Associate Vice-President, Teaching and Learning

Dr. Gavan Watson landscapeDr. Gavan Watson (he/him) is the associate vice-president (teaching and learning), director of CITL and adjunct professor in the Faculty of Education at Memorial University.

Dr. Watson came to Memorial in 2018 from Western University where he served as associate director, eLearning, in the Centre for Teaching and Learning, and adjunct research professor in the Centre for Research on Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, Faculty of Education. Prior to his time at Western, he was an educational developer in open learning and educational support at the University of Guelph, and a special graduate instructor of the theory and practice of university teaching.

Dr. Watson works with faculty and staff across academic units and institutions to improve the quality of student learning. Blending expertise and scholarly practice in his work, he has published research in peer-reviewed journals such as New Directions for Teaching and Learning, as well as articles in publications such as EDUCAUSE review. A recognized leader in the field of teaching and learning in higher education, Dr. Watson has been invited to speak across Canada and the United States, engaging audiences on topics that range from Open Badges to Facilitating Student Assessment with Technology.

Earning his PhD in Environmental Education from York University (Toronto, ON), his research interests include the scholarship of educational development, curriculum development in higher education, the role of technology in supporting university instructional practices and free-choice environmental learning.

Dr. Watson served on the executive of the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (STLHE), Canada’s national voice for enhancing teaching and learning in higher education, and the Council of Ontario Educational Developers.