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David Burgess SELU Director

Associate Dean (Research, Graduate Support, and International Initiatives), College of Education, University of Saskatchewan

Dean's Office, College of Education

Dr David Burgess currently serves as the Director of the Saskatchewan Educational Leadership Unit (SELU), and has done so since 2014. He also holds the appointment as Associate Dean (Research, Graduate Support, and International Initiatives) in the College of Education—as well as Associate Professor in the Department of Educational Administration—at the University of Saskatchewan. His research and teaching interests include philosophy of organization, organization theory and organizational modeling, educational law, and methods in legal instruction and research.  He has published internationally on these topics, and has been an invited presenter at national and international conferences on the subjects of the history and organization of Canadian educational administration and educational law, international comparative educational administration, and methods in legal instruction. 

Burgess has co-authored or edited five books—including a foundational history of the academic debates in the study of educational administration (with colleague Newton) and other works on decision-making and governance in educational organizations—and several articles published in the field of educational administration and educational research; his two books on educational law in Saskatchewan (with colleagues Walker, Chomos, and Donlevy) and Ontario (with colleagues Kutsyuruba, Walker, and Donlevy) are used as  primary textbooks in Saskatchewan and Ontario undergraduate (pre-service) teacher education in the administration of schools.  His recent international pro bono work includes consultation and research in partnership with the Jamaican Ministry of Education and the Mexican principals' organization Interleader, ongoing inter-University partnership development with Tianjin Normal University in China and the University of Barcelona in Spain, and school-improvement initiatives in Mozambique.

Dr Burgess holds university teaching concentrations in history of organizational theory, philosophy of organization, and educational and administrative law.  He maintains a teaching license in New Brunswick with a specialization in secondary social and political sciences, and history. In 2009, Dr Burgess was the recipient of the Thomas B. Greenfield Dissertation Award, Canadian Association for the Study of Educational Administration (CASEA), for the outstanding Canadian doctoral dissertation in educational administration.  He has served as co-editor of the Journal of Educational Administration and Foundations (JEAF; now Canadian Journal of Educatinoal Administration and Policy) and was formerly a consultant with the United Nations Non-Governmental Liaison Service (UN/NGLS) in Geneva, Switzerland.