Sarah J. Twomey

Dr. Sarah J. Twomey

Professor and Dean of Education

Phone: (403) 254-3122
Office: M104

PhD Language and Literacy Education, University of British Columbia, 2007
Masters of Education, Curriculum and Instruction, Queen’s University, 2000
Bachelor of Education, Junior/Intermediate, Queen’s University, 1988
Bachelor of Arts, Theatre, Queen’s University, 1987

Specialization/research interests: Cultural Literacy; Teacher Learning; Leadership Development

As an interdisciplinary literacy educator, I have critically examined a wide range of semiotic practices to understand how literacy contexts are socially and culturally constructed. The premise of my research is to understand how literacy acts of social and cultural practice can be deconstructed to challenge and transform the binaries of difference that often lead to practices and mindsets in our educational systems that impact the achievement and success of students and teachers.

It is a privilege to return to Canada in service to an outstanding Education program at St. Mary’s University. I am excited about the growth of the program and the unique and important contribution St. Mary’s will continue to have on Catholic and public education in Alberta.

S. J. Twomey & R.T. Johnson (eds.)(2019). Living Teacher Education in Hawaii: Critical Perspectives. Honolulu, HI: UH Press.

Twomey, S.J. (2018). Hauntings and Entanglements of Race: Re-reading the Journals of an early American Missionary Woman in Hawai‘i. Whiteness and Education , 3 (1). 90-102.

Twomey, S. (2015) A new look at boy power. [Review of the book The rise of women: The growing gender gap in education and what it means for American schools by Diprete & Buchmann ] Teachers College Press, Columbia University.

Baldini, A. & Twomey, S. (2014). Chiaroscuro: un’esperienza di scrittura collective femminile online. Insegno 1, 92-103.

Ponte, E., & Twomey, S. (2014). Veteran teachers mentoring in training: Negotiating issues of power, vulnerability, and professional development. Journal of Education for Teaching: International Research and Pedagogy (JET) 40 (1), 20-33.

Twomey, S. (2012). Re-tracing the ‘haole’ teacher/traveler in Hawaii. Race, Ethnicity and Education 16 (1): 121-133.

Twomey, S. (2011). Teacher-centered professionalism: A feminist perspective on supported access to digital knowledge. Teachers and Teaching: Theory and Practice, 17 (4), 497-514.

Twomey, S. (2010). Facilitating “gem moments” of learning: Reading research as teacher professional development. Journal of Teaching and Learning. 7(1), 41-54.

Twomey, S. (2007). Reading ‘woman’: Book club pedagogies and the literary imagination. Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy, 50 (5), 398-407.

Medina, C., Weltsek, G. & Twomey, S. (2007). Drama, critical literacy and global citizenry: Constructing reflective spaces using drama/theatre. Youth Theatre Journal 21, 112-128.