Professor Profiles


Bonnie Stelmach, PhD, MA, BEd

Associate Professor


Educational Policy Studies

About Me

I returned to Alberta, my “home” province, after seven years in the Department of Educational Administration at the University of Saskatchewan.  I completed my doctorate in Educational Administration and Leadership in Educational Policy Studies, and a Masters of Arts in Educational Philosophy at Simon Fraser University.  My undergraduate degree is in Secondary Education, also from the U of A.  I have taught in rural and northern Alberta, as well as at an international school in Chiang Mai, Thailand.  Previous to joining the academic community, I served as district coordinator of the Alberta Initiative for School Improvement (AISI).  That three-year project directly influenced my decision to study secondary parents’ conceptualizations of their role in school improvement.  I’ve examined parents’ roles in education at the post-secondary level as well.  My current research is moving toward an examination of school “community”—a logical extension of my research about parents’ roles.  In particular, I am contemplating the discourses that shape the notion of “school community” in light of diversification of families, trends toward radical individualism, and boundary shifting.  I am a qualitative researcher, and I particularly enjoy teaching research methodology/methods courses.  I have also taught organizational behavior, rural education, educational policy, and legal issues for teacher candidates.