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Balbir Gurm B.Sc.N., M.A., Ed.D.


Dr. Balbir Kaur Gurm teaches in the Faculty of Health across programs.  She teaches courses on organizational and social change, research and communication and ethics.  She is 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 doctoral dissertation was a social audit of KPU. She led initiatives across all of KPU’s campuses to define scholarship at KPU. She is a reviewer for several journals and is currently the editor-in-chief of KPU's electronic journal, Transformative Dialogues: Teaching and Learning Journal.

Her research interests include the social determinants of health, teaching and learning and change in organizations. Her current research is a knowledge translation community action research project on relationship violence. Some of her research has focused on the South Asian community in Surrey.

As well, Dr. Gurm is committed to service and has served on different boards and committees.  In her role on the board of directors of the Canadian Cancer Society, she was honoured with the Volunteer Leadership Award. She has served as chair of the Federation of Post-Secondary Educator’s Education Policy Committee and was instrumental in helping define scholarship in the post-secondary system. Over almost two decades she served as a member of the Faculty Performance Review Committee which has developed and implemented a review process with input from faculty and management. She is currently on City of Surrey’s Diversity Advisory Committee. For her service in the community, she has been given the Shakti Award, Times of Canada Award and the Soroptimist Ruby Award. She is committed to students, colleagues and the community. She believes that educational experiences need to be grounded in reality and educators need to practice what they teach. Every educational experience needs to connect to the learner's previous knowledge and educators need to continually change their courses based on feedback and self-reflection and use their expertise to improve communities.