Dr. Andrea Breen was awarded the Excellence in Teaching Award for the College of Social and Applied Human Sciences at the University of Guelph for 2019-2020. In both 2022 and 2023, the university’s undergraduate students voted her a top 10 finalist to deliver the “last lecture’ to the graduating class.

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Course in Development: Dog’s Best Friend? Restorying Human-Dog Relationships. Andrea is currently developing this First Year Seminar for University of Guelph students. It will be offered in Winter 2024.

Andrea has taught a wide range of subjects and students of all ages. She began her career developing literacy initiatives in a youth detention centre, taught in public schools in Montreal and the Czech Republic, and later developed and managed school- and community-based educational programs for youth with histories of violence. Since 2011 she has been a professor at the University of Guelph where she helps educate the next generation of academics, teachers, social workers, mental health therapists, and other health and human service professionals. Andrea’s approach to teaching is grounded in deep respect for her students and striving to create learning environments that foster inclusion and belonging.

Andrea has taught the following university courses: Youth Risk and Resilience; Family Theory, Parenting and Intergenerational Relationships; Adolescent Development; Human Development; Introduction to Human Services; Practicum in Child, Youth and Family; Practicum in Adult Development; Emotional and Behavioural Problems in the Classroom (at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education); Interdisciplinary Perspectives in Family Relations and Human Development; Theorizing in Family Relations and Human Development; Social Development in Childhood and Adolescence; and Evidence-Based Practice and Knowledge Translation.