Craig Watterson

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Senior Lecturer School of Engineering and Computer Science

Teaching in 2020


BA(Hons), MA (History), PhD Engineering VUW.

Research Interests

My research field is engineering education with a particular focus on qualitative methods and approaches. My doctoral research was a Foucauldian Discourse Analysis of an Engineering programme with a particular focus on academic discourse and its relation to the teaching and learning environment. In particular, I am interested in the operation of power in the educational space.

My current research interests include examining effective best practice in teaching, developing electronic student support tools and improving the experience of equity students. I have two interdisciplinary projects underway at the moment. One is investigating undergraduate ethics in engineering and computer science, and the other is looking at the experience of women in our programme.

I have four co-supervised student projects underway:
  • An interdisciplinary project to develop interactive digital platforms for teaching history.
  • The development of an online math diagnostic and advice tool.
  • The development of an online tool for checking code for cybersecurity majors.
  • An interactive app for roleplaying games.

Postgraduate Supervision – Masters or PhD

I am interested in supervising research projects that have a clear educational component. Please contact me if you would be interested in studying under my supervision then please contact me describing why and what you would like to research.


I am the course coordinator for ENGR201 Engineering in Context and ENGR401 Professional Practice. ENGR201 addresses the research, analysis, critical and creative thinking skills embodied in written and oral communication which professional engineers are expected to display in the workplace. While addressing these aspects, the course at the same time develops the personal and interpersonal skills required to work effectively as part of a team in an engineering context.

ENGR401 prepares student's expectations for many of the events and situations they are likely to meet in the professional working world. This includes codes of conduct, as determined by professional bodies and company practices; ethical behaviour, as found in the workplace and dictated by company practices; critical thinking and people issues, as relevant in the workplace and company practice.

Professional Roles

I am the first year Programme Director for the Bachelor of Engineering and a member of the Faculty Executive and Teaching and Learning Committee.

I was General Co-Chair for the IEEE TALE conference in New Zealand in 2014, and I am a member of the Steering Committee for the IEEE TALE conference:


For a list of my recent publications, please see the Publications Database