Thompson Rivers University

Nan Stevens

Name: Dr. Nan Stevens
Position: Associate Professor
Affiliation: Thompson Rivers
Phone: (250) 852-7158


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Dr. Stevens is a Teacher Educator in the School of the Education and Social Work at TRU. For over ten years, she coordinated the field experiences for Teacher Candidates in the Bachelor of Education program. Presently, she instructs the communication courses, career and health methods, and inclusive education theory and practice at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. She completed a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) program in leadership and disability studies from the University of Calgary.

Research Interests

Research Interests include:
teacher education, alternate education models, universal design for learning (UDL), inclusive and community-based education, and disability studies. Research methods include Action-based participatory research, hermeneutic phenemenology, Photovoice and arts-infused qualitative methods, inquiry, and mixed methods approaches.

Conference Presentations

Stevens, N.E. (2019, October). Keynote speaker. Harmonizing the study of salmon: The intersection of place-based learning, competency-based learning, and inquiry learning. Keynote speaker, Salmon Forever Conference. BC Teachers' Provincial Professional Development Day, Kingfisher Interpretive Centre, Enderby, BC.

Stevens, N.E. (2019, August). The Full Inclusion dichotomy: Interviews with parents evidence need for educational choice. Paper presented at the International Conference on Inclusive and Special Education (ICISE).Vancouver, BC: World Academy of Science, Engineering and Technology.

Stevens, N.E. (2019, June). Sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) in British Columbia: How are parents and teachers responding? Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Canadian Society for the Study of Education (CSSE), University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC.

Stevens, N.E. (2019, February). Donna Becomes Don: What is next for inclusion of LGBTQ plus students? Paper presented at Conference for Academic Research in Education (CARE). Las Vegas, NV: University of Nevada

Stevens, N.E.; Elwood, T; & Pequeno, R. (2019, February). Creating a sensory smart classroom: A study of two intermediate classrooms in the Kamloops-Thompson School District. Workshop presented at WestCAST Conference, Calgary, AB: University of Calgary.

Stevens, N. E. (2018, May). Photo-voice as a reflexive tool for inclusive educators. Presentation at the Inclusion BC Conference. Kelowna, BC.

Stevens, N. E. & Ramirez, G. (2018, February). Universal design in the postsecondary context. Presentation at the TRU Teaching Practices Colloquium. Kamloops, BC.

Stevens, N. E. (2018, February). An exploration of the pediatric lived experience with medical cannabis treatment: Raising awareness with health professionals and educators. WNRCASN Conference: Reimagining Nursing Education: Innovations for the Future. Calgary, AB.

Stevens, N. E. (2017, May). The Phenomenon of home in the Home Share model of housing: An exploration of one family???s lived experience using Photo-voice. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Canadian Society for the Study of Education (CSSE), Toronto, ON.

Stevens, N.E. (2017, May). Sensory regulation in the generalist classroom: A demonstration project. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Canadian Society for Studies in Education. (CSSE). Ryerson University, Toronto, ON.

Stevens, N.E., McKay, S.; Bruce, A. & Harvey, T. (2017, February). Workshop: Are early career teachers ready to work effectively with certified education assistants in generalist classrooms? westCAST conference. February, 2017. Nanaimo, BC.

Stevens, N. E. (2016, January). Is full inclusion working? The Continuum of educational choice in SD#73. Presentation at the annual meeting of the Hawaiian International Conference on Education (HICE). Waikiki, HA.

Stevens, N.E. (2016, January). Inclusion in teacher education Are there limits for Teacher Candidates living with mental illness? Poster presentation at the annual meeting of the Hawaiian International Conference on Education (HICE). Waikiki, HA.

Calder Stegemann, K.J., and Stevens, N.E. (2014, May). Inclusion in Teacher Education. Teacher Candidates with Exceptionalities: Are There Limits? Presentation at the annual meeting of the Canadian Association for Teacher Education (CATE), Saskatoon, SK


Doctor of Education (University Of Calgary), Master of Education (Adult Education)(St.Francis Xavier University), Honours Bachelor of Physical Education and Biology (McMaster University) and Bachelor of Education (secondary) (Lakehead University).


Luft, T. & Stevens, N.E. (n.d.). The Call to Engage in Inner Work as Therapists. In S. Bisson & C. Sinclair (Eds.)Ethics in Action: Personal Reflections from Canadian Psychologists. Calgary, AB: University of Calgary Press

Stevens, N. E. & McKay, S. (2019). Certified Education Assistant-teacher partnership in the classroom: Maximizing Returns. In M. Harber & A. Rao (Eds.) The Role of an Education Assistant: Supporting Inclusion and Diversity. (53-72). Toronto, ON: Canadian Scholars???/Women???s Press.

Calder-Stegemann, K. & Stevens, N. E. (2018). Inclusion and marginalization of youth. In R. Heydon (Regional Ed.) & K. Tilleczek (Ed.-in-Chief). Set: Youth (Volume: Canada). Bloomsbury Education and Childhood Studies. London, UK: Bloomsbury.

Stevens, N.E. & Stegemann, K. (2016). The Need for sensory regulation methods in teacher education programs. In M. Hirschkorn & J. Mueller (Eds.), What should Canada???s teachers know? Teacher capacities: Knowledge, beliefs and skills. 537-568. Ottawa, On: Canadian Association for Teacher Education.

Stevens, N. E. (2016, June). What is mobile learning (m-learning) and how is it changing education globally? A Literature review. International journal of humanities and applied social science 1(3). 30 40. (Available at:

Calder-Stegemann, K.J, & Stevens, N.E. (2015). Inclusion in teacher education. In
L.Thomas, & M. Hirshkorn (Eds.) Change and progress in Canadian teacher education: Research and recent innovations in teacher preparation in Canada. 471-498.
Ottawa, On: Canadian Association for Teacher Education.

Stevens, N. E. (2018). Donna becomes Don: A call for school districts to better serve transgender youth. In D. Griffiths & J. Ryan. (Eds.) Case studies for inclusive educators and leaders. Burlington, ON: 171-177. Word and Deed Publishing Inc.

Stevens, N. E. (2017). Wilson case study. In K. Calder Stegemann & A. Aucoin (Eds.), Inclusive education: Stories of success and hope in a Canadian context. 37-48. Toronto, ON: Pearson Canada.

Stevens, N.E. & McKay, S. (n.d.) Certified education assistant (CEA teacher partnership in the classroom: Maximizing returns. In M. Harber & T. A. Rao (Eds.) Role of an Education Assistant: Supporting Inclusion and Diversity. Toronto, ON: Canadian Scholars' Press/Women's Press.

Employment History

Teaching background includes 15 years of elementary and secondary school Mathematics, Physical Education, and Cooperative Education within the inner-cities of Toronto and Vancouver.
Designed and implemented community-based educational programs for youth and adults at risk, The Gathering Place Education Center in Vancouver, BC (SD#39); and "Street School" in Kamloops Thompson School District (SD#73).
Dr.Stevens has been a faculty at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops, BC since 2001.
Dr. Stevens has a keen interest in curriculum and program development for children, youth and adults with exceptionalities; and is an advocate for improving the quality of life for individuals with diverse abilities and their families.

Courses Taught

Bachelor of Education
Interpersonal Communication 3100, 4200
School Organization 4200
Health and Career Methods 4100
Inclusive Education 4100
Practica 3100, 3200, 4100, 4200
Master of Education
EDUC 5130: Managing Multiple Systems in Inclusive Education
Project and Thesis Supervision

Professional Affiliations

BC Ministry of Education Teacher Regulation Branch
Canadian Association of Teacher Educators (CATE)
Canadian Association of Educational Psychology (CAEP)
Inclusion BC


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