Deb has worked in higher education for 20 years, as staff, faculty and an administrator. She holds a doctorate in Educational Leadership (philosophy of education) from Simon Fraser University, a Master of Distance Education (now the MEd) from Athabasca University, a Master of Theological Studies from Vancouver School of Theology (UBC) and a Bachelor of Business Administration from Open Learning, now part of Thompson Rivers University. She is an Adjunct Professor of Education at Simon Fraser University,an affiliated scholar with the Centre for the Study of Educational Leadership and Policy at SFU and has been teaching for CDE at AU for a decade. She teaches and has academic interests in the areas of critical pedagogy, indigenization, adult education, experiential learning and educational leadership and is passionate about education for social justice, indigenization and reconciliation and student access. Hence her interest in teaching online.
Deb has worked in student recruitment, co-op and career services and as a faculty member. She has been a department chair, director of co-op and career services and most recently was a dean and then the Vice-President, Academic and Student Services at Yukon College in Whitehorse, where she led the successful project for the institution to gain degree-granting status and offer their first made-in-the-north degree. Additionally, she was part of the College’s extensive indigenization work which led to their 2015 gold medal in indigenization from Colleges and Institutes Canada. Although the workload of a senior administrator is intense, Deb continued to teach for AU and for SFU whenever possible, as she felt maintaining direct contact with students and with teaching was critically important for administrators.
She and her husband have lived in Whitehorse since 2010 and have no plans to leave the Yukon. They enjoy and participate in the local artistic scene (which is very active), paddling, hiking, camping and snowshoeing. Deb now works in consulting in addition to teaching for Athabasca.
Updated February 19 2019 by CDE