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Dr. Lana Parker

Dr. Lana Parker

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Phone(519) 253-3000 ext. 3843
Office3320, Leonard & Dorothy Neal Education Building

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Assistant Professor, Ph.D York University

Research Interests Icon Teaching and Research Interests

Lana holds a PhD in Language, Culture and Teaching from York University. Lana has taught in elementary and post-secondary contexts in Canada and abroad with an emphasis on improving equitable outcomes for all students. Lana writes and researches about education policy and discourse, and the possibilities for ethically-informed pedagogy. 

Research Interests Icon Research Interests

  • Language and meaning-making 
  • Literacy and arts education
  • Responsive pedagogy
  • Philosophy of education
  • Education policy and discours

Courses Taught Icon Courses Taught

Undergraduate Courses
  • Language Arts
  • Media Literacy​

Publications Icon Selected Publications

Parker, L., & Vetter, D. (2020). Mentoring each other: Teachers listening, learning, and sharing to create more successful classrooms. Markham, ON: Pembroke.

Parker, L. (2019). Deconstructing “Growing Success”: A critical discourse analysis of Ontario’s assessment policy. Critical Education, 10(14), 1-18.

Parker, L. (in press). Hospitality at the Intersection of Place, Time, and Self. In E. Lyle (Ed.), Identity Landscapes: Contemplating Place and the Construction of Self. Boston, MA: Brill/Sense. 

Parker, L. (2019). An argument for Levinasian ethics and the arts with considerations for pedagogy. Philosophical Inquiry in Education 26(1), 33-48.

Parker, L. (2018). “Who are you?”: Developing teacher identity through an ethics of intersubjectivity. In E. Lyle (Ed.), The negotiated self: Employing reflexive inquiry to explore teacher identity (pp. 127-137). Boston, MA: Brill/Sense. 

Parker, L. (2018). Rendering uncertainty beautiful: Considerations for teacher education and induction. In D. C. Young, W. L. Kraglund-Gauthier, & T. G. Ryan (Eds.), Readiness for the field: Perspectives from within the triangle of teacher education (pp. 115-130). Champaign, IL: Common Ground. 

Parker, L. (2018). Pursuing freedom, making strange: Pedagogical considerations for art as an other. Brock Education: A Journal of Educational Research and Practice, 28(1), 19-31. 

Molitor, S., Parker, L., & Vetter, D. (2018). Mentoring for all: Building knowledge and community. Journal of Professional Capital and Community.

Parker, L. (2017). Creating a crisis: Selling neoliberal policy through the rebranding of education. Canadian Journal of Educational Administration and Policy, 183, 44-60.

Parker, L. (2013). Book review of L.E. Pinto’s “Curriculum reform in Ontario: ‘Common Sense' policy processes and democratic possibilities.” Alberta Journal of Educational Research, 59(2), 319-323

Education Icon Education

  • Doctor of Philosophy (Education), York University
  • Master of Education, York University
  • Bachelor of Education, Western University
  • Bachelor of Business Administration, Schulich School of Business, York University

Professional Conference Presentations

Molitor, S., Parker, L., & Vetter, D. (April 2018). Mentoring for all: A second year of study. American Educational Research Association. New York, New York.

Parker, L. (May 2018). An argument for Levinasian ethics and the arts with considerations for pedagogy. Canadian Society for the Study of Education – Canadian Philosophy of Education Society. Regina, Saskatchewan.

Molitor, S. Parker, L., & Vetter, D. (April 2017). Mentoring for all: Building a community of knowledge for the mentors of beginning teachers and teacher candidates. American Educational Research Association. San Antonio, Texas.

Parker, L. (May 2017). Creating the conditions for listening and uncertainty in the university classroom. Teaching in Focus, York University. Toronto, Ontario.

Parker, L. (May 2016). Rendering uncertainty desirable. Teaching in Focus, York University. Toronto, Ontario.

Parker, L. (May 2015). Reading Arendt and Rancière for hope: The space for, temporality of, and potential within political action. Canadian Society for the Study of Education – Canadian Philosophy of Education Society. Ottawa, Ontario.

Parker, L. (May 2012). Branding and agenda-setting: Examining connections among politics, the media, and education policy in Ontario. Canadian Society for the Study of Education. Kitchener, Ontario.

Awards Icon Major Funding / Awards

  • SSHRC Insight Development Grant (47,846) – What is the role of literacy education in a post-truth era?