- BA, Boston University
- MA, Boston University
- PhD, University of Kansas
Areas of Research
I currently direct SFU's Centre for Dialogue, where I oversee community programming for important public issues and teach at the Undergraduate Semester in Dialogue, which I founded in 2002. The purpose of the Centre for Dialogue is to utilize dialogue in classrooms, corporations, non-profit organizations, government, and community settings to develop leadership and communication skills, conduct strategic planning, inspire organizational change, and thoughtfully engage public audiences around controversial issues. As part of my community programming responsibilities, I support the work of a range of fellows, such as Peter Ladner and his work on urban food security, Shauna Sylvester and her Carbon Talks project, and Judith Marcuse and the International Centre for Art and Social Change. I also oversee the administration of several awards of distinction, including the Jack P Blaney Award for Dialogue. Past Blaney Award recipients include the leading international environmentalist Maurice Strong and Mary Robinson, former President of Ireland and United Nations high commissioner for human rights. In my role teaching with the Undergraduate Semester in Dialogue, I use dialogue to focus student attention on public issues and effect positive change through interdisciplinary actions in the community. Unique aspects of the program include discussion-based learning, intensive mentoring, and interaction with notable thought leaders through the medium of dialogue. With a different theme each semester, past cohorts have focused on issues such as sustainability, health issues and ethics, and the role of art in community. My current educational projects include the Honeycomb Project, an effort to inspire faculty members across SFU to deliver interdisciplinary, community based, and experiential learning. Finally, I teach most years in the annual Banff Centre Science Communication summer program, and maintain an active interest in writing and communicating science to public audiences.
This instructor is currently not teaching any courses.