Professor Emeritus


John D Dennison is Emeritus Professor of Higher Education at the University of British Columbia. He holds a doctorate from Washington State University and for thirty years served in the Department of Higher Education at UBC as a teacher and researcher in his discipline. He is the author or co-author of four books and has published over 100 articles in professional journals dealing with the history, development and management of postsecondary education with a particular emphasis upon the community college. Titles of his books include Canada’s Community Colleges: A Critical Analysis (with Paul Gallagher), Canada’s Community Colleges in the 1980s and Challenge and Opportunity: Canada’s Community Colleges at the Crossroads.

In 2000, Dr. Dennison was named Millennium Professor of Higher Education by the American Association of Professors of Community College Education. Other awards include the UBC President’s Award for Excellence, OISE’s Distinguished Educator Award, and the Canadian Society for the Study of Higher Education’s Distinguished Member..In 2002 he received an Honorary Doctor of Laws from Thompson Rivers University, an Honorary Doctor of letters from Kwantlan University College and a Doctorate in Sacred Letters from St Mark’s College.

Dr Dennison has extensive experience as a consultant on issues relating to postsecondary education in Australia, England, and most provinces of Canada. Other consultancies include the Federal Department of Corrections, Certified General Accountants of Canada, the Commission on Collective Bargaining in Ontario, and the Auditor General’s review of Advanced Education in British Columbia. He also served for seven years as co-chair of the British Columbia Council on Admissions and Transfer which deals with policy and practice regarding the mobility of students with transfer credit among postsecondary institutions in this province. Dr Dennison also conducts a variety of workshops on topics such as governance, financing, evaluation and organization of postsecondary institutions and has placed a particular emphasis upon ethical decision making in community and university colleges. He has been actively involved in the development of the higher education system in British Columbia from the early 1960s to the present day.