Professor, Department of Educational Psychology
André P. Grace completed a PhD in Educational Foundations at Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. He engaged in postdoctoral studies with eminent educator Dr. Henry A. Giroux at the Waterbury Forum for Education and Cultural Studies, Pennsylvania State University, State College, USA. Currently, he is Professor, Department of Educational Psychology, and Director of Research, 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 of Canada, 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 national summer leadership retreat for sexual and gender minority youth. He is currently serving as an invited member of the Canadian Teachers' Federation Panel of Academic Experts. He has also served as an external reviewer of the 2011 and 2012 Annual Reports on the State of Public Health in Canada for the Chief Public Health Officer's Reports Unit. Dr. Grace 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 U.S. national Adult Education Research Conference
His research in 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, social cohesion, and justice in education, health, other institutional contexts, and culture. This research focuses on the human and civil rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer persons within the context of the OECD's guiding principle of lifelong learning for all.
With Dr. 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 U.S. University Continuing Education Association. The award acclaimed their co-edited book on social education for vulnerable populations, which is entitled Challenging the Professionalization of Adult Education: John Ohliger and Contradictions in Modern Practice.
At the 2010 Standing Conference on University Teaching and Research in the Education of Adults, University of Warwick, United Kingdom, 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.
For further details on Dr. Grace´s research foci, research contributions including publications since 2008, leadership roles, supervision and training of students, and professional contributions, please see his short Curriculum Vitae.