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Dr Glen Sharpe

Glen Sharpe

Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences
Year of Graduation: 1989
Program: General Arts and Science

General Arts and Science

Glen Sharpe just couldn’t stay away from Sheridan. Following his first year in the General Arts and Science program at the college, he attended York University where he studied Psychology. Dividing his time between Sheridan and York, Glen completed his Honours Bachelor of Arts degree and his diploma in the same year.

“I went to Sheridan in the morning and York in the afternoon!” he recalls. “I felt compelled to complete my college work because I enjoyed it that much,” adds Glen, who credits the college with giving him the confidence to move forward in his studies.

Glen launched his teaching career in the late 1980’s after earning his Bachelor of Education at Lakehead University. He gained a wide breadth of experience, having taught in all primary and junior grade levels within the Peel and Simcoe District School Boards.

Glen’s love of education spurred him on to further graduate studies. He received a Master’s degree in Education from Nipissing University in 2004, followed by his Doctor of Education degree from OISE/University of Toronto in (2010).

Since 2006, Glen has been a professor in the Consecutive Education Teacher Training Program at Nipissing University. Clearly, he’s a very good one. A semi-finalist in TVO’s Best Lecturer competition in 2008, Glen was honoured with the university’s 2012 Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award. In 2013, he was nominated for a Nipissing Chancellor's Award for Teaching Excellence — an award he went on to receive in 2018.

He has published on many topics, including teaching difficult subjects, bullying and teacher abuse of elementary-aged students. His research interests include the democratic classroom, teacher mentorship and Aboriginal education.

“Sheridan was the perfect launching point for my career,” says Glen, citing faculty member Bill Adcock as a particularly influential force in those early years.

Now, Glen is making a lasting impact on the lives of students by going the extra mile to ensure they learn the lessons that will aid in their future success.

“I firmly believe that my commitment outside of the classroom makes a difference,” he explains. “As teacher instructors, we must model what we expect of our teacher candidates. They, in turn, respect this behaviour when they see it in practice.”

It also helps to have a passion for your job. “I thoroughly enjoy what I do and I am thankful for my current position. I believe my students can sense this and it resonates throughout my lectures and committee work.”