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Dr Barbara McDade

General Information

Teaching Responsibilities

Stranmillis University College

Undergraduate Courses:

  • Introduction to Education Studies
  • Learning in Diverse Classrooms
  • Biblical Studies – Old and New Testament
  • Philosophy of Religion and Christian Ethics
  • Christian Theology
  • Peacebuilding, Education and Social Justice

Postgraduate Courses

  • Young People, Community and Culture
  • Tackling Child Sexual Exploitation

Short Courses and CPD:

  • Teaching and Christian Vocation
  • Shared Education Project Course: Creating Effective Community Partnershipss
  • Youth and Community Work

Other College Responsibilities

  • Masters in Education Coordinator
  • Continuing Professional Development
  • Lifelong Learning
  • Stranmillis Summer School Coordinator

External Interests / Community Service / Membership of Professional Bodies

  • Chairperson and Director of Scripture Union Northern Ireland
  • Harvard Leadership Institute for Faith in Education, Design Team
  • Governor Victoria College, Belfast
  • Member of ATE – Association of Teacher Educators, United States of America
  • Member of NAFSA

Research Interests

  • Teaching and Christian Vocation
  • Integration of Faith and Learning
  • Educational Underachievement


  • Secondary school teacher in three post primary schools in Northern Ireland
  • Youth and Community Worker in Scotland
  • Director of Youth and Children’s Ministry, Presbyterian Church in Ireland

Research & Scholarship

Journal Articles

Research Reports

Research Projects

  • 2019-2022 Templeton Foundation Grant: Forgiveness Education in Schools
  • 2019 YMCA Lisburn, MAP Mentoring Small Scale Study.
  • 2018 Education Authority Children and Young Peoples’ Services – ‘The Mental Health Needs of Newcomer Children and Young People and the Role of the Youth Service’.
  • 2018 Chinese Welfare Association, Classroom + Project – ‘Celebrating Diversity in the Classroom.
  • 2017 Education Authority Review of Learning Together Programme – Youth Work in Schools.
  • 2017 Uganda Student Teacher Project

Conference proceedings and papers

  • McDade, B. (2019) ‘Teachers as Tsaddiqim’, Kuyers Christian Teaching and Learning Conference. Calvin University, 2-6 March. Grand Rapids: Kuyers Institute.
  • McDade, B. (2019) ‘A Theology of Work and Youth Ministry, International Association for the Study of Youth Ministry Conference. Durham University, 2-6 March. Durham: St. John’s College, England.
  • McDade, B. (2019) ‘Study Abroad and Intercultural Learning’, Association of Teacher Educators Annual Conference. Atlanta, 12-15 February.