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Andre P. Grace, PhD, MEd, BSc, BEd



Educational Psychology

About Me

André P. Grace completed a PhD in Educational Foundations at Dalhousie University, Halifax, and postdoctoral studies at the Waterbury Forum for Education and Cultural Studies, The Pennsylvania State University, State College campus. He is a Killam Professor and Director of the Institute for Sexual Minority Studies and Services in the Faculty of Education, University of Alberta. In national research projects funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, Dr. Grace has used qualitative methodology focused on explorations of the self, others, and culture to examine the positionalities and needs of students and teachers across sexual and gender minority differences. He has also studied educational interest groups in political analyses of their impacts on inclusion and accommodation of sexual and gender minorities in education and culture. Dr. Grace keeps his research and service in dynamic equilibrium. He is co-founder of Camp fYrefly, a summer leadership camp for sexual and gender minority youth, and he is national consultant on sexual and gender minority issues for the Canadian Teachers' Federation. Dr. Grace is a member of the national Working Group on Sexual Health with the Public Health Agency of Canada and is serving as expert advisor to the Chief Public Health Officer’s Reports Unit on the State of Public Health in Canada for the 2011 and 2012 national reports. He is a past President of the Canadian Association for the Study of Adult Education, and he is also a past Chair of the Steering Committee for the US national Adult Education Research Conference. Dr. Grace’s work in educational policy studies primarily focuses on comparative studies of policies, pedagogies, and practices shaping lifelong learning as critical action, especially in the contexts of OECD (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development) countries. Within this research he includes a major focus on sexual and gender minorities and their issues and concerns regarding social inclusion, cohesion, and justice in education and culture. With Tonette S. Rocco, Florida International University, he received the 2009 Phillip E. Frandson Award for Literature in the Field of Continuing Higher Education from the US University Continuing Education Association. At the 2010 Standing Conference on University Teaching and Research in the Education of Adults, University of Warwick, UK, Dr. Grace received the Ian Martin Award for Social Justice for his paper entitled Space Matters: Lifelong Learning, Sexual Minorities, and Realities of Adult Education as Social Education.


  • Queer studies
  • Inclusive education
  • Critical lifelong learning
  • Welfare-and-work issues for LGBTQ Teachers