Dr. Robert Bruinsma

Emeritus Professor, Education P: 780-465-3500 Ext. 8018 F: 780-465-3534
  • EdD Language Education, University of British Columbia, 1981
  • MA Education, Simon Fraser University, 1978
  • B.Sc. Biology, University of Alberta, 1967

After completing my Bachelor of Science degree, I spent another year at the University of Alberta in a secondary education program and obtained my teacher certification in 1968. Between 1968 and 1974, I taught junior high school in Edmonton as well as high school at Fraser Christian High School in Surrey, B.C. In 1974, I married my wife, Louisa, and spent two years as the teaching principal of Delta Christian School. Between 1976 and 1981 I pursued graduate studies in Reading and Language Education at both Simon Fraser University and the University of British Columbia. My wife and I also became the proud parents of two daughters during that time. In 1981 we moved to Edmonton where I began my career at King's and became the founding Chairperson of King's Education Department. Our son, David, was born in 1983. In 1994, after many years of work and political action, King's became the first independent university to offer a provincially accredited teacher education program. Since then King's has graduated over three hundred fully qualified teachers.

I am passionately dedicated to Christian education, believing that all learning and teaching flows out of certain faith assumptions. At King's, our mission is to explore with our students what the Christian faith implies about teaching children while also helping our students to become competent educational practitioners.

During my career at King's I have published many papers in academic and professional journals and have presented at teachers' conventions all over North America as well as in Australia and England. My most recent major publication is The Joy of Language: A Christian Framework for Language Arts Instruction. Purposeful Design Publications, 2003. I currently teach courses in Elementary Language Arts, Corrective Reading, and Children's Literature. This year, a major challenge will be planning the expansion of our education program to include a number of secondary education majors.

My personal interests and hobbies include bird watching, fishing, wine-making, and loving my wife and three grown children. I am a member of Fellowship Christian Reformed Church where I serve regularly as a liturgy leader and children's storyteller.