Dr. Heather McRae
Heather McRae was appointed Founding Dean of the School of Continuing Education on April 14, 2014. She was previously an Associate Professor and the Associate Dean of Engaged Learning at the Faculty of Extension at the University of Alberta. Heather has extensive work experience in continuing education both at the University of Victoria and Okanagan University College.
As Dean of the School of Continuing Education at MacEwan University, Heather is responsible for developing and overseeing the academic and administrative direction of continuing education. This involves collaboration and consultation within and outside of the university, needs assessment, partnerships with key stakeholders and the establishment of structures and processes that enable student participation and success.
Heather has completed a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Simon Fraser University, a Master of Science from the University of Oregon, and a Bachelor’s degree from the University of British Columbia. She received a graduate student award for her thesis on community engagement and a journal award for her article outlining the role of continuing education within the university and society from the Canadian Association of University Continuing Education (CAUCE).
She continues to explore community engagement policies and practices within her research program and through involvement in committees and organizations. Heather is currently the Chair of the Research and Information Committee for CAUCE and the Co-founder of the Affinity Group on Community Engagement within the Canadian Society for the Study of Higher Education. She is also involved in an international project on mainstreaming community-based research and a pan-Canadian SSHRC funded initiative supporting the development of innovative, resilient and prosperous communities.