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Dr. Dennis J. Sumara

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Werklund School of Education

Employment History


  • BA
    University of Lethbridge
  • PhD
    University of Alberta
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Celebrating the signing of an agreement ..., 19 Nov 2014 [cached]
Celebrating the signing of an agreement to promote academic exchanges are, from left, Colleen Kawalilak, Werklund associate dean international, Paulo Gonzaga (International Relations) and Vice President Olga Ronchi of Brazil's Pontifical Catholic University de Goiás (PUC), Janaka Ruwanpura, the University of Calgary's vice-provost (international), and Dennis Sumara, dean of the Werklund School of Education
Dennis Sumara, Co-Chair ..., 17 Sept 2011 [cached]
Dennis Sumara, Co-Chair
~ Dr. Dennis Sumara, Dean of ..., 15 July 2013 [cached]
~ Dr. Dennis Sumara, Dean of the Faculty of Education, University of Calgary News & Media
"The Werklund Foundation Centre for Youth Leadership Education is an important new initiative for us," says Dennis Sumara, Dean of the Faculty of Education.
Dennis Sumara | Faculty of Education | University of Calgary, 20 Sept 2013 [cached]
Dennis Sumara Dean Professor Office of Administration +1 (403) 220-5627
Dr. Dennis Sumara is currently Professor Dean of the Faculty of Education at the University of Calgary. Prior to this appointment he held administrative and academic appointments at University of British Columbia, University of Alberta, York University and Simon Fraser University. Before that, he was a Junior High School Language Arts teacher in Southern Alberta.
Dennis recently married his partner Tim Friesen and is enjoying new experiences with Tim's adult children and three grandchildren.
Dr. Sumara's research spans the fields of Curriculum Studies, Teacher Education and Literacy Education. His specific foci include the studies of literary engagement, studies of normative and counter-normative structures in teacher education, and complexity studies of educational structures and systems. Professor Sumara is the author or co-author of 5 books and over one hundred peer reviewed publications.
In his role as Dean, Dr. Sumara is involved in most aspects of curriculum, policy and planning for both K-12 and teacher education post-secondary contexts. As well, he continues to be involved with research organizations in the fields of Education, specifically in areas of curriculum, teacher education and literacy.
Sumara, D. (2002). Why reading literature in school still matters: Imagination, Interpretation, Insight. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.
Sumara, D., Luce-Kapler, R., & Iftody, T. (2008). Educating consciousness through literary experiences. In M. Mason (Ed.) Complexity Theory and the Philosophy of Education. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell.
Davis, B., Sumara, D., & D'Amour, L. (2012). Understanding school districts as learning systems: some lessons from three cases of complex transformation. Journal of Educational Change. 13: 373-399.
Sumara, D., Davis, B., & Iftody, T. (2006). Normalizing literary responses in the teacher education classroom. Changing English: Studies in Reading and Culture, 13(1), 55-68.
Sumara, D. (2002). Creating commonplaces for interpretation: Literary anthropology and literacy education research. Journal of Literacy Research, 34(2), 237-260.
Photograph of Dennis Sumara
Dennis Sumara reappointed Dean ..., 8 July 2013 [cached]
Dennis Sumara reappointed Dean of Education Submitted by clmacgil on Mon, 07/08/2013 - 15:31.
Announcement from the Provost to the university community
Dennis Sumara reappointed Dean of Education Dean of the Faculty of Education, Dennis SumaraJuly 8, 2013 - I am pleased to announce that Dr. Dennis Sumara has been reappointed for a six-year term as Dean of the Faculty of Education at the University of Calgary, effective July 1, 2013.
In March of this year, Dennis indicated his willingness to be considered for reappointment. An Advisory Decanal Review Committee was established to consider Dennis' performance during his first term as Dean and the appropriateness of his reappointment. The committee invited and reviewed commentary from those within the faculty and from the external community. Thank you to everyone who took the time to provide input.
Dennis began his first five-year term as Dean of Education on September 1, 2009. From 2006 to 2009, Dennis was professor and head of the Department of Curriculum and Pedagogy at the University of British Columbia. Prior to his appointment at UBC, he held academic positions at the University of Alberta, York University and Simon Fraser University. Dennis also has 10 years of experience as a junior high school language arts teacher in rural southwestern Alberta. His research interests include literary engagement, normative and counter-normative structures in teacher education, and the complexity of educational structures and systems. Dennis is an accomplished scholar, particularly in areas of community-engaged action research. He has secured, as either principal or co-researcher, $1.3 million in SSHRC research funding, and has had more than 100 articles/chapters and six books published.
In addition to his work as Dean of Education, Dennis also co-chaired several highly successful University of Calgary United Way campaigns. He also chaired the task force that developed the Integrated Framework for Teaching and Learning passed by GFC, a document that was foundational to the plans for the Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning.
Dennis is a visionary leader who has been a significant change agent in the Faculty of Education and on our campus more broadly. We look forward to the further implementation of the faculty's strategic plan and to a consolidation of the changes that have occurred within the faculty.
Please join me in congratulating Dennis Sumara on his reappointment.
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