Betty Anne Younker

Professor Emerita
Office: TC 119

Betty Anne Younker, (Ph.D. Northwestern University, M.Ed. Pennsylvania State University, B.Mus. University of Prince Edward Island) returned to the University of Western Ontario as Dean and Professor of Music Education of the Don Wright Faculty in August 2011; she finished her second term August 2021 and continues as a professor in the music education department. Previous appointments were at the University of Michigan (2000-2011), University of Western Ontario (1997-2000) and the University of Prince Edward Island (1992-1997). During her time at Western she was awarded the Dr. Pedro Goldman Award Faculty of Music Students Council. In 2008, she was awarded the distinguished Alumnus of the Year by Pennsylvania State University College of Arts and Architecture. Her research interests include critical and creative thinking within the disciplines of philosophy and psychology. Publications include articles in national and international journals, and chapters in several books. Paper presentations have occurred at provincial, state, national, and international conferences. Before appointments at the university level, Dr. Younker taught music in the public school system and maintained a private flute studio. She has served the profession and community in a variety of capacities including as President of the Michigan Music Educators Association, The College Music Society, and the London Arts Council, and as a member on several editorial boards and committees across the profession. Currently she is Chair of the London Kiwanis Music Festival; a member of the Board of Directors for the London Symphonia in London, Ontario; and President of the UPEI Alumni Association.

Dr. Younker completed two five-year terms as Dean of the Don Wright Faculty of Music on July 31, 2021.