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About Heather Burns

Heather Burns, EdD, is an associate professor and directs the Leadership for Sustainability Education (LSE) graduate program in the Educational Leadership & Policy department at Portland State University. She is also the PSU Faculty Coordinator of the Learning Gardens Laboratory, a dynamic garden-based education site. Dr. Burns completed her doctorate in Educational Leadership with an emphasis in Sustainability Education at PSU. Her master’s degree, from Oregon State University, combined adult education, women studies, and communication studies into an interdisciplinary degree focusing on social justice education abroad. Dr. Burns has several decades of experience as an administrator and instructor in higher education, including many years spent working with international students. Dr. Burns teaches courses on sustainability leadership, sustainability pedagogy, permaculture and ecological design, spiritual leadership, and deep ecology. Her scholarship focuses primarily on sustainability pedagogy, including the roles of transformative learning, contemplative inquiry, whole-personal learning, and community-based learning in creating sustainable change.

Positions

Present Associate Professor, Portland State University Graduate School of Education
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Present Faculty Coordinator, Portland State University Learning Gardens Laboratory
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Fellow, Portland State University Institute for Sustainable Solutions
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Phone: 503-725-8252

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