Dr. Wanda Hurren

Dr. Wanda Hurren
Professor, Social Studies & Curriculum Studies
Curriculum and Instruction
Office: MacLaurin A558

PhD (Curriculum & Instruction) University of British Columbia, MEd (University of Saskatchewan, BEd (Social Studies/Language Arts) University of Saskatchewan

  • Aesthetics and knowing

  • Arts-based research

  • Curriculum theory

  • Geography

  • Photography

  • Place and knowing

I continue to explore links between Place, Aesthetics and Epistemology. I have completed two studies funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada; one examined how space is used in public secondary schools and implications for policies and practice regarding equitable use of school space; another explored approaches to mapping place so that links between people and places are more evident. Both studies used photographic methods to explore how where we are influences who we are.

I teach courses in Community & Culture, Curriculum Theory, and Writing as Research. In all courses I incorporate image-based aspects in assignments.

I am currently serving as Associate Dean, Administration for the Faculty of Education here at UVic. I served as the Faculty Research Community Co-ordinator for the Faculty of Education at UVic.  

I was an Associate Professor at the University of Regina for 8 years before beginning my tenure here at UVic. I served as the Education Research Domain Leader for 5 Prairie Universities affiliated with the Prairie Centre of Excellence for Research on Immigration and Integration.

The Art of Nursing (a photo-based project based on aesthetics and well-being in the workplace).
Juried Exhibition

Hurren, W. Constructing Sights in the Workplace, Maltwood Gallery and Art Museum, UVic, Victoria, BC. Artist/Curator talk: May 13.

Refereed Articles

Hurren, W., and Hasebe-Ludt, E. (2011). The Terrior That We Are: Bringing Curriculum Down to Earth. JCT: Journal of Curriculum Theorizing, 27(2), 17-34.

Hurren, W. (2008). Postc(art)ographia: A Mapwork Project About Identity and Place. Canadian Journal of Environmental Education, Special Issue on Art, Literature, and Place, 13(2). 43-50.


Hurren, W. & Hasebe-Ludt, E. (Eds.). (In Press). Contemplating curriculum: Genealogies/times/places. New York: Routledge.

Hasebe-Ludt, E. & Hurren, W. (Eds.). (2003). Curriculum intertext: Place/language/pedagogy. New York: Peter Lang Publishing.

Hurren, W. (2000). Line dancing: An atlas of geography curriculum and poetic possibilities. New York: Peter Lang Publishing.

Book Chapters

Hurren, W. (2012). Kissing Lessons. In C. Chambers, E. Hasebe-Ludt, A. Sinner, & C. Leggo (Eds.), A Heart of Wisdom: Life Writing as Empathetic Inquiry (pp. 43-50). New York, NY: Peter Lang.

Hurren, W. (2012). …and Topography. In Anita Sinner & Christine Lowther (Eds.). Living Artfully: Reflections from the Far West Coast (pp. 49-54). Toronto, ON: The Key Publishing House.

Hurren, W. (2009). The Convenient Portability of Words: Aesthetic Possibilities of Words on Paper/Postcards/Maps/Etc. In M. Pendergast, C. Leggo & P. Sameshima (Eds.) Poetic Inquiry: A Critical Survey (pp. 229-238). Rotterdam, the Netherlands: Sense Publishers.

Refereed Poetry Selections

Hurren, W. (2010). Three poems and cover poem in Island Writer, 8.1: 75-77. Victoria Writers’ Society; Community Arts Council of Greater Victoria.

Hurren, W. (2007). Two poems in Fast Forward: Saskatchewan’s New Poets. Hagios Press.