University of Calgary

Darren E. Lund

  • Professor

Currently Teaching

Not currently teaching any courses.


Dr. Lund was a high school teacher in Red Deer, Alberta for 16 years, and in his rookie year, formed an award-winning student activist program, Students and Teachers Opposing Prejudice (STOP). He joined the faculty in 2002, and his research focuses on social justice education and activism, professional education for equity, and community-engaged learning. From 2007-2012, Darren was the “Welcoming Communities” Domain Leader with the Prairie Metropolis Centre. He has published numerous articles, books, and book chapters, and has been recognized with a number of honours, including being named a Reader’s Digest National Leader in Education, and one of Red Deer’s Top Educators of the Century.

Research & Scholarly Activity

Dr. Lund's current research includes a SSHRC-funded national study on enhancing service-learning for social justice within a teacher education program, a study on an innovative crime-prevention program for youth, and a cross-cultural project on community engaged learning with colleagues in Europe.

Current Projects:

Teacher Education for Social Justice: Enhancing Community-Engaged collaboration and Cultural Humility Through Critical Service-Learning, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Insight Grant (2017-2022)

Service-Learning for Diversity Program, Quality Money Grant, Students' Union (2020-2023)

Staff Development Grant for International and Cross-Cultural Competencies (with the Anne Frank House, Amsterdam, Netherlands) (2020-2022)

Evaluating the Impact of the YouthLink Crime Prevention and Education Program (2019-2022)


University of British Columbia

Rotary Graduate Scholar
University of Hawai'i at Manoa

University of Victoria

Professional Diploma (Curriculum)
University of Calgary

BEd (With Distinction)
University of Calgary

Professional & Community Affiliations

University service:
Dr. Lund served on the WSE Advisory Decanal Search Committee in 2019 (Office of the Provost) and the Promotion Review Committee (2020). He has served as Chair of the Faculty of Education Ethics Review Committee, for over 10 years as Board Member on the university’s March 21/Stop Racism Committee, and is currently a member of the Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Network (Office of the Vice-Provost, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion), the Newcomer Research Network (Office of the Vice President Research), and the Membership Eligibility Committee (Alberta Teachers' Association). Dr. Lund was a 16-year Director of the Alberta Association for Multicultural Education, and Vice-President of the Dignity Foundation

Past and current service:

  • 2021-pres., Member, Calgary Police Service Anti-Racism Action Committee
  • 2020-pres., Advisory Board Member, Parkland Institute
  • 2020, Member (Provost’s appointee), Promotion Review Committee (Major Service), Office of the Provost
  • 2020-pres., Member, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Network (Office of the Vice-Provost)
  • 2019-pres., Member, Advisory Committee, Reviving Anti-Racism Pedagogy, Faculty of Social Work
  • 2017-pres., Member, UCalgary Newcomer Research Network
  • 2019-2020, Faculty Representative (Elected), The University of Calgary Faculty Association (TUCFA)
  • 2014-2019, Member, Diversity and Equity Network Committee, Office of Diversity, Equity and Protected Disclosure
  • 2018-2019, Faculty Nominee, WSE Advisory Decanal Search Committee, Office of the Provost
  • 2015-2018, Elected Member, Undergraduate Programs in Education Scholarship Committee
  • 2015-2016, Member (Provost’s invitee), Salary Anomalies Advisory Committee, Human Resources
  • 2015-2016, Member (Provost’s appointee), Sub-Committee on the Prevention of Sexual Harassment and Sexual Violence, Office of the Provost
  • 2014-2016, Member, International Advisory Committee, Associate Dean International
  • 2012-2016, Advisory Board Member, Werklund Foundation Centre for Youth Leadership Education
  • 2011-2014, Member, General Promotions Committee (Major Service), Office of the Provost, University of Calgary
  • 2009-2015, Member, Advisory Committee on Equity Policy, Canada Research Chairs Program, Ottawa, ON



Lund, D. E. (Ed.). (2018). The Wiley international handbook of service-learning for social justice. Wiley Blackwell.

Esmail, A., Pitre, A., Lund, D. E., Baptiste, H. P., & Duhon-Owens, G. (Eds.). (2018). Research studies on educating for diversity and social justice. Rowman & Littlefield.

Lea, V., Lund, D. E., & Carr, P. R. (Eds.). (2018). Critical multicultural perspectives on whiteness: Views from the past and present. Peter Lang.

Lund, D. E., & Carr, P. R. (Eds.). (2015). Revisiting the great white north? Rethinking whiteness, privilege, and identity in education (2nd Ed.). Sense. 

Lund, D. E. (2014). Social justice at the heart of public education. Canadian Teachers’ Federation. 


Lund, D. E., & Bragg, B. (2021). A campus-wide community-engaged learning study: Insights and future directions. Engaged Scholar Journal: Community-Engaged Research, Teaching, and Learning, 6(2), 31-51.

Lund, D. E., & Van Beers, R. A. (2020). Unintentional consequences: The risks of being a student activist. In Education, 26(1), 3-17. 

Lund, D. E., & Van Beers, R. A. (2019). Learning from community agencies: Pre-service teachers’ service-learning experiences with diverse youth. Journal of the World Federation of Associations of Teacher Education, 3(2a), 84-96.

Walsh, J. D., & Lund, D. E. (2019). Implications of the legalization of marijuana in Canada affecting educational policy. Interchange: A Quarterly Review of Education, 50(4), 501-515. DOI: 10.1007/s10780-019-09372-2

Lund, D. E. (2018). “I would rather die than have a blood transfusion:” A dialogue about life, death, and freedom of conscience. Journal of Educational Thought, 51(1), 57-78.

Arthur, N., Lund, D. E., Russell-Mayhew, S., Nutter, S., Williams, E., Sesma Vazquez, M., & Kassan, A. (2017). Employing polyethnography to navigate researcher positionality on weight bias. The Qualitative Report22(5), 1395-1416.

Grain, K. M., & Lund, D. E. (2016). The social justice turn: Cultivating “critical hope” in an age of despair. Michigan Journal of Service-Learning, 23(1), 45-59. DOI:

Panayotidis, E. L., Lund, D. E., Towers, J., & Smits, H. (2016). Worldlessness and wordlessness: How might we talk about teacher education in a fractured world? Critical Education, 7(7), 1-23.

Lund, D. E., & Lee, L. (2015). Fostering cultural humility among pre-service teachers: Connecting with children and youth of immigrant families through service-learning. Canadian Journal of Education, 38(2), 1-30.

Panayotidis, E. L., Towers, J., Lund, D. E., & Smits, H. (2015). Collaborative writing as an exercise of poetic resistance in teacher education. Journal of the Canadian Association for Curriculum Studies, 12(2), 1-29.!v12-2-lundcollaborative-writing/cd25


  • 2021 Society of Professors of Education Outstanding Book Award
  • 2020 IARSLCE Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Award, International Association for Research on Service-Learning and Community Engaged Learning
  • 2020 Top 20 Best Practices in Teacher Education: Exemplary Intercultural Project (International), International Association for Intercultural Education & European Commission Joint Research Centre, Amsterdam
  • 2019 Research Excellence Award, Werklund School of Education, University of Calgary
  • 2019 Philip C. Chinn Book Award, National Association for Multicultural Education
  • 2018 Critics' Choice Book Award (with V. Lea & P. R. Carr, for Critical Multicultural Perspectives on Whiteness: Views from the Past and Present), American Educational Studies Association
  • 2017 University of Calgary Teaching Award, Curriculum Development (Advancing Healthy Schools & Socially Just Schools & Communities Team)
  • 2016 U Make a Difference Award (with the Sub-Committee on the Prevention of Sexual Harassment and Sexual Violence), University of Calgary
  • 2015 Educational Research Award, Alberta Teachers’ Association
  • 2015 Publication Award (with E. L. Panayotidis, H. Smits, & J. Towers), Canadian Association of Foundations in Education
  • 2014 Eyes High Doctoral Recruitment Award, University of Calgary
  • 2013 Distinguished Lecture Award, Werklund School of Education, University of Calgary
  • 2013 Alberta Hate Crime Awareness Award (Provincial), Alberta Hate Crimes Committee
  • 2012 Distinguished Scholar-Activist Award, American Educational Research Association (Critical Educators for Social Justice)
  • 2012 Award of Excellence in Education (National, with the Service-Learning Program for Pre-service Teachers), Canadian Race Relations Foundation
  • 2012 Service-Learning Excellence in Teacher Education (International, with the Service-Learning Program for Pre-service Teachers), Program Award Honorary Mention, International Center for Service-Learning in Teacher Education, Durham, NC

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