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Gavan P.L. Watson

Vice-Provost, Teaching and Learning;
Associate Professor, Faculty of Education,
Queen’s University.

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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, environmental educator, educational developer and academic administrator.

I’ve written 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.

Before my current role as Vice-Provost, Teaching & Learning at Queen’s University, I held leadership positions at Memorial University of Newfoundland and Western University, where I worked to advance the value of teaching and learning, improve student success, and develop and enhance opportunities for technology-enhanced learning. In these roles, I have managed budgets and teams, developed strategic plans, and worked to support the continuous improvement of programs and modules through curriculum renewal and quality assurance processes.

I have published on topics related to teaching and learning and have presented at numerous conferences and invited workshops.


Educational development portfolio
Teaching dossier
Artifacts and evidence

Publications (opens in new window)
ORCID ID: ORCID iD (opens in a new window)
PhD research and dissertation
Media appearances

Curriculum vitae (pdf, opens in new window)

Contact information.

email: gavan.watson [add ampersand]
phone: +1-613-533-2020 x. 78694
twitter: @gavatron (opens in new window)
mastodon: (opens in new window)

Research interests.

I am a qualitative researcher with research projects and publications across two broad domains:

Teaching & learning in higher education

scholarship of teaching and learning; technology-enhanced learning; critical reflection; graduate student teaching development.

Environmental education

environmental philosophy & ethics; non-formal (or free-choice) learning; animal-human relationships; perceptions of animals; natural history & naturalists; nature interpretation; bird watching, birders & birds; actor-network theory.