Community Learning (Youth University & Continuing Education) Director - Kate Cassidy, Ph.D.
“Today the world is experiencing a profound paradigm shift. The transition to a new era is transforming almost everything including how people communicate, make a living, and spend leisure time. With these changes come a growing awareness of our interdependence, and a rising concern for social, cultural, environmental, and economic sustainability for the generations to come. I am interested in education for human (and more than human) flourishing in this new era where the importance of individual uniqueness, relationships, and the ability to adapt and contribute positively to change will be key”.
As Director of Community Learning, Kate provides the theoretical framework and educational philosophy that guides this department and is responsible for the research and development agenda. Kate also provides strategic direction, oversees finances, staff management, and program design. Kate holds a B.B.A. with a minor in economics from Bishop's University, a Masters of Education with a concentration in adult learning from Brock University, and a Ph.D. in the Social and Cultural Contexts of Education. Kate has over 20 years of leadership experience in education, has written a number of peer reviewed articles, and has presented her work both locally and internationally. She is also a Research Associate of the Niagara Community Observatory. Kate was recently awarded the prestigious Jack M. Miller Excellence in Research Award. In her free time, Kate takes every opportunity to be outside: camping, cross-country skiing and drawing.
Selected Recent Scholarly Activity
Cassidy, K. J. (2013, June). The essence of feeling a sense of community: A hermeneutic phenomenological Inquiry with middle school students and teachers, Paper presented at the Canadian Society for the Study of Education: Victoria, Canada.
Cassidy, K. J. (2013, April). Understanding community that includes difference as a foundation for peace in schools, Paper presented at the American Education Research Association Educational Research Association (AERA): San Francisco, USA.
Cassidy, K. J. (2010, October). Developing a feeling of belonging & community at school, Paper presented at the Niagara Community Observatory Research Café: Niagara Falls, Canada
Cassidy, K. (2009). Addressing multiple ways of knowing in adventure education. In R. H. Stremba & C. Bisson, (Eds.), Teaching adventure education theory: best practices. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.
Cassidy, K. (2009). An alternative to Tuckman: Three factors in group development. In R. H. Stremba & C. Bisson, (Eds.), Teaching adventure education theory: best practices. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.
Cassidy, K. J., & Laslo, W. (2009, May). What’s the master plan? Emerging trends and planning for continuing education in a new era, Canadian Association for University Continuing Education: Vancouver, Canada.
Cassidy, K. J. (2009, May). Higher education and strategic change in the wake of a new era, Paper presented at the Canadian Society for the Study of Higher Education Conference at the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences: Ottawa, Canada.
Cassidy, K. (2008). A contemporary model of experiential education. In K. Warren, T. A. Loeffler, & D. Mitten (Eds.), The theory of experiential education (4th ed.). Dubuque, IA: Kendall/Hunt.
Cassidy, K. (2008, June). Youth on Campus: The scholarship of engagement and increasing access to post-Secondary attainment. Paper presented at the Canadian Society for the Study of Higher Education Conference during the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences. Vancouver, Canada.
Cassidy, K. (2007). Tuckman revisited: Proposing a new model of group development for practitioners. The Journal of Experiential Education. 22 (1), 413-417.
Cassidy, K. (2001). Enhancing your experiential program with narrative theory. The Journal of Experiential Education, 24 (1), 22-26.