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Cheryl J Vallender

Cheryl J Vallender


Faculty of Animation, Arts & Design


Cheryl Vallender worked for a magazine for 10 years before becoming an educator. She joined Sheridan College in 2007.   

She currently teaches and coordinates the Journalism program specializing in digital storytelling, design and data journalism. She also teaches in the post-graduate Journalism-New Media program. 

Many of the projects she’s co-facilitated with her students have been nominated for a variety of awards – Canadian Online Publishing Award, Online News Association, Global Editors Network Data Journalism Award and Emerge Media Awards.

Cheryl has served on a number of committees that serve the Sheridan Community. She has been a member of the Academic Innovation Strategy Committee, the Scholarship, Research and Creative Activities Committee and served on the Strategic Enrollment Management Committee, and specifically within the Multi-Channeled, Targeted Student Communications group. This gave her an opportunity to further understand how we can support our students throughout their time at Sheridan. She enjoys getting the opportunity to work with colleagues from various disciplines in the capacity of these committees as well as having the opportunity to be a part of the future development of the college.

She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and International Development from the University of Guelph, a post-graduate diploma in Print Journalism form Sheridan, and a Master of Education from Brock University.

She attended the World Journalism Education Congress in July of 2019 to co-present a paper with her Sheridan College colleagues and was part of a published syndicate on Data Journalism.

Sheridan College is a member of  J-Schools Canada, and Cheryl is serving as the college representative on the executive committee.


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