Sarah J. Twomey

Dr. Sarah J. Twomey

Professor and Dean of Education

Phone: (403) 254-3122
Office: M104

PhD Language and Literacy Education, University of British Columbia, 2007
Masters of Education, Curriculum and Instruction, Queen’s University, 2000
Bachelor of Education, Junior/Intermediate, Queen’s University, 1988
Bachelor of Arts, Theatre, Queen’s University, 1987

Specialization/research interests: Cultural Literacy; Teacher Learning; Leadership Development

Previously, she was an associate professor and director of the EdD, Education Doctorate in Professional Educational Practice, at the University of Hawaii, with a focus on Native Hawaiian Leadership. Born and raised in small town Eastern Ontario, Sarah attended Queens’ University and the University of British Columbia, and taught high school in Ontario and British Columbia. She has travelled extensively, and has taught in Italy and China. Drawing upon the Faculty mission to provide a holistic pedagogical foundation for our teachers, her vision and leadership at St. Mary’s University is dedicated to preparing teacher leaders committed to social and racial justice, teaching excellence – and the common good – in both their classrooms and the larger community. She teaches the Specialized Practicum – Teacher Leadership EDPR, in the Faculty of Education.

S. J. Twomey & R.T. Johnson (eds.)(2019). Living Teacher Education in Hawaii: Critical Perspectives. Honolulu, HI: UH Press.

Twomey, S.J. (2018). Hauntings and Entanglements of Race: Re-reading the Journals of an early American Missionary Woman in Hawai‘i. Whiteness and Education , 3 (1). 90-102.

Twomey, S. (2015) A new look at boy power. [Review of the book The rise of women: The growing gender gap in education and what it means for American schools by Diprete & Buchmann ] Teachers College Press, Columbia University.

Baldini, A. & Twomey, S. (2014). Chiaroscuro: un’esperienza di scrittura collective femminile online. Insegno 1, 92-103.

Ponte, E., & Twomey, S. (2014). Veteran teachers mentoring in training: Negotiating issues of power, vulnerability, and professional development. Journal of Education for Teaching: International Research and Pedagogy (JET) 40 (1), 20-33.

Twomey, S. (2012). Re-tracing the ‘haole’ teacher/traveler in Hawaii. Race, Ethnicity and Education 16 (1): 121-133.

Twomey, S. (2011). Teacher-centered professionalism: A feminist perspective on supported access to digital knowledge. Teachers and Teaching: Theory and Practice, 17 (4), 497-514.

Twomey, S. (2010). Facilitating “gem moments” of learning: Reading research as teacher professional development. Journal of Teaching and Learning. 7(1), 41-54.

Twomey, S. (2007). Reading ‘woman’: Book club pedagogies and the literary imagination. Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy, 50 (5), 398-407.

Medina, C., Weltsek, G. & Twomey, S. (2007). Drama, critical literacy and global citizenry: Constructing reflective spaces using drama/theatre. Youth Theatre Journal 21, 112-128.