Professor Henry A Giroux, who is one of the founding theorists of critical pedagogy in the United States, is to receive an Honorary Doctorate from University of the West of Scotland (UWS) at its graduation ceremony on Tuesday 4th July 2017 at the Town House, Hamilton.
Professor Giroux, who is currently Chair for Scholarship in the Public Interest at McMaster University in Ontario, Canada, is best known for his pioneering work in public pedagogy, cultural studies, youth studies, higher education, and critical theory.
He has held a number of high profile academic posts during his career and was a Distinguished Visiting Professor at Ryerson University in Toronto from 2012 to 2015. In 2002, the publishers Routledge named Giroux as one of the top fifty educational thinkers of the modern period. This was followed by being named as one of the ‘12 Canadians Changing the Way We Think’ by the Toronto Star in 2007.
Professor Giroux said: “I am both delighted and honoured to receive an honorary doctorate from University of the West of Scotland, which is my estimation is a university of great distinction and public service.”
Professor Craig Mahoney, Principal & Vice-Chancellor of University of the West of Scotland, said: “Professor Henry Giroux is one of the most influential cultural theorists in the world today and it is a real coup for UWS to be honouring him in this way. Professor Giroux’s publishing output is quite staggering and his work has won numerous awards globally.
“We are absolutely delighted to be awarding someone of Henry’s global academic stature with an Honorary Doctorate and he will be an excellent role model to our staff and students.”