Courses Taught

  • EDUC 1100: Introduction to Higher Education (online)
  • EDUC 1150: Introduction to Higher Education for International Students
  • EDUC 3210: Supportive Relations / Classroom Management
  • EDUC 3240: Social Justice and Diversity in Education
  • EDUC 4210: Best Practices in Educational Settings

Dr. David P. Burns

Vice Chair, University Senate, KPU

  • Chair of Senate Standing Committee on Curriculum
  • Chair of Senate Standing Committee on University Budget
  • Teaching Fellow, K-12 Transformation
  • Primary Investigator, KEPI
  • Faculty Member, Department of Educational Studies, Faculty of Arts


David P. Burns, Ph.D. received a B.Ed. in Secondary Education and an M.Ed. and Ph.D. in Educational Policy Studies from the University of Alberta. His areas of specialization include: philosophy of education, professional ethics, moral/character education, and environmental education. Dr. Burns has lectured on the law, ethics, and philosophy of education, as well as teaching methods, classroom management and social justice. Dr. Burns has published in journals such as the Canadian Journal for Science, Mathematics and Technology Education; Paideusis; Transformative Dialogues; Curriculum and Pedagogy; Educational Management, Administration and Leadership; and Globalisation, Societies and Education. Before coming to KPU Dr. Burns taught at the Universities of Alberta and British Columbia. He has also worked as a high school teacher and educational consultant.

Areas of Interest

Educational Technology, Education Policy, Postsecondary Teaching Methods, Educational Ethics, Environmental Education, Scientific Literacy, Moral Education.

Current Studies: Education policy in British Columbia, University Governance, University Admission and Transitions


Email: david.burns@kpu.ca
Surrey Campus: 604.599.3480
Surrey Office: Fir Building 2436