iSMSS Faculty Director
Assistant Professor, Department of Educational Policy Studies Kris.Wells@ualberta.ca
Dr. Kristopher Wells is an Assistant Professor and iSMSS Faculty Director, Institute for Sexual Minority Studies and Services, University of Alberta. With Dr. Andre P. Grace he is the Co-Founder of Camp fYrefly, which is Canada’s only national leadership retreat for sexual and gender minority youth. Kris is the author of the Alberta Government’s new homophobic and transphobic bullying and gay-straight alliance resources.
André P. Grace completed a PhD in Educational Foundations at Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. He engaged in postdoctoral studies with eminent educator Dr. Henry A. Giroux at the Waterbury Forum for Education and Cultural Studies, Pennsylvania State University, State College, USA. Currently, he is Canada Research Chair in Sexual and Gender Minority Studies (Tier 1) at the University of Alberta; Professor, Department of Educational Psychology; and a Faculty Director of the Institute for Sexual Minority Studies and Services in the Faculty of Education, University of Alberta.
Dr. Alvin Schrader is professor emeritus at the University of Alberta. His teaching career was with the School of Library and Information Studies (Faculty of Education). He studies and promotes freedom of expression in libraries, library collections and services for sexual and gender minorities, and unfettered Internet access, particularly access to information, websites, and social media about and for sexual and gender minorities.
Michael Phair is an adjunct professor with iSMSS in the Faculty of Education. Previously, he was a long-standing member of Edmonton’s City Council representing Ward 4 from 1992-2007. Mr. Phair is also a founding member of The AIDS Network of Edmonton (now HIV Edmonton), member of Edmonton’s Pride Festival Society Board of Directors, and a Board Member of Homeward Trust. Mr. Phair was trained as an educator and holds two master’s degrees.
Cheryl recently completed a PhD in Social and Cultural Analysis from Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec. Trained as a sociologist, she also holds a Masters degree in Sociology from Concordia and an Honours degree in Sociology from Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The winner of two Social Science and Humanities Council of Canada graduate scholarships and a nominee for both Best Doctoral Thesis and the Governor General’s Award at Concordia, Cheryl comes to the University of Alberta’s institute for Sexual Minority Studies and Services with a streamlined research dossier focused on gender, sexuality, and sport, which she has built up over the past seven years.
iSMSS celebrates the vibrant diversity of our campuses by recognizing and supporting
important and collective efforts in creating welcoming, inclusive, safe, and respectful environments for sexual and gender minority students, faculty, staff, and allies.
Sexual and gender minorities represents an evolving constellation of identities including, but not limited to, lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans*,asexual, two-spirit, intersex, questioning, and queer.