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Heather McRae | Dean of the School of Continuing Education, MacEwan University

Current Position and Past Experience
Dr. Heather McRae was appointed the Founding Dean of the School of Continuing Education at MacEwan University in 2014. In this role, she is responsible for developing and overseeing the academic and administrative direction of professional and continuing education and access programming for the university.

Prior to taking on her current position, McRae was an Associate Professor and Associate Dean of Engaged Learning at the Faculty of Extension at the University of Alberta. She also managed continuing education units at the University of Victoria and Okanagan College. Heather was the Chair of the Research and Information Committee for CAUCE for many years and the Co-Founder of the Affinity Group on Community Engagement within the Canadian Society for the Study of Higher Education.

Education, Honors and Achievements
McRae holds an Ed.D. from Simon Fraser University, an M.S. from the University of Oregon, and a B.R.E. from the University of British Columbia. She received a graduate student award for her thesis on community engagement and a journal award for her article outlining the role of continuing education within the university and society from the Canadian Association of University Continuing Education (CAUCE).

Personal Details and Community Involvement
After moving to Edmonton from Victoria, BC Heather decided to embrace winter and rekindled her interest in cross country skiing and winter hiking. She recently learned to fly fish and is happy that it is a lifelong sport, particularly given that a lot more practice is needed! Heather is involved on a number of community engagement committees and is on the editorial board for the Engaged Scholar Journal.

Connect
You can connect with Heather McRae on LinkedIn.