- SEMESTER IN DIALOGUE
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INTERIM EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Dr. Laurie Anderson is the Executive Director of SFU’s Vancouver campus, an Adjunct professor in the Faculty of Education, an Associate at SFU's Centre for Dialogue, the co-developer and faculty member in SFU's popular Masters in Contemplative Inquiry and Approaches to Education (CIRFE), an advisor to the Centre for Imagination in Research, Culture & Education and an instructor in the Imaginative Leadership graduate program.
Laurie has been involved in the Centre for Dialogue’s work for many years, including the facilitation of a province-wide dialogue on public education, the co-facilitation of two large projects in Vancouver, and the facilitation of the Centre’s annual planning process. Laurie has held various consultancy positions over the past 20 years, including on program reform strategies for the BC Ministry of Education, assessment and evaluation frameworks for the Education Bureau of Hong Kong, facilitating leadership development and student evaluation programs in China, Thailand, Chile, Cambodia, Mexico, Vietnam and Taiwan, and mentoring novice school leaders throughout BC. Laurie co-facilitated leadership programs at Hollyhock and the Haven, and served on the board of the Canadian Bureau of International Education for six years.
Before coming to SFU in 2010, Laurie spent 30 years in the public education system, as a teacher, principal, Director of Curriculum, Associate Superintendent and Interim Superintendent of Schools for the Vancouver Board of Education. Laurie is a three-time alumnus of SFU, obtaining his BEd, MA and PhD at the university.
April 19, 2022
I am humbled, grateful and excited to be serving the university as the interim Executive Director of the Centre for Dialogue. I’ve worked with and alongside many of the faculty and staff at the Centre, but the scope, relevance and impact of the Centre’s programs are deep and broad, so I have a lot to learn! My goals while in this role are to a) support the faculty, staff, Fellows and Associates during this transitional period; b) steward the Centre through the External Review, and c) ensure the Centre continues to flourish and grow.