Bernie Potvin, PhD

Faculty Member

I am an educator and leader of educators, with experiences as a school and university administrator, pastor, university professor, classroom teacher, and educational technical advisor and consultant for government and non-governmental organisations and external evaluator for university programs. I have designed and led in the implementation of two accredited Bachelor of Education degree programs in Alberta and was appointed Associate Dean for both programs-Concordia University of Edmonton and Ambrose University in Calgary. I have been an Executive Director and Principal in two alternative schools in the Palliser School Division in Alberta. In addition, I have 9 years of K-12 teaching experience.

I have formulated policy at national and provincial levels, most recently a national policy titled Credentialing Framework for Teachers in Afghanistan. I have completed other educational-related contracts with government and nongovernmental organisations, written reports from design phase through to final reports on teacher certification, program development and needs assessment, and designed needs assessment reports for projects in twelve other global settings. I have been a team member for three university self assessments: University of Praetoria, Quest University, and St. Mary’s University (Calgary). I have co-authored three books and authored a fourth.

I have research interests that include assessment and evaluation, creating hybrid and blended courses based on principles of effective classroom and group dynamics, concept formation, performance anxiety. My current research interest is a descriptive case study with Ugandan school-aged children with disabilities and their experience with technology that supported their academic and inclusion outcomes.

I have either supervised or been an examiner (both internal/external as well as external) for over 60 graduate students. I am co-founder of Old Guys in Action, a humanitarian group that promotes learning, engagement, networking, and fundraising for charities. I am married to Ann (40 years and counting) and am a father of three grown children and ‘Pop’ to four grandchildren.