Scott McLean was born in Saskatoon in 1965. He grew up in cities across Western Canada, including Vancouver, Winnipeg and Edmonton. He completed undergraduate and master's degrees in sociology at the University of Alberta in the latter 1980s, and graduated with a Ph.D. in sociology from Carleton University in 1994.

From 1994 to 2005, McLean served as a member of faculty with the Extension Division at the University of Saskatchewan, first as the Director of Community Development Programs, and later as the Associate Dean (Research). Since 2005, McLean has worked as the Director of Continuing Education, and Professor of Sociology, at the University of Calgary.

McLean's professional experience has ranged from teaching adult basic education in Nunavut to developing university extension programs in agricultural leadership and health promotion. He has published widely in academic venues, and taught graduate courses in adult education and sociology. McLean has worked as a consultant with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in Europe and Asia, and with the Commonwealth of Learning in Asia and the South Pacific. He has served organizations such as the Canadian Association for University Continuing Education and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

In addition to numerous publications in scholarly journals, McLean has published:


Transformations: A History of UBC Continuing Studies (Vancouver: University of British Columbia, 2012, $40, printed by Rhino Press). Co-authored by Eric Damer. 978-0-88865-008-5.

Reaching out into the World: A History of Extension at the University of Saskatchewan, 1910-2007 (Saskatoon: University Extension Press, 2007).

Building Health Promotion Capacity: Action for Learning, Learning from Action (Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press, 2005). Co-authored by Joan Feather and David Butler-Jones.

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