Gavan P.L. Watson
Vice-Provost, Teaching and Learning;
Associate Professor, Faculty of Education,
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.
Curriculum vitae (pdf, opens in new window)
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 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.