Message from the Chair

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Message from the Chair

Message from the Chair of the Department of Curriculum, Teaching & Learning

My name is Professor Doug McDougall and I am the Chair of the Department of Curriculum, Teaching & Learning (CTL) at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto.

CTL offers three graduate programs:

  1. Curriculum and Pedagogy (C&P)
  2. Language and Literacies Education (LLE)
  3. Master of Teaching (MT)

While each of these programs has its own courses and structure, we actively encourage interconnections among programs in terms of sharing and integrating aspects of our teaching and research. Through this reflective imagining of our program offerings, we are working to more deeply engage our Research Centres with our programs. Such interconnections enrich your experience as students while it creates a more cohesive and creative research and teaching environment for faculty.

There are some fundamental principles guiding our academic goals in CTL which reflect current and emerging social issues relevant to educational research and teaching:

  1. Strong support of our students across all programs by all of our Departmental personnel including instructors, administrators, and staff. We listen and care!
  2. Proactively examining our hiring and admissions practices to ensure they are inclusive and supportive of diversity. (The University of Toronto's Statement)
  3. Working across the institution to develop a meaningful response to the report of the Truth and Reconciliation Committee and exploring how these findings can support all learners, especially indigenous learners, in our courses, our practices, and our admissions processes, in authentic and respectful ways.
  4. Transparency and accountability in our interactions and in our processes with staff, students and faculty in the CTL community and with those in other Departments, institutionally, and in the broader community
  5. Supporting faculty and students in developing innovative, collaborative research in education.
  6. Taking a perspective of continuous improvement toward our programs, where we gather and use feedback to innovate and enhance student experience.

This is an exciting time to be in CTL and we look forward to getting to know each of you and having you be a member of our growing CTL community.


Doug McDougall 
Chair, Department of Curriculum, Teaching & Learning

Chair of the Department of Curriculum, Teaching & Learning, Douglas McDougall

Professor Douglas McDougall is Director of the Centre for Science, Mathematics and Technology at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) at the University of Toronto. He is also a professor of mathematics education at OISE and is Editor-in-Chief of the Canadian Journal for Science, Mathematics and Technology Education. Dr. McDougall was formerly Associate Dean, Programs from 2015 to 2019 and Chair of the Department of Curriculum, Teaching & Learning from 2010 to 2015.

During his time as a faculty member at OISE, he has supervised over 50 doctoral students and 22 master students to completion, and currently is supervising 15 doctoral students. He provides his students with guidance and opportunity, which lead to many of his graduates achieving highly successful careers, both in academia (McGill University, Ontario Tech University, Queen’s University, University of Toronto and numerous universities in the United States and Australia) and outside academia (project managers, principals, teachers).

Dr. McDougall has been a faculty member in the Department of Curriculum, Teaching & Learning for 25 years and an educator for over 40 years. He is a member of the Governing Council and is Chair of Academic Board at the University of Toronto. He is the recipient of the School of Graduate Studies Doctoral Supervision Award, the OISE Award for Excellence in Graduate Education, and the Mentor of the Year Award as part of the OISE Alumni Leaders and Legends Awards program.

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