Teresa Dawson

Teresa Dawson
Teaching Professor, Honours Advisor
Geography pedagogy; feminist geographies; learning in community
Office: DTB B316

BA (Hons) Oxon.; MA (Oxon.); MA (McMaster)

Area of expertise

Geography pedagogy; feminist geographies; learning in community

Teresa is a Teaching Professor in Geography and a former Director of the Learning and Teaching Centre at the University of Victoria. Her areas of interest include effective teaching assessment, faculty and graduate student professional development, supporting and enhancing diversity in the academy, and achieving teaching and learning-related institutional change, particularly regarding curricular reform. An award-winning teacher in her own right, Teresa is a lead author for the 2009 Teaching College Geography: A Practical Guide for Graduate Students and Early Career Faculty from Prentice Hall and a co-editor of Teaching and Learning Community Based Research: From Pedagogy to Practice published in 2014 by the University of Toronto Press. Regionally, Teresa was co-founder in 2007 of the Vancouver Educational Developers Alliance (VIEDA). Nationally, she is Past Chair of the Educational Developers Caucus and served for ten years as a member of the Board for the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (STLHE).


  • Achieving teaching and learning-related institutional change
  • The scholarship of teaching and learning
  • Supporting and enhancing diversity (including accessibility) in the academy
  • Academic program design and development
  • Effective teaching assessment using teaching portfolios
  • The student experience (including first year transition and program capstones)
  • Mentoring new colleagues


Intro to Human Geography
Community Mapping
Personal Space: Exploring geographies of gender, sex and identity


Faces of UVic Research video

In this video, Teresa talks about measuring the success of research programs for undergraduate students at UVic.