Seonaigh MacPherson's Biography

As an Associate Professor and Department Head in Adult Education, I have overseen the development of our programs over the last few years, including our renewed emphasis on curriculum and instructional skills, the expansion of more flexible learning pathways, a blended delivery model, and enhanced learner-centred program design, and an increased focus on diversity issues. 

In my work, I draw on years of professional experiences in key areas of adult education, including higher education, settlement ESL/TESL, professional education, and international and community development. 

I received my Ph.D. from UBC in 2000 for research on an innovative bilingual program for Tibetan refugee women in the Indian Himalayas. Later, I held a post as an Assistant/Associate Professor at the University of Manitoba and served as Vice-President and later President of TEAM, the Adult ESL teachers association of Manitoba. In recognition of these contributions, the university awarded me a Faculty Merit Award in Teaching, Research, and Service in 2005. 

My research has focused on diversity and sustainability issues in adult and professional education. I was recognized in a 2001 Award for Sustainability Research from the Government of Canada and later, in 2011, when I published a scholarly book with Routledge entitled Education and Sustainability. I have authored dozens of peer-reviewed research articles and chapters and received a range of notable research awards, including a SSHRC standard research grant, a Shastri Women and Development grant, and Killam pre- and post-doctoral awards. In 2013 I was awarded a UFV-ASU (SSHRC-funded) grant for research on the sustainability of the Scottish Gaelic diaspora in Canada. 

I live in Chilliwack with my dog, Tashi, and a pond full of dozens of koi and goldfish.

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