Faculty Members and Their Research Interests

Laura-Lee Bellehumeur Kearns, PhD, Associate Professor

  • English language arts, critical literacy, equity and social justice, marginalized youth, LGBTQ rights, Indigenous people, decolonization, philosophy of education, aesthetic education

Andrew Foran, PhD, Associate Professor

  • Experiential, outdoor and adventure education, service learning, phenomenological inquiry, teacher education

Chris Gilham, PhD, Associate Professor

  • Mental health literacy, inclusion, hermeneutics

Deborah Graham, EdD, Associate Professor

  • Middle school pedagogy, content literacy, inclusive education, narrative inquiry, teacher identity, emergent curriculum, language and literacy 

Lisa Lunney Borden, PhD, Associate Professor

  • First Nations education, mathematics curriculum and pedagogy, critical mathematics education, mathematics education, equity, decolonizing education, Mi'kmaw/Mi'kmaq education, African Nova Scotian education

Leo MacDonald, PhD, Professor

  • Science education, teacher research, curriculum development, assessment and student learning, environmental education

Katarin MacLeod, PhD, Associate Professor

  • Science education, scientific literacy, pre-service teacher education

Lori McKee, PhD, Assistant Professor

  •   Multimodal literacy in elementary school classrooms, multimodal pedagogy, early childhood, technologies, teacher professional learning

 Jennifer Mitton-Kükner, PhD, Associate Professor

  •   Adolescent literacy, disciplinary literacy, teachers as researchers, International Baccalaureate Diploma Program, classroom assessment, pre-service LGBTQ teacher education

Anne Murray-Orr, PhD, Professor

  • Literacy, elementary education, First Nations education, narrative inquiry, early elementary pedagogy, literacy in the content areas, Mi'kmaw language immersion programs, pre-service teacher education

Jeff Orr, Dean,  PhD, Professor and Dean, Faculty of Education

  • First Nations education policy, change leadership, instructional leadership, social studies, qualitative research, culturally relevant pedagogy, school leadership, First Nations education.

Daniel B. Robinson, PhD, Associate Professor and Chair, Teacher Education

  • Culturally relevant physical education, First Nations physical education, teaching games for understanding, physical education teachers' programs and practices, children's acquisition of fundamental movement skills, gender and physical education, physical education, health education, teacher education, action research, international education, service learning, physical activity, comprehensive school health, critical pedagogy, social justice

 Ingrid Robinson, PhD, Assistant Professor

  • Social studies education, Aboriginal educational leadership, women's educational leadership, culturally relevant pedagogy

Reed Thomas, PhD, Assistant Professor

  • French language teacher preparation, French learning and teaching, learning and teaching additional languages, teaching for language transfer, and theories (e.g., complexity theory, plurilingualism)

 Evan Throop-Robinson, PhD, Associate Professor

  •   Complexity thinking, critical discourse, curriculum development, communication in the mathematics classroom

Joanne Tompkins, EdD, Professor

  • Decolonizing practices in teaching and leadership, First Nations, Inuit and cross-cultural education, instructional leadership, bilingual education in First Nation contexts, social justice, inclusion and equity, bilingual education, advocacy for LGBTQ students and families

Robert White, PhD, Associate Professor

  • Inclusion and equity, critical pedagogy, globalization, education leadership, qualitative research, social justice, postmodernity, neoliberalism

David Young, PhD, Associate Professor

  • School law, educational administration and policy, special education