PhD, Applied Sciences (Communication), Simon Fraser University, 1997

MA, Children's Literature, University of British Columbia, 2006

MA, Applied Sciences (Communication), Simon Fraser University, 1989

BA, Psychology, University of Calgary, 1986

"Of all affairs, communication is most wonderful. - John Dewey"


Lori Walker (PhD, Simon Fraser University, 1997) focuses her teaching on understanding and sharing the theories and practices of communication to create fulfilling lives and a more equitable world.

Her first MA explored the surplus value of advertising images and how individuals use TV advertisements as self-expression. Her doctoral work explored the meaning individuals derive when faced with environmental and health risks. She was very grateful to work with the eminent Canadian scholar Dr. William Leiss for both these degrees.

Walker used her knowledge of risk communication to facilitate community-based discussions with stakeholders dealing with environmental and health risks. These included facilitating a community advisory panel to identify safety improvements to the Nexen Chemicals and Stirling Pulp Chemicals facility in North Vancouver, coordinating discussions and implementation of community-based solutions to a gypsy moth outbreak in New Westminster, and advising public health and government policymakers in Ottawa about effective communication for a meningococcal outbreak.

The decision to adapt her doctoral work to a nonfiction book for young adults led her to her second MA in Children's Literature at UBC and work in the field of literacy. After work as a community literacy outreach coordinator in New Westminster, she was asked to coordinate programs across the province. This work involved the promotion of literacy programs for families and adults, and supporting service providers who joined together to address the specific literacy challenges faced in their community.

Working with exceptional educators rekindled Walker's passion for teaching, and led her to the School of Communication at Capilano University. She is a strong proponent of mindfulness meditation and encourages her students to make self-reflection part of their daily lives.

Walker strives to make her course content and delivery relevant, practical, accessible and joyful. And she strives to bring kindness and wisdom to her role as the degree convener to promote and enrich the exceptional work of CapU's School of Communication.

John Dewey's thinking forms the bedrock for me. He sees great teaching happening when people who love working with learners teach topics and skills that they have a passion for. He sees classrooms as places to not to simply gain content knowledge but places to learn how to live and share a good life; to realize one's full potential and help others do the same.

Dewey shares the idea that education should create social change and reform with Paulo Freire. Freire sees the educator as someone who introduces and guides, not controls. He recognizes good learning and teaching results in Praxis; how ideas and values come together with action; personally satisfying and socially transformative.

Lead author of Guidelines for Risk Communication Chapter 7, in Communicating about Risks to Environment and Health in Europe, World Health Organization, Kluwer Academic Publishers, 1997.

2016 Recipient of the Best of Capilano Readers Choice Awards Most Life-Changing Class: CMNS 355 Intercultural Communication