David Kaufman has been a faculty member at Concordia, Simon Fraser, Saint Mary's, and Dalhousie Universities, in the fields of Engineering, Computer Science, and Education. He has served as Director of Course Design for the Open Learning Agency (British Columbia's distance education institution), and has been involved in staff training and organizational development in business, industry, and government settings. Dr. Kaufman has presented more than 200 lectures and workshops at universities in North America, Europe, Asia and South America. He has published extensively with almost 100 published articles and a co-edited book (Distance Education in Canada, 1986) to his credit.
He has been a reviewer for many journals and professional associations, including the Canadian Journal of Education, Journal of Instructional Development, Canadian Medical Association Journal, Canadian Journal of Palliative Care, Teaching and Learning in Medicine, The Journal of Continuing Education in the Health Professions, The Journal of General Internal Medicine, and the American Association of Medical Colleges. Dr. Kaufman currently sits on the educational research grant review committee for the Medical Research Council/Association of Canadian Medical Colleges, and reviews educational grant applications for the National Board of Medical Examiners in the USA and Hong Kong Research Council.
He was Director of the Medical Education Unit in Dalhousie's Faculty of Medicine, and later served as Director of Faculty Development and Professor in the Division of Medical Education. He was heavily involved, with his colleagues, in transforming the undergraduate medical curriculum from a lecture-based to a problem-based learning approach, and currently is applying problem-based learning in other settings.
Dr. Kaufman is the 1998 recipient of Dalhousie University's Instructional Leadership Award for his efforts in promoting and enhancing teaching.
In July, 2001, he was appointed as Director, Learning & Instructional Development Centre at Simon Fraser University.