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)

[photo of Jill Scott]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. Scott’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 her role as Vice-Provost (Teaching and Learning), Dr. Scott 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. Scott is professor in the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures, where she has taught German language and literature as well as a wide variety of interdisciplinary courses in the areas of conflict, culture and Indigenous-settler relations. Her research encompasses teaching and learning in higher education and Indigenous cultural revitalization. 

“It has been a privilege to be involved in transformational change in teaching and learning at Queen’s at a time of significant disruption in higher education.”

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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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Natalie Simper

[Photo of Natalie Simper]Natalie Simper manages multiple research projects pertaining to student learning and assessment. The projects involve the development and measurement of cognitive and meta-cognitive skills. Natalie comes from an Australian teaching background, with experience in curriculum development, large-scale assessment, and evaluation. Her research interests include assessment and evaluations, learning outcomes, and cognitive and meta-cognitive processes. Arts education is a continuing passion; Natalie has been actively involved as a board member with the Tett Centre for Creativity and Learning, a community arts cluster in Kingston.

Natalie coordinates a Queen's research project investigating the development and measurement of meta-cognition and cognitive skills with learning outcomes. Natalie works with faculty, instructors, and administrators facilitating the assessment of critical thinking, problem solving and written communication in undergraduate courses.

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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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