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Jennifer Bergen Lecturer - Curriculum Studies

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Jenn Bergen (they/them) is a researcher, educator, instructional designer, and project manager working primarily in Saskatoon, SK, and Ottawa, ON. Jenn has taught in both the University of Ottawa and University of Saskatchewan’s Bachelor of Education programs.

Jenn’s SSHRC-funded PhD at the University of Ottawa looked at equity issues in teacher education, in particular, how teacher education programs are addressing social justice, anti-racism, and civic engagement with teacher candidates. Jenn has served on national and interdisciplinary research teams, including conducting research on youth civic engagement in partnership with Elections Canada and the Encounters with Canada national civic forum, and has presented research to international academic conferences and government stakeholders. Jenn has published work in curriculum studies, equity in teacher education, interdisciplinary teaching methods, and global citizenship education.

Jenn has also founded several public engagement focussed events and organizations, written federal public engagement policy, and has expertise in community-based pedagogy, K-12 and post-secondary education curricula, non-profit public engagement, and inquiry-based instructional design. Jenn currently serves as the treasurer of TransSask Support Services, and volunteers at the Watrous & Manitou Beach Heritage Centre.


  • PhD, University of Ottawa, 2020
  • MPA, University of Regina, 2011
  • BEd (Distinction), University of Regina, 2009


Undergraduate Teaching

  • ECUR 382 – Elementary Social Studies Methods
  • ECUR 383 – Social Studies in the Early Years
  • ECUR 386 – Secondary Social Studies Methods


  • Teacher identity and pedagogical development
  • Community engagement and social justice
  • Anti-oppressive teacher education

Service and Outreach

  • Treasurer, TransSask Support Services
  • Volunteer, Watrous and Manitou Beach Heritage Centre 
  • Reviewer, Anthology of Social Studies: Issues and Strategies for Elementary Teachers textbook, Cultural and Pedagogical Inquiry special issue, Canadian Association for Teacher Education (CATE), conference proposals, Citizenship Education research Network (CERN), conference proposals.
  • Workshop facilitator, Resources for teaching 2SLGBTQ+ histories

Selected Publications

  • Bergen, J., Cook, S. A., & McLean, L. (2020). Critical global citizenship education in Canada, England, and the United States: Interrogating (in)justice and self-reflexivity in teacher education programs. In D. Schugurensky & C. Wolhuter (Eds.), Global citizenship education and teacher education: International perspectives and practices (pp. 45-63). Florence, KY: Routledge.
  • McLean, L., Bergen, J., Truong-White, H., Rottman, J., & Glithero, L. (2017). Far from apathetic: Canadian youth identify the support they need to speak about and act on issues. Citizenship, Teaching, and Learning, 12(1), 91-108.
  • Bergen, J. (2016). Critical intervention: Exploring Next Up's pedagogical practices. Our Schools/Our Selves, 25(4), 137-144.
  • Bergen, J., & Nelson, V. (2015). Youth organizing youth: Three lessons learned from Generating Momentum. Of Land and Living Skies: A Community Journal on Place, Land, and Learning, Summer, 15-18.
  • Bergen, J., & McLean, L. R. (2014). Students as citizens: Conceptions of citizenship in a social studies curriculum. Transnational Curriculum Inquiry, 11(2), 1-24.

Selected Presentations

  • Bergen, J. (2019). Skills for global citizenship in settler-colonial contexts: Canadian teacher candidates’ civic and anti-oppressive pedagogical development. International Association for Intercultural Education (IAIE), Amsterdam, Netherlands.
  • Bergen, J. (2019). Civic education in settler colonial contexts: Civic, social justice, and anti-racist pedagogical development in Canadian teacher education programs. Youth Activism, Engagement and the Development of New Civic Learning Spaces, Budapest, Hungary.
  • McLean, L., Bergen, J., Baroud, J., & Rottmann, J. (2017). Civic and electoral participation: Insights into the issues, supports, and projects important to Canadian youth. Canadian Society for the Study of Education (CSSE), Toronto, ON.
  • Bergen, J., McLean, L., Truong-White, H., Glithero, L. & Rottman, J. (2016). Student Teachers’ Civic Development: Community Service-learning in Teacher Education Programs. Canadian Alliance for Community Service Learning (CACSL), Calgary, AB.
  • Bergen, J., McLean, L., Truong-White, H., Rottmann, J. & Glithero, L. (2015). Youth civic identities: cultivating spaces for engagement through campaigns, social media, and arts-based competencies. International Association for the Advancement of Curriculum Studies (IAACS), Ottawa, ON.

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