Trinity Western University

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Kimberly Franklin, Ed.D.

Dean, School of Education and Associate Professor of Education

  • Biography

    Academic Interests

    Spirituality and education, contemplative practices/inquiry and education, spiritual formation, virtue/morals/ethics and teacher education, teacher education, teacher identity and reflective practice, curriculum theory and development, literacy, assessment for learning.

  • Education

    B.Ed. (UBC); M.Ed. (OISE, U of Toronto); Ed.D. (Simon Fraser)

  • Research & Scholarship

    Recent Invited Presentations

    Leadership for change in teacher education: Voices of Canadian Deans of Education. Western Association of Canadian Deans Conference. Invited panelist – speaking on my contribution to this edited book: “Reflections on change leadership in a faith based teacher education program.”   February 26, 2015.

    Contemplative practices in education: SFU Panel. Invited panelist to speak about Christian contemplative practices and education. February 28, 2015.

    Ecology, Spirituality and Contemplative Inquiry in Education. Invited panelist, Colloquium, Simon Fraser University, September 5, 2014.

    How are faculties of education assessing program outcomes and students’ learning in an era of innovation, diversity, evaluation, and accountability? Invited Panelist, Canadian Association of Teacher Educators, Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, Victoria, BC, June 2013.

    Building Optimal Student Information Systems for Enhanced School and System Educational Leadership. Invited Panelist, Rocky View School District, Calgary, AB, August 2012.

    Assessment, learning and motivation: how assessment practices impact our students’ hearts and minds. Keynote Speaker. ACSI Winnipeg Teacher Convention, February 2012.

    Playful learning stories: assessment that is true to early learning. Invited Speaker, Playscapes Early Learning Conferences, SCSBC, June 2011.

  • Recent Publications

    Recent Publications and Conference Papers

    Book Chapters

    Franklin, K. in Elliott-Johns, S. (ed.). (2015). Leadership for change in teacher education: Voices of Canadian Deans of Education. “Reflections on change leadership in a faith based teacher education program.” Sense Publishers.

    Franklin, K. & Van Brummelen, H. (2006).   Religious diversity in Western Canadian education: Presumptions, provisions, practices and possibilities. In Selili, F. (Ed.) Religion in multicultural education. Greenwich, CT: Information Age Publishing, pp. 71-99.  


    Selected Published Articles and Conference Presentations

     Etherington, M.; Jule, A.; Franklin, K; Pudlas K. (May 29, 2014). Faithful presence and practice:Revelations from pre-service teachers’ experiences of authoritative discourses regarding the virtuous teacher. International Christian Community for Teacher Education, 11th Biennial Conference. Faithful Presence and Practice, Redeemer University, Ancaster Ontario.

    Franklin, K., Van Brummelen, H. and Koole, R. (2004, Winter). Transcending the commonplace: spirituality in the curriculum. Journal of Educational Thought. 38(3). Pp 237-253.

    Franklin, K. (Sept. 19, 2014). Why ontology matters in education. Christian Schools Canada Conference: Imagining the Kingdom. Victoria, BC.

    Jule, A.; Franklin K. (October 2013). Dominant discourses regarding the virtues of teachers. Virtues, Vices and Teaching Conference, Kuyers Institute, Calvin College, Grand Rapids, MI.

    Jule, A.; Franklin, K.; Etherington, M.; Pudlas, K. (May 2012). Dominant discourses in TWU’s pre-service teacher education program: expectations and experiences of those becoming teachers. International Christian Community for Teacher Education Conference, Asuza Pacific University.

    Van Brummelen, H., Franklin, K., & Hilder, M. (2005). Creating space for personal meaning in schooling. Journal of the International Community of Christians in Teacher Education. 1(1) available at

  • Memberships & Affiliations

    Professional/Academic Associations

    Association of Canadian Deans of Education (ACDE): Executive Member at Large

    Association of BC Deans of Education (ABCDE): Chair since 2014.

    BC Teacher Regulation Branch Professional Certification

    Canadian Society for Studies in Education

    Canadian Association of Teacher Educators

    International Christian Community for Teacher Education

    Centre for Spiritual Formation in Higher Education, Trinity Western University

  • Courses Taught at TWU

    • EDUC 321, Curriculum Planning for the Classroom
    • EDUC 401, Assessment and Evaluation for Learning
    • EDUC 455, Language Arts Curriculum and Pedagogy
    • EDUC 459, Curriculum and Pedagogy: Strategies for Teaching Reading and Writing at the Primary Level
    • EDUC 460, Strategies for Teaching Reading and Writing at the Intermediate Level
    • EDUC 495, Critical Issues in Education and Culture
    • EDUC 623, Developing Educational Programs
  • Awards & Honours

    Deans’ Innovative Teaching Award, Trinity Western University, 2004


  • Professional and community involvement

    British Columbia Teacher Regulation Branch Professional Certification, Canadian Society for the Study of Education.

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