Theresa Shanahan

Theresa Shanahan was called to the bar of Ontario in 1990, practising law for several years before obtaining a PhD in education. She is an associate professor and former associate dean in the Faculty of Education at York University, and is a member of the Graduate Program in Public Policy, Administration and Law. Her research is broadly focused on education law and education policy (K–12 and post-secondary), legal education, professionalism, and university governance and decision making. She is co-editor of The Handbook of Canadian Higher Education Law; The Development of Post-secondary Education Systems in Canada: A Comparison between British Columbia, Ontario and Québec; and Making Policy in Turbulent Times: Challenges and Prospects for Higher Education. Current research projects include educators’ ethical decision making and their understanding of professionalism (with Sarah Barrett); and risk management in the legal framework for student discipline and school safety in Canadian education. Among the courses she has taught are Foundations of Education, Human Rights and Education, Theory into Practice in Education, Inquiries into Schooling, Changing Currents in Postsecondary Education, Policy Issues in Postsecondary Education, and the Sociology of Professional Education.

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