I was born into a global refugee family: my parents were born in Ukraine/USSR, I was born in Paraguay, and my 6 siblings were born in Winnipeg, Man., where I grew up. This taught me that education, like other matters of the heart and the head, is of great value and among the most transportable “assets” available.
My studies include a BTh (Theology, CMBC 1979); BA (History, Winnipeg 1980); MDiv (AMBS 1984); MA (History, Waterloo 1988); and PhD (History, Waterloo 1995).
Education is also transferrable: I have worked in various jobs and careers throughout my life – including as a minister, a business entrepreneur (also as a social entrepreneur) and a university professor. The ability to think critically and creatively - and to learn - is of paramount importance. I have also served as chair of a university college board and as development consultant for a new university in Brantford (the future Laurier Brantford).
In 2015 I walked the Camino de Santiago de Compostela - from Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port in France to Santiago, Spain, and from there to Finisterre on the Atlantic coast. I learned again that life is a pilgrimage of learning and I invite students to join me on that quest.
My current research is focused on religion and peace/conflict and on the historical practice of, and social contracts derived from, citizenship oaths and military loyalty oaths. I also study about and write on pedagogy — especially peace pedagogy and on Reflective Practice Writing.
I am willing to supervise graduate students in the following areas:
Please check this page for internship opportunities as they become available. You are also advised to check the C3 Innovation Labs pages for interesting lab courses you can take and also for updated postings on internships and research opportunities.
Office location: DAWB 5-132
Fall 2018: Thursdays from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. and by appointment.
Winter 2019: Thursdays from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. and by appointment.
Note: Students are always welcome when I am in my office.
Languages spoken: English, German, Low German
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