Office of the Provost and Vice-Principal


Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic)


Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic)

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Vice-Provost (Teaching and Learning)

The quality of the student learning experience at Queen’s is reflective of the university’s outstanding students. It is their continued engagement that is at the core of Dr. Pierce’s work as Vice-Provost (Teaching and Learning).

“Queen’s prides itself on its transformative student learning experience in a research-intensive environment, and our goal is for all students to graduate with deep disciplinary knowledge and advanced transferable skills that apply to a variety of career options. It is also our highest priority that students have opportunities for experiential and co-curricular learning, and that they leave Queen’s as engaged citizens and lifelong learners.”

In his role as Vice-Provost (Teaching and Learning), Dr. Pierce oversees the Centre for Teaching and Learning and Queen’s University Quality Assurance Processes (QUQAP), and leads institutional initiatives to enhance the student learning experience, including learning outcomes assessment , classroom renewal, educational technologies, academic integrity, teaching evaluations, and aspects of online learning and experiential learning.

Dr. Pierce is a Professor in the Department of English Language and Literature, where he has taught first-year introductory courses in literary studies and graduate and undergraduate courses in the Eighteenth Century, Romantic Literature and Literary Theory. His research interests are primarily in the English Romantic field, with publications on William Blake, Amelia Opie and Samuel Richardson.

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Denise Stockley

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Professor and Scholar in Higher Education

Denise Stockley completed her Doctorate in the Psychology of Education at Simon Fraser University and since that time has accumulated extensive experience in promoting both classroom-based and online learning.

“The idea of creating individual learning opportunities, recognizing that each person learns differently – all those things are what play out in my work now. The assumption that we have to transmit knowledge through a traditional lecture is not the assumption now. Now the idea is that there are other ways for people to learn, and sometimes those ways are out of our comfort zone.”

Dr. Stockley joined Queen’s University in January 2001. She is currently a Professor and Scholar in Higher Education with the Office of the Provost (Teaching and Learning Portfolio) and the Faculty of Health Sciences. Her current research focuses on how we create environments that promote learning. She is studying the impact of national teaching awards, research ethics training, and competency based medical education to name just a few of her projects. More recently, she co-edited a book entitled Influencing the Quality, Risk and Safety Movement in Healthcare: In Conversation with International Leaders.  She is the Principal Investigator of several research grants in a variety of areas including those from the Tri-Council (SSHRC, NSERC, and CIHR) and from the Networks of Centre of Excellence (NCE). 

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Peggy Watkin

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Peggy is responsible for academic initiatives within the Office of the Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic).  In her role as Associate Director, she provides senior administrative support to the QUQAP (Queen’s University Quality Assurance Processes), the Senate Committee on Academic Development (SCAD), the Senate Cyclical Program Review Committee (SCPRC) and a variety of Teaching and Learning initiatives.    

After a twenty year career in the University Secretariat Peggy moved to the Office of the Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic) in August 2009. She completed her Queen’s Bachelor Degree (Psychology) part-time while raising three beautiful daughters.  

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Kairee Kirkwood 

Kairee Kirkwood earned her Bachelor of Commerce (Management) degree from MacEwan University and is currently working towards her Project Management Certificate from the University of Toronto. After graduating, she worked in policy and administrative support in the Ministries’ of Transportation, Health and Education with the Government of Alberta. After moving to Kingston in 2017, Kairee joined Queen’s as an Administrative Assistant in the Office of Advancement and is now working in the Office of the Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic) as the Teaching and Learning Coordinator.

Kairee project manages several processes to support the work of the Vice-Provost (Teaching and Learning) including the Queen’s University Quality Assurance Processes (QUQAPs), Cyclical Program Reviews (CPR), and New Program Approvals. This includes providing subject-matter guidance to Associate Deans, Unit Heads, Administrative Assistants, shared service partners, committee members and other stakeholders. Kairee also supports several committees and projects within the Teaching and Learning portfolio.

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Carol O'Connor

Carol moved to Canada from the UK in 2012 to begin a new adventure. Previously Carol has worked in finance and administrative roles in both the private and public sector, and earned her BA (Hons) in Education and Training to complement her role as a lecturer teaching IT courses.

Carol joined Queen’s University as an Office Assistant in the Office of the Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic) in 2014, and is now the Administrative Assistant to the Vice-Provost (Teaching and Learning) and the Special Advisor (Marketing and Special Projects) to the Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic). Carol provides senior administrative support to ensure that strategic objectives are being met by co-ordinating day-to-day activities including managing schedules and finances, and supporting various committees and focus groups.

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