The Association of Canadian Deans of Education (ACDE) is an association of Deans, Directors, or Chairs of Canadian Faculties, Schools, Colleges, or 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. Sharon Wahl 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.

President Elect

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. 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. Rebecca Luce-Kapler is Dean of Education, Queen’s University. She is leading the Faculty’s strong social justice vision, from supporting the poorest neighbourhoods in Kingston to partnering with 1Million Teachers to bring professional development opportunities via smartphone technology to African teachers. Partnering with the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation on Imagine a Canada is a highlight for the Faculty year.

Dr. Luce-Kapler’s research interests focus on the integral role of literary practices, particularly writing, in the development of human consciousness and identity. This work has contributed to understanding the normative power of cultural forms and the importance of interpretive reading and writing practices for generative learning and teaching.

Member-at-Large (Francophone)

Dr. Diane Gauthier 


Dr. Jennifer Tupper received her B.Ed. from the University of Alberta in 1994, her M.Ed. from the University of British Columbia in 1998 and her PhD from the University of Alberta in 2004. She has been a high school teacher, curriculum consultant, teacher educator, associate dean and dean. In 2017, she joined the University of Alberta as Dean of Education after spending 13 years at the University of Regina.

Her research in citizenship education, treaty education, and anti-colonial education has been funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and the Stirling McDowell Foundation. Her current interests include Faculties of Education responses to the TRC Calls to Action, and how schools can become sites for truth and reconciliation. Jennifer has two daughters, Alise and Ayla, both of whom have strong social justice orientations.


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