Dr. Chang’s thesis is “truly exceptional”. 

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Dr. David Chang receives Dean’s Convocation Medal

As one of SFU's most outstanding graduate students from the Faculty of Education, Dr. David Chang is recognized with the Dean of Graduate Studies Convocation Medal. On behalf of SFU, we congratulate Dr. Chang on his outstanding achievements.

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By Sarah Close-Humayun
June 01, 2022

Dr. Chang’s doctoral thesis entitled, “Raven Knows My Name: Contemplation and Practice on an Off-Grid Island” examines contemplative perspectives in environmental education. It is described by Dr. Chang’s peers as much more than just that. Dr. Chang’s thesis reflects on his field work on an off-grid island where he wrestles with the habits of mind associated with ecological and social damage. The aims of his research are to cultivate a greater love and respect for the environment.

Dr. Chang’s contribution also extends beyond his written thesis. Along with many academic achievements and published works, has received a SSHRC Doctoral Scholarship, the Steele Memorial Fellowship, Vancouver East Rotary Graduate Scholarship, Waterhouse Graduate scholarship, and SFU Special Entrance Scholarship.  His thesis was nominated for the Canadian Philosophy of Education Society’s thesis award, and the ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation award.

External Examiner, Dr. David Greenwood of Lakehead University, stated that Dr. Chang’s thesis was “truly exceptional and recommend it for distinction.”

Of the award and his time at SFU, Dr. Chang says “I am honoured and humbled by this recognition, and would like to thank my family, friends, and my island community for their support.  Finally, this award would not be possible without the mentorship of Dr. Heesoon Bai, a well-respected scholar and educator in the field of contemplative education.  Much appreciation and gratitude goes to Dr. Bai.”

Dr. Chang is currently a Faculty Associate in the Professional Development Program at SFU where he continues to research contemplative approaches to environmental education, including practices for helping youths work with ecological grief.