CURRICULUM VITAE
Alison Prentice

Date 21 December 2002

Personal

  • Born in Wilmington, Delaware, U.S.A., 1934
  • Landed Immigrant to Canada, 1939
  • Citizen of Canada, 1959

Languages: English and French

Education
1955 B.A. Smith College Honours History
1958 M.A. University of Toronto History
1974 Ph.D. University of Toronto History

Thesis Title
"The School Promoters: Education and Social Class in Mid-Nineteenth Century Upper Canada"

Appointments

  • Teacher of History, Bishop Strachan School, 1955-57
  • Teacher of History and French, Harbord Collegiate Institute, 1959-61, 1963
  • Teaching Assistant, Department of History, University of Toronto, 1958-59, 1962, 1964-67
  • Teaching Assistant, Department of History and Philosophy of Education, The Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, Summer 1970
  • Lecturer, then Assistant Professor, Department of History, Atkinson College, York University, 1972-75
  • Associate Professor, Department of History and Philosophy of Education, The Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, 1975-83
  • Professor, Departments of History and Philosophy/Theory and Policy Studies The Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto, 1983-1998
  • Adjunct Professor, Department of History, University of Victoria, 1996-
  • Professor Emeritus, University of Toronto, 1998

Honours and Awards

Visiting Scholar, Centre for Research on Women, Stanford University, 1981/82; Adjunct Fellow, Simone de Beauvoir Institute, Concordia University, 1986

Honourable Mention, Marion Porter Prize for the best women's studies article, Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women, 1982 (with Ruth Pierson)

Founders' Prize, for the best article on the history of education in Canada, Canadian History of Education Association, 1986 (with Marta Danylewycz)

Hilda Neatby Prize, for the best article in Canadian women's history, Canadian Historical Association, 1987 (with Marta Danylewycz; co-winner with Franca Iacovetta)

YWCA of Metropolitan Toronto, Women of Distinction Special Award, for Canadian Women: A History, May 1991

Book Prize, Canadian Association for Foundations in Education, June 1992 (with Susan Houston), for Schooling and Scholars in Nineteenth-Century Ontario

Distinguished Service Award, Canadian Association for Foundations in Education, June 1992

Founders' Prize, for the best anthology on the history of education in Canada, 1990-1991, Canadian History of Education Association, 1992 (with Ruby Heap)

Honorary Doctor of Letters, Guelph University, February 1993

Creation of Alison Prentice prize for the best book in women's history by the Ontario Historical Society, to be awarded for the first time in 1998

Honorary Doctor of Laws, University of Western Ontario, June 1998

Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, 1998

Distinguished Lecturer

  • Women's Studies Centre, Simon Fraser University, January 1982

  • Faculty of Education, University of Saskatchewan, March 1985

  • Canadian Studies Association, University of Alberta, Athabaska University, and Grant McEwan Community College, November 1986

  • Canadian Historical Association Annual Meeting, June 1991

Publications

Monographs, Essay and Document Collections, Special Issues

(With Susan Houston) ed., Family, School and Society in Nineteenth Century Canada (Toronto: Oxford University Press, 1975), 294 pp.

The School Promoters: Education and Social Class in Mid-Nineteenth Century Upper Canada (Toronto: McClelland and Stewart, 1977), 192 pp.

(With Susan Mann Trofimenkoff) ed., The Neglected Majority: Essays in Canadian Women's History (Toronto: McClelland and Stewart, 1977), 192 pp.

(With Beth Light) ed., Pioneer and Gentlewomen of British North America (Toronto: New Hogtown Press, 1980), 245 pp.

(With Susan Mann Trofimenkoff) ed., The Neglected Majority: Essays in Canadian Women's History, Vol. 2 (Toronto: McClelland and Stewart, 1985), 224 pp.

Editor, Special Issue on the History of Education, Ontario History LXXVIII, 4 (December 1986)
88 pp.

(With Paula Bourne, Gail cuthbert Brandt, Beth Light, Wendy Mitchinson and Naomi Black, Canadian Women: A History (Toronto: Harcourt, Brace, Jovanovich, 1988), 496 pp.; second edition (Harcourt Brace Canada, 1996) 510 pp.

(With Susan E. Houston) Schooling and Scholars in Nineteenth Century Ontario (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1988), 418 pp.

(With Marjorie Theobald) ed., Women Who Taught: Perspectives on the History of Women and Teaching (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1991), 301 pp.

(With Ruby Heap) ed. Gender and Education in Ontario: An Historical Reader (Toronto: Canadian Scholars Press, 1991), 356 pp.

(With Wendy Mitchinson, Paula Bourne, Gail Cuthbert Brandt, Beth Light, and Naomi Black) ed., Canadian Women: A Reader (Harcourt Brace Canada, 1996) 432 pp.

(With Beverly Boutilier) ed., Creating Historical Memory: English-Canadian Women and the Work of History (Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press, 1997)

(With Inga Elgqvist-Saltzman and Alison Mackinnon) ed., Education into the Twenty-First Century: Dangerous Terrain for Women? (London: Falmer Press, 1998).

(With Elizabeth Smyth, Sandra Acker, and Paula Bourne) ed., Challenging Professions: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives on Women's Professional Work (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1999)

Chapters in Books

"The American Example," Chapter 3 in J. Donald Wilson, Robert M. Stamp and Louis-Philippe Audet, eds., Canadian Education: A History (Scarborough, Ontario: Prentice-Hall, 1970), pp. 41-68.

"The Public Instructor: Ryerson and the Role of the Public School Administrator," in Neil Macdonald and Alf Chaiton, eds., Egerton Ryerson and His Times, (Toronto: Macmillan, 1978) pp. 129-159.

"Towards a Feminist History of Women and Education" in David Jones, et al., eds., Approaches to Educational History, (Winnipeg: University of Manitoba, Monographs in Education, 1981), pp. 39-64.

(With Marta Danylewycz) "Past as Present in the Experience of Women Teachers: A Quebec and Ontario Case Study" J. Megarry, ed., Women and Education, World Year Book of Education, 1983/84: 163-172.

"Themes in the History of the Women Teachers' Association of Toronto," in Paula Bourne, ed., Women's Paid and Unpaid work (Toronto: New Hogtown Press, 1985): 97-121.

"`Friendly Atoms in Chemistry': Women and Men at the Toronto Normal School," in David Keane and Colin Read, eds., Old Ontario: Essays in Honour of J.M.S. Careless (Toronto: Dundurn Press, 1990).

"Multiple Realities: The History of Women Teachers in Canada," in Frieda Forman, Mary O'Brien, Jane Haddad, Dianne Hallman and Philinda Masters, eds., Feminism and Education: A Canadian Perspective (Toronto: Centre for Women's Studies in Education, OISE, 1990).

(With Marjorie Theobald), "The Historiography of Women Teachers: A Retrospect," in Prentice and Theobald, eds., Women Who Taught: Perspectives on the History of Women and Teaching (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1991).

Plate 60 "Education: Variety and Separateness, 1851-1891", Plate 61 "The Quest for Universal Schooling, 1851-1891" Historical Atlas of Canada Volume II (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1993).

"Elizabeth Allin: Physicist," in Elspeth Cameron and Janice Dickin, eds., Great Dames: (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1997).

"Laying Siege to the Professoriate" in Beverly Boutilier and Alison Prentice, eds., Creating Historical Memory: English-Canadian Women and the Work of History (Vancouver: University of British Columbia University Press, 1997).

"Women's Teaching and Scholarly Work in Canada: Challenging the Stereotypes," in Inga Elgqvist-Saltzman, Alison Mackinnon and Alison Prentice, eds., Education into the Twenty-First Century: Dangerous Terrain for Women? (London: Falmer Press, 1998).

"Three Women in Physics," in Elizabeth Smyth, Sandra Acker, Paula Bourne and Alison Prentice, eds., Challenging Professions: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives on Women's Professional Work (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1999).

"Workers, Professionals, Pilgrims: Tracing Canadian Women's Teaching Lives," in Sue Middleton and Kathleen Weiler, eds., Telling Women's Lives: Narrative Inquiries in the History of Women Teachers (Buckingham, UK: Open University Press, 1999).

"A Blackboard in Her Kitchen: Women and Physics at the University of Toronto, 1890-1990," in Monique Frize and Ruby Heap, eds., Women and Science in Canada (forthcoming, University of Ottawa Press).

Articles in Refereed Journals

(As Alison Smith), "John Strachan and Early Upper Canada, 1799-1814," Ontario History 52 (September 1960) 3: 159-75.

"Education and the Metaphor of the Family: The Upper Canadian Example," History of Education Quarterly, 12 (Fall 1972) 3: 281-303: reprinted in Michael B. Katz and Paul H. Mattingly eds., Educational and Social Change: Themes from Ontario's Past (New York: New York University Press, 1975).

"The Feminization of Teaching in British North America and Canada, 1845-1875," Social History/histoire sociale, 8 (May, 1975): 5-20; reprinted in Susan Mann Trofimenkoff and Alison Prentice, eds., The Neglected Majority: Essays in Canadian Women's History (Toronto: McClelland and Stewart, 1977); and in J.M. Bumsted, ed., Interpreting Canada's Past: Volume I, Before Confederation (Toronto: Oxford University Press, 1986).

"Writing Women into History: The History of Women's Work in Canada," Atlantis, 3, 2 (Spring, 1978): 72-83.

(With Marta Danylewycz and Beth Light) "The Evolution of the Sexual Division of Labour in Teaching: A Nineteenth Century Ontario and Quebec Case Study," Social History/histoire sociale 31 (May 1983): 81-109, reprinted in Jane Gaskell and Arlene McLaren, eds., Women and Education: A Canadian Perspective, (Calgary: Detselig, 1987, and reprint edition, 1990).

(With Ruth Pierson) "Feminism and the Writing and Teaching of History" Atlantis, 7, 2 (Spring 1982), pp. 37-46; reprinted in Miles, Angela R., and Finn, Geraldine, eds., Feminism in Canada: From Pressure to Politics, (Montreal: Black Rose, 1982) pp. 103-118, and in Terry Crowley, ed., Clio's Craft: A Primer of Historical Methods (Mississauga, Ontario: Copp Clark Pitman Ltd., 1988, and reprint edition, 1989).

(With Susan Laskin and Beth Light) "Studying the History of an Occupation: Quantitative Sources on Canadian Teachers in the Nineteenth Century," Archivaria, No. 14, Summer 1982, pp. 75-92.

(With Marta Danylewycz) "Teachers, Gender and Bureaucratizing School Systems in Nineteenth Century Montreal and Toronto," History of Education Quarterly, (Spring 1984): 75-100.

"From Household to School House: The Emergence of the Teacher as Servant of the State," Material History Bulletin, 20 (Autumn 1984): 19-29.

(With Marta Danylewycz) "Revising the History of Teachers: A Canadian Perspective," Interchange 17, 2 (1986): 135-46.

(With Marta Danylewycz) "Teachers' Work: Changing Patterns and Perceptions in the Emerging School Systems of 19th and Early 20th Century Central Canada," Labour/le travail (Spring 1986): 59-80; reprinted in Jenny Ozga, ed., Schoolwork: Approaches to the Labour Process of Teaching (Milton Keynes: Open University Press, 1988; in Prentice and Theobald, eds., Women Who Taught (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1991); and in J.M. Bumsted, ed., Interpreting Canada's Past: Volume II, Post-Confederation, 2nd edition (Toronto: Oxford University Press, 1993).

"Scholarly Passion: Two Persons Who Caught It," Historical Studies in Education/Revue d'histoire de l'éducation 1, 1 (Spring 1989): 7-25; reprinted in Prentice and Theobald, eds., Women Who Taught (Toronto, University of Toronto Press, 1991).

"Bluestockings, Feminists, or Women Workers? A Preliminary Look at Women's Early Employment at the University of Toronto," Journal of the Canadian Historical Association (1991) 231-61.

(With Ruby Heap) "'The Outlook for Old Age is Not Hopeful': The Struggle of Female Teachers over Pensions in Quebec, 1880-1914," Histoire sociale/Social History (May 1993) 67-94.

"The Early History of Women in University Physics: A Toronto Case Study," Physics in Canada 52, 2 (March 1996) 94-100.

"Vivian Pound Was a Woman? The Unfolding of a Research Project, " Historical Studies in Education/Revue d'histoire de l'education 13, 2 (2001): 99-112.

Book Reviews

"The History of Working Women in Canada" Essay Review of Janice Acton, et al., eds., Women at Work: Ontario, 1850-1930 (Toronto: Canadian Women's Educational Press, 1974) Social History/histoire sociale, 9 (May 1976).

The Proper Sphere: Women's Place in Canadian Society, ed. by Ramsay Cook and Wendy Mitchinson (Toronto: Oxford University Press, 1976) Atlantis (Fall 1977).

Margaret Bryant, The Unexpected Revolution: A Study in the History of the Education of Women and Girls in the Nineteenth Century. (London: 1979); Sheila Fletcher, Feminists and Bureaucrats: A Study in the Development of Girls' Education in the Nineteenth Century. (Cambridge, England: 1980) Essay Review, History of Education Quarterly (Summer 1982).

In the Company of Educated Women: A History of Women and Higher Education in America, by Barbara Miller Solomon (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1985) History of Education (1987).

Her Natural Destiny: The Education of Women in New South Wales by Noeline Kyle (Sydney: New South Wales University Press, 1986) History of Education Review 18, 1 (1989).

American Teachers: Histories of a Profession at Work ed. Donald Warren (New York: MacMillan, 1989) Historical Studies in Education/Revue d'histoire de l'éducation (Spring 1991).

Inventing Secondary Education: The Rise of the High School in Nineteenth-Century Ontario, by R.D. Gidney and W.J.P. Millar (Montreal: McGill-Queen's University Press, 1990) History of Education Quarterly (Fall 1991).

Women of the Commonwealth: Work, Family, and Social Change in Nineteenth-Century Massachusetts by Susan L. Porter (Amherst, Massachusetts: University of Massachusetts Press, 1996) in Labour/le travail (Fall 1997).

City Teachers: Teaching and School Reform in Historical Perspective by Kate Rousmaniere (New York: Teachers College Press, 1997) Curriculum Inquiry (1999)

Country Schoolwomen: Teaching in rural California, 1850-1950, by Kathleen Weiler (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1998) American Historical Review (December 1999).

Historical Dictionary of Women's Education in the United States, ed. by Linda Eisenmann (Westport, CT: Greenwood Publishing Group, 1998) History of Education Quarterly 39, 2 (Summer1999).

The Gender of Breadwinners: Men, Women and Historical Practice, by Bonnie Smith (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1998) Historical Studies in Education/Revue d'histoire de l'education 12, 1 and 2 (Spring/Fall 2000).

At Home Afloat: Women on the Waters of the Pacific Northwest, by Nancy Pagh (Calgary: University of Calgary Press, 2001) BC Studies (forthcoming).

Reports, Bibliographies, Educational Materials

(With Beth Light, et al.) "Senior History" in The Explore and Develop Conference Report, (Ontario Ministry of Education and Toronto Board of Education, 1977).

(With Beth Light) "Recent Publications in Canadian Women's History," Canadian Women's History Series, No. 2 (The Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, 1977).

(With Harvey Graff) Children and Schools in Nineteenth-Century Canada, Canada's Visual History Series, No. 35, (Ottawa: National Museum of Man, 1980; CD ROM version, 1994).

(with Susan Gelman) The History of Gender and Teaching: A Selected Bibliography of English Lanuage Published Sources, OISE, Centre for Women's Studies in Education (1990).

"An Adventure in Canadian Women's History," A report on women's history in the collections of the Canadian Institute for Historical Microreproductions, Facsimile 17 (May 1997): 3-7.

"Education, Modern History of" in Daniel Woolf, ed., A Global Encyclopedia of Historical Writing (New York: Garland, 1998): Vol. 1, 262-63.

Invited Lectures, Seminars and Conference Presentations

"The School Promoters: Ins and Outs of Nineteenth Century School Reform," Victoria College Alumni Lecture Series "Mind and Matter." November 1974.

"Education and the Ideal of Domesticity in the Nineteenth Century," History of Education Society Annual Meeting, Berkeley, November 1975.

"The Feminization of Teaching," University of Toronto Seminar, January 1976.

"Putting Women into History," Explore and Develop Conference, Senior History Workshop, Ontario Ministry of Education, October 1976.

"The Canadian Educational System: 19th Century Origins and Current Issues," State University of New York, Buffalo, Seminar, December 1976.

"Writing Women into History: The History of Women's Work in Canada," First Annual Meeting of the Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women, Winnipeg, November 1977.

"The Relations Between the Sexes in Teaching," University of Western Ontario History Club, February 1978.

"The Relations between the Sexes in Teaching: A Nineteenth Century Ontario Case Study," York-Toronto Colloquium on Research in Women's Studies, March 1978.

"Integrating Women into Canadian History," Queen's University Lecture Series, March 1978.

"Towards a Women's History of Education," Canadian History of Education Society, Calgary, February 1980.

"The History of Women Teachers in Canada," Women's Studies Lectures Series, University of Calgary, February 1980.

"`Unfortunate Tradesmen, Decayed Gentlemen and Females': The History of Canadian Women Teachers," Women Studies Lecture Series, Carleton University, Ottawa, March 1980.

"Recent Trends in Educational History," Carleton University History Seminar, March 1980.

"Women Teachers in Canadian History," History Lecture Series, Dalhousie University, Halifax, March 1980.

"Quantitative Research in the History of Teachers," Dalhousie University Education Department Seminar, March 1980.

"Women and Equality: The Historical Dimension," Women's Studies Conference, Concordia University, Montreal, June 1980.

"Patriarch or Public Servant? Teachers and Professionalism in Mid-Nineteenth Century Ontario," Workshop on Professionalization in Modern Societies, University of Western Ontario, London, March 1981.

"Women and Educational History," Canadian Society for the Comparative Study of Civilizations, Halifax, May 1981.

"Women in Teaching: The History of a Modern Occupation," Distinguished Visitor Lecture, Women's Studies, Simon Fraser University, January 1982.

"The Sexual Division of Labour: Teachers in 19th Century Ontario and Quebec," Simon Fraser University Women's Studies Seminar, January 1982.

"Feeling Colonial: Canadian Women's History in the International Context," Simon Fraser University Women's Studies Distinguished Visitor Lecture, January 1982.

"The Study of Nineteenth Century Teachers using Census Records: Ontario and Quebec, 1851-1881," Education Department Seminar, University of Umeä, Sweden, May 1982.

"Women's History in Canada: A Project in Process," Paper presented to the Colloquium on Social History sponsored by Social History/histoire sociale, Carleton University, June 1982.

"Teaching in the Mid-Nineteenth Century: The Urban Experience in Quebec and Ontario," (with Marta Danylewycz). Paper presented to the Conference on the Political Economy of Canadian-American Development, University of Guelph, August 1982.

"Women's Work in Nineteenth Century Toronto," George Brown College Lecture Series on Victorian Toronto, September 1982.

"Women's History and Women Scientists," Canadian Association for Women in Science, University of Toronto, October 1982.

"Working in the Schoolhouse," Ontario Museum Association Heritage Conference, Toronto, February 1984.

"Why We Go to School: Problems in the Origins of Modern Schooling," "The History of Women and Education," and "The Feminization of Teaching," University of Saskatchewan, Distinguished Lecture Series, March 1985.

"The Origins of Public Schooling in Canada," University of Indiana, Pennsylvania, Symposium "The American Dream" October 1986.

"The History of Women in the Canadian Academy," "Women's History and Feminist History," "Nineteenth Century School Reform and the Concept of Progress," "Bureaucracy and Education in Nineteenth Century Upper Canada," "The Feminization of Teaching," "Occupational Choices for Women," and "The History of Women and Education," Distinguished Lecture Series, University of Alberta, Athabaska University and Grant McEwan Community College, November 1986.

"Alternatives in Schooling for Women in the Nineteenth Century," Independent Studies Lecture Series, University of Waterloo, February 1988.

"Teaching Women's History in a Graduate School of Education," Canadian Historical Association, Annual Meeting, Windsor, June 1988.

"New and Changing Directions in 1988: Women's History," Ontario Historical Society, Annual Meeting, Toronto, June 1988.

"Loving Our Enemies: Women and the Scholarly Life," Keynote Address, Canadian History of Education Association Biennial Meeting, London, November 1988.

"Scholarly Passion: Two Persons Who Caught It," Marta Danlyewycz Memorial Lecture, Atkinson College, York University, March 1989.

"Women and Work," Keynote Address, Atlantic Canada Workshop/89, Halifax, September 1989.

"John Strachan as Educator," Annual Meeting of the Canadian Church Historical Society, Toronto, October 1989.

"Schooling and Scholars in Nineteenth Century Ontario," Toronto Board of Education Archives Lecture Series, October 1989.

"Women and the University: Where Have We Come From? Where Are We Going?" University College of Cape Breton, President's Speakers' Series, Sydney, Nova Scotia, February 1990.

"Multiple Realities: The History of Women's Work in Education," J.M.S. Careless History Club, King's College, University of Western Ontario, March 1990.

"Bluestockings at Work: The History of Women's Employment in Universities," Distinguished Lecture, Canadian Historical Association Annual Meeting, Kingston, June 1991.

"Women's Work at the University of Toronto," Museum Studies Colloquium, University of Toronto, March 1992.

"Imagining the Woman Teacher," Panel Presentation, Joint Meeting of the Canadian History of Education Association and the History of Education Society, Toronto, October, 1996.

"Women Historians of British Columbia, Victoria Historical Society, October 1999.

Three talks on the History of Women and the Professions, especially women in history and women in physics, University of Northern British Columbia, October 1999.

"Books in Women's History: Beginning Them and Finishing Them," Malaspina University College, February 2000.

"Women's History in Canada: The Gains We Have Made; Our Dreams for the Future," Ontario Women's History Network, Annual Meeting, Toronto, April 2000.

"Women's Work in Higher Education," History Conference at the University of Western Ontario, March, 2002.

"Exploring the History of Women's Work at the University of Toronto," Symposium on the history of the University of Toronto, Annual Meeting of the Canadian Historical Association, June 2002.

"Women and Higher Education," Women's History Panel, Symposium honouring the work of Egil Johannson, Sweden, May 2002.

Papers Submitted and Accepted by Conferences or Colloquia

"The Feminization of Teaching after 1850," Canadian Association for American Studies Annual Meeting, Ottawa, October 1974.

"The Public Instructor: Egerton Ryerson's Ideas on the Roles of the Teacher and Educational Administrator," Conference on Egerton Ryerson and His Times, OISE, February 1976.

"From Private Servant to Public Servant: Status, Sex and Hierarchy in the Mid-Nineteenth Century Ontario Teaching Profession," GROW Seminar, OISE, January 1977.

"Feminism and History," (with Ruth Pierson), Canadian Historical Association Annual Meeting, Halifax, June 1981.

"The Division of Labour in School Teaching: A Quebec and Ontario Case Study," (with Marta Danylewycz and Beth Light), American Historical Association, Los Angeles, December 1981.

"Women and Men at the Provincial Normal School of Ontario, 1847-1876: A Preliminary Social Portrait," Canadian History of Education Association and History of Education Society Conference, Vancouver, October 1983.

(With Marta Danylewycz) "From `Lady Teachers' to Workers: The Employment of Women in the Schools of Ontario and Quebec, 1850-1950," American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, New Orleans, April 1984.

(With Marta Danylewycz) "Recent Approaches to the History of Teaching: A Canadian Perspective." Social Science History Association Annual Meeting, Toronto, October 1984.
(With John Abbott) "Policy, Gender and Conflict: Teachers and State in Ontario and Quebec, 1850-1920," Canadian History of Education AssociationBiennial Meeting, Halifax, October 1986.

(With Pat Staton) "Teachers and the Quest for Health," Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Learning Annual Meeting, Winnipeg, Fall 1987.

"Women and Men at Normal School, The Training of Teachers in 19th Century Ontario and Quebec," International Standing Conference for the History of Education, Joenssu, Finland, July 1988.

"Women Teachers Organize: The Response to School Reform in Ontario and Quebec, 1880-1920," Australian/Canadian Labour History Conference, Sydney, Australia, December 1988.

"Doubly on the Margins, but at the Centre of Their Own Worlds: Women Working at the University of Toronto in the 1920s," Berkshire Conference of Women Historians, June 1990.

"The History of Women Teachers in Canada," 17th International Congress of Historical Sciences, Madrid, August/September 1990.

"Women Working in Universities: A Canadian Case Study," Growing into the Future, Swedish Department of Education Symposium, Stockholm, October 1991.

"Women Historians and Physicists: A Canadian Case Study," Combined Conference, Canadian History of Education Association/Australian and New Zealand History of Education Society, Melbourne, Australia, December 1993.

"Women Historians in Western Canada: The Early Professional Period," BC and Beyond: Gender Histories Conference, University of Victoria, June 1994.

"Searching for Women Historians in Eastern Canada," Canadian History of Education Association Biennial Meeting, St. John's, Newfoundland, October 1994.

"The Changing Politics of Professionalism: Education and Women's Access to the Professions in the Past", International Conference on Women and Education, University of Umea, Sweden, June 1995.

"Canadian Women Historians and the Academy," Joint Meeting of the Canadian History of Education Association and the History of Education Society, Toronto, October, 1996.

"Women in Physics: A Toronto, McGill, and Western Case Study," Annual Meeting of the Canadian Historical Association, St. John's, Newfoundland, June 1997.

"From Physicist to Astronomer and Dean of Women: The Early Career of Allie Vibert Douglas," Biennial Meeting of the Canadian History of Education Association, Vancouver, October, 1998.

"Three Women in Physics," Panel on Challenging Professions, at the Annual Meeting of the Canadian Historical Association, Sherbrooke, Quebec, June 1999.

"Vivian Pound Was a Man? The Joys and Sorrows of Studying Gender in University Physics," Canadian History of Education Association, Biennial Meeting, London, Ontario, October 2000.

"From Scientist to Dean of Women: The Educational Path of Allie Vibert Douglas" Australia New Zealand History of Education Society, December 2001.

Professional Associations

Memberships

  • Canadian Historical Association
  • Canadian History of Education Association
  • Canadian Committee on Women's History
  • Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women
  • Ontario Historical Society
  • Ontario Women's History Network
  • BC Women's History Network
  • Canadian Studies Association
  • Australia/New Zealand History of Education Association

Administrative Positions/Committee Memberships

Coordinator of Canadian Studies, Atkinson College, York University, 1974-75

Member of the Board of Directors, History of Education Society, 1976-79

Co-coordinator of Programme, HES Annual Meeting, October 1977

Ontario Co-coordinator of the Archival Project, Canadian Committee on Women's
History, Canadian Historical Association, 1976-78

Member of the Programme Committee for the June 1976 meetings of the Canadian Historical Association

Co-coordinator York/University of Toronto Women's Studies Colloquium, 1980-81

Member of Council, Canadian Historical Association, June 1982-June 1983

Founding Head, Centre for Women's Studies in Education, The Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, 1983-85

Chair, Canadian Committee on Women's History, 1989-90

Member, Review Committee, Department of Social and Educational Studies, University of British Columbia, 1989

Founding Chair, Ontario Women's History Network, 1990-91
Member, OISE Faculty Review Committee, 1990-91

Member, University of Toronto Archives, Oral History Committee, 1991-93

Member, University of Toronto, Collaborative Program in Women's Studies Steering Committee, 1991-93

Member, SSHRCC Review Committee for Major Collaborative Research Grants, 1994

Member, Nominating Committee of the Canadian Historical Association, 1994-96

Chair, Women's History Network/British Columbia, 1998-99

Member of the Board, Women's History Network/British Columbia, 2001-

Other Professional Activities

Chairing Sessions or Commentary on Conference Papers

Organization of American Historians; Canadian Historical Association; History of Education Society; Canadian History of Education Association; Canadian Historical Association; Australia New Zealand History of Education Society; International Standing Conference for the History of Education

Manuscript and Project Assessment

Scholarly and Project Reviewing for the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, History of Education Review, Histoire sociale/Social History, Historical Studies in Education/Revue d'histoire de l'education, History of Education Quarterly, Curriculum Inquiry, Canadian Historical Review, Journal of Women's History, Journal of Canadian Studies, and Ontario History.

Review of manuscripts for McGill-Queen's University Press, University of Toronto Press, New Hogtown Press, and aid to Scholarly Publications Programme of the Social Science Federation of Canada.

Thesis examination and faculty promotion reviews for the following universities: Athabaska University, University of British Columbia, Queen's University, York University, University of Windsor, University of Manitoba, University of Ottawa, University of Western Ontario, Carleton University, Concordia University, Université du Québec à Montréal, Waterloo University, and Memorial University of Newfoundland, in Canada; University of Adelaide, Monash University, the University of Melbourne, and the University of South Australia in Australia; Umeä University in Sweden.

Editorial Work

Member, Advisory Board, Atlantis, 1977-93

Member, Editorial Board for Volume 2, Historical Atlas of Canada, 1978-80

General Editor, New Hogtown Press documentary series on Canadian Women's History, 1978-90

Member of Editorial Collective, New Hogtown Press, 1984-89

Member, Editorial Advisory Committee, Ontario History, 1988-93

Member, Advisory Board, International Journal of Canadian Studies, 1989-92

International Advisor, Journal of Women's History, 1989-1994

Member, Advisory Board, Histoire sociale/Social History 1990-

Member, International Council, Recherches féministes 1991-

Member, Editorial Board, History of Education Quarterly, 1993-1998

Member, Editorial Board, History of Education Review, 1995-

Member, Editorial Board, Historical Studies in Education/Revue d'histoire de l'éducation, 1995-

Teaching Specialties

Canadian Social History
History of Education
Women's History

Courses Taught

Atkinson College, York University (1972-75)

History of Canada
Intellectual and Social History of Canada
Canada and the United States
History of Women, the Family and Education in Canada

The Ontario Institute for Studies in Education/University of Toronto (1975-1996)

History of American Education: The Colonial Period to the late 19th Century
History of Women and Education: I
History of Women and Education: II
Education and Family Life in the Modern World
History of Women and Education in Canada
Ontario Education
Origins of Modern Schooling
History of the Teaching Profession
Histoire des femmes et de l'éducation au Canada (distance mode)
History of Women and Higher Education

Thesis Supervision [Completed]

M.A./M.Ed.

  1. Gray, Anne Margaret, M.A. "Continuity in Change: The Effects on Girls of Coeducational Secondary Schooling in Ontario, 1860-1910" (1979)

  2. Christine Foley, M.A. "Consumerism, Consumption and 'Canadian Feminism" (1979)

  3. Freed, Dale Anne, M.A. "Ideas about the Education of American Women during the Early National Period: A Socio-Economic Study" (1980)

  4. Stoddart, Ray, M.A. "The Evolution of the Educational Policies of the Canadian Manufacturers Association, 1882-1911" (1981)

  5. Bishop, Tessa, M.A. "Peel Industry Farm House of Refugees - A Case Study of Institutional Development" (1982)

  6. Reynolds, Cecilia, M.A. "Ontario School Teachers 1911-1971: A Portrait of Demographic Change" (1983)

  7. Erin Breault, M.A. "Educating Women about the Law: Violence against Wives in Ontario, 1850-1920 (1986)

  8. Susan Gelman, M.A. "The Feminization of the High Schools? Female Public High School Teachers in Toronto, 1971-1930" (1988)

  9. Eileen A. Schewchuk, M.A. "Canadian Immigration Policy and the Migration of Domestic Servants to Western Canada, 1920-1930" (1988)

  10. Susan Reed, M.A. "The Reform Movement of the Sunday School of the Methodist Church of Canada, as It Applies to Ontario, 1884-1924" (1988)

  11. John Beirness, M.A. "Child Labour and Compulsory Education: Related Opposites 1870-1910" (1988)

  12. Marilyn Kryger, M.A. "The Mid-Victorian Woman School Teacher and Male Officialdom: Images vs. Reality" (1989)

  13. Marian M. Press, M.A. "Advising Women Emigrants to Canada: The Ideology of the Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Century British Female Emigration Movement" (1989)

  14. Marie A.E. Hammond, M.A. "Sexual Equality for the Schools: Women's Studies and Affirmative Action at the Toronto Board in the 1970s" (1990)

  15. Afua A.P. Cooper, M.A. "Black Teachers in Canada West, 1850-1870: A History" (1991)

  16. Bernadine Dodge, M.A. "Women's Work and Family Lives in the United Counties of Northumberland and Durham, 1845-1899" (1991)

  17. Rachel Gray, M.A. "In Her Chosen Field, Feminism, Prostitution and Power, 1870-1920" (1992)

  18. Susan Beattie, M.A. "Common School Teachers in Nineteenth-Century Ontario: The Correspondence of Albert Moses James, 1868-1877" (1993)

  19. Alyson King, M.A. "A Decade of Change: A Study of Women Teachers in Oshawa, Whitby, and the Townships of East and West Whitby during the 1860s" (1993)

  20. Kerrie Kennedy, M.A. "Womanly Work: The Introduction of Household Science at the University of Toronto" (1995)

  21. Kathryn Hamilton, M.A. "The Grave Covers Us and We Are Soon Forgotten: Uncovering the Story of Women in Methodist Education in Upper Canada, 1800-1860" (1995)

Ph.D./Ed.D.

  1. Ketchum, Anthony, Ed.D. "The Most Perfect System: Official Policy in the First Century of Ontario's Government Secondary Schools and Its Impact on Students between 1871 and 1910" (1979)

  2. Danylewycz, Marta, Ph.D. "Taking the Veil in Montreal, 1840-1920: An Alternative to Marriage, Motherhood and Spinsterhood" (1981)

  3. Moorcroft, Kathleen, Ed.D. "Women and Education in Whitby, Ontario, 1900-1920" (1983)

  4. Brown, Jennifer, Ph.D. "Leadership and the American Mind: Gender and Patriotism as Influences in the Creation and Preservation of Knowledge in American Institutions of Higher Learning, 1870-1970" (1983)

  5. Abbott, John, Ph.D. "Ontario Educational Policy and the Northern Ontario Resource Frontier: The Case of the District of Algoma" (1983)

  6. Owen, Michael, Ph.D. "Canadian Presbyterianism and Social Reform, 1890-1915: The Urban Crisis and the Education of the People" (1984)

  7. Reynolds, Cecilia, Ph.D. "Naming the Experience: Women, Men and their Changing Work Lives as Teachers and Principals. Toronto, 1946 to the Present" (1987)

  8. Smaller, Harry, Ph.D. "Teachers' Protective Associations, Professionalism and the "State" in Nineteenth Century Ontario" (1988)

  9. Elizabeth M. Smyth, Ed.D. "The Lessons of Religion and Science: The Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph and St. Joseph's Academy, Toronto, 1854-1911" (1989)

  10. Sandra Gaskell, Ed.D. "The Problems and Professionalism of Women Elementary Public School Teachers in Ontario: 1944-1954" (1989)

  11. Paul W. Bennett, Ed.D. "Little Worlds: The Forging of Identities in Ontario Protestant Schools and Special Institutions, 1850-1930," (1991)

  12. Katherine Arnup, Ph.D. "Education for Motherhood: Women and the Family in Twentieth Century English Canada" (1991)

  13. W. Robert Davis, Ph.D. "The Idea of Progress and the Meaning of Canada in the High School History Curriculum of Ontario" (1992)

  14. Natalie Nitia Riegler, Ph.D. "The Work and Networks of Jean I. Gunn, Superintendent of Nurses, Toronto General Hospital 1913-1941: A Presentation of Some Issues in Nursing During Her Lifetime" (1992)

  15. Jo LaPierre, Ph.D. "The First Generation: The Experience of Women University Students in Central Canada" (1992)

  16. Johanna Selles-Roney, Ed.D. "`A Realm of Pure Delight': Methodists and Women's Education in Ontario, 1836-1925" (1992)

  17. Bernadine Dodge, Ph.D. "Gendered Discourses: Women and the Law in Ontario, 1850-1900" (1993)

  18. Susan Gelman, Ph.D. "The History of Women Teachers in Ontario's Public Secondary Schools: 1871-1930" (1994)

  19. Christine Ball, Ph.D. "History of the Voice of Women/La Voix des Femmes" (1994)

  20. Margaret Kechnie, Ph.D. "Keeping Things Clean for Home and Country: The Federated Women's Institutes of Ontario, 1897-1919" (1995)

  21. Garry Burke, Ed.D. "Good for the Boy and the Nation: Military Drill and the Cadet Movement in Ontario Public Education, 1865-1911" (1995)

  22. Richard Henley, Ph.D. "The Transformation of Common Schooling in Nova Scotia, 1877-1896" (1997)

  23. Cathy James, Ph.D "Gender, Class and Ethnicity in the Organization of Neighbourhood and Nation: The Role of Toronto's Settlement Houses in the Formation of the Canadian State, 1902-1914 (1997)

  24. Anna Lathrop, Ed.D "Elegance and Expression: Sweat and Strenth: Body Training, Physical Culture and Female Embodiment in Women's Education at the Margaret Eaton Schools" (1997)

Research and Development Projects

Funded Projects

OISE Transfer Grant, "Women in Canadian History Project," 1976-87 (with Paula Bourne, Beth Light and Ruth Pierson): Average yearly funding, 1982-1987: $70,896.00

Social Science and Humanities Research Council, "The History of Teachers in Ontario and Quebec, 1820-1920," (with Marta Danylewycz) 1985-87: $40,358.00

Social Science and Humanities Research Council (Small Scale), "Gender and Academic Work: The History of Women Employed at the University of Toronto to the Early 1940s," 1990-91: $5,000.00

OISE Transfer Grant, "Multicultural Resources for Women in History and Contemporary Studies: A Telecommunications Model" (with Pat Staton) 1992-94: $76,000.00

Social Science and Humanities Research Council (Small Scale), "Women and Academic Work, 1940s-1960s," 1994-95: $1,200.00

Social Science and Humanities Research Council, Network Grant, "Women and Professional Education," 1995-98: $82,000.00

Social Science and Humanities Research Council, "Professional Women Historians in Canada: The First Generation," 1995-98: $43,069.00

Ongoing Research and Writing

Research on twentieth-century Canadian women teachers and scholarly workers, especially physicists and historians, and on women's work at the University of Toronto.

An essay on the Canadian astrophysicist Allie Vibert Douglas and, possibly, the publication of her memoir, Pilgrims Were We All.

An essay on faculty wives at three Canadian universities, for a book on the Canadian professoriate, edited by Lisa Panyotides and Paul Stortz.

"Normal Schools," "Teachers," "One Room Schoolhouses," and "Women's Education," for The Oxford Encyclopedia of Canadian History, compiled by Gerald Hallowell.