Gudrun Dreher

Gudrun Dreher

Adjunct Faculty & Director of the Global Scholars Program, 
School of Public and Global Affairs



  • MA, University of Eichstatt
  • PhD, University of British Columbia


  • Leadership Plus  
  • Lifestyle Modifications for Community Leaders 
  • Ethics and Public Values  
  • Communication and Conflict Resolution  
  • Perspectives on the Individual 
  • The American Experience 
  • Cross-Cultural Perspectives 
  • Global Issues 
  • World Literature  
  • Introduction to Academic Writing 
  • Academic Writing and Research 
  • Fresh(wo)man Seminar 
  • Global Scholars Seminar 1 & 2 & 3 


  • First Nations Culture
  • World Literature
  • Multicultural Literature
  • Canadian & American Studies
  • Comparative Mythology
  • Creative Writing
  • Creativity
  • Poetry
  • Theatre & Performing Arts
  • Dance
  • Music
  • Visual Arts
  • Holistic Health & Healing
  • Innovative Ideas & Positive Change
  • Environment & Sustainability
  • Animal Rights
  • Value-Systems in a Multicultural World
  • Ethics and Ethical Considerations
  • Leadership
  • Peace Building & Conflict Resolution
  • Science of Consciousness
  • Yoga
  • Mediation & Spirituality
  • Alternative Education

Academic Profile

Each student is unique and has his or her own unique path in life. For me, teaching means not only transmitting knowledge and skills but also encouraging my students to discover and develop their unique abilities and strengths and thus to help them get closer to leading the life they are passionate about.  The classes I currently teach (Ethics & Public Values, Leadership Plus, and Lifestyle Modifications for Community Leaders in the MAS Program and the Global Scholars Seminar I, II, III in the Undergraduate Program) are all multi-facetted and rich enough to offer different things to different students depending on their interests and individual needs.

Since I believe that real learning can happen faster and better in a relaxed environment that allows everybody to experiment with innovate ideas and come up with original solutions I integrate as many practical, creative, and playful activities or playshops in my courses as possible and also give students quite a bit of freedom and flexibility in how they want to go about the tasks I invite them to complete in various assignments & activities.

I did my PhD (at UBC) about Haida Literature and am very interested in other cultures, their value systems, their art, and their way of life. In my free time, I read, write (mostly poems and stories), take dance classes (ballet), do Yoga, play my violin, and go for walks. Because I love all animals and care deeply about our planet as well as about people, I have made it my mission to include topics and ideas that help create a happier, healthier, more peaceful, and more sustainable world, in which humans respect and care for each other as well as for other species and for the earth.

I am looking forward to meeting you and to working with you!

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