University of Calgary

Dianne Gereluk

  • Professor


Dianne Gereluk received her doctorate of philosophy at the Institute of Education, University of London in 2003. Upon returning to Alberta, Dianne Gereluk served as Chair of Leadership, Policy and Governance specialization at the University of Calgary from 2011-2013. In 2013, Dianne Gereluk was appointed as Associate Dean of Undergraduate Programs in Education at the Werklund School of Education, University of Calgary.

Dianne Gereluk has been a prominent advocate for education at the local, provincial, and international levels. She is a regular commentator on CTV, CBC and Alberta Primetime on current debates in education in Alberta. At the provincial level, she has sat on the Alberta Education External Advisory Committee and the Teacher Education Certification Committee for the Province. She has further been interviewed by leading international media that include: The Guardian, Times Higher Education Supplement, and BBC 4.

Research & Scholarly Activity

Dianne Gereluk’s research examines normative aspects of educational policy and practice. Her areas of expertise include philosophy of education, policy analysis and political philosophy. She is author of: Education and Community (Continuum, 2006), Symbolic Clothing in Schools (Bloomsbury, 2008), Education, Extremism and Terrorism (Bloomsbury, 2012), Questioning the Classroom: Perspectives on Canadian Education (Oxford University Press, 2016), and Understanding School Choice in Canada (University of Toronto Press, 2016).Her present research examines issues of equity and access for rural and remote students who wish to pursue a career in teaching.

Current Projects:

  • Alberta Advisory Committee for Educational Studies (2017-2018): Amy Burns, Dianne Gereluk: Pre-service teachers at risk: intervention strategies by and for teachers. $5,985
  • Strategic  Research Priority Funding/Research Collaboration, Eugene Kowch, Dianne Gereluk, Michael Zwiers, Ann Calvert, Kent Donlevy (2015-2016): Fresh thinking about the impact of the shifting professional school dean role. $5,000

  • Powerful New Ideas Grant, Eugene Kowch, Dianne Gereluk, Michael Zwiers, Ann Calvert, Kent Donlevy (2015): Redefining the shifting university professional school dean roles and preparations for a new century of practice.$2,500

  • The Teaching and Learning Grant, Dianne Gereluk, (PI), Roswita Dressler, and Sarah Eaton (2014-2016): Building a Robust Online Teacher Education Program. $10,000

  • WSE Enhancement Grant Dianne Gereluk (PI), Roswita Dressler and Sarah Eaton (2014-2015): equity and access in post-secondary education for rural and remote students. $2,500

  • The Association of Alberta Charter Schools, principle researchers, Dianne Gereluk and Eugene Kowch (Co-PIs) (2012-2014): to identify the Alberta Charter School system’s capacity and impact for future growth and sustainability within the broader education system in Alberta. $45,000


Institute of Education, University of London

University of Calgary

University of Alberta

Graduate Supervision

Principal Advisor

2016 – present Gina Ko: The Experiences of Immigrant and Refugee Youth in a Leadership Program
2015 – present Terumi Taylor: Women’s Perceptions of Mentorship in a Saudi Arabian Post-Secondary context
2015 – present Lois Fearon: Integrating Sustainability into Business School Curriculum
2015 – present Rachael Edino: Nigeria’s capacity to meet the Millennium Development Goals for primary school enrolment
2013 – present Fouzia Usman: Inclusive Education Policy in Dubai
2012 – 2015 Greg Bass: The Effectiveness of Enabling Transformational Change Across a School District
2011 - 2016 Sukhi Singh: A Critical Discourse Analysis on the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test
2010-present Walter Lee: Factors Affecting Students who Transfer from Private Career Colleges to Degree Programs in University
2011-2013  Merlin Thompson: Authenticity, Teaching Relationships and Suzuki
2011-2014 David Kelly: Constructing the Image of the Child in a Reggio Inspired Charter School
2010-2013 Susan Boddie: Existentialism and Vocal Instruction in Higher Education

Professional & Community Affiliations

  • University of Calgary United Way Campaign, Executive Cabinet 2014
  • Alberta Teachers’ Association, Teacher Education Certification Committee, member 2012- present
  • Calgary French and International School, Society Board,  chair , 2015 - present
  • Philosophy of Education Society, Member
  • American Education Research Association, Member
  • Canadian Philosophy of Education Society, Member



Gereluk, D.,  Martin, C., Maxwell, B., & Norris, T.  (2016). Questioning the Classroom: perspectives on Canadian Education.  Don Mills, ON: Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-901003-5 (paperback).

Bosetti, L. & Gereluk, D. (2016) Understanding School Choice in Canada, Toronto, Buffalo, London: University of Toronto Press. UABN 978-1-4426-4308-6

Gereluk, D. (2012). Education, Extremism and Terrorism: What should be taught in citizenship education and why, London, New York: Continuum. (hbk) ISBN: 978-1-4411-6971-6 (pbk) ISBN: 978-1-4411-0515-8

Gereluk, D. (2008). Symbolic Clothing in Schools, London, New York: Continuum. ISBN 978-0-8264-9766-6

Gereluk, D. (2006, 2008). Education and Community, London, New York: Continuum. (hbk) ISBN: 0-8264-8466-2 (pbk) ISBN 9781847060396

Recent Peer-Reviewed Articles:

Gereluk, D. (2017) Should schools have dress codes? Warnick, B. (ed). Philosophy: Education. Farmington Hills, MI: Macmillan. 357-371.

Thompson, M., Gereluk, D., & Kowch, E. (2016) School identity in the context of Alberta charter schools.  Journal of School Choice: International Research and Reform, 10(1), 112-128. DOI: 10.1080/15582159.2015.1132934

Gereluk, D., Donlevy, J.K., & Thompson, M. (2015) Normative considerations in the aftermath of targeted gun violence in schools.  Educational Theory. 65(4), 459-474. DOI: 10.111/edith.12127

Gereluk, D., Farrell, M., Donlevy, J.K., Patterson, P., & Brandon, J. (2015) Parental rights, teachers’ professional autonomy and contested pedagogy under the Alberta Human Rights Act.  Critical Education, 6(2), 1-18. ISSN 1920-4125.

Donlevy, K. Brandon, J., Gereluk, D. & Patterson, P. (2015) Canada’s constitutionally protected Catholic schools and gay-straight alliance clubs. Education and Law Journal, 24(1), 49-65. ISSN 0838-2875‎

Donlevy, J.K, Gereluk, D., Patterson, P. & Brandon, J. (2014). Freedom of conscience and Catholic schools. Interchange. 44(1-2) 241-255. DOI 10.1007/s10780-014-9209-3

Gereluk, D. (2013) The democratic imperative to address sexual equality rights in schools, Educational Theory. 63(5), 511-523. DOI: 10.1111/edth.12038.


  • Canadian Association of Foundations in Education Publication of the Year Award, 2017 – Book publication of the year awarded to the book, Understanding School Choice in Canada (University of Toronto Press, 2016). Co-authored with Lynn Bosetti.
  • Leadership Excellence in Education Award, Werklund School of Education, 2016 – awards one Leadership in Education Award annually to an academic staff member who demonstrates outstanding leadership and commitment to improving teaching and learning experiences in the School and in the profession.
  • U Make a Difference Award, University of Calgary, 2015 – acknowledges outstanding contributions to the university’s vision, and recognizes individuals and teams who exemplify excellence and the ability to reach above and beyond the expected to "Make a Difference" in the university community.
  • University of Calgary Teaching Award for Curriculum Development, Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning 2015 – recognizes the teaching excellence of any combination of academic or non-academic colleagues who contribute as a team to the creation or revitalization of a curriculum at the program level.
  • Fellow, Higher Education Academy, UK 2007 – awarded to academics based on significant experience in the areas of professional activity, awareness of pedagogical issues and integration of scholarship, research and/or professional activities with teaching and supporting learning.
  • Stanford Academic Scholarship (Spencer Foundation), 2003 – one of ten recipients worldwide to be awarded a full scholarship to attend the Stanford/Illinois Institute in Philosophy of Education for advanced PhD doctoral students.
  • Overseas Research Scholarship Award (Higher Education Funding Council for England), 2001 - 2003 - awarded to international postgraduate students based on outstanding merit and research potential.

Media Work

Photograph of Dianne Gereluk

Curriculum Vitae

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