C. Edward Watson, Ph.D.

is Associate Vice President for Curricular and Pedagogical Innovation with the American Association of Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) and formerly Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning at the University of Georgia. Dr. Watson is nationally recognized for expertise in active learning, classroom practice, course design, faculty development, student learning outcomes assessment, general education, ePortfolios, open education resources, student success, and as a futurist for higher education.

News: Recent and Upcoming

Recent and Upcoming

Upcoming speaking engagements; recent interviews and quotes; and forthcoming book information can be found here.

Selected Invited Keynotes

I'm often invited to college and universities as well as national conferences to speak on a range of higher education teaching and learning topics. A selected list of recent and upcoming speaking engagements can be found here.

In the News

Recently quoted in the New York Times, the Chronicle of Higher Education, CNN, NPR, Campus Technology, EdSurge (1 and 2), Consumer Reports, UK Financial Times, and University Business Magazine regarding current issues in higher education. He has also appeared on the Teaching in Higher Education podcast and featured in Toggle Magazine.

Recent Books

New publications from Watson include the following books: Teaching Naked Techniques:  A Practical Guide to Designing Better Classes (Jossey-Bass) with José Bowen and Playing to Learn with Reacting to the Past: Research on High Impact, Active Learning Practices (Palgrave Macmillan).


Below are highlights of my work, activities, and accomplishments.


An overview of my professional accomplishments and activities can be found here, including current projects with teh Association of American Colleges and Universities.


I am often invited to campuses to assist with a range of challenges, projects, and goals associated with student success, teaching and learning, and higher education organization.

Teaching and Research

Teaching is my passion, and it is reflected in my accomplishments and my research interests, which include instruction’s impact on student success and the future of higher education.

Professional Service

I share my expertise with colleagues, organizations, and institutions through a range of professional service. This includes work at university, state and national levels.

Photo Gallery

See me at work teaching classes, leading workshops, chatting with colleagues, and providing conference addresses. Also, see how I spend my time outside of work.

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