Britt Watwood



Retired from the Northeastern University Center for Advancing Teaching and Learning Through Research, or CATLR., in January 2016.  Before CATLR, I spent the previous 8 years as a member of the VCU Center for Teaching Excellence.  At both centers, I worked with faculty interested in digitally enhancing their teaching. I am passionate about online instruction and bring to this position twenty-two years of online teaching experience. My current research interests lie in the areas of online teaching practice and best uses of technology for teaching, At the graduate level, I have taught courses in quality management, community college leadership, and educational technology. At the undergraduate level, I taught numerous business management courses.

My education doctorate is from University of Nebraska, while my education masters degree is from Old Dominion University. My bachelor degree is from the U.S. Naval Academy, and I retired from the Navy as a Commander after 22 years of service. I reside in Chester, Virginia.


PhD from University of Nebraska at Omaha (1996)

Professional Experience

After my doctorate, I was an Associate Dean at Herkimer County Community College in upstate NY, and then VP for Academic Affairs at Gwinnett Technical College in Georgia. Realizing that I was more interested in online education and teaching than I was in pursuing college presidency, I stepped down as VP to become GTC's first Director of Online Learning. In 5 years, we built the largest online program in the state with 200 faculty teaching courses in multiple majors. In 2006, I moved to Virginia Commonwealth University to join their Center for Teaching Excellence and focus on teaching with digital technology. In Fall 2014, I accepted a new position in the Center for Advancing Teaching and Learning Through Research at Northeastern University in Boston. I decided to retire from full-time work in January 2016 and have since moved to Virginia, where I continue teaching online for both Northeastern and Creighton University in Nebraska.