Faculty Profile: Dr. Kieran Egan, Education

October 28, 2011

We're delighted to profile the winners of the inaugural Dean's Awards for Excellence in Graduate Studies. Dr. Kieran Egan received a 2011 award for Excellence in Graduate Supervision.

The 2012 awards are now open for nominations. Nomination deadline is November 15.

The graduate student who nominated Dr. Kieran Egan for the Excellence in Graduate Supervision award says, "he knew my capabilities better than I knew myself."

This sentiment is echoed by many of his students, who say that his contributions to their graduate programs were so sustained and thoughtful that they emerged with work which exceeded their personal expectations.

His students say that he helps them on many levels, from making sure that they are exposed to professional development opportunities to supporting their attendance at conferences to assistance with submitting polished publications to finding funding sources and scholarships.

In November 2010, the Utne Reader named him one of the “25 Visionaries Who Are Changing Your World.” In February 2011, his latest book received a 2011 Outstanding Book Award from the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE). These are just two of the many awards that he’s received over his 32 years of teaching at SFU.

You’d expect this world-class scholar to be extraordinarily busy, but he prioritizes his students, and they notice it, saying, “Whenever I have submitted an online query, I have received a prompt reply,” and “There has never been a time when he couldn't make the time to provide support or when he didn't look carefully at my writing.”

His life’s work is in inspiring the next generation of learners, both by teaching their teachers, and by personally challenging and supporting his own students to achieve greatness.

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