Dr. Maureen J. Coady
Associate Professor & Chair
Department of Adult Education
St Francis Xavier University
PO Box 5000, Antigonish, Nova Scotia
Canada, B2G 1A9
Phone: 902-867-3244 (Toll Free: 1-866-203-1086)
I am an Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Adult Education at St. Francis Xavier University. I received a Bachelor ofArts in 1976 and a Master of Adult Education (M.Ad.Ed.) from Saint Francis Xavier University in 1992. My M.Ad.Ed research focused on educational strategies for supporting women’s participation and retention in part-time distance education programs (i.e. STFX’s Post RN BScN program). In 2007, I was awarded a PhD in Adult Education from the UNESCO Centre for Comparative Studies in Education, Faculty of Education, University of Nottingham (UK). My dissertation entitled Enabling volunteer capacity in district health planning; A rural Canadian case study focused on community learning and health volunteerism.
My earlier career involved working in the area of student services/learner support (counselling and career planning and placement) in a variety of university settings across Canada. Subsequently, my work focused on community-based and community-driven research, and the design of adult education programs for organizational and community-based learning and development. Working largely with not-for-profit and volunteer and health sector, women’s and literacy centres, and other community-based organizations, I have become interested in how the conditions in which we are born, grow, live, work and age, determine our health.
My work is rooted in critical pedagogy, an educational philosophy which focuses on helping people to develop consciousness of freedom, recognize authoritarian tendencies, and connect knowledge to power, and the ability to take constructive action. My primary area of interest in adult education is community health and development. Specifically, I am interested in how adult education and community development can enable people to be actively and critically engaged with their health and wellbeing, and the health of their wider communities. I want to increase understanding about the links between health and learning, and to foster learning that enables professionals to work in empowering ways with individuals and communities.