The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) announced today the appointment of C. Edward Watson as Associate Vice President for Quality, Advocacy, and LEAP Initiatives. Watson will join AAC&U from the University of Georgia (UGA) where he is the Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning and Fellow in the Institute for Higher Education. Watson will lead the association’s national and state-level advocacy and policy efforts to advance quality in undergraduate student learning. He also will guide AAC&U’s agenda, grounded in the LEAP initiative, to advance educational quality initiatives within institutions, state systems, and state-based consortia, and will serve as the leader for the LEAP States initiative.
At UGA, Watson has led university efforts associated with faculty excellence and student learning. His areas of responsibility have included faculty instructional development, student learning outcomes assessment, teaching assistant development, learning technologies, media / production services, learning spaces, and the scholarship of teaching and learning. He has taught courses on college teaching, student learning, and course design. He is the cofounding Executive Editor of the International Journal of ePortfolio and the Executive Editor of the International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. He has published extensively about teaching and learning, including his recent book, coauthored with José Bowen, Teaching Naked Techniques: A Practical Guide to Designing Better Classes (Jossey-Bass) and his forthcoming book, Playing to Learn with Reacting to the Past: Research on High Impact, Active Learning Practices (Palgrave Macmillan), which will be out later this year.
Eddie Watson will join AAC&U’s senior leadership team in July 2017. His appointment is located within the Office of Quality, Curriculum, and Assessment.