Early in his career McDougall ran informal workshops in local universities - Edinburgh, Manchester, Oxford. He was Granada Artist n Residence at the University of York 1971-2.. Then at Oxford he gave formal lectures and working seminars and supervised undergraduate and graduate students.

Since then he has been Associate Professor of Drama at the University of Waterloo, Ontario (1973-4), Granada Visiting Professor at the University of California at Davis (1982 and 1983), Visiting Professor at the University of Alberta (1984) and at the University of Pittsburgh and       
Carnegie Mellon University (1987-88).

In 1993 he taught undergraduates in the Lingua School of the University of Perugia, and a Shakespeare school for Italian actors. And he devised and ran the first eight-week Shakespeare courses at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in 1994 and 1995, where he has directed numerous projects and productions.

He was Senior Lecturer at King Alfred’s College, Winchester and in 1995 became Principal of the Guildford School of Acting, a position he held until 2002, when he was invited to become Director of Drama, Professor and Artistic Director of University Theatre at the University of Oklahoma.  Recently he has devised work at Bath Spa University.  In 2004 he was nominated by students for inclusion in Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers.
Metamorphoses 2003
I had a terrific time under his leadership.  He filtered a warm, generous and disciplined energy into the School – vital, it seemed, and much appreciated by myself, my contemporaries and those that followed.  His wealth of knowledge taught me to appreciate the intellectual as well as the emotional and how important it is for an actor not to separate the two.       
 Christopher Kelham, former student
Much of the School’s high standing is due not only to his skilful and imaginative approach to organisational and administrative matters but also to his intellectual and academic pre-eminence.   To achieve so much in a very short time is a remarkable achievement.    
Prof Eric Salmon, writer and teacher
I have been immensely impressed by his high standard of leadership and the subsequent level of professionalism he has achieved for the school … the quality of education offered has increased immeasurably.
Richard Lumsden, Attached Course Monitor, National Council for Drama Training
It is important to realise how much the school has improved as a result of Gordon’s appointment … both staff and students can approach him … his management is exemplary … many of the staff have said how much their work has improved, as well as that of the students   
Virginia Snyders, University of Surrey External Examiner