Dr. Jennifer Markides beside Reconciliation Bridge

Dr. Jennifer Markides



Assistant Professor

Werklund School of Education, Specialization, Curriculum and Learning

Assistant Professor

Faculty of Social Work

Child Health & Wellness Researcher

Alberta Children's Hospital Research Institute

One Child Every Child Indigenous Ways of Knowing Member

University of Calgary

Contact information

Phone number

office: 403.220.7750


Educational Background

Doctoral Degree Educational Research, University of Calgary, 2020

Master of Education Mathematics-for-Teaching, University of Calgary, 2013

Bachelor of Education With Distinction, University of Victoria, 2005


Dr. Jennifer Markides is a member of the Métis Nation of Alberta and an Assistant Professor in Curriculum and Learning with the Werklund School of Education and the Faculty of Social Work at the University of Calgary. She received the Dissertation Award for 2021 from the Canadian Association of Curriculum Studies for her doctoral study, titled “Wisdom and Well-being Post-Disaster: Stories Told by Youth,” and was given an Outstanding Indigenous Scholar/Researcher Award 2021 from the Indigenous Inquiries Circle. Jennifer’s research focuses on the holistic wellbeing of youth and Indigenous education, towards systemic change and reconciliatory action. She prioritizes community-engaged partnerships where the research is responsive to the needs, interests, and knowledges of communities. She utilizes Indigenous research methodologies, emancipatory pedagogies, and arts-based approaches in her scholarship. Jennifer is also the series editor of the Community Wisdom series with DIO Press, featuring Indigenous scholarship in myriad forms.


Participation in university strategic initiatives


Peace Wapiti School Division Research Partnership Project

Fort Vermilion School Division Partnership Project

Lunch & Learn Panels 2.0 - Indigenous Youth “Seeing Ourselves on Campus”Alberta Education and WSE Grant for Welcoming Indigenous Students to Campus

Alberta Education and WSE Grant for Welcoming Indigenous Students to Campus

SSHRC – Insight Development Grant 2021

Strengthening the Educational Experiences of Indigenous Students in Northern Alberta Schools.

Lunch and Learn Conversations with Indigenous Students Interested in Becoming Teachers and/or Attending the University of Calgary

Alberta Education and WSE Grant for Welcoming Indigenous Students to Campus

Relational Pedagogies for Engaging Students in Online Indigenous Education.

Scholarship of Teaching and Learning – Development and Innovation Grant


  • Outstanding Dissertation Award 2021, Canadian Association of Curriculum Studies (CACS) . 2021
  • Emerging Voices in Indigenous Scholarship/Researcher Award 2021, Indigenous Inquiries Circle (IIC), International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, University of Illinois, Urbana Champagne. 2021
  • Eyes High Postdoctoral Match-Funding Fellowship Award, University of Calgary – Calgary, Alberta. 2021
  • Curriculum Inquiry Writing Fellowship and Writers’ Retreat , Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto. 2021
  • ii'taa'poh'to'p Graduate Scholarship, University of Calgary – Calgary, Alberta. 2021
  • SSHRC Graduate Fellowship , SSHRC Graduate Fellowship . 2019
  • Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarship , University of Calgary – Calgary, Alberta. 2018