C. Edward Watson, Ph.D. Director
Eddie Watson is the Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning at the University of Georgia where he leads university efforts associated with faculty development, TA development, student learning outcomes assessment, learning technologies, media and production services, classroom support and learning spaces, and the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.
At UGA, he also teaches courses on College Teaching (GRSC 7770) and is a Fellow in the Institute for Higher Education. Dr. Watson has nearly 20 years of experience in faculty and instructional development and has taught at the secondary, undergraduate, and graduate levels. After earning double undergraduate degrees in English and Statistics and an M.A. in English, Dr. Watson completed his Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction with a focus on Instructional Design and Technology at Virginia Tech in 2007.
Prior to joining the CTL, Dr. Watson served significant leadership roles in a number of institutional projects at Virginia Tech. As Associate Director of the Center for Instructional Development and Educational Research at Virginia Tech and the Director of Professional Development and Strategic Initiatives for Learning Technologies, he provided leadership as ePortfolio was implemented as the university's key SACS QEP strategy; led the institutional transition from Blackboard to Sakai; provided leadership on grants projects, including the Digital History Reader NEH project; served on the proposal development committee for the Center for Peace Studies and Violence Prevention; and was the lead architect for TEDxVirginiaTech. While at Virginia Tech, he won both teaching and leadership awards.
Dr. Watson's post-secondary teaching experiences include courses in interdisciplinary approaches to social change, educational research, and teaching and learning. His current research interests include learning mythologies, social learning theory, faculty development, ePortfolio pedagogies and practices, the pedagogy of things, and the future of higher education. His books, Self-efficacy and Diffusion Theory: Implications for Faculty Development (2008) and Teaching Naked Techniques: A Practical Guide to Designing Better Classes (2017), highlight his interests in active learning and exemplary teaching practice in traditional as well as technology-enriched settings and provide guidance for those engaged in faculty improvement initiatives. His work has also been published in a number of locations, including Educational Technology, EDUCAUSE Review, the Journal for Effective Teaching, Campus Technology Web 2.0, and To Improve the Academy. For the latter, he was a finalist for the 2014 Maryellen Weimer Scholarly Work on Teaching and Learning Award.
Dr. Watson is also engaged in professional service beyond UGA. He is the founding Executive Editor of the International Journal of ePortfolio, the Executive Editor of the International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education and serves on the review boards for the British Journal of Educational Technology, the Journal of Online Teaching and Learning, and the Journal of Faculty Development, among others. He is also on the Board of Directors for the Association for Authentic, Experiential, and Evidence-Based Learning and the International Society for Exploring Teaching and Learning. A sought after speaker on teaching and learning, Dr. Watson has been an invited keynote speaker at conferences by the American Association of Colleges and Universities (AAC&U), the American Political Science Association, the Virginia Assessment Group, the Evidence-based Teaching and Learning Lilly Conference, and many others. He is also often invited to university campuses to speak and lead workshops. Recently, he spoke at the University of Arkansas, the University System of Kentucky, Virginia Tech, Augusta University (formerly Georgia Regents University), the Jefferson College of Health Sciences, among others. He was also recently quoted/interviewed in a number of media outlets, including the New York Times, CNN, Chronicle of Higher Education, NPR, Campus Technology, EdSurge (1 and 2), University Business Magazine, and Teaching in Higher Education, regarding current teaching and learning issues in higher education.
In addition to these professional pursuits, Eddie is a musician and enjoys photography and songwriting. He also runs and coaches youth sports; his favorite pastimes involve everything to do with his wife and two sons. His professional web site can be found at http://eddiewatson.net.