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Dr. Carol Burbee

Assistant Professor of Educational Studies
Chair of the Educational Studies Department


Educational Studies


  • Ed.D., Educational Leadership: Community Leadership, Western University
  • MEd, Post-secondary Curriculum & Instruction, Simon Fraser University
  • BEd, Simon Fraser University
  • BA, University of Northern BC


I was led to teaching from a sincere desire to release children from systemic and institutional oppression. As my career developed I narrowed my focus of influence to supporting future educators as a way to meet this aim. My chief concern is creating a curriculum culture that liberates, rather than controls students.

I spend my free time with my family; I love to walk and spend time outdoors. I adore British murder mysteries and binge-watch them on Netflix during school breaks!


  • 2022-24 British Columbia (BC) Early Childhood Pedagogy Network Pedagogist. As a post-secondary pedagogist, I am leading a Pedagogical Dialogue Project on the rights of children. Through pedagogical documentation with other educators, I will explore the ways in which our practices and curriculum infringe on children’s rights and work to transform educational norms and ways of being with children.
  • 2021-23 BC Campus Research Fellow. Unsettling Curriculum: A New Course in First Nations Studies 100. As a community of practice, educators who represent Indigenous and non-Indigenous worldviews join in this research as we strive to decolonize and Indigenize the curriculum and pedagogical practices in post-secondary education.
  • 2023 Pedagogical Connections research in the field of K-12 Special Education. The aim of this research is to understand current roles and responsibilities of Education Assistants in the field of complex behavioral challenges, and crisis intervention in K-12 classrooms.The research will inform post-secondary curriculum to prepare educators to work on Functional Behavior Assessments, and Individual Education Plans for children with complex needs.


  • Leads Canadian post-secondary initiatives to bridge experiential and workplace learning for student-educators working in Early Childhood Education.
  • Collaborated with First Nations communities in Northern BC to develop a model for supported child development (special education) that was responsive to their needs.
  • Delivered a two year pilot project supporting rural and remote community members to access post-secondary education. This successful program continues and facilitates marginalized child care workers to formally enter the education field.


  • Professional Teaching License (British Columbia)
  • Certified Early Childhood Educator (British Columbia)
  • Certified Special Needs Educator (British Columbia)


  • Avender, P., Burbee, C., Donison, L., Liska, K., & McDougall, P. (2021). The many layers of co-construction: Work-integrated learning at Northern Lights College. The Early Childhood Educator, 36(3).
  • Burbee, C. (2019). Leadership Opportunity in Practice: A Deep Listening and Leadership Model in Indigenizing Post-Secondary Curriculum. Robert Macmillan Symposium in Education 2019 – Diversity in Education Pedagogy: Mobilizing Education for All. March 29, 2019, London, ON, Canada.
  • Burbee, C. (2019). Fostering Professional Judgement in the Student-Educator Practicum: A Dialogical Approach. Academy for Educational Studies – Critical Questions in Education Symposium. November 12, 2019, Chicago, IL, USA.

Dr. Carol Burbee CV