Introduction for the Special Issue: The Impact of Neoliberalism on Teacher Education in Canada


  • Manu Sharma University of Wisconsin-River Falls
  • Kathy Sanford University of Victoria


Author Biographies

Manu Sharma, University of Wisconsin-River Falls

Dr. Manu Sharma is an Assistant Professor at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls in the Teacher Education Department, where she teaches foundational courses which focus on equity and diversity issues in education. Dr. Sharma has previously taught a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses and supported field placements at Brock University, University of Toronto, and University of Windsor; in addition, she has also worked for the Toronto District School Board and in international settings as a public educator. Her research interests and publications in the field of teacher education are based on equity initiatives, teacher development, social justice pedagogy, deficit thinking, and international teaching experiences.

Kathy Sanford, University of Victoria

Dr. Kathy Sanford is a Professor in the Faculty of Education at the University of Victoria. Her research interests include teacher education, nonformal and informal adult education, ePortfolios as alternative forms of learning/assessment, gender pedagogy, and multi-literacies. She is currently working on research focused on learning in professional programs, video games and youth civic engagement, museum/library education, and digital Portfolios development.