Department of Educational Policy Studies


CGCER is led by its Co-Directors, Dr. Lynette Shultz who is a full-time faculty member in the Department of Educational Policy Studies and Dr. Anna Kirova, who is a full-time faculty member in the Department of Elementary Education. CGCER is accountable to the Governing Council and the Dean of the Faculty of Education.

The role of the Governing Council is to direct the policies and activities of the centre and ensure that the initiatives of the Centre fall within its mandate.

The Advisory Committee members act in a consultative capacity to assist and advise the Director and the Governing Council regarding CGCER's activities. The Advisory Committee has representation from faculty members, graduate students and undergraduate students at the University of Alberta and other universities, as well as representation from community-based and non-governmental organizations located both in Canada and internationally.

The current Advisory Committee members are:

  • Lynette Shultz (Professor, Educational Policy Studies; Director, CGCER; Associate Dean - International, Faculty of Education)
  • Ali A. Abdi (Professor and Department Head, Educational Studies, University of British Columbia)
  • Kumari Beck (Associate Professor, Simon Fraser University)
  • Shibao Guo (Professor, University of Calgary)
  • Yan Guo (Associate Professor, University of Calgary)
  • Melody Viczko (Assistant Professor, Western University)
  • Adeela Arshad-Ayaz (Assistant Professor, Concordia University)
  • M. Ayaz Naseem (Associate Professor, Concordia University)
  • Carla Peck (Associate Professor, Department of Elementary Education, University of Alberta)
  • Crain Soudien (CEO, Human Sciences Research Council, South Africa; Professor, University of Cape Town)
  • Angelica Quesada (Graduate student representative – University of Alberta)
  • Hanan Ali (Undergraduate student representative – University of Alberta)
  • Kent den Heyer (Associate Professor, Department of Secondary Education, University of Alberta)
  • Malinda Smith (Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Alberta)
  • Toni Samek (Professor & Chair, School of Library and Information Studies, University of Alberta)
  • Heather McPherson (Director, Alberta Council for Global Cooperation)
  • Terry Godwaldt (Director, Centre for Global Education)
  • Tesfaye Ayalew (Director, Africa Centre)
  • Bill Howe (Research and Innovation for Student Learning - Edmonton Public School Board)
  • Karen Pashby (Post-doctoral Fellow - CGCER, University of Alberta)
  • Dan Cui (Post-doctoral Fellow, UCLA)
  • Vanessa Andreotti (Associate Professor, Educational Studies; Canada Research Chair in Race, Inequalities and Global Change, University of British Columbia)
  • Priscilla Settee (Associate Professor, Indigenous Studies, University of Saskatchewan)
  • Catherine Odora Hoppers (Professor, University of South Africa, South African Research Chair in Development Education)
  • Graham Pike (Vancouver Island University)
  • Boaz Waruku (Elimu Yetu Coalition)
  • Gorgui Sow (African Network Campaign on Education for All - ANCEFA)
  • Vlad Gomez (Canada World Youth)