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Chelsea Willness

University of Saskatchewan
University Secretary & Chief Governance Officer

Dr. Willness is currently appointed as University Secretary & Chief Governance Officer for the University of Saskatchewan, from January 1, 2020 for a three-year term.

Dr. Willness is a passionate champion of community-engaged scholarship and teaching. She has held two national research grants (SSHRC) for her research on how stakeholders—like job seekers, employees, or consumers—respond to organizations' environmental practices and community involvement (e.g., corporate social responsibility). She has published this work in top journals and book chapters, and presented to academic and professional audiences locally, nationally, and internationally.

Chelsea has received University, college, and international teaching awards, including the USSU Teaching Excellence Award (2016), University of Saskatchewan’s Award for Distinction in Community-Engaged Teaching & Scholarship (2014), and the Provost’s College Award for Outstanding Teaching (2014). In 2012, she was awarded an Innovation in Teaching Award from the Academy of Management for her design and implementation of HR courses that integrate community-based experiential learning. Most recently, she was the recipient of the University’s highest honour for teaching, the Master Teacher Award (2017), recognizing her educational leadership in creating authentic learning communities.