Alumni Parent Chris Doyle Named Director of Global Studies
The pinnacle of Watkinson’s Global Studies Program is a diploma track that requires a two-year commitment, which upon completion provides participants with a second diploma in addition to their high school diploma. The program's mission is to develop students into effective and knowledgeable world citizens. They are encouraged to act locally and globally and to foster respect for diverse people and cultures. Students selected for the Global Studies program have the opportunity to travel to countries such as Mexico, the Dominican Republic and Cambodia for service work with other classmates and teachers.
About Doyle’s appointment at Watkinson School, Head of School John Bracker says, “Chris is the consummate educator—bright, passionate, and innovative. He comes to Watkinson with extraordinary credentials and inspiring vision for the global studies program.”
With extensive history and social studies teaching experience at Connecticut public and private high schools, with the last 8 years at Farmington High School, Christopher Doyle brings a wealth of knowledge and perspective to his new role at Watkinson. He is a veteran college professor as well, having taught history at Trinity College, the University of Northern Colorado, American International College, Fairfield University and the University of Connecticut at Waterbury.
Mr. Doyle is also an accomplished author, having had articles published in The Hartford Courant, Education Week, The Historian, The Journal of Southern History, and two recent books on teaching and "creative risk taking." Along with numerous professional affiliations, he is a member of the Connecticut Coordinating Council for the Promotion of History, advising members of the state legislature on history education.
Mr. Doyle is the recipient of numerous, prestigious awards and distinctions, including Harvard University's Charles Miller Center for Study of American History/Mellon Fellowship. Mr. Doyle is a graduate of the University of Connecticut (PhD), Trinity College (MA), Central Connecticut State University (teaching certification), and Western Connecticut State University (BA). Mr. Doyle is also an alumni parent; his daughter Emma graduated from Watkinson in 2010.
Doyle is "thrilled" to come to Watkinson because, "it's a rare school that truly strives to help students discover their potential and bring to life their dreams." Directing the Global Studies Program "is a unique opportunity," he said. "The job unites my affinity for teaching from a global perspective and my belief that education must nurture students, honor their humanity, and spark their intellect. Watkinson does all those things superbly."
Mr. Doyle will begin his new position this fall.