Interview with Dr. Jeff Orr, Dean of the Faculty of Education, St.Francis Xavier University


Robert Martellacci, President & Publisher of the MindShare Learning Report interviews Dr. Jeff Orr, Dean of the newly formed Faculty of Education at St Francis Xavier University. Dean Orr began his teaching career in northern Saskatchewan in the mid-1980s. He has 10 years of experience as a university administrator, serving as both Department Chair and Director of the School of Education, since his arrival at StFX in 1995. He has a strong research record including more than 30 refereed publications and has held 8 research grants and contracts totaling $300,000 supporting his main research program in Aboriginal educational policy since 1999. Orr has been a strong advocate for the integration of research, teaching and service, as well as internationalization, service learning, and Aboriginal programming, throughout his university career in teacher education. StFX has been offering teacher education programs for more than 70 years, and in 2009 is celebrating its 60th anniversary since granting its first B.Ed. degrees. The Faculty of Education has a total enrollment of 215 B.Ed. and 350 M.Ed. students, with 19 full-time and more than 30 part-time faculty members.