Brian Lewthwaite is an Adjunct Full Professor in Education at James Cook University (Australia), University of British Columbia and University of Manitoba and is currently the Co-ordinator of the Yukon Native Teacher Education Program (YNTEP) in the Yukon Territory of northern Canada. His educational career started as a mathematics, chemistry and biology teacher in northern Canada, followed by twelve years of science and mathematics teaching and administration in New Zealand. He started his work in teacher education in 1993 as a Senior Lecturer and adminstrator at Palmerston North College of Education followed by Massey University College of Education. From 2002-2012 he worked as an Associate Professor and, subsequently, Professor at the University of Manitoba where he also served as the Co-Director for the University of Manitoba's Centre for Research, Youth, Science Teaching and Learning. From 2012-2017 he was an Associate Professor and, subsequently, Professor at James Cook University.
Brian's primary research focus has been in the area of science education with specific focus on pre-service and in-service teacher development. More broadly, of particular concern for Brian has been the attention given to ensuring the educational experience provided for Indigenous students across their colonized countries is consistent with local community and self-determining priorities for education, rather than being mandated by nationalistic imperialistic goals.
He has written in excess of 110 refereed scholarly papers, 15 book chapters, three books, secured as lead investigator, with collaborators, in excess of $7,000,000 in research funding and in excess $25,000,000 as a supportive collaborator and continues to consistently work in collaboration with educational invested scholars and teachers in supporting teacher change and student learning.
In his experience in teacher education across four countries over three decades, Brian believes YNTEP is unrivalled as an initial teacher education provider. Its focused purpose and priority on experientially grounded curriculum course is committed to fostering the dispositions and capabilities necessary for the development of graduate teachers required for today's developments in the Yukon. These developments demand teachers to challenge and change Yukon students' school experience for a better and necessary Yukon future.