Dr. Adrian M. Downey
Assistant Professor
Office: Seton 565
Phone: (902) 457-6714
Fax: (902) 457-4911
E-mail: Adrian.Downey@msvu.ca


Adrian M. Downey holds undergraduate degrees in music and education from Bishop’s University (2012; 2013), a Master of Arts in Education focused on curriculum theory from Mount Saint Vincent University (2017), and a PhD in Educational Studies focused on the foundations of education and curriculum theory from the University of New Brunswick (2020).


Graduate Courses

Indigenous Literatures in the Classroom (Special Topic)
Indigenous and Decolonizing Studies in Education (Special Topic)
Foundations of Curriculum Studies II

Undergraduate Courses

Social and Cultural Contexts of Teaching and Learning
Interdisciplinary Foundations of Education
Indigenous Knowledges and The Curriculum
Philosophy of Education

Research and Supervision Areas:

Affect/Emotion; Curriculum Studies; Educational Thought; Indigenous Education; Life Writing; Music; Posthumanism.

Publications (Abbreviated):

Downey, A. (2023). Affect, alpha function, and the very small: A reconsideration of teacher workload. Philosophical Inquiry in Education, 30(1), 26-41. https://journals.sfu.ca/pie/index.php/pie/article/view/1489

Downey, A. (2022). Pedagogies of attending and mourning: Posthumanism, death, and affirmative ethics. Journal of curriculum theorizing, 37(2), 18-31. https://journal.jctonline.org/index.php/jct/article/view/971

Downey, A. (2022). Mourning The Chrysalids: Currere, affect, and letting go. Journal of Curriculum and Pedagogy. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/15505170.2022.2098207

Downey, A. (2022). Sadness and education: Emotion, currere, and La Dispute’s Wildlife. The Currere Exchange Journal, 6(1), 74-83. https://cej.lib.miamioh.edu/index.php/CEJ/article/view/184

Downey, A. (2021). Jiddu Krishnamurti and the fear of not being a “good” teacher. Journal of Educational Thought, 54(3), 241-256. https://journalhosting.ucalgary.ca/index.php/jet/article/view/74684

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.  https://journals.uregina.ca/ineducation/article/view/443

Downey, A. (2019). Revisiting Bucket Truck: Locally engaged public intellectuals. The Canadian Journal for New Scholars in Education, 10(1), 89-98. https://journalhosting.ucalgary.ca/index.php/cjnse/article/view/61739