Gary Poole, PhD

Emeritus Scholar

From 2000 to 2010, Gary Poole was the Director of the Centre for Teaching and Academic Growth and the Institute for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning at UBC. He is past-President of the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. Gary has won a 3M Teaching Fellowship, which is a Canadian national teaching award, an Excellence in Teaching award from Simon Fraser University, and a Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal for contributions to Higher Education. He is the co-author of “Effective Teaching with Technology in Higher Education,” and “The Psychology of Health and Health Care: A Canadian Perspective.” Gary is a Professor Emeritus in the School of Population and Public Health in UBC’s Faculty of Medicine.

Research Interests

Gary has most recently conducted research on faculty informal yet significant small networks and their effects on teaching practice. Specific areas of focus include the criteria faculty use to select their networks and the similarities they perceive between themselves and other network members.

Publication Highlights

Poole, G., & Chick, N. (2022). Great introspections: How and why SoTL looks inward. Teaching and Learning Inquiry. Vol 10.

Poole, G., Verwoord, R., & Iqbal, I. (2018). Small significant networks as birds of a feather. International Journal of Academic Development, 24(1), 61-72.

Verwoord, R. & Poole, G. (2016). The role of small significant networks and leadership in the institutional imbedding of SoTL. New Directions for Teaching and Learning, No 146. Summer, 2016, 79-86.

Cassidy, A. & Poole, G. (2016). Using social network analysis to measure the impact and value of work that takes us beyond institutional boundaries. International Journal of Academic Development, 21(4), 323-336.

Simmons, N., & Poole, G. (2016). History of SoTL in Canada: Answering calls for action. New Directions for Teaching and Learning, 146, 13-22.

Poole, G., & Simmons, N. (2015). Contributions of the scholarship of teaching and learning to quality enhancement in Canada. In R. Land & G. Gordon (Eds.) Enhancing Quality in Higher Education: International Perspectives. London: Routledge.

Poole, G. (2013). Square one: What is research? In K. McKinney (Ed.), The scholarship of teaching and learning in and across the disciplines. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press.