Dr. Ingrid Johnston

Associate Vice-President (Research)
Professor, Department of Secondary Education
Faculty of Education, University of Alberta
2-51 South Academic Building
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada T6G 2G7
Tel: (780) 492-5320

Dr. Ingrid Johnston is a Professor of English Education and Curriculum Studies in the Department of Secondary Education at the University of Alberta, Edmonton. She grew up in Britain and South Africa, where she completed a BA and teaching diploma at the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal. Currently she teaches courses in Postcolonial Theories, Issues and Curriculum. Her research focuses on postcolonial literary studies, multicultural literary education, questions of culture, migration and teacher education.

Research Interests

Postcolonial Literary Theory and Practice; Teacher Education; Ethnicity, Migration and Education; Multicultural Education; Curriculum Development; Reading; Young Adult Literature;  Canadian Multicultural Picture Books; English Education.


1996: Ph.D. University of Alberta, Edmonton. Secondary Education. Dissertation Title: Re-mapping Literary Worlds: Postcolonial Pedagogy in Practice.
1992: M.Ed. University of Alberta, Edmonton. English Education. Thesis Title: Teachers' Selection of Young Adult Literature for Junior High Students: A Perspective on Literature Selection and Use in the Classroom.
1968: University Education Diploma. University of Natal, Durban, South Africa.
1967: B.A. University of Natal, Durban, South Africa. Majors: English, French, Drama.

Career History

2013 (January to present): Associate Vice-President (Research)
2012 (July to December): Sabbatical leave
2011-2012: Associate Dean, Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research
2010-2011: Graduate Coordinator, Department of Secondary Education
2003-2009: Associate Dean, Research and Graduate Studies, Faculty of Education
2006: Professor, English Education and Curriculum, Secondary Education
2006: Chair, Research Ethics Board, Education, Extension & Augustana
2001-2006: Associate Professor, Secondary Education
1999-2002: Graduate Coordinator, Secondary Education
1997-2001: Assistant Professor, Secondary Education.
1996-1997: SSHRC Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Centre for Research for Teacher Education and Development, Faculty of Education, University of Alberta.
1990-1996: Sessional Instructor, Department of Secondary Education, University of Alberta.
1989-1990: Supply teacher, St. Albert School District 3 and 6, Alberta.
1979-1988: Speech Arts Teacher, City of St. Albert Community Services.
1969-1971: Teacher, Mitchell Girls High School, Durban, South Africa.