Patti McDougall serves as vice provost teaching, learning, and student experience and is an associate professor of psychology.
Patti completed her undergraduate degree at Queen's University followed by a Master's of Applied Science at the University of Waterloo, and a Ph.D. in Human Learning, Development and Instruction at the University of British Columbia. She joined St. Thomas More College (federated with the University of Saskatchewan) in 1998 where she worked as a faculty member, assistant dean, associate dean, and interim dean. During her time at STM, Patti was actively engaged in developing interdisciplinary programming and experiential learning opportunities in the humanities and social sciences.
Patti joined the University of Saskatchewan as vice provost of teaching and learning in 2013. Her portfolio broadened in 2014 to include operations and initiatives in teaching, learning, and student experience (TLSE). In her work as vice provost Patti has strategic and operational oversight of centrally organized activities involving the student learning and development cycle. This includes specific leadership responsibilities for strategic areas such as Reconciliation and Indigenization (e.g., curriculum development, student support) as well as responsibilities in the domain of internationalization and future skills. (See the TLSE website for information on people and activities.)
As a developmental and educational psychologist, Patti's research follows two streams. She studies social relationships in childhood and adolescence including such topics as friendship and social status, with a particular focus on studying the long-term impact of bullying and victimization. Her work on bullying has led to a role in national organizations like PREVNet (Promoting Relationships and Eliminating Violence Network), which links researchers and youth-serving organizations in a common goal to stop bullying and promote safe and healthy relationships. Patti also investigates the domain of student experience where she examines youth-adult partnerships, the nature of the transition into university, students' educational goals, and factors that impact student retention. She has authored and co-authored articles appearing in American Psychologist, Merril Palmer Quarterly, Social Development, International Journal of Behavioural Development, and Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, among others.
Patti is the recipient of several STM and USask awards for her teaching and commitment to student experience.