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I am an education researcher and instructor in the Faculty of Education, and Leader of the Global Cohort in the Teacher Education Program at the University of Ottawa. My research interests include New Literacies, multiliteracies, cultural studies, and intercultural education.

My research team and I are currently working on SSHRC-funded research with elementary Teacher Candidates to help them integrate video production into the classroom as a critical digital literacy practice.  We view student-produced videos as multimodal identity texts that have the potential to engage curriculum expectations as well as diverse student perspectives and identities. A key component of this project includes the development of an online DIY professional development hub for teachers and teacher educators interested in integrating student video production across the curriculum. The website resources will soon be available at: https://thecriticaldigitalliteracyproject com

Email:  dwatt@uottawa.ca  /  dianepwatt@gmail.com 


2012 Doctoral Dissertation Award for Excellence in Scholarship
Curriculum and Pedagogy Group
New Orleans, Louisiana. November 8

2012 Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award
Canadian Association for Curriculum Studies
University of Waterloo, Ontario. May 29

2012 Doctoral Dissertation Award, Honourable Mention
American Educational Research Association.
Division B, Curriculum Studies
Vancouver, B. C., April 14

2011 Distinguished Graduate Student Paper
Bergamo Conference on Curriculum Theory and Classroom Practice
Dayton, Ohio

2004 Support Staff Graduate Prize for Outstanding Academic
Achievement (Master’s Program)
Faculty of Education, University of Ottawa


2016-2018    SSHRC Insight Development Grant, 2 years. ($67,276; and $13,687 from the Faculty         of Education, University of Ottawa). Title: The critical digital literacy project: Engaging    curriculum and diversity through video production in Teacher Education.

2015-2016    Visiting Scholar. Institute for Feminist and Gender Studies, University of Ottawa.

2013–2015    Postdoctoral Scholar. Werklund School of Education, University of Calgary.


2014               SSHRC Insight Development Grant. Recommended for Funding.

2010, 2011    SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowship. Recommended for Funding.

2005–2008    SSHRC Doctoral Scholarship ($60,000 over 3 years).

2005              University of Ottawa Excellence Scholarship.

2005              Fonds de Recherche de Québec, Doctoral Scholarship ($6,666), Declined

2005              Ontario Government Doctoral Scholarship ($15,000), Declined

2004              University of Ottawa Admission Scholarship (4 years).


Ph.D. in Education.
Concentration: Society, Culture, and Literacies
Faculty of Education
The University of Ottawa, 2011

M.Ed. in Education.
Concentration: Second Language Teaching and Learning
Faculty of Education
The University of Ottawa, 2004

B.A. (Hons) in English Literature
Faculty of Arts
Simon Fraser University, 1987

Teacher Education Program (B.Ed. equivalent), Faculty of Education                                                                                                                                                                                                                Simon Fraser University, 1983

French Immersion Program (1 year certificate), Faculté St. Jean                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    University of Alberta, 1984–1985

French Language & Civilization (1 year certificate), L’Université Catholique de l’Ouest                                                                                                                                                                           Angers, France, 1985–1986

Graduate Certificate in Digital Literacies. University of Rhode Island, U.S.A., 2016.

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