Dr. Bernie Potvin

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Dr. Bernie Potvin

ACADEMIC QUALIFICATIONS: PH.D.

TEACHING AREA: CHRISTIAN EDUCATION


BIOGRAPHY

Dr. Potvin is an educator and leader of educators-an overachiever-with experiences as a school and university administrator, university professor, classroom teacher and educational technical advisor and consultant for government and non-governmental organisations and external evaluator for university and church programs.

Having designed and led in the implementation of two accredited Bachelor of Education degree programs in Alberta and was the first appointed Associate Dean for both programs. Bernie has been a Superintendent of a small system of three schools.

Between 1996 and 2000 Dr. Potvin worked as Director of Learning Services, Baptist Union of Western Canada in Calgary. Has co-authored three books and written numerous articles and regularly asked to present on topics in education ranging from assessment and evaluation, creating hybrid and blended courses based on principles of effective classroom and group dynamics, concept formation and performance anxiety.

Dr. Potvin is co-founder of Old Guys in Action, a humanitarian group that promotes learning, engagement, networking and fund raising for charities such as Servants Anonymous Foundation, Cause Canada and Mully Children’s Family. We have raised over half a million dollars through cross country bike expeditions (Sierra Leone, Guatemala), marathons (Toronto, Calgary, Kenya) and annual Calgary Ice Breaker Polar Dips (Calgary). Currently I am a sessional faculty teacher at the University Calgary and hold an Adjunct Faculty appointment at Gonzaga University, both in Education. 

Get in touch with Bernie: bpotvin@carey-edu.ca


DEGREES AND QUALIFICATIONS
  • 1987: PhD, (Curriculum Studies, Secondary Education), University of Alberta

  • 1982: M Ed, (Curriculum Studies, Elementary Education), University of Alberta

  • 1977: Dip. Ed, (Elementary Education), University of Alberta

  • 1972: B Ed, (Secondary Education), University of Alberta

BOOKS
  • Potvin B. & Barker, Joy (April, 2016). Three Word Wisdom. Victoria, B.C.; Friesen Press

  • Potvin, B., Peat, D. & Rehn, N. (2014). Ten strategies for building community with technology: A handbook for instructional designers and program developers. Toronto, ON: Brush Education Inc.

  • Naested, I., Potvin, B. & Waldron, P. (2003). Understanding the landscape of teaching. Toronto: Pearson-Allyn & Bacon.

RECENT PUBLICATIONS
  • Potvin, B (2016). Resource Guide for Applying for a Teaching Credential. For the Teacher Certification and Accreditation of Teacher Training Institutions in Afghanistan. Global Affairs Canada.

  • Potvin, B (2014). A Structure for Implementing Afghanistan’s Teacher Credentialing System. A Policy Position Paper Prepared for the Senior Policy Advisor to the Minister of Education and Director General of the Teacher Education General Directorate. Afghanistan Ministry of Education, Kabul, Afghanistan

  • Potvin, B. (2013). A Credentialing Framework for Teachers in Afghanistan: A Policy Position Paper Prepared for the Senior Policy Advisor to the Minister of Education and Director General of the Teacher Education General Directorate. Kabul, Afghanistan

  • Potvin, B. (2012). Don’t waste your time teaching in an on-line environment. Research in Higher Education Journal. (Volume 17, September). Academic and Business Research Institute.

  • Niewenhuis, Jan., and Potvin, B. (2005). Integrated quality management system: School-level coordinated professional development. Canada-South Africa Teacher Development Project. Pretoria, South Africa

  • Niewenhuis, Jan., and Potvin, B. (2005). School development plan initiative: Training materials for school improvement planning and professional growth. Canada-South Africa Teacher Development Project. Pretoria, South Africa