The Association of Canadian Deans of Education (ACDE) is an association of Deans, Directors, and Chairs of Canadian Faculties, Schools, Colleges, and Departments of Education committed to pan-Canadian leadership in professional and teacher education, educational research, and policy in universities and university-colleges. ACDE is a constituent association of the Canadian Society for the Study of Education.
ACDE’s mission is therefore to foster professional and teacher education, engage in educational research, and participate in educational policy development. ACDE supports access, participation, and success in education for all. ACDE supports the professional development of educators through undergraduate study, initial teacher education, graduate study and continuing professional development. ACDE is committed to high quality educational research and to developing policies and initiatives in conjunction with other educational partners such as provincial governments, colleges of teachers, teacher organizations, and professional societies and organizations.
ACDE members meet twice per year, once during the annual conference of the Canadian Society for the Study of Education and once in the fall.
that high quality professional and teacher education together with robust and responsible educational policy are the foundations of a civil society and of Canada’s future in the global context
that the role of the educator in a civil society is that of a public intellectual
that quality professional and teacher education and sound educational policy are essential for individual and societal development
that the affirmation and advancement of cultural diversity depends on a well developed educational system and well-educated teachers
that research and practice are mutually constitutive
The Association of Canadian Deans of Education (ACDE), originally known as the Canadian Association of Deans of Education (CADE), was created in 1969. In 1972, CADE, along with several other associations, amalgamated as constituent associations within the newly formed Canadian Society for the Study of Education (CSSE). CADE was comprised of deans, directors, and chairs of education from faculties, colleges, schools, and departments of education across Canada.
ACDE advocates for quality education in Canada, focusing on priority issues within the educational landscape. ACDE’s Five Year Plan outlines its priorities for 2020 to 2025.
ACDE’s constitution was drafted by ACDE member Michael Manley-Casimir, Dean of Education at Brock University. The constitution was ratified in October, 2004. Amendments and their respective dates are noted in the constitution.
Originally from the prairies, I now serve as the Dean of the Faculty of Education at St. Francis Xavier. Some of my previous professional roles include French immersion teacher, Evaluation Coordinator for the Official Minority Language Office branch of the Saskatchewan Ministry of Education, and Director of the Programme du Baccalauréat en éducation française at the University of Regina. Among my multiple, shifting identities, I am a mother, gardener and sometimes poet.
Dr. Sharon Wahl is Professor and Dean of the Faculty of Education at the University of New Brunswick. Sharon has taught high school in Vancouver, has worked with teachers and students in elementary and secondary schools throughout British Columbia, and was a faculty member in the Faculty of Education at SFU and in the Faculty of Education at Vancouver Island University. Her research interests include arts education, teacher education, educational leadership and international education.
Sharon has presented her work provincially, nationally and internationally. She maintains an active presence on a number of Education and Arts committees and governance boards. Her passion is the Theatre and she maintains her professional actor’s status by occasionally working on stage or in film.
Dr. Allyson Jule is Dean of the Faculty of Education, Community and Human Development at University of the Fraser Valley. Dr. Jule’s main area of research is gender and education — in particular, the area of gender and language use in the classroom. She has written extensively on the topic of gendered performances as revealed in speech patterns in varying contexts and exploring teachers’ use of “linguistic space.”
Dr. Jule is currently the Chair of the Association of the BC Deans of Education which connects to the BC Teachers Council. She is past President of Canada’s Women’s and Gender Studies et Recherches Féministe. Allyson completed her PhD in London, England and is a Research Fellow at the University of Oxford’s International Gender Studies Centre (at Lady Margaret Hall). She is on the editorial board of Gender and Education, Women and Language Journal, and the Contemporary Journal of Religion.
She is the author of 10 books, including: Gender, Participation and Silence in the Language Classroom: Sh-shushing the Girls(2004), A Beginner’s Guide to Language and Gender (2018), and Speaking Up: Gender and Language (2019). Most recently, she edited The Compassionate Educator: Understanding Social Issues in Canadian School in 2019. Other books include Shifting Visions: Gender and Discourse (2015), Gender and the Language of Religion (2005); Language and Religious Identity: Women in Discourse (2007). Jule is co-editor with Bettina Tate Pedersen of Being Feminist, Being Christian: Essays from Academia (2006) and Facing Challenges: Feminism in Christian Higher Education and Other Places (2015).
Dr. Jule won TWU’s Davis Distinguished Teaching Award in 2011 and was named one of Canada’s top 10 university professors for 2016. She was awarded the prestigious 3M Teaching Fellowship for excellence in university teaching and leadership, the only time a TWU professor has earned the Fellowship.
Dr. Julie Desjardins is Dean of the School of Education at Bishop’s University. She is also the current Chair of the Association des doyennes et doyens, directrices et directeurs pour l’étude et la recherche en éducation du Québec (ADEREQ)and co-chair of the Table de concertation Ministères-Universités sur la formation à l’enseignement in Quebec.
At the heart of her mission is the development of innovative and engaging teacher education programs that prepare future teachers to face the challenges of the 21st century and become active agents of change within the school and society. Passionate about organizational development, her contribution is rooted in a Ph. D. in education from Université de Montréal combined with a master’s degree in business administration (MBA, Université Laval) that empowers her to understand and work across all levels of the organization to promote its strategic development and mission.
Before her appointment at Bishop’s Université, she served 12 years as Vice Dean of Academics at Université de Sherbrooke. She was key in teacher education reform at Université de Sherbrooke and in Quebec. At the national level, she was Vice-President of the Canadian Society for the Study of Education, the most important scholarly association in education in Canada. Dr. Desjardins is an international expert in teacher education. She has received, alone or with colleagues, more than $1 million in research and educational development grants from various provincial and federal agencies.
Dr. Ken Montgomery is completing his 6th year as Dean of the Faculty of Education, University of Windsor. He was initially appointed to the Dean’s role in July 2017. Ken served previously as the Associate Dean, Research and Graduate Programs, in the Faculty of Education at the University of Regina. Prior to that, he was the inaugural Director of the Saskatchewan Justice Institute at the University of Regina and Chair of the Educational Core Studies program in the Faculty of Education. He has also taught at the University of Ottawa, Wilfrid Laurier University, and in the public school systems of Alberta and Japan.
Ken’s research focus is on the close articulation of nationalism and racism within diverse educational contexts. His work has been published in academic journals such as Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, Paedagogica Historica, the Journal of Peace Education, Critical Education and Power and Education. He has also published work as a co-investigator on a SSHRC-funded project pertaining to digital storytelling and treaty education. Ken is currently Vice-Chair (and incoming Chair) of the Ontario Association of Deans of Education and serves on the editorial boards of Power & Education (Sage) and Race, Ethnicity and Education (Routledge/Taylor Francis).
Dr. Price was renewed as Dean of the Faculty of Health, Community and Education at Mount Royal University for a second five-year term effective July 1, 2022. He earned his PhD from the University of Calgary (2013), his MEd (2000) from the University of Victoria, and his BEd (1992) from the University of Alberta. Stephen is a scholar in higher education leadership and teaching and learning effectiveness, with an emphasis on sport coaching effectiveness. He has experience in education, coaching, academic advising and university administration.
Katy Ellsworth, ACDE’s Executive Director, holds a Master of Arts degree in history from Queen’s University. She began her work in educational publishing with the Third International Mathematics and Science Study at the University of British Columbia. She is co-author along with ACDE members Kris Magnusson and Blye Frank of “The ACDE Accords: A Case Study in Democratic Leadership” (in Shultz & Viczko, Eds., Assembling and Governing the Higher Education Institution, 2016).
Katy works with the ACDE Executive to plan strategic directions for ACDE, organize the annual meeting, and plan ACDE’s program for the annual conference of the Canadian Society for the Study of Education (CSSE).
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