I am an associate professor in the School of Early Childhood Studies at Ryerson University. Prior to coming to Ryerson in 2007, I worked in the preservice and graduate programs at the Faculty of Education, York University. I have also worked extensively with primary-aged children, as well as with junior-aged children as an educator in the inner city schools of Toronto for 23 years.
I have presented at international conferences such as the American Educational Research Association (AERA) and at the European Early Childhood Educational Research Association (EECERA). As well, I have presented at the Canadian Society for Studies in Education (CSSE) annual conferences. In 2007, I was an invited keynote at a conference in Criciúma, Santa Catarina, Brazil, speaking on the Imaginative landscape of the child: Experiencing the multiple literacies of child art.
Project: Artful witnessing: A poetic and visual inquiry process (For the Seventh International Symposium on Poetic Inquiry, Halifax Nova Scotia, October 2019)
2016 - Ongoing collaborative autoethnographic study with Dr. John Guiney Yallop, Acadia University, Nova Scotia Canada using ekphrastic responses with poetry and visual arts to explore questions around personal/professional identity, curriculum, early influences, creativity and the collaborative research process.
In 2014, I contributed images and poetic text to a research blog titled: We are not ourselves, created by colleagues at Southern Cross University in Australia to explore walking and mapping and “unravel the harmonics of collaboration in educational research.”
Associate Professor (On sabbatical leave from January 2019 – June 2019)