Associate Professor, Management and Organizational Studies & Governance, Leadership and Ethics
The two greatest influences on Dr. Irwin’s personal approach to teaching are John Dewey and his focus on community, democracy and the engaged citizen, and Paulo Freire and his advocacy of critical pedagogy as a means of understanding how hegemony works, how oppression occurs and using education to resist oppression and engage agency.
Dr. Irwin strives to employ a range of flexible teaching strategies in his pedagogical approach as an educator. He believes that as teachers we must make ourselves available to our students and be prepared to play a number of roles in terms of our relationship with the students. This requires us to explore concerns both inside and outside the classroom, and develop an atmosphere for both open dialogue and the exchange of ideas. This also requires the creation and maintenance of a learning environment that stimulates conversations examining issues from a variety of viewpoints and sides.
RESEARCH AND SPECIALIZATIONS
Dr. Irwin’s future research interests center on issues of policy, leadership, and community engagement. He is interested as well in exploring models of program and policy evaluation focused on qualitative evaluation, outcome and impact analysis. Of principal interest to him is the interplay between institutions and community.
- “Communities Left Behind” – social and economic impacts of school closures.
- “Strategic Foresight” – how businesses use (or don’t) foresight in strategic decision-making.
- “Program Evaluation – “Creating a Culture of Evaluation” (2017 book).
- “Strategic Planning” – Book in Progress.
- “Bullying & Harassment” – Research in progress (Me-too movement and how students bully faculty).