Don Dippo

University Professor, Professor Emeritus (Retired)

B.Sc. - Bowling Green State University; M.A. - University of Toronto; Ph.D. - University of Toronto



Don Dippo is a University Professor of Education and a former elementary school teacher.  His Ph.D. is in the Sociology of Education with specialization in the sociology of knowledge.  He teaches EDUC 2400 Inquiries Into Schooling and EDUC 3700 Teaching and learning for a Sustainable Future in the undergraduate pre-service teacher education programme and EDUC 5120 Theory and Research in Language, Culture and Teaching and EDUC 5446 Ecology, Ethics and Education in the graduate programme.  He serves on the Executive Committee of the Centre for Refugee Studies at York University and is on the Board of Directors of Success Beyond Limits, a youth-lead organization in the Jane/Finch community.  Current research interests include: the social and political organization of knowledge; environmental and sustainability education; global migration and settlement; university/community relations, teacher education.


Faculty & School/Dept

  • Faculty of Education - Graduate Studies - Bachelor of Education

Selected Publications

  • Wenona Giles & Don Dippo (2019). Transitions from Knowledge Networked to Knowledge Engaged: Ethical Tensions and Dilemmas from the Global to the Local. In Susan McGrath & Julie Young (Eds.), Mobilizing Global Knowledge: Refugee Research in an Age of Displacement. University of Calgary Press

Selected Presentations

  • Don Dippo (2019, December). Learning With and From People Living in Displacement: The Promise of Borderless Higher Education. Presented at: The Humboldt Graduate School, Berlin, Germany

Research Projects

Borderless Higher Education for Refugees

Role: Principal Investigator

Year Funded: 2013

Funded by: Global Affairs Canada/Open Society Foundation


  • University Professorship, York University - 2011

Professional Affiliations

  • Ontario College of Teachers (OCT)

York University Affiliations/Cross Appointments

  • Centre for Refugee Studies (CRS)
  • Graduate Program in Development Studies, York University
  • Graduate Program in Environmental Studies, York University

Service/Community Activities

  • Board of Directors, Success Beyond Limits