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Dr. Ardra L. Cole


Dr Ardra Cole cropDr. Ardra L. Cole is Co-Acting Dean of Education and Professor, Graduate Program in Lifelong Learning. Before moving to the Mount as Associate Vice-President, Research, Ardra was Professor and Co-director, Centre for Arts-informed Research, University of Toronto. As a qualitative research methodologist, Ardra has published extensively in conventional and non-conventional academic prose and in alternative, scholarly, non-print media. She is co-editor of the Handbook of the Arts in Qualitative Research (2009) as well as a series of books on the role of the arts in research. Her research on caregiving and Alzheimer’s disease involves multi-media installation and performance, and has been exhibited in numerous public and academic contexts across Canada. This work was foundational to the establishment of ElderDog Canada – a national charity that honours older dogs and older adults and the special bond between them. In her current research, Ardra explores, through photography and story, the in-depth meaning of dogs in seniors’ lives.

Dr. Mary Jane Harkins


Dr Mary Jane Harkins cropDr. Mary Jane Harkins is the Co-Acting Dean of Education and Professor, Faculty of Education. Presently, she is also the Coordinator of the Doctoral Program and Coordinator of the Literacy Education Program in St. John's, Newfoundland. She teaches in the Literacy Education Program, the Curriculum Studies Program and the Bachelor of Education. Prior to coming to the Mount, she was a senior administrator for the Tri County Regional School Board, Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. Her research areas include: Indigenous Studies, African Nova Scotia Learners, Learners with Disabilities and Global Education. She has taught internationally in Guyana, Belize, Barbados, the United States and Nairobi. She is an active member of the Canadian Association for Teacher Education and is on the editorial board of several national and international journals.