Gillian Judson teaches in the Faculty of Education at SFU and supervises graduate programs in Imaginative Education. Her interests include imaginative and ecological teaching practices (preK through post-secondary contexts), educational program design, educational change, educational leadership, and Museum Education. In all of her work she seeks to better understand the imagination’s role and how to maximize its impact. Her publications focus on the imagination, Imaginative Education (IE), Imaginative Ecological Education (IEE), creativity, and wonder. She is currently working with educators around the globe to see how imagination and inquiry-focused walks can support learners’ emotional connections with nature and support the development of ecological understanding.
Mark Fettes is an Associate Professor in the SFU Faculty of Education. Beginning with work on the revitalization of indigenous languages, his academic work has focused on understanding the role of imagination in learning, teaching, and schooling. As SFU he has worked with teachers at all levels of the formal education system, with a focus on helping them find more imaginative and engaging ways of teaching the mainstream curriculum. He has also been involved in several community-based research projects focused on school district-First Nation partnerships and decolonizing place-based education. The theoretical side of his work explores the relationships between experience, language, imagination and community.
Kieran Egan is an emeritus professor of the Faculty of Education at Simon Fraser University. His interests have included trying to sketch a somewhat new educational theory, and also working out ways to help students and teachers to implement it in everyday classrooms. He graduated from London University with a B.A. in History, and from Cornell University with a PhD in Education. He is now retired and writes poetry or makes pottery; one of those anyway.
Laurie Anderson is the Executive Director of SFU Vancouver, an Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Education, and a Senior Associate with SFU’s Centre for Dialogue. Laurie has 30 years of experience in the K-12 system in Vancouver and Coquitlam, serving in every educational role from teacher to superintendent. Laurie has held various consultancy positions, including on program reform strategies for the BC Ministry of Education, assessment and evaluation frameworks for the Education Bureau of Hong Kong, and leadership development programs in China, Thailand and Cambodia. Laurie obtained his BEd, MA and PhD at SFU.
Sarah Lubik is SFU’s first Director of Entrepreneurship, promoting the power of interdisciplinary teams to solve wicked problems. She is the Executive Director of the Chang Institute for Entrepreneurship in the Beedie School of Business, co-Champion of the Technology Entrepreneurship@SFU program, and researches the entrepreneurial mindset, university entrepreneurship and support ecosystems. Sarah has been named one of Business in Vancouver’s Top 40 under 40 and an Innovation Leader by the Government of Canada. She is a certified business coach and an entrepreneur. Sarah holds a BBA (honours) from SFU and a masters and PhD from the University of Cambridge.
Sean Blenkinsop is a professor of education at SFU. Trained as a philosopher of education at Harvard, he has published widely in the fields of outdoor, environmental, and ecological education. Recent work has focused on creating, supporting and researching two unique K-7 outdoor/environmental public schools which focus on changing the culture of education to one that seeks to build relationships with the natural world, understands local places and its inhabitants to be co-teachers, and recognizes the outdoors as a significant place of learning. None of which can be done without the imagination and a good sense of humour. His latest book Wild Pedagogies was just published by Palgrave-Macmillan.
Chloë Lum is an undergraduate student studying in the English Department at Simon Fraser University. She aspires to be an elementary school teacher and is grateful to all the wonderful teachers who instilled the love and passion for education she has today.