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Balbir Gurm RN, EdD (Leadership & Policy, UBC), BScN, MA
Dr. Balbir Kaur Gurm is a faculty member in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program at KPU and an award-winning educator. Dr. Gurm has been honoured with the Teaching Excellence Award from the College of Registered Nurses of British Columbia and the NISODS Teaching Excellence Award from the University of Texas. Her other awards include: Times of Canada, Women in Focus and Shakti. Her doctoral dissertation was a social audit of KPU. She is currently the editor-in-chief of KPU's electronic journal, Transformative Dialogues: Teaching and Learning Journal, and teaches a fourth-year course on social and organizational change.
She founded and facilitates NEVR (Network to Eliminate Violence in Relationships) a community action project to eliminate violence in relationships. For the last five years, Dr. Gurm has managed to bring together community partners from policing, volunteer service sector, government service sector, health and government to work on eliminating violence in relationships.
Over the past 25 years, Dr. Gurm has served on and chaired many KPU committees. She was the longest serving member on the Faculty Performance Review Committee, which has developed and implemented a review process with input from faculty and management. Dr Gurm led a four campus initiative for employees to understand and define scholarship. She has served on many external committees and boards including Education Policy Chair, Federation of Post-Secondary Educators' of BC; member: Canada Pension and Disability Tribunal, BC Parole Board, Canadian Cancer Society Board and vice-president Canada India Education Society. She is currently a member of City of Surrey's Diversity Advisory Committee. She has been in invited conference keynote and most recently participated in the BC Coroner’s Review Panel on Domestic Violence. She is also the chair of the Punjabi Legacy Project for the Royal BC Museum to document history of Punjabis in BC. Dr. Gurm is a passionate educator and leader who believes that educational experiences are influenced by history and context (including power and politics), need to be grounded in reality and educators need to translate academic knowledge into community actions.
Areas of Interest
Eliminating violence in relationships, cultural safety (equity & power relations, diversity and inclusion), teaching and learning, social determinants of health, and change in organizations and society.