University of Calgary

Jo-Anne Willment

  • Associate Professor Emerita of Education

Currently Teaching

Not currently teaching any courses.


Dr. Jo-Anne Willment, Associate Professor, joined the University of Calgary in 2000 following faculty positions at Dalhousie University in program development and graduate teaching, and Athabasca University specializing in online teaching. Courses taught include Educational Psychology within the BEd Program; Professional Ethics, Methods of Inquiry, Learning Processes, and Human Development in Distance Master of Counseling Program; and Program Development & Evaluation in the Masters of Science Program. Her teaching and learning preferences are for instruction which is learner-based, project- focused, and facilitative small group work. In 2012, successful completion included supervision of two PhD and two Master’s students. She continues to be an advocate of many years in support of a strong commitment to the framework of merging teaching and learning processes and research together in post-secondary institutions within and beyond Canada.

Research & Scholarly Activity

As a qualitative researcher focusing on case study and phenomenological design, Dr. Willment’s research is centered on the transitions and change on adult development as influenced by significant life factors and coping strategies. Studies completed include, the impact of study groups on first-year students; the effect of workplace management on employee behavior; personal outcomes and transformations through master/ doctorate experiences; career exploration influence on adult re-direction, and adults who have undergone the process of life-changing medical diagnosis and treatment. These studies have been undertaken through various designs including independent research; researcher -graduate student teams; cohort student supervision; and supervisor--graduate student models. Research through online and face-face research designs have produced published articles, a book for midlife learners, and national or international conference presentations.

Current Projects:

  • Publications of the Faculty Development Study: Assumptions and Practices
  • Bachelor of Training & Development Outcomes: The South African Experience
  • Know Oneself: Non-profit leaders Learning About Self


Doctorate of Adult Education, Community Psychology & Counselling Psychology
Ontario Institute for Studies in Higher Education/ University of Toronto

Master of Arts, Psychology
University of Guelph

Joint Bachelor of Arts (Psychology & Sociology)
University of Waterloo

Professional & Community Affiliations

Dr. Willment is accredited with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association and serves as an elected position as National Treasurer, Career Counselling Chapter for the past two years.Dr. Willment was the first Canadian University Sector Representative, Canadian Association of Distance Education where she completed a national research study on the needs for distance education in Canada financed through the Human Resources Canada. Internationally, Dr. Willment will return to North-West University for her Sabbatical, 2013. This is her third visit and she will be focusing on research this visit. In 2010, Dr. Willment completed a program research review in the Bachelor of Training & Development, Faculty of Educational Science, North-West University, South Africa. Similar collaborative visits have been hosted for South African academics and administrators to visit our Faculty of Education, University of Calgary in August, 2010.

  • Accredited Canadian Certified Counsellor (#5529), Canadian Counseling & Psychotherapy Association. Suitable for private counseling practice.
  • Member, Canadian Psychological Association (CPA). Member of the Teaching in Psychology Section, C.P.A.
  • National Treasurer, National Executive, Career Counsellor Chapter, Canadian Counselling & Psychotherapy Association.


Willment, J. H. (2012). Exploring learning in midlife. In Peter Jarvis (Ed.). International Handbook on Learning. UK: Routledge.

Willment, J. H. (2012, Montreal). Strategies in Response to Major University Online Curriculum Redesign Projects. Conference for the Society for Teaching & Learning in Higher Education. June 13-17.

Yonan, J., Bardick, A.D. & Willment, J. H. (2011). Ethical decision-making, therapeutic boundaries, and communicating using online technology and cellular phones. Canadian Journal of Counselling and Psychotherapy. Vol.45(4), 307-326.

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