Jill Tomasson Goodwin

Retired faculty

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Jill Tomasson Goodwin holds an MA and Ph.D. (1987) in English from the University of Toronto, and a BA (Hons) in English from the University of British Columbia.  Her areas of research include communication design, experiential education, Arts-based entrepreneurship, and competency assessment. 

Professor Tomasson Goodwin conducted over $2,500,000 in funded research for StatCan, iSchool, TorStar, DataTel, and Christie Digital, as well as being Principal investigator on a major SSHRC grant (Management, Business, and Finance), Canada Foundation for Innovation - Leaders Opportunity Fund grants, and the Ontario Innovation Trust, in projects that involved over 260 undergraduate students, artists, and professionals over nine years.  She was a co-founder of REAP (Research Entrepreneurs Accelerating Prosperity), an off-campus, open innovation lab – in partnership with Christie Digital and Quarry Integrated Communications – that encouraged and supported student entrepreneurship. With the support of University of Waterloo Learning Innovation and Teaching Enhancement (LITE) research grants, she conducted a multi-year study on teaching students to articulate employability skills involving over 3500 students and 22 faculty members. For 20 years, she consulted to Canadian regulatory healthcare colleges on behavioural interviews for competency assessment.

Major Work

David Goodwin and Jill Tomasson Goodwin.Persist, Pivot, or Punt: The Role of Prototyping in Teams Involved in a Commercial Arts-Led Innovation Program, in Prototyping across the Disciplines: Designing Better Futures.  Edited by Jennifer Roberts-Smith, Stan Ruecker and Milena Radzikowska (Bristol, UK: Intellect Books, 2021), pp. 140-164.

Jill Tomasson Goodwin, Joslin Goh, Stephanie Verkoeyen, Katherine Lithgow (2019). “Can Students be Taught to Articulate Employability Skills?,” in Education and Training, Vol. 61, issue 4, pp. 445-460. https://doi.org/10.1108/ET-08-2018-0186

Jill Tomasson Goodwin and Katherine Lithgow, “ePortfolio, Professional Identity, and 21st Century Employability Skills,” in Catalyst in Action: Case Studies of High-Impact ePortfolio Practice, edited by Bret Eynon and Laura M. Gambino. (Sterling, VA: Stylus Press, 2018), pp. 154-71.

Deb Elias, Jill Tomasson Goodwin, Leanne Worsfold, “Establishing Evidence for Regulatory Policies: A Method and Case Example,” (2018), available on Council on Licensure, Enforcement, and Regulation https://www.clearhq.org/ and https://podcast.clearhq.org/e/research_on_practice_hours

WatCV: Employability Skills ePortolio Integration into Coursework (2014-2018). A 4-year, LITE grant to study how to teach students to articulate the employability skills that they acquire during coursework, involving over 3500 University of Waterloo students and 22 faculty members.

Jill Tomasson Goodwin and Katherine Lithgow. https://uwaterloo.ca/centre-for-teaching-excellence/support/integrative-learning/watcv




REAP (2011-2016). A 5-year, fully funded project involving Christie Digital, Quarry Integrated Communications, and Canadian Centre of Arts and Technology (REAP research initiative), focusing on interactive display technologies and applications, and committed to commercializing Arts-based research.

The MicroTile Interactivity and Responsiveness Project (2010-2015). Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI)/ Leaders Opportunity Fund (LOF) Grant.  Government infrastructure grants to purchase advanced technologies to support research into new forms of interactive display environments and applications.

Seeding a Lead: An Innovative Approach to Commercializing a Canadian Digital Technology in the Theatre Industry (2008-2012).  A 4-year SSHRC research project investigating how a new Canadian display technology might extend both artistic and business opportunities within the Canadian theatre industry.