Dr. Adrian M. Downey
Assistant Professor
Office: Seton 411
Phone: (902) 457-6714
Fax: (902) 457-4911
E-mail: Adrian.Downey@msvu.ca


Adrian M. Downey is Mi’kmaq with family ties in the Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation. He holds undergraduate degrees in music and education from Bishop’s University (2012; 2013), a Master of Arts in Education focused in curriculum theory from Mount Saint Vincent University (2017), and a PhD in Educational Studies focused in foundations of education and curriculum theory from the University of New Brunswick (2020).


EDUC 5321-04, Philosophy of Education, Winter 2021
GCRD 6302-01, Foundations of Curriculum Studies, Winter 2021
EDUC 5321-02, Philosophy of Education, Fall 2020
EDUC 5602-01, SS: Indigenous Knowledge and The Curriculum, Fall 2020

Research and Supervision Areas:

Broad Areas

Curriculum Theory
Foundations of Education
Indigenous Education

Specific Foci

Critical Literacies
Currere and Autobiography
Death and Dying Education
Identity and Privilege
Indigenous knowledges
Music Education
Poetic Inquiry
Spirituality in Education

Publications (Abbreviated):

Downey, A., & Sagy, G. (2020). Love songs: conversations with the Earth and each other. Artizein, 5(1), 147-168.

Downey, A. (2020, August). Book Review: Kiskajeyi—I am ready: A hermeneutic exploration of Mi’kmaq komqwejwi’kasikl poetry. Dawnland Voices, 9.

Downey, A., & McGuire, M. (2019). Metaphors beyond the duet: A reflection on shared teaching. Canadian Music Educator, 61(1), 12-17.

Downey, A., Bell, R., Copage, K., & Whitty, P. (2019). Place-based readings toward disrupting colonized literacies: A métissage. In education, 25(2), 39-58.

Downey, A. (2019). Mindset and meditative inquiry. Journal of Educational Thought, 52(2),130-142.

Downey, A. (2019). Revisiting Bucket Truck: Locally engaged public intellectuals. The Canadian Journal for New Scholars in Education, 10(1), 89-98.

Downey, A. (2018). The metamorphic, the subtle, and the awkward: Three thoughts on Indigenization. Proceedings of the Atlantic Universities’ Teaching Showcase, 22, 1-5.

Downey, A. (2017). Listening for reconciliation and beyond. Proceedings of the Atlantic Universities’ Teaching Showcase, 21, 67-72.