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Gavan P.L. Watson, PhD

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Associate Vice President (Academic), Teaching and Learning;
Director, Centre for Innovation in Teaching and Learning; and
Associate Professor, Faculty of Education,
Memorial University of Newfoundland.


What originally began as my personal blog has transformed over time as my own life has changed: when I started creating websites in 1996, I was an undergraduate student and today I am now a father, husband, educational developer & environmental educator. I’ve had the opportunity to write about creating an on-line presence in the context of academia and what started as personal blog has slowly transformed, like me, to become a website that also communicates my own professional & scholarly practice.


Educational Development Portfolio
Teaching Dossier
Artifacts and Evidence

Publications (opens in a new window)
ORCID persistent digital identifier: ORCID iD (opens in a new window)
PhD Research and Dissertation
Media Appearances

Academic Vitae (pdf)

Contact Information

address: Room ED3000, G.A. Hickman Building, Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John’s NL. A1B 3X8.
email: gwatson [add ampersand]
phone: +1-709-864-4579
twitter: @gavatron (opens in new window)
mastodon: (opens in new window)

Research Interests

environmental education; teaching & learning in higher education; technology-enhanced learning, scholarship of teaching and learning; critical reflection; social media and the higher ed classroom; graduate student teaching development; scholarship of curriculum development; biodiversity education; environmental philosophy & ethics; non-formal (or free-choice) learning; animal-human relationships; perceptions of animals; natural history & naturalists; nature interpretation; birdwatching, birders & birds; actor-network theory; qualitative research methods