Meet Your Instructors


Dr. Sharla King
Dr. Sharla King
MHSE Program Director
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I am a professor in the Faculty of Education. My undergraduate and masters degree are from the University of Alberta, Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation (now the Faculty of Kinesiology and Recreation). I received my PhD in Rehabilitation Science from the Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine, University of Alberta where I focused on researching education and exercise programs for patients with chronic pain. I shifted gears and moved into interprofessional education with the Health Sciences Council where I worked for 20 years and was the Director of the Health Sciences Education and Research Commons for 12 of those years.

My research interests are in interprofessional education for both pre-licensure and continuing professional learners, workplace learning for health professionals and evaluating shared communication tools for health providers and patients and their families. My teaching focuses on methods in educational research. 

Courses taught in the MHSE Program:
EDHS 503 Introduction to Educational Research Methods in the Health Sciences
EDHS 506 Integrating Technology Across the Curriculum.


Dr. Cathy Adams
Dr. Cathy Adams

Drawing on links between phenomenology, pedagogy, and philosophy of technology and media scholarship, my research program addresses digital technology integration across K-12 and post-secondary educational environments; ethical and pedagogical issues involving digital media in schools; Phenomenology, postphenomenology, and related sociomaterial approaches to qualitative inquiry (e.g. interviewing objects); and K-12 Computing Science curriculum and pedagogy.

I am affiliated with the Faculty of Education's Technology and Learning Sciences Lab (TALS). I'm currently a Mitacs Research Council (MRC) board member, a member of the executive board of the Media Ecology Association, and part of the Pan-Canadian K-12 Computer Science Framework Advisory Group. I've served as Pedagogy Editor for Explorations in Media Ecology, and on the editorial executive of the open access journal, Phenomenology and Practice. Other projects include maintaining Max van Manen's phenomenologyonline.com website, a popular resource for human science researchers. I recently headed up the research assessment team for the CanCode-funded Callysto project, a free, interactive, curriculum-based Computational Thinking and Data Science development tool for schools.

Courses taught in the MHSE Program:
EDHS 501 Philosophy of Teaching


Dr. Mike Carbonaro
Dr. Mike Carbonaro

I am a professor of Educational Psychology at the University of Alberta. My research can be classified into several intersecting areas that include: curriculum design, computer games in schools, blended instructional delivery, robotics, computational modeling, health sciences interprofessional education, and Aboriginal education. From 2006-2010 I helped to develop the MHSE program and assisted in the creation of an educational research facility Health Sciences Educational Research Commons (HSERC). I am part of a research team that was awarded a major grant for the development of simulation-based training scenarios in Health Sciences. I also led a project to develop new blended delivery instructional models for interprofessional health sciences education.

Courses taught in the MHSE Program:
EDHS 506 Integrating Technology Across the Curriculum


Dr. Marcia Clark
Dr. Marcia Clark

I am an Orthopaedic Surgeon and Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Calgary and the Lead for Surgery at the South Health Campus Hospital. My academic interests are in Simulation Based Medical Education (SBME), National and Global Medical Education, and the intersection of Health and Technology.

I have several medical education positions including being a director on the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC) Council and Executive Council, I also contribute to many Royal College committees including the RAC1 as Chair and Simulation Accreditation Committee. I have been fortunate enough to travel extensively with the Royal College International (RCI) as a board member and deliver medical education topics to international faculty. My recent trips include China, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait.

I am also a Scientist with the Creative Destruction Labs – Vancouver and Rockies, in the Health stream. This opportunity offers mentoring with health technology startups in their development. I am the Chair of the Clinical Advisory Board for UCEED, a Venture Capital Fund and on the General Advisory Panel for The 51, a female focused Venture Capital Fund.

Clinically, I am an Orthopaedic surgeon with a practice focused on surgical arthritis care and sport medicine.

Courses taught in the MHSE Program:
EDHS 508 Assessment in Health Sciences II


Dr. Ken Cor
Dr. Ken Cor

I am an educational researcher trained in measurement and evaluation at the University of Alberta (Undergraduate and Masters) and Stanford University (PhD). My interests are in using psychometric analyses to improve performance assessments like OSCEs and other more traditional forms of educational measurement like multiple choice tests. I work as the Assistant Dean Assessment and oversee program evaluation for the Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. I collaborate on many forms of Pharmacy Education research and also study scientometrics. I teach health science education research methods and other research methods content.

Courses taught in the MHSE Program:
EDHS 503 Introduction to Methods of Educational Research


Dr. Mark Gierl
Dr. Mark Gierl

I am Professor of Educational Psychology in the Faculty of Education at the University of Alberta. My research specialization is educational and psychological testing. I received his PhD from the College of Education at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. My current research program focuses on technology and assessment. I co-edited the 2013 book, "Automatic Item Generation: Theory and Practice" (Routledge, 2013), with Professor Tom Haladyna from Arizona State University. I also co-author of the most recent book on this topic “Advanced Methods in Automatic Item Generation” (Routledge, 2021), with Dr. Hollis Lai and Mr. Vasily Tanygin from the University of Alberta. The information presented in this book is based on the outcomes from our automatic item generation research program over the last 14 years.

I hold the Tier I Canada Research Chair in Educational Measurement.

Courses taught in the MHSE Program:
EDHS 507 Assessment in Health Sciences I
EDHS 508 Assessment in Health Sciences II


Dr. Veronica Smith
Dr. Veronica Smith
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I am a Professor in the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Alberta. I teach courses in child development, evaluation, community based research, and assessment and intervention for autism spectrum disorder.

My scholarship focuses on research and evaluation of educational programs, specifically programs aimed at improving the outcomes of children and youth with developmental and learning disabilities. As a former Speech and Language Pathologist, I am interested in intersections between practice, research, and capacity in applied settings.

Courses taught in the MHSE Program:
EDHS 505 Program Evaluation


Dr. Randy Wimmer
Dr. Randy Wimmer
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I am a Professor in the department of Educational Policy Studies in the Faculty of Education. I came to the U of A from the University of Saskatchewan where I was a faculty member in the College of Education. I currently am a member of the Educational Leadership and Higher Education specializations in my department. I teach in the areas of educational ethics and law, research methods, educational policy, and higher education. I situate my research in both teacher education and professional education.

For the past 15 years, I have been working alongside Indigenous communities looking at the experiences of Indigenous teachers in higher education and their transition to teaching in First Nations schools. More recently I developed a bridging program for Internationally Educated teachers seeking recertification in Canada. I spent 7 years in senior administrative positions in the Faculty of Education including Associate Dean, Vice Dean, and interim Dean. Before becoming a professor, I was a junior high school teacher in northern Alberta.

Courses taught in the MHSE Program:
EDHS 502 Learning and Teaching at the Adult Level