Kieran Egan to receive CUFA Career Achievement Award

March 10, 2016

Dr. Kieran Egan, Professor Emeriti of the SFU Faculty of Education, was recently selected by the Confederation of University Faculty Associations of British Columbia (CUFA BC) to receive their Paz Buttedahl Career Achievement Award.

The award, named after community builder and academic leader Dr. Paz Buttedahl, recognizes sustained and career-long "outstanding contributions to the community beyond the academy through research or other scholarly activities."

"I can think of few scholars, whether in BC or elsewhere, who meet this criterion as clearly and convincingly as Dr. Kieran Egan," said Associate Professor Dr. Mark Fettes, who nominated him. "Dr. Egan has dedicated a substantial portion of his professional time and energy, over many years, to making schools more imaginative, engaging and successful places for a wider range of students."

Much of Egan's work centers on educational and curriculum theory, conceptions of development in education, and the way cognitive tools shape our learning and understanding. His impact on society and the field of education has been felt both close to home and worldwide: he initiated the development of a Master of Education program at SFU based on his ideas, published several books on the topics of teaching and education, and his teacher development theories have had international reach, influencing curriculum as far as Korea and Taiwan. 

The Imaginative Education Research Group (IERG)for which he's perhaps most well known, has also seen resounding success. Founded by Egan at SFU in 2001, the group focuses on engaging imagination in learning, a crucial step in making knowledge vivid and meaningful. To this day, through its various programs, IERG inspires teachers all over the world to reflect on their practice and embrace new approaches to teaching and education. 

The Paz Buttedahl Career Achievement Award will be presented at the Annual Awards Gala on April 14th.