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Your Name Melanie Bourke
School Health and Life Sciences and Community Services
Program Bachelor of Early Learning Program Development (Honours)
Academic and Professional Designations (including credentials and professional associations)


PhD, Language, Culture and Teaching (York University)

MA, Humanities: Interpretations and Values (Laurentian University)

BEd, Primary-Junior Divisions (Nipissing University)

BBA, Human Resources Stream (Nipissing University)



Ontario Qualified Teacher, Primary and Junior Divisions (Ontario College of Teachers)

Essentials of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (Toronto Institute for Contemporary Psychoanalysis) In Progress 2016-2017


-Title (e.g. Professor, Chair, Researcher, etc.) Professor
Courses Taught

Fall 2016 Courses:

SOCS71020: Child, Family and Community Literacy

EDUC72010: History and Philosophy in Learning and Education  

ECE73000: Professional Engagement V

SOCS74010: Social Policy and Engaged Citizenship            


Areas of Expertise & Interest

Educational Theory/Philosophy




Industry Experience, Professional Currency Activities

Several years teaching at levels of:




Major Research Projects, Scholarly Activities, and/or Publications


Bourke, M. (2012). An Uncanny Insurrection: Debating Negativity in the Work of Kara Walker. Journal of the Canadian Association for Curriculum Studies, 10(2), 120-134.




"Phantasies in Education, Education in Phantasies: A Psychoanalytic Reading of Monsieur Lazhar"

Presented at CSSE Annual Conference 2013

University of Victoria, Victoria, June 4th



"The Art of Speaking through 'Intermediate Narrations:' Christian Boltanski and the (Im)Possibilities of Education"

Presented at CSSE Annual Conference 2012

Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, May 28th

Additional Information for your BIO Summary I am currently pursuing research in the intersecting fields of Early Learning and Psychoanalysis.  I am also working with colleagues at the college on a community-based project that examines how shifting trends and policies in Early Learning are being addressed by local stakeholders.

 Melanie Bourke
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