Dr David Burgess

Department Head, Graduate Chair, & Interim SELU Director
(BA, BEd, MEd, PhD)

  • Organizational Theory
  • Educational and Administrative Law

Burgess Dr David Burgess is Head, Graduate Chair, and Associate Professor in the Department of Educational Administration at the University of Saskatchewan; he also currently serves as the Interim Director of the Saskatchewan Educational Leadership Unit (SELU) and Chair of the College of Education Faculty Council. His research interests include philosophy of organization, organization theory, educational law, methods in legal instruction and research, comparative educational administration, and critical realism.  He has published internationally on these topics, and has been an invited presenter at national and international conferences on the subjects of the history and organization of Canadian educational administration and educational law, international comparative educational administration, and methods in legal instruction.  His recent international pro bono work includes consultation and research in partnership with the Jamaican Ministry of Education and the Mexican principals' organization Reintegra, ongoing inter-University partnership development with Tianjin Normal University in China, and school-improvement initiatives in Mozambique.

Burgess holds university teaching concentrations in history of organizational theory, philosophy of organization, and educational and administrative law.  He maintains a teaching license in New Brunswick with a specialization in secondary social and political sciences, and history. In 2009, Dr Burgess was the recipient of the Thomas B. Greenfield Dissertation Award, Canadian Association for the Study of Educational Administration (CASEA), for the outstanding Canadian doctoral dissertation in educational administration.  He currently serves as co-editor of the Journal of Educational Administration and Foundations (JEAF) with Drs Bonnie Stelmach and Paul Newton; he was formerly a consultant with the United Nations Non-Governmental Liaison Service (UN/NGLS) in Geneva, Switzerland.

Undergraduate Teaching

  • EADM 425 - Legal and Institutional Contexts of Education
  • EADM 498 - Organization and Administration of Education in China
  • EDUC 303 - Schools in Society

Graduate Teaching

  • EADM 811 - History and Development of Organizational Theory
  • EADM 825 - Educational and Administrative Law
  • EADM 881 - Organizational Paradigms and Analysis
  • EADM 892 - Organization and Administration of Education in China
  • EADM 894 - Laboratory in Educational Administration

Graduate Supervision (Theses and Dissertations Completed)

  • Mueller, R. (2013). Models of organizational values in the administration of university student services. [PhD] Department of Educational Administration, University of Saskatchewan — National Greenfield Dissertation Award Recipient.
  • Hardie, R. (2011). Principals’ perceptions of the key factors of sustainable leadership for school improvement: A mixed methods research study. [PhD] Department of Educational Administration, University of Saskatchewan.
  • Sylvester, J. (2011). An analysis of market reform trends in Saskatchewan public education. [MEd] Department of Educational Administration, University of Saskatchewan.
  • Squires, V. (2010). A policy study of the emergence of a joint interdisciplinary school. [PhD] Department of Educational Administration, University of Saskatchewan (Co-supervised with Dr. Patrick Renihan).
  • Gress, H. (2009). Rural routes: A study of rural high school graduate life transitions. [MEd] Department of Educational Administration, University of Saskatchewan.
  • Jutras, M. (2009). A study of previously disengaged physical education students within a modular physical education course. [MEd] Department of Educational Administration, University of Saskatchewan.

Guide to Saskatchewan School LawSelected Publications

  • Burgess, D. & Newton, P. (Eds.). (in press). Educational administration and leadership: Theoretical foundations. New York: Routledge.
  • Burgess, D., Walker, K., Chomos, J., & Donlevy, JK. (2014). A guide to Saskatchewan school law (3rd ed.). Saskatoon, SK: Turning Point. →
  • Burgess, D., Rigby, J., & Walker, K. (2013). Rules of order in university councils: Kerr and King in practice. Kingston, ON: Turning Point.
  • Kutsyuruba, B., Burgess, D., Walker, K., & Donlevy, JK. (2013). A guide to Ontario school law. Kingston, ON: Turning Point.
  • Riveros, A., Newton, P., & Burgess, D. (2012). A situated account of teacher agency and learning: Critical reflections on professional learning communities. Canadian Journal of Education, 35(1), 202-216.
  • Otero, L. & Burgess, D. (2011). Freedom of conscience and religion in Québec schools: An examination of the cases L. (S.) c. Des Chênes (Commission scolaire) and Loyola High School c. CourchesneEducation & Law Journal, 21(1), 87-100.
  • Burgess, D. (2011). Reflections on the use of visual representations of legal and institutional constructs as assignments in legal education for pre-service teachers in Canada. Proceedings of Argumentation 2011—International Conference on Alternative Methods of Argumentation in Law (pp. 123-166). Brno, Czech Republic: Masaryk University Faculty of Law.
  • Burgess, D. (2010). Saskatchewan Court of Appeal holds anti-homosexual behaviour education pamphlets do not violate Human Rights Code.  Education & Law Journal, 20(2), 95-99.
  • Newton, P., Burgess, D., & Burns, D. (2010). Models in educational administration: Revisiting Willower’s “theoretically oriented” critique. Educational Management, Administration, and Leadership, 38(5), 578-590. 
  • Walker, K., Chomos, J., & Burgess, D. (2009). A guide to Saskatchewan school law (2nd ed.). Saskatoon, SK: SELU. 
  • Newton, P. & Burgess, D. (2008). Exploring types of educational action research: Implications for research validity. International Journal of Qualitative Methods, 7(4), 18-30.
  • Burgess, D. & Newton, P. (2008). International educational leadership, administration, and management programme inventory. Proceedings of the Commonwealth Council for Educational Administration and Management (CCEAM) 2008 Conference. Durban, South Africa: Education Management Association of South Africa.
  • Burgess, D. & Newton, P. (2008). The representation of professional identity through online social networking websites. Proceedings of the Canadian Society for the Study of Education (CSSE) 36th Annual Conference. Vancouver, Canada: University of British Columbia.
  • Newton, P., Burgess, D., & Robinson, S. (2007). Policy narrative for Saskatchewan.  In A. S. Chan, D. Fisher, & K. Rubenson (Eds.), The evolution of professionalism: Educational policy in the provinces and territories of Canada (pp. 49-64). Vancouver, BC: University of British Columbia.

Selected International Presentations

  • Riveros, A., Newton, P., & Burgess, D. (2014). Agency and leadership: Exploring the assumptions behind conceptualizations of leadership in Canadian policy documents. Commonwealth Council on Educational Administration and Management (CCEAM) International Conference, Fredericton, Canada.
  • Burgess, D. & Newton, P. (2013). A comparison of the qualification standards for superintendents of education in Canadian provincial jurisdictions. British Educational Leadership, Management and Administration Society (BELMAS) Annual Conference, Edinburgh, United Kingdom.
  • Burgess, D. (2012). Visualizing statute and case law in legal education for Canadian schoolteachers.  Rechtswissenschaftliches Institut—Zentrum für rechtsgeschichtliche Forschung, University of Zurich, Internationale Konferenz zum Multisensorischen Recht / International Conference on Multisensory Law, Munich, Germany.
  • Peters, F., Newton, P., & Burgess, D. (2012). The changing contexts of principal preparation programs: Alberta and Saskatchewan. Commonwealth Council on Educational Administration and Management (CCEAM) International Conference, Limassol, Cyprus.
  • Burgess, D. (2011). Reflections on the use of visual representations of legal and institutional constructs as assignments in legal education for pre-service teachers in Canada. Masaryk University Faculty of Law, Argumentation 2011—International Conference on Alternative Methods of Argumentation in Law, Brno, Czech Republic.
  • Burgess, D. & Newton, P. (2010). An Analysis of Academic Educational Administration in the Commonwealth. Commonwealth Council on Educational Administration and Management (CCEAM) and Australian Council for Educational Leadership (ACEL) International Conference, Sydney, Australia.
  • Riveros, A., Newton, P., & Burgess, D. (2010). A Critique of Professional Learning Communities in Canada from a Situated Cognition Perspective. Commonwealth Council on Educational Administration and Management (CCEAM) and Australian Council for Educational Leadership (ACEL) International Conference, Sydney, Australia.
  • Burgess, D. (2010). Academic educational administration in eleven countries: Trends and issues. Faculty of Education, Tianjin Normal University, Tianjin, China.
  • Burgess, D. & Newton, P. (2008). International educational leadership, administration, and management programme inventory: Canada, South Africa, and the United Kingdom. Commonwealth Council on Educational Administration and Management (CCEAM) Conference, Durban, South Africa.
  • Newton, P. & Burgess, D. (2008). International educational leadership, administration and management programme inventory. British Educational Leadership, Management and Administration Society (BELMAS) Annual Conference, Birmingham, United Kingdom.
  • Burgess, D., Newton, P., & Wimmer, R. (2008). The representation of professional identity through online social networking websites. Fourth International Conference on Technology, Knowledge & Society, Northeastern University, Boston, United States.

 

Contact

All inquiries for further information or program details made by students
or applicants must be made—in writing—to the Department Head:

Dr David Burgess
Department of Educational Administration
University of Saskatchewan
28 Campus Drive
Saskatoon, SK S7N 0X1, Canada


eadm.inquiries@usask.ca

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