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.

ACDE’s mission rests on five underlying assumptions:

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.

During the 1980s, CADE played an important role in the establishment of CSSE, and was one of the financial backers of the CSSE Secretariat. The deans’ financial support was also instrumental in launching and supporting the Canadian Journal of Education.

The Association francophone des doyennes et des doyens, des directrices et directeurs d’éducation du Canada (AFDÉC) applied for and was approved for CSSE membership in 1990. CADE and AFDÉC operated as parallel associations within CSSE until 2006, when the two associations merged. At that time, a new association name was chosen: Association of Canadian Deans of Education/Association canadienne des doyens et doyennes d’éducation. Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, CADE’s primary purpose was to bring deans together to discuss issues of common interest. Initiatives intended to engage CADE members in coordinated approach to educational issues met with limited success. At that time, CADE had no constitution or mission statement.

During the period 2002–04, several incoming CADE members saw the potential to develop the association into an organization with national influence in the sphere of education. Early activities included the development of a constitution, which was ratified in 2004. The process of building consensus among member institutions took several years, culminating in the release of the General Accord in 2006. The General Accord, which was unanimously ratified, signaled a new era of collaboration and cooperation among the deans, representing agreement among the signatories to work together toward the goal of continuing to provide a meaningful, influential, and positive voice for education in Canada. Today, ACDE is committed to national leadership in professional and teacher education, educational research, and policy in universities and university-colleges.

Five more accords followed the General Accord, including the Accord on Initial Teacher Education (released in 2006), the Accord on Indigenous Education (released in 2010), the Accord on Research in Education (released in 2011)), the Accord on Early Learning and Early Childhood Education (released in 2013), and the Accord on the Internationalization of Education (released in 2014).

The accords allow ACDE to contribute to national discourse on the importance of public education in developing and sustaining a civil society. ACDE members use the documents primarily at three levels: a) within their own faculties b) with other deans and senior administrators at their respective universities, and c) with external partner organizations such as government and teachers’ federations. The accords are used as foundational documents in framing discussions in order to influence policy within these three levels.

Five Year Plan

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.

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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.

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Executive Members


Dr. Lace Marie Brogden


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. Stephen Price

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.




Dr. Allyson Jule


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


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. Laurie-Ann Hellsten

Dr. Laurie-Ann Hellsten, a Full Professor, is completing her fourth year as Dean of the Faculty of Education, University of Winnipeg. She previously served as Associate Dean, Graduate Studies and Research in the College of Education at the University of Saskatchewan. Laurie-Ann earned her PhD from the University of Alberta (2005), her MSc from the University of Alberta (1999), and a Bachelor of Arts (1995) from the University of Winnipeg. As an applied psychometrician, Laurie-Ann has a particular interest in the development and accumulation of validity evidence for self-report instruments and surveys. Most of Laurie-Ann’s research is conducted within the education (i.e., higher education, beginning teachers, children and youth, and mentorship) and health (i.e., well-being, cyberbullying, alcohol use, and physical activity) domains.



Dr. Ken Montgomery


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 EducationPaedagogica 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).


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).

Contact Katy: katy.ellsworth@acde-acde.ca