Learning in Higher Education
Director Emeritus, Teaching Support Centre
Ph.D, M.A. and H.B.A. (Psychology) University of Western Ontario
Dr. Debra Dawson is an educational developer and past director of the Teaching Support Centre (1997-2016). Her work focuses on the scholarship of educational development, post-secondary teaching cultures and best practices in university teaching. She has numerous publications and has given over 100 keynote and conference research presentations nationally and internationally. She is currently the director of the Centre for Research on Teaching and Learning in Higher Education in the Faculty of Education where she is an adjunct research professor. She was the 2016 recipient of the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education’s (STLHE) Christopher Knapper Lifetime Achievement Award. She received the Angela Armitt Award for Excellence in Teaching by Part-time Faculty in 1997. She is the upcoming coordinator of STLHE’s 3M National Teaching Fellowship (2019-2013), Canada’s most prestigious award excellence in leadership and teaching. She served on the Board of STLHE for 10 years and on the executive of the Canadian Society for Studies in Higher Education for 6 years. From 2012-2016 she was the chair of Educational Developers Caucus.
Dawson, D.L. (2017). Levers for change in educational development in Canada: Looking back, looking forward. Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 10, 3-14.
Kenny, N., Iqbal, I., MacDonald, J., Borin, P., Dawson, D., Kustra, E., & Chan, J. (2017). Exploring the potential of educational developer portfolios. To Improve the Academy, 36, 61-75.
Hansen, K. D., Dawson, D. L., & Specht, J. A. (2017). Faculty preparedness to teach students with learning disabilities: Developing an instrument to assess faculty perceptions. Exceptionality Education International, 27, 99-115. Retrieved from http://ir.lib.uwo.ca/eei/vol27/iss1/6
MacDonald, J., Kenny, N., Kustra, E., Dawson, D., Iqbal, I., Borin, P., & Chan, J. (2016). Educational Development Series Guide No.1. The Educational Developer’s Portfolio Guide. Ottawa, Canada: Educational Developers Caucus.
Ellis, D., Toft, D. & Dawson, D. (2015). Becoming a Master Student (6th ed.). Toronto, ON: Nelson.
Meadows, K. N., Olsen, K. C., Dimitrov, N., & Dawson, D. L. (2015). Evaluating the differential impact of teaching assistant training programs on international graduate student teaching. Canadian Journal of Higher Education, 45(3), 34-55.
Kustra, E. Doci, F., Guilliard, K., Hondzel, C.D., Goff, L., Gabay, D., Meadows, K., Borin, P., Wolfe, P., Ellis, D., Eiliat, H., Grose, J., Dawson, D.L., & Hughes, S. (2015). Teaching culture perceptions: Documenting and transforming institutional teaching cultures. Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 8, 231-244.
Selected Keynotes and Invited Presentations
- St. Mary’s University, Halifax, NS (June 2017)
Creating the Educational Developer’s Portfolio
- Teikyo University, Tokyo Japan (September 2016)
Institutional Approaches to the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning - Invited speaker at the Symposium on the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning
Building the Foundations of a Faculty Developer’s Portfolio - Invited presenter
- Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, Western University 2016, June)
The Future of Educational Development in Canada. Invited plenary-STLHE Christopher Knapper Lifetime Achievement Award
- Aga Khan University, Dar es Salaam Tanzania (July 2016)
Instructional Skills Workshop
Facilitators Development Workshop
- Fanshawe College, London (July 2012)
Technology Enabled Learning Invited speaker at the Innovation and Productivity Roundtable for the MTCU
- University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (June 2011)
Higher Education in Canada: Facilitating Changes in Pedagogy
Facilitating Student Engagement in the Classroom: Participatory Methods that help Students Learn
Best Practices in Education: Innovative Pedagogical Approaches to Teaching at the University Level
Instructional Skills Workshop
Facilitators Development Workshop
- Western University (September 2011)
Learning Beyond the Classroom: Methods, Benefits, and Your Role. Invited keynote speaker Leaders Forum
- Memorial University, St. John’s Newfoundland (October 2011)
Facilitating student academic success- Invited speaker
- Ryerson University (January 2010)
Using the National Survey of Student Engagement to Enhance Student Academic Success: Best Practices on Canadian Campuses Invited keynote at New Faculty Orientation
Selected Conference presentations
Shaw, L., Brown, K., Ellis, D., Wolf, P., Dawson, D., Taylor, L., & Kustra, E. (2018). From Perception to Practice: A Qualitative Exploration into Institutional Teaching Culture. Paper presented at the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, Sherbrooke, Canada.
Dawson, D., Meadows, K., Kustra, E., & Goff, L. (2017). Part and Full Time Faculty Members’ Perceptions of Institutional Culture. Paper presented at the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, Halifax, Canada.
Dawson, D., Loblaw, T., & Murray, S. (2016). Preparing a National 3M Teaching Fellowship Nomination: Advice from Three Perspectives. Paper presented at the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, London, Canada.
Iqbal, I., Dawson, D., Kustra, E., McDonald, J., & Chan, J. (2015). The educational developer’s portfolio: Preparation, practice, performance and proof. Paper presented at the 40th Annual POD Network Conference, San Francisco, California, USA.
Dawson, D., Chu, S., & Rodgers, R. (2015). Mentoring from a distance: Facilitating the development of educational developers across Canada. Paper presented at the Educational Developers Conference, Winnipeg, Canada.
Dawson, D., & Hoessler, C. (2015). What underlies our visions? Exploring centres mission statements through Land’s orientation to practice, regional and national contexts, and strategic directions. Paper presented at the Educational Developers Conference, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.
Ellis, D. & Dawson, D. (2014). Data as leverage: Understanding an institution’s teaching culture. Paper presented at the 39th Annual POD Network Conference, Dallas, Texas, USA.
Dawson, D. & Borin, P. (2014). Impact of the Instructional Skills Workshop on Faculty Approaches to Teaching. Paper presented at ICED, Stockholm, Sweden.
Borin, P., Dawson, D. & Kustra, E. (2014). Investigating the Educational Developer’s portfolio: A World café experience. Paper presented at ICED, Stockholm, Sweden.