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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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Web References
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
Questions about this position may be ..., 31 May 2014 [cached]
Questions about this position may be directed to the Dean of the Werklund School of Education, Dr. Dennis Sumara at This email address is being protected from spambots.
Dennis Sumara, PhD Dean, Werklund School of Education c/o This email address is being protected from spambots.
Dennis Sumara, Co-Chair ..., 17 Sept 2011 [cached]
Dennis Sumara, Co-Chair
Recent News | University of Calgary in Qatar, 21 Nov 2013 [cached]
The University of Calgary - Qatar launched its 2013-14 Distinguished Speaker Series with a presentation from Dr. Dennis Sumara, Professor Dean of the Faculty of Education at the University of Calgary.
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.
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