Dr. André P. Grace

Dr. André GraceiSMSS Faculty Director
Professor, Department of Educational Psychology
Andre.Grace@ualberta.ca
780-492-0767

André P. Grace completed a PhD in Educational Foundations at Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. He engaged in postdoctoral studies with eminent educator Dr. Henry A. Giroux at the Waterbury Forum for Education and Cultural Studies, Pennsylvania State University, State College, USA. Currently, he is Canada Research Chair in Sexual and Gender Minority Studies (Tier 1) at the University of Alberta; Professor, Department of Educational Psychology; and a Faculty Director of the Institute for Sexual Minority Studies and Services in the Faculty of Education, University of Alberta.

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During his academic career Dr. Grace has been principal investigator in five national research projects funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. He has used qualitative methodology focused on explorations of the self, others, and culture to examine the positionalities and needs of students and teachers across sexual and gender minority (SGM) differences. He has also studied educational interest groups in political analyses of their impacts on inclusion and accommodation of sexual and gender minorities in education and culture. In 2015, as principal investigator, Dr. Grace received a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Insight Research Grant to conduct a five-year research project entitled Synchronizing Research, Policymaking, and Practice to Assist Sexual and Gender Minority Youth to Grow into Resilience. In this research project Dr. Grace is using mixed methods research to investigate how SGM youth, whose lives are impacted by biopsychosocial, institutional, and other cultural factors, grow into resilience within a process that situates caring professionals as a core asset in achieving this goal.

Dr. Grace keeps his research and service in dynamic equilibrium. Currently, he directs the Comprehensive Health Education Workers (CHEW) Project (www.chewproject.ca), which is a community-based initiative supported by the Alberta Community Council on HIV and enabled by Alberta Health and Wellness and the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) through the Alberta Community HIV Fund. The project’s core function is to develop and deliver research-informed, age-appropriate, and non-judgmental comprehensive health education for SGM youth, especially gay and other MSM (males who have sex with males) youth and trans-spectrum youth. Dr. Grace is also co-founder of Camp fYrefly, a national summer leadership retreat for SGM youth. He is currently working to expand Camp fYrefly sites nationally, with the inaugural Ontario camp being planned for summer 2016 at Trent University in Peterborough.

Dr. Grace is an invited member of the Canadian Teachers’ Federation Panel of Academic Experts. He also served as an external reviewer for the 2011 and 2012 Annual Reports on the State of Public Health in Canada for the Chief Public Health Officer’s Reports Unit. Dr. Grace is a past President of the Canadian Association for the Study of Adult Education, and he is also a past Chair of the Steering Committee for the U.S. national Adult Education Research Conference. His research in policy studies primarily focuses on comparative studies of policies, pedagogies, and practices shaping lifelong learning as critical action, especially in the contexts of OECD (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development) countries. Within this research he includes a major focus on sexual and gender minorities and their issues and concerns regarding social inclusion, social cohesion, and justice in education, health, other institutional contexts, and culture. This research focuses on the human and civil rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer persons within the context of the OECD’s guiding principle of lifelong learning for all.

In recognition of his research excellence, in 2014 the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada awarded Dr. Grace the Canada Research Chair in Sexual and Gender Minority Studies (Tier 1) at the University of Alberta. In 2014 Dr. Grace also received the Cyril O. Houle Award for Outstanding Literature in Adult Education from the American Association of Adult and Continuing Education for his book entitled Lifelong Learning as Critical Action: International Perspectives on People, Politics, Policy, and Practice (Canadian Scholars’ Press, Toronto, 2013). In 2011 Dr. Grace was awarded a Killam Annual Professorship, recognizing his outstanding contributions to scholarship and to the University of Alberta community. In 2011 he also had national support enabling him to establish the Queer Studies in Education and Culture Special Interest Group, which he continues to chair, within the Canadian Society for the Study of Education. At the 2010 Standing Conference on University Teaching and Research in the Education of Adults, University of Warwick, United Kingdom, Dr. Grace received the Ian Martin Award for Social Justice for his paper entitled Space Matters: Lifelong Learning, Sexual Minorities, and Realities of Adult Education as Social Education. With Dr. Tonette S. Rocco, Florida International University, he received the 2009 Phillip E. Frandson Award for Literature in the Field of Continuing Higher Education from the U.S. University Continuing Education Association. The award acclaimed their co-edited book on social education for vulnerable populations, which is entitled Challenging the Professionalization of Adult Education: John Ohliger and Contradictions in Modern Practice.

In 2008, Dr. Grace had support from the University of Alberta to establish the Institute for Sexual Minority Studies and Services in the Faculty of Education, University of Alberta. iSMSS continues to develop as a research and advocacy hub for local, national, and international work on sexual and gender minority issues, which occurs in the intersection of research, policy, and practice in education and culture. Dr. Grace uses his research to advocate for sexual and gender minorities, especially vulnerable youth.

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

University of Alberta Libraries is currently assisting me in creating a community for iSMSS in the Education and Research Archive. It will include my updated list of publications. A link will be posted here once it is available.

Research Publications Focused on Sexual and Gender Minorities, and Our Issues and Concerns

Scholarly Books, Edited Proceedings, Book Chapters, Journal Articles, Encyclopedia Entries, and Scholarly Papers Published in Conference Proceedings.

Accessing the Publications

Books, chapters in edited books, journal articles, and encyclopedia entries can be accessed through your university library system. The Queer Studies in Education and Culture Pre-Conference Proceedings and the AERC-CASAE 2011 LGBT Q&A Pre-Conference Proceedings are available as PDFs below under Edited Proceedings. Other scholarly papers published in CASAE, AERC, and SCUTREA conference proceedings are available on their websites:

  • AERC (Adult Education Research Conference, USA).
  • CASAE (Canadian Association for the Study of Adult education)
  • SCUTREA (Standing Conference on University Teaching and Research in the Education of Adults), or go to the Education-line collection.

Books

  • Grace, A. P. (in press). Lifelong learning as critical action: International perspectives on people, politics, policy, and practice. Toronto: Canadian Scholars’ Press. [coming in Fall 2013; includes an analysis of transnational sexual and gender minority issues]
  • Hill, R. J., & Grace, A. P. (Eds.). (2009). Adult and higher education in queer contexts: Power, politics, and pedagogy. Chicago, IL: Discovery Association Publishing House.
  • Hill, R. J., & Grace, A. P. (2009). Queer silence no more – Let’s make some noise. In R. J. Hill & A. P. Grace (Eds.), Adult and higher education in queer contexts: Power, politics, and pedagogy (pp. 1-10). Chicago, IL: Discovery Association Publishing House.
  • Grace, A. P., Hill, R. J., & Wells, K. (2009). Art as anti-oppression adult education: Creating a pedagogy of presence and place. In R. J. Hill & A. P. Grace (Eds.), Adult and higher education in queer contexts: Power, politics, and pedagogy (pp. 69-86). Chicago, IL: Discovery Association Publishing House.
  • Grace, A. P., & Hill, R. J. (2009). No end to history: Demanding civil quarter for sexual minorities in heteronormative space. In R. J. Hill & A. P. Grace (Eds.), Adult and higher education in queer contexts: Power, politics, and pedagogy (pp. 279-298). Chicago, IL: Discovery Association Publishing House.
  • Merriam, S. B., & Grace, A. P. (Eds.). (2011). The Jossey-Bass reader on contemporary issues in adult education. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass: A Wiley Imprint.
  • Grace, A. P., & Wells, K. (2011). Using Freirean pedagogy of just ire to inform critical social learning in arts-informed community education for sexual minorities. In S. B. Merriam & A. P. Grace (Eds.), The Jossey-Bass reader on contemporary issues in adult education (pp. 436-458). [Reprint]. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass: A Wiley Imprint. 

Edited Proceedings

  • Grace, A. P. (Ed.). (2011). Global realities and possibilities in queer contexts. Proceedings of the 8th LGBTQ Pre-Conference at the joint conference of the Adult Education Research Conference and the Canadian Association for the Study of Adult Education. Toronto, ON: University of Toronto. 
  • Grace, A. P., Dawson, C. M., & Hillyard, A. K. (Eds.). (2011). Queer issues in the study of education and culture III. Proceedings of the 3rd Queer Pre-Conference at the 39th Annual Conference of the Canadian Society for the Study of Education. Fredericton, NB: University of New Brunswick.
  • Grace, A. P., Dawson, C. M., & Hillyard, A. K. (Eds.). (2010). Queer issues in the study of education and culture II. Proceedings of the 2nd Queer Pre-Conference at the 38th Annual Conference of the Canadian Society for the Study of Education. Montreal, QC: Concordia University.
  • Grace, A. P., & Flynn, S. J. (Eds.). (2009). Queer issues in the study of education and culture I. Proceedings of the 1st Queer Pre-Conference at the 37th Annual Conference of the Canadian Society for the Study of Education. Ottawa, ON: Carleton University.

Book Chapters

  • Grace, A. P. (2013). Researching sexual minority and gender variant youth and their growth into resilience. In W. Midgley, P. A. Danaher, & M. Baguley (Eds.), The role of participants in education research: Ethics, epistemologies, and methods (pp. 15-28). New York: Routledge.
  • Grace, A. P. (2013). Gay rights as human and civil rights: Matters of degree in culture, society, and adult education. In T. Nesbit, S. Brigham, T. Gibb, & N. Taber (Eds.), Building on critical traditions: Adult education and learning in Canada (pp. 72-81). Toronto: Thompson Educational Publishing.
  • Grace, A. P. (2013). Camp fYrefly: Linking research to advocacy in community work with sexual and gender minority youth. In W. Pearce & J. Hillabold (Eds.), OUT SPOKEN: Perspectives on queer identities (pp. 127-142). Regina, SK: University of Regina Press.
  • Grace, A. P., & Wells, K. (2012). The Marc Hall prom predicament: Queer individual rights v. institutional church rights in Canadian public education. In D. Naugler (Ed.), Canadian perspectives in sexualities studies (pp. 179-192). [Reprint.] Don Mills, ON: Oxford University Press.
  • Grace, A. P., & Wells, K. (2008). Researching queer: Showing, telling, and theorizing. In J. G. Knowles, S. Promislow, & A. L. Cole (Eds.), Creating scholartistry: Imagining the arts-informed thesis or dissertation (pp. 121-134). Halifax, NS: Backalong Books.
  • Grace, A. P. (2007). In your care: School administrators and their ethical and professional responsibility toward students across sexual-minority differences. In W. Smale & K. Young (Eds.), Approaches to educational leadership and practice (pp. 16-40). Calgary, AB: Detselig Enterprises/Temeron Books.
  • Grace, A. P., & Wells, K. (2007). Everyone performs, everyone has a place: Camp fYrefly and arts-informed, community-based education, cultural work, and inquiry. In D. Clover & J. Stalker (Eds.), The art of social justice: Re-crafting activist adult education and community leadership (pp. 61-82). Leicester, UK: NIACE.
  • Grace, A. P., & Wells, K. (2007). The quest for a queer inclusive cultural ethics: Setting directions for teachers’ pre-service and continuing professional development. In R. J. Hill (Ed.), Challenging homophobia and heterosexism: Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer issues in organizational settings. New Directions for Adult and Continuing Education, no. 112 (pp. 51-61). San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.
  • Grace, A. P., & Wells, K. (2004). Engaging sex-and-gender differences: Educational and cultural change initiatives in Alberta. In J. McNinch & M. Cronin (Eds.), I could not speak my heart: Education and social justice for gay and lesbian youth (pp. 289-307). Regina, SK: Canadian Plains Research Centre, University of Regina.

Journal Articles

  • Grace, A. P., & Wells, K. (2009). Gay and bisexual male youth as educator activists and cultural workers: The queer critical praxis of three Canadian high-school students. International Journal of Inclusive Education, 13(1), 23-44. (UAlberta Library access)
  • Grace, A. P. (2008). The charisma and deception of reparative therapies: When medical science beds religion. Journal of Homosexuality, 55(4), 545-580. (UAlberta Library access)
  • Grace, A. P., & Wells, K. (2007). Using Freirean pedagogy of just ire to inform critical social learning in arts-informed community education for sexual minorities. Adult Education Quarterly, 57(2), 95-114. (UAlberta Library access)
  • Grace, A. P. (2006). Writing the queer self: Using autobiography to mediate inclusive teacher education in Canada. Teaching and Teacher Education, 22, 826-834. (UAlberta Library access)
  • Grace, A. P., Cavanagh, F., Ennis-Williams, C., & Wells, K. (2006). Researchers’ positionalities and experiences mediating lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans-identified, and queer research as a personal and cultural practice. Auto/Biography, 14, 339-358. (UAlberta Library access)
  • Grace, A. P. (2005). Reparative therapies: A contemporary clear and present danger across minority sex, sexual, and gender differences. Canadian Woman Studies, 24(2, 3), 145-151. (UAlberta Library access)
  • Grace, A. P., & Wells, K. (2005). The Marc Hall prom predicament: Queer individual rights v. institutional church rights in Canadian public education. Canadian Journal of Education, 28(3), 237-270. (UAlberta Library access)
  • Grace, A. P., & Hill, R. J. (2004). Positioning Queer in adult education: Intervening in politics and praxis in North America. Studies in the Education of Adults, 36(2), 167-189. (UAlberta Library access)
  • Grace, A. P., Hill, R. J., Johnson, C. W., & Lewis, J. B. (2004). In other words: Queer voices/dissident subjectivities impelling social change. International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, 17(3), 301-323. (UAlberta Library access)

Encyclopedia Entries

  • Grace, A. P. (2008). Psychotherapy. In. J. T. Sears (Ed.), The Greenwood encyclopedia of love, courtship, and sexuality through history: The modern world. (Vol. 6, pp. 212-215). Westport, CT: Greenwood Publishing Group.
  • Grace, A. P. (2005). LGBT issues in Canada. In. J. T. Sears (Ed.), Youth, education, and sexualities: An international encyclopedia (pp. 122-126). Westport, CT: Greenwood Publishing Group.
  • Grace, A. P. (2005). Queer studies. In L. M. English (Ed.), International encyclopedia of adult education (pp. 530-533). New York: Palgrave Macmillan. 

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