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Department of Leadership, Higher and Adult Education
Ann Lopez

Ann Lopez
Associate Professor, Teaching Stream

phone: 4169788922
website: http://utoronto.academia.edu/AnnLopez

Department: Leadership, Higher and Adult Education

Research Overview

Dr. Lopez's teaching and research focus on Culturally Responsive Leadership, Social Justice Leadership, Culturally Responsive Pedagogy, Critical Multiculturalism, Mentoring for Diversity and Equity, and Teacher Education. Research methodologies include narrative inquiry, collaborative action research, case studies, and biographical research.

Curriculum Vitae


Academic History

Ph.D. University of Toronto, Curriculum, Teaching and Learning
M.Ed. Brock, Teaching Learning and Development
B.Ed. University of Toronto
B.A. University of the West Indies, Mona, Kingston Jamaica

Teaching Overview


LHA 3041 - Doctoral Seminar
LHA 1041 - Educational Administration: Social and Policy Contexts of Schooling
LHA 1029 - Special Applications of Educational Leadership and Policy - Diversity and Student Engagement

TPS 1048 Educational Leadership and School Improvement


EDU 6000 - Teacher Education Seminar
EDU 3508 - School and Society
EDU 470 - Social Foundations of Teaching
EDU 480 - Mentored Inquiry in Teaching
EDU 313 - Principles of Teaching

Representative Publications

Lopez, A.E. (2016). Culturally responsive and socially just leadership: From theory to action. New York, NY: Palgrave MacMillan.

Lopez, A. E. (2016). Voices from the field: What can we learn from school leaders in diverse schools? Possibilities and tensions. In S. Choo,           D. Sawch, A. Villanueva, & R. Vinz (Eds.), Educating for the 21st century: Perspectives, policies and practices from around the world (pp. 117 - 129). Singapore: Springer

Lopez, A.E., & Olan, E. L. (2016). Critical Practices for Teaching, Learning in Global Contexts: Building Bridges for Action. In R. Shin (Ed.), Convergence of  Contemporary Art, Visual Culture, and Global Civic Engagement (pp. 48 - 63).  Sommerville, MA: IGI Global.

Lopez, A.E., & Solomon-Henry, G. (2016). Navigating the Path of Critical Leadership:  Tensions and Possibilities of the Leadership Journey. In T. N. Watson  & A. H. H.    Normore (Ed.), Racially and Ethnically Diverse Women Leading Education: A  Worldview (Advances in Educational Administration, Volume 25) (pp.185 – 202). Somerville, MA: Emerald Group Publishing Limited. 

Lopez, A. E. (2015). Navigating cultural borders in diverse contexts: building capacity through culturally responsive leadership and critical praxis, Multicultural Education Review, 1 – 14. DOI:10.1080/2005615X.2015.1072080

Lopez, A.E. (2015)Critical perspectives in Diversity and Social Justice Education. In S.Thompson (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Diversity and Social Justice (pp. 164 - 166). NY, New  York: Rowman and Littlefield Publishers.

Lopez, A.E. (2015). Epilogue – Equitable education for social change. In G. Jean- Marie, S. Sider, & C. Desir, (Eds). Comparative international perspectives on education and social change  in developing and developed nationsInternational Advances in Education: Global  Initiatives for Equity and Social  Justice (pp. 317 - 324) Charlotte, NC: Information Age.

Lopez, A. E. (2014) Re-Conceptualizing Teacher Leadership Through Curriculum Inquiry in  Pursuit of Social Justice: Case Study From the Canadian Context. In C. Shields & I.  Bogotch (Eds.), International Handbook of Educational Leadership and Social (In) Justice (pp. 465 - 484)Springer Publishing. 

Lopez, A.E. (2013). Collaborative Mentorship: A Mentoring Approach to Support and Sustain   Teachers for Equity and Diversity. Mentoring and Tutoring: Partnership in Learning, 21 (3)    292 - 211. DOI: 10.1080/13611267.2013.827836

Lopez, A.E. (2013). Embedding and Sustaining Equitable Practices in Teachers’ Everyday Work: A Framework for Critical Action. Teaching & Learning, 7 (3), 1-15.

Pollock, K., Lopez, A.E, & Joshee, R. (2013). Disrupting Myths of Poverty in the face of resistance. Special Issue of the Journal of Cases in Educational  Administration, 16 (2). p. 11 -19. DOI: 10:1177/1555458913487031 

Lopez, A. E. (2011). Culturally relevant pedagogy and critical Literacy in diverse English Classrooms: Case study of a secondary English teacher’s activism and agency. English Teaching Practice and Critique, 10(4) 75 - 93. 




Research Grants and Contracts

2016 $ 1000 SSHRC SIG Gran

2015 $ 1000 SSHRC SIG Grant

2014 $ 1000 SSHRC SIG Grant

2012 $ 96 331.00. Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). Public Outreach Dissemination Grant Investing in Diversity: Leadership for the 21st Century.

2012 $5000.00. Integrating Aboriginal Knowledge in the Grade 9 Curriculum and Beyond Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto

Honours and Awards

2016 Nominated for the Distinguished Contributions to Teaching Awards OISE/UT

2015 Winner of The G. Pritchy Smith Multicultural Education Educator of the Year, National Association for Multicultural Education (NAME)

2015 Nominated for the Leadership Social Justice Teaching Award in Educational Administration, Leadership for Social Justice SIG, AERA

2011 Award for Contributions to the Education of Students in the Region of Peel,
Free For All Youth Foundation

2008 Certificate of Recognition. Professional Practice Through Action Research Peel District School Board.

2008 Education Excellence. Peel District School Board.

2008 Outstanding Contribution to Education. Mt. Ward Past Students'Association, Toronto Chapter.

Professional Activities

2016 - Present - President-Elect National Association for Multicultural Education (NAME)

Conference Chair NAME Annual Conference 2017 Salt Lake City. Utah

2012 - 2016 - Regional Director, Region 8, and Board Member National Association for Multicultural Education (NAME)

2014 - Ted Ex Talk on Social Justice

2012 Co-Facilitator and Co-Investigator Investing in Diversity: leadership for the 21st Century Project. SSHRC Funded Project.

2008 – 2012 Inclusive Schools’ Project. Toronto District School Board and OISE/UT. Project Liaison. Project examines the impact of culturally relevant and responsive pedagogy on the teaching and learning outcome with diverse students.

2011 – 2012 Mentor, Leading for Equity Program, Centre for Leadership and Diversity, Department of Leadership and Higher Education.

Other Information

2015 - 2016 Academic Director of the BEd Concurrent Teacher Education Program.

2013 - 2015 - Academic Director of Initial Teacher Education ( Consecutive and Concurrent Teacher Education Programs).