Kris Magnusson

New education dean this fall

July 9, 2009

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Kris Magnusson joins SFU as the new dean of education for a five-year term commencing Sept. 1, 2009. He replaces interim dean Suzanne de Castell, who took over from Paul Shaker after he completed his term last year.

Magnusson is currently associate VP-academic at the University of Lethbridge, where he also served in several other leadership roles including acting dean and associate dean of the Faculty of Education.

Jonathan Driver, vice-president, academic, says the search committee’s choice of Magnusson was unanimous. He cites Magnusson’s "passion for the importance of education in society, his experience with curriculum development and reform and his commitment to improving the student experience" among many deciding factors.

Magnusson has worked in a variety of educational settings. He taught junior high school in Saskatchewan and was a counsellor in a number of colleges and technical institutes in Alberta. After earning a PhD from the University of Alberta he taught counselling psychology at the University of Calgary for 10 years before joining the University of Lethbridge’s education faculty in 1998.

Magnusson’s primary research interests include counselling psychology, career development and organizational planning and renewal. He has authored seven books on a range of related topics and authored or co-authored 17 refereed articles involving the application of research to career counselling practice.

Among his other accomplishments, Magnusson has developed undergraduate specializations in special education, early childhood education and the development of Ni’itsitapi, Canada’s first aboriginal teacher training program, which is based on culturally specific (Blackfoot) language and values.


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I just want to be the first to welcome Kris Magnusson to SFU. I hope you enjoy your time here.


Best wishes!

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