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Sherry Martens, PhD

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Associate Dean of Education
Assistant Professor of Education
Office Location
RE 134
Phone number
+1 (403) 410-2000 ext. 6919


Sherry has been inspiring learners in Alberta to be their best selves since 1987 as a classroom teacher, System Specialist and school-based administrator. Her teaching career spans K-12 across curriculum areas, particularly in the Fine and Performing Arts and Humanities as well as undergraduate and graduate students in pre-service education and educational leadership.  She is a consummate learner whose eclectic research includes visual culture, visual displays in schools, teacher identity, student efficacy, assessment and historic school spaces and curriculum theory. Her love of shenanigans and bringing the past to life is played out in her work as she teaches as the Mona Lisa, Anne Shakespeare or Clifford Sifton. Currently the Associate Dean of Education at Ambrose University in Calgary, she looks for opportunities to challenge those around her to take risks, be creative and never stop looking for ways to make a difference in the lives of children.


I joined Ambrose University as the Associate Dean in 2016 and have served as an Adjunct Professor for Gonzaga University in the Graduate division since 2011. I am currently involved in several research projects that focus on the formation of teacher identity, the role of gamification in student engagement as well as curriculum and assessment topics. I enjoy opportunities to work with schools and teachers through staff development and research.  


Showing Our Knowing in Post-Secondary Contexts, Arts in Society Conference, 2018.

Seeing Ourselves as Teachers: Pedagogy as Identify Formation for First Year Teachers, Canadian Society for Studies in Education Conference, 2018.

Embracing Wonder and Curiosity: Transforming Teacher Practice through Escape Room Design, Canadian Society for Studies in Education Conference, 2018.

Professional Papers Presented

Re-Imaging Visual Displays in Schools: Tugging at the Roots of Visual Culture, 2017, Arts and Society Conference.

Rethinking Historic School Spaces: Visual and Spatial Histories of School, 2008, Canadian History of Education Association


PhD (University of Calgary)
MA (Gonzaga University)
B.Ed (University of Calgary)

Select Publications

Martens, S. (In Press). Seeing Ourselves on the Walls: Teacher Identity and Visual Displays in Schools. In Ellyn Lyle (ed)., Fostering a Relational Pedagogy: Self-Study as Transformative Praxis. London: Sense Publishers.
Martens, S., 2018. Writing on the Walls: Poetic Transcription as a Research Conversation. The Electronic Journal of Business Research Methods, 16(2), pp. 93-102, available online at
Martens, Sherry. “Assessment: Not A Dirty Word.” A Fine Facta. Edmonton: Spring 2006. Vol. 7, I
Martens, Sherry. “Learning Through the Arts: The Journey of West Dover Elementary School.”. A Fine Facta. Edmonton: Spring 2005. Vol. 6, Iss. 2
Martens, Sherry. “The Power of Learning in, Through, and About the Arts”. A Fine Facta. Edmonton: Spring 2004. Vol. 5, Iss 2.
Martens, Sherry. “Canadian Conference of the Arts National Policy Conference 2003: a Delegate’s Perspective”. A Fine Facta. Edmonton: Fall 2004. Vol. 6 Iss.1
Martens, Sherry. “CBE Offers Fine and Performing Arts Certificate” A Fine Facta Winter, 2002. Vol. 4, Iss.2