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Derek Murray, PhD
Teaching and Learning Faculty Associates
Centre for Teaching Excellence
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Derek Murray

Derek is a settler-Canadian from Killaloe, Ontario. Husband; father of two kids; he/him/his; lover of a good hike, a good beer, and a good book; living gratefully as an uninvited guest in Lkwungen and WSÁNEĆ territory (Victoria). Derek teaches Canadian, American, Indigenous, and world history, and has been at CapU since 2014. In his PhD from the University of Victoria he studied the history of settler colonialism in Canada and worked to dismantle the “failed-settlement narrative” which, for many, still defines the history of the Upper Ottawa Valley. Derek also has a graduate certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education from UVic and currently works there as a Learning Experience Designer.

Derek is passionate about supporting student learning through the pursuit of excellence in teaching. He is a certified facilitator of Instructional Skills Workshops and Facilitator Development Workshops. He has been involved in numerous learning and teaching initiatives at CapU including ISW, Teaching Triangles, Arts & Science Tutors, Cap Core, and program assessment. He has led workshops on topics such as active learning, collaborative learning, flipped learning, and rubrics. Derek’s current research project is exploring the impacts of Team-Based Learning pedagogy on student engagement and achievement in history courses.


Capilano University is named after Chief Joe Capilano, an important leader of the Squamish (Sḵwx̱wú7mesh) Nation of the Coast Salish people. We respectfully acknowledge that our campuses are located on the territories of the Lil’wat, Musqueam, Sechelt (shíshálh), Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Nations.


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