David is the Director of the Community Service-Learning Program at UAlberta (North Campus).
David gained his PhD on “Student Equity Policy and Practice” from the University of Queensland in August 2014.
David is a dual Australian-Canadian national who was instrumental in the development of the CSL program at the University of Saskatchewan, where he also completed his Master’s thesis on “Transforming Lives through International Community Service-Learning”. He was a founding steering committee member of the Canadian Alliance for Community Service-Learning (CACSL), and also worked as the Service-Learning Coordinator at Queensland University of Technology where he held the role of Community Engaged Learning Coordinator..
David's research interests and publications span institutional ethnography, student equity in higher education, critical modes of university-community engagement, international service-learning and student mobilities, and curriculum theory. He hopes to pursue research on CSL as a mode of student engagement, particularly in relation to students from disadvantaged backgrounds. CSL offers opportunities for enhanced critical thinking and intercultural capacities, but also invaluable experiences of work cultures and practices, crucial for all of our students’ employability.