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Jesse Watson, Ed.S

Academic Initiatives Program Manager


Jesse S Watson (EdS., MS) is the Academic Initiatives Program Manager at North Carolina State University's College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM). In this role, he supports the CVM community in advancing its curriculum and educator development, identifies and facilitates new educational initiatives, and acts as a meeting point for cross-departmental efforts.

Watson was a teacher and teacher trainer in various contexts before earning his MS and EdS degrees in Educational Psychology from NC State University and Purdue University. He has pursued lines of educational research inquiry into classroom communication, teaching evaluation, technology use in the classroom, and learning motivation. As a teacher/researcher, he is deeply interested in the intersection of theory and practicality. He thinks of himself as an "Education Engineer", who enjoys identifying problems, developing solutions, and then taking those solutions from blueprint to classroom. He has been invited to education-focused conferences in the United States and Europe in order to share his perspective.

Watson wears many hats in the CVM but is most directly involved with strategic planning for curriculum review and the accreditation process. As program manager for the Academy of Educators, he brings his education and research background to the conversation while also coordinating back end operations.

He continues to be interested in the role interpersonal communication plays in defining learning environments and stresses that curriculum design address the entirety of students' learning experiences.
The Academy of Educators, (AoE), is a new collaboration among CVM faculty focusing on professional development, research, and reviewing curriculum.

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