Sherry Martens, PhD, MA, BEd

sherry martens ambrose dean of education
Associate Dean of Education
Assistant Professor of Education
+1 (403) 410-2000 ext. 6919
Office Location:
RE 134


PhD (University of Calgary)

MA (Gonzaga University)

B.Ed (University of Calgary)


Sherry has been inspiring learners in Alberta to be their best selves since 1987 as a classroom teacher, System Specialist and school-based administrator. Her teaching career spans K-12 across curriculum areas, particularly in the Fine and Performing Arts and Humanities as well as undergraduate and graduate students in pre-service education and educational leadership.  She is a consummate learner whose eclectic research includes visual culture, visual displays in schools, teacher identity, student efficacy, assessment and historic school spaces and curriculum theory. Her love of shenanigans and bringing the past to life is played out in her work as she teaches as the Mona Lisa, Anne Shakespeare or Clifford Sifton. Currently the Associate Dean of Education at Ambrose University in Calgary, she looks for opportunities to challenge those around her to take risks, be creative and never stop looking for ways to make a difference in the lives of children.

Recent Publications

Current Research

I joined Ambrose University as the Associate Dean in 2016 and have served as an Adjunct Professor for Gonzaga University in the Graduate division since 2011. I am currently involved in several research projects that focus on the formation of teacher identity, the role of gamification in student engagement as well as curriculum and assessment topics. I enjoy opportunities to work with schools and teachers through staff development and research.  

Scholarly & Professional Activity

Art Trading Card Project


Teaching Through the Constructivist Lens, Calgary Board of Education, 1998

Community Service - Invited Lecturer

Martens, Sherry. Visual Displays in Schools, University of Calgary, and Visiting Lecture in Dr. E. Lisa Panayotidis’ Graduate course, July, 2013.

Martens, Sherry.  Inquiry as Leadership, University of Calgary, Visiting Lecture in Sylvia Mutch’s Doctoral Seminar, July, 2007.

Martens, Sherry.  Learning through the Arts as Inquiry, University of Calgary, Visiting Lecture in Cled Heydon-Jones’ MT Class, March 2006.

Martens, Sherry.  Understanding Fine Arts in Context, University of Calgary, Visiting Lecture in Dr. E. Lisa Panayotidis’ Graduate course, March, 2006, February 2007 and April 2008.

Recent Conference Presentations

Professional Papers Presented

Re-Imaging Visual Displays in Schools: Tugging at the Roots of Visual Culture, 2017, Arts and Society Conference.

Rethinking Historic School Spaces: Visual and Spatial Histories of School, 2008, Canadian History of Education Association