SOTL Key Note Speaker - Dr. Richard Gale


Gale spent five years at Calgary’s Mount Royal University, first in the capacity of visiting scholar, and then as the founding director of Mount Royal’s Institute for Scholarship of Teaching and Learning and tenured full professor in the Department of General Education.

Previously he served in B.C. as a visiting scholar at Royal Roads University in Victoria and New Westminster’s Douglas College.

He holds a PhD in Theatre History from the University of Minnesota, a Master of Fine Arts in Playwriting from the University of California, San Diego and a Master of Arts in Drama from San Jose State University.

From 2002 to 2007, he served as senior scholar at The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, where he was director of the Carnegie Academy for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Higher Education Program and one of the principal architects of the Integrative Learning Project

Since 2000, Gale has focused his research activities on how faculty and administrators understand and improve student learning from a scholarly, evidence-based perspective. He has worked with colleges and universities across Canada and the United States, helping them see learning in a new way.

Over his career he has taught courses in theatre history and theory, playwriting and critical pedagogy, American history and general education.

He is a playwright, dramaturg, outdoor enthusiast, art aficionado and collector of first edition books thanks to an early career as a bookseller. Raised in San Francisco amongst a family of educators and activists, he has strong West Coast roots. He has a five-year-old son, and he and his fiancée will shortly be joined in B.C. by one of her two sons who will be pursuing a degree in Capilano University’s Liberal Studies program.

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