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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.
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.
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.
, D. (2002).
Why reading literature in school still matters: Imagination, Interpretation, Insight.
Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates
, D., Luce-Kapler, R., & Iftody, T. (2008).
Educating consciousness through literary experiences.
In M. Mason (Ed.) Complexity Theory and the Philosophy of Education.
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
, 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.
, D. (2002).
Creating commonplaces for interpretation: Literary anthropology and literacy education research.
Journal of Literacy Research
, 34(2), 237-260.
Photograph of Dennis Sumara