Gavan Watson

gavan watson

Note: Gavan has taken a new position at Memorial University. He can be reached at gwatson@mun.ca  

Profile

Ph.D. Environmental Education (York University)
M.E.S. Environmental Studies (York University)
B.A.Sc. Family and Social Relations (University of Guelph)

Dr. Gavan Watson joined Western University in August 2014 as Associate Director, eLearning. Dr. Watson earned his PhD in Environmental Education from York University and has published work in the fields of Environmental Education, the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) and Educational Technology. His research interests include the scholarship of educational development practice, free-choice environmental learning, curriculum development & assessment in higher education and the role of technology in supporting University instructional practices. Gavan was appointed in February 2015 to the Faculty of Education as Adjunct Research Faculty in the Centre for Research in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, Western University.

Gavan sees himself, above all, as an educator whose responsive approach aims to build relevance for the individuals and groups he works with. Dr. Watson has taught graduate and undergraduate courses in University Teaching, Environmental Education, and Natural History in both face-to-face and online learning environments.

Dr. Watson draws on over twenty years of team-building and facilitation experience in the development and delivery of workshops and facilitating classroom experiences. In addition to his scholarly work, Dr. Watson has professional experience in the field of Outdoor and Environmental Education as an Outdoor Education Specialist with the Toronto District School Board and an Outdoor Centre Director.

Involved in service to the broad Educational Development community, Dr. Watson has sat on the executive of the Council of Ontario Educational Developers (2014-2016) and the executive of the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (2017-2020).

To read more about Gavan’s philosophy of educational development and his approaches to teaching, view his academic homepage. He is also active on Twitter @gavatron.

Selected Publications

Google Scholar Profile

Oliver, S., & Watson, G. P. L. (2017). What if grassroots don’t take root?: Reflections on cultivating communities of practice. Transformative Dialogues, 10(1), 1-6.

Hundey, B., Anstey, L. M., Cruickshank, H., & Watson, G. P. L. (2017). Supporting instructors to improve teaching effectiveness: Recommendations for fellowship and mentorship programs. London: Western University.

Kenny, N., Watson, G. P. L., & Desmarais, S. (2016). Building sustained action: Supporting an institutional practice of SoTL at the University of Guelph. New Directions for Teaching and Learning, (146), 87-94. doi:10.1002/tl.20191

Cassidy, A. L. E. V., Strean, W. B., Wright, W. A., & Watson, G. P. L. (2015). The interplay of space, place and identity: Transforming our learning experiences in an outdoor setting. Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 8, 27-34.

Kenny, N., Watson, G. P. L., & Watton, C. (2014). Exploring the context of Canadian graduate student teaching certificates in university teaching. Canadian Journal of Higher Education, 44(3), 1-19.

Watson, G. P. L., & Kenny, N. (2014). Teaching critical reflection to graduate students. Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 7 (1).

Watson, G. P. L. (2013). See Gull: Cultural blindspots and the disappearance of Ring-Billed Gulls in Toronto. In K. Nagy & P. Johnson (Eds.), Trash animals: Natural and cultural perspectives on maligned species (pp. 31-38). Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.

Watson, G. P. L. (2013). Communicating about your academic self. University Affairs, 54(March), 64.

Watson, G. P. L. (2011). Field birding and digital objects: immaterial technologies and their implications for one practice of coming to know the more-than-human. Environmental Education Research, 17(6), 789–799. doi:10.1080/13504622.2011.618623

Watson, G. P. L. (2011). Micro-blogging and the higher education classroom: Approaches and considerations. In C. Wankel (Ed.), Teaching arts and science with the new social media (pp. 365-383). Bingley, UK: Emerald Group Publishing.

Selected Presentations

Watson, G. P. L. (2017). Evaluating an instructor support model for active learning classrooms. Paper presented at the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education Conference, Halifax, NS.

Aspenlieder, E., Groen, J., Mathany, C. and Watson, G. P. L. (2016). Evolutions in curriculum mapping: Changing practices to support program learning outcomes assessment. Panel co-presentation at Learning Outcomes: Evolution of Assessment Conference, Toronto, ON.

Anstey, L., Horsley, S., Sadler, J. and Watson, G. P. L. (2016). Supporting eLearning on-campus: Drawing inspiration from the continuous improvement of an eLearning toolkit. Paper co-presentation at the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education Conference, London, ON.

Borchert, A., Corless, R., McLean, S., Oliver, S., Price, A., Smith, L.G., Spaulding, S., Watson, G. P. L. & Zecevic, A. (2016). Take a walk on the WALS side: Innovative teaching in the Western Active Learning Space. Interactive workshop co-presentation at the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education Conference, London, ON.

Borin, P., Chan, J., Dawson, E., Hannon, N., Iqbal, Kenny, I., Kustra, E., McDonald, N. J. & Watson, G. P. L. (2016). Building a foundation for your educational developers portfolio. Pre-conference workshop co-presentation at the Educational Developers Caucus Conference, Windsor, ON.

Kenny, N. & Watson, G. P. L. (2015). Sustained harmony: building an institutional culture for the scholarship and practice of teaching and learning. Paper co-presentation at the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education Conference, Vancouver, BC.

Aspenlieder, E., Buchholz, A., Kelly, S., Landman, K. & Watson, G. P. L. (2014). Reconciling institutional learning outcomes and accreditation processes: Educational developer & faculty perspectives. Paper co-presentation at Symposium of Learning Outcomes, Toronto, ON.

Kenny, N. & Watson, G. P. L. (2014). The ethics of collecting ‘Good’ curriculum data. Paper co-presentation at the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education Conference, Kingston, ON.      

Bergen, A. & Watson, G. P. L. (2014). Mobilizing classroom knowledge: Applying the philosophy of Open Access to syllabi and class notes. Paper co-presentation at the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education Conference, Kingston, ON.