration from the U of S in 1997 and was immediately hired by the College of Medicine to work in Educational Support and Development. He has a Master’s of Education and a double major in Political Science and Economics from the Royal Military College of Canada. He was a classroom teacher mostly for grades 6, 7, and 8 both in Victoria, BC and Saskatoon. He is keenly interested in effective pedagogy especially cooperative learning and active learning strategies. He has also published in the areas of faculty development, educational theory, determining content of courses, and interprofessional education. Marcel bikes to work year round, is the father of four teenagers, and helps with the heavy work in the yard with his ‘Master Gardener’ wife.
Services: Marcel facilitates many of the workshops offered by ES&D including TIPS for faculty, Student Assessment Series, and Instructional Leaders Series. He also coordinates the graduate program in medical education. He is available to provide workshops for Departmental meetings and retreats and assists with consulting services to course coordinators and various College committees.
Kalyani Premkumar - Associate Professor, Community Health and Epidemiology, Curriculum & Faculty Development Specialist; Faculty Consultant, College of Medicine
Kalyani is an Associate Professor and Curriculum & Faculty Development Specialist of the College of Medicine and a Curriculum Consultant for the School of Physiotherapy. She is also an associate member of the Center for Integrative Medicine.
Kalyani has extensively taught face-to-face, blended, and distance education courses in Anatomy, and Physiology & Pathology to students of medicine and allied health professions in India and Canada. Currently, she designs and offers a variety of medical education workshops to faculty and assists in curriculum development at the college. She is the Chair of the Curriculum Delivery Sub-Committee and Chair of the Systems Course (a 24 credit course offered to 2nd and 3rd year undergraduate medical students). Kalyani also continues to teach online medical terminology courses that she has designed and developed, offered through the Faculty of Continuing Education, Mount Royal University, Calgary. Her research interests include evaluation of multimedia resources for health professionals, use of technology in medical teaching/learning, and complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). She is the recipient of the 2010 College of Medicine Teaching Excellence Award - awarded to faculty who are exceptional in practicing their art and craft and have significantly contributed to the teaching mission of the College of Medicine.
Kalyani earned her medical degree (MBBS) and a postgraduate degree specializing in Physiology (MD) from Christian Medical College, University of Madras, India. She also has a Masters degree in Medical Education (MSc) and a doctoral degree in Educational Technology from the University of Calgary, Canada.
Deirdre Bonnycastle - Clinical Teaching Development Coordinator
Ms. Deirdre Bonnycastle has been involved in adult education and program development for 35 years. In her former position as a faculty member in the Extension Division, University of Saskatchewan, she researched the effects of disabilities on participation in university programs and worked extensively in the development of online credit courses. She currently is responsible for teaching TIPS for Clinical Teachers to faculty and residents.
Community Faculty (CF) Program
The CF program started in 2005 as an initiative to increase the participation in ES&D of faculty who are not based in the university. Services include:
Off campus workshops designed for community faculty
Consultation with individuals and departments to improve teaching and learning
Online Clinical Teaching Series
Deirdre's Wiki for articles on mentoring, and lists of medical game and technology resources
please click here
Krista Trinder - Research Coordinator
Krista completed a Masters degree in Applied Social Psychology in 2008 and has been working with Educational Support and Development since September, 2008. Krista provides advice and support to people in the College of Medicine who require evaluation and research support and is involved in a number of research and evaluation projects. Prior to joining ES&D, she conducted program evaluations with the Saskatchewan Prevention Institute and Community-University Institute for Social Research. In her spare time, Krista enjoys hiking, canoeing and gardening.
Sean Polreis - Clinical Teaching Development Assistant Coordinator
After completing a Bachelor of Education degree at the University of Saskatchewan, Sean taught in the secondary system for three years. Following a period of time away from education, he has returned to resume his career at the College of Medicine in an adult education capacity. Sean is primarily responsible for facilitating the TIPS for residents program. He also provides support with a variety of other faculty development programs and initiatives of Educational Support & Development. In addition to his work at ES&D, Sean is pursuing his masters in Curriculum Studies.
Greg Malin - Part-Time Workshop Facilitator
Following the completion of the Doctor of Medicine degree at the University of Saskatchewan, Greg found his passion for teaching. He was awarded a Masters of Educational Administration in May 2009 and is currently working on his Ph.D. degree. He teaches Anatomy, Embryology, and Physiology and coordinates cooperative small group integrative cases.
Off campus, Greg & his wife have 2 boys. Greg enjoys performing in musical theatre both singing and dancing and also enjoys teaching ballroom dancing and playing volleyball.
Koreen Skjonsby - Clerical Support
Koreen has been on campus since 1999. She started her employment with the Extension Division, working with Distance Education course designers, completing the copyright needs of the courses.
In 2002, she acquired permanent status in taking the exam clerk position with the Extension division (now the CCDE) ensuring the term examinations for the Distance Learning courses offered.
July 2007 she made the move over to the College of Medicine, taking on the Office assistant position with the Educational Support and Development unit.
A personal surprise of a son, Zakk, born July 1st, 2008 has completed her family and ensured her working status for the next 20 years!