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Dr. Jane Baskwill
Associate Professor

Office: Seton 439
Phone: (902) 457-6189
Fax: (902) 457-4911




Research and Teaching Interests

          • practitioner action research
          • arts-informed research methodologies
          • gender and educational administration 
          • activism and professionalism 
          • literacy and gender
          • arts-informed literacy learning
          • family literacy and parental involvement in education
          • early childhood literacy
          • peace and environmental education


Dr. Jane Baskwill is Associate Professor and presently Program Coordinator, Graduate Literacy Education, on the Faculty of Education. Jane worked as a teacher for 21 years, then became a school principal. After several years in school administration she returned to university. She received her PhD from the University of South Australia in 2003, at which time she joined the Mount Saint Vincent University faculty.

Jane has devoted most of her teaching and research career to improving literacy learning and teaching in rural Nova Scotia schools. She has provided leadership in family literacy education, curriculum, and professional development in diverse educational contexts and has authored numerous professional books and articles for teachers, in addition to a video tape series made with the Nova Scotia Department of Education.

In partnership with the Valley Community Learning Association, Jane has initiated and developed the Publish It! project, a family literacy book creation initiative. She is also the author several children’s picture books and visits schools as part of the Nova Scotia Writers Federation Writers In the Schools (WITS) Program.

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Selected Publications


  • Baskwill, J. (January, 2008) Principal arts, Educational Insights
  • Baskwill, J. (2008) Picture It, Dads!, Canadian Children, Vol. 33, No.2., pp. 26-31.
  • Baskwill, J. (2008). Stepping Out of the Shadows: Research as Activist Practice, Journal of Educational Administration and Foundations,
  • Baskwill, J & Harkins, M. J. (2009) Through a child’s eyes: Using photography to support and sustain parents’ initiation of home writing activities, Young Child,
  • Baskwill, J., Church, S. & Swain, M. (2009). The boy(s) who cried wolf: Re-visioning textual re-presentations of boys and literacy, Atlantis, Mount Saint Vincent University.
  • Unpublished paper: Re-imag(e)ining educational administration: The art of the mask, CELT, 2009.
  • Baskwill, J. (2006) If at first you don’t succeed…A closer look at an old adage, Language Arts, Vol. 83, No. 6, pp.506-513.
  • Baskwill, J., (2004). The Writing’s on the Wall: Musings from Childhood. Talking Points, National Council of Teacher’s of English, Urbana, Illinois.


  • Baskwill, J. (2010). Books as bridges: Using text to connect home and school literacy and learning, Pembroke
  • Baskwill, J. (2009). Getting dads on board: Fostering literacy partnerships for successful student learning, Pembroke
  • Church, S., Baskwill, J. & Swain, M. (2007). Yes, but…if they like it they’ll learn it!, Pembroke.

Book Chapters

  • Baskwill, J. (2009) Art-Full Journals: Helping students make multi-modal connections to “big ideas” and “strong texts”, in Books, media & the internet: Children’s literature for today’s classrooms, S. Peterson, D. Booth & C. Jupiter (Eds.), Portage & Main Press.
  • Baskwill, J. (2009) Art-Full Thinking: Exploring Teacher Attitudes Towards Multicultural Literature Through the Arts, G. Singleton Taylor & K. Hinton-Johnson (Eds.), Teaching multicultural literature to help children understand ethnic diversity: Essays and experiences, Edwin Mellen Press.
  • In Press: When an old technology (storytelling) meets a new one (digital photography): Changing the face of local literacy practices, in Books, sure! And what else? P. Albers & R. Schmidt (Eds), Taylor & Francis.
  • Baskwill, J. & Thomson, P. (2008). Jane and Pat Think and Do: A Basal Reader Story, in  G. Knowles, S. Promislow, & A. Cole (Eds.) Scholartistry: Imagining the arts-informed thesis or dissertation, Backalong Books (20 pp.).
  • Baskwill, J., (2001). Performing Our Research and Our Work: Women Principals on Stage, in L. Neilsen, A. Cole & G. Knowles (Eds.) The Art of Writing Inquiry, Backalong Books.

Research Reports

Performed Presentations

  • Body of work: Research-informed theatre as embody/ment of practice in educational administration, Festival of Original Theatre Conference, Toronto, February 12, 2005
  • Live performance, dinner theatre performance and lecture, Women in Educational Leadership in Nova Scotia Annual Meeting, Halifax, NS, 2001

*Please note: all co-authored publications reflect the equal contribution of all the authors.

Jane's Personal Web Site

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