Sherry Ann Chapman, PhD, MMSt, PHEc
Dr. Sherry Ann Chapman is the Practicum Coordinator for the undergraduate Human Ecology Practicum Program in the Department of Human Ecology, Faculty of Agricultural, Life, and Environmental Sciences, University of Alberta, Edmonton.
She is a Professional Human Ecologist (PHEc) which means that she is a registered, professional member of the Alberta Human Ecology and Home Economics Association.
With a PhD in Human Ecology (University of Alberta) and a Master's degree in Museum Studies (University of Toronto), she has experience with academic and community-based research, with community-education practice, and with government policy-making discourse. Sherry Ann has facilitated undergraduate and graduate-level courses in the Department of Human Ecology, including HECOL 100, 212, 301, 408, 409, 414, 601, 611, and 615. In addition, she has facilitated courses in the Department of Sociology, the Community Service-Learning unit, and the Faculty of Extension, U of A. She facilitates group/community dialogue, creating compassionate space for collective meaning-making. From 2006-2014 with the Community-University Partnership for the Study of Children, Youth, and Families (CUP), Sherry Ann provided leadership for designing and implementing capacity-building activities particularly in terms of community-based research and evaluation (CBRE) (e.g., the graduate CBRE Certificate Program; the CBRE Workshop Series, 2007-2013). In the 1990s, she designed and implemented museum-education programs (including museum theatre and reminiscence kits at the Glenbow Museum, Art Gallery, Library, and Archives).
The Human Ecology Practicum Program facilitates senior-undergraduate students’ transition from academic study to professional practice. Students apply with their course knowledge about family science; clothing, textiles, and material culture; and nutrition. Sherry Ann, then, explores a fit between (a) student knowledge and experience to-date and (b) a field supervisor in an organization that is motivated to mentor a student as an emerging professional.
Exploring this student-placement fit requires human-ecological knowledge and familiarity with diverse human-ecological communities of practice. In addition, Sherry Ann brings curiosity about stories: students’ life stories, field supervisors’ professional stories, and organizational stories. She listens for meaning making about the many contexts in which everyday life occurs and how human ecologists accompany people as they strive for well-being. Human-ecology histories capture her imagination and she brings them into HECOL 100 (“Introduction to Principles and Practice in Human Ecology”).
The title of Sherry Ann’s 2005 doctoral dissertation is Aging well: Constructing identity with special things (Supervisor: Dr. Norah Keating).
Publications and presentations include:
Chapman, S. A. (2021). With ecological consciousness, we glimpse everyday sacredness. In M. B. Edstrom & K. Renwick (Eds.), Proceedings of the Canadian Symposium XVI - Issues and Directions in Home Economics / Family Studies / Human Ecology / Family & Consumer Science Education (pp. 82-87). University of British Columbia, Vancouver. Retrieved from https://bit.ly/3Dis1JR
Chapman, S. A. (2019). Shaping an eco-centred future as inspired by the past. International Journal of Home Economics, 12(2), 24-32. Retrieved January 5, 2021, from https://www.ifhe.org/fileadmin/user_upload/IFHE_2019/IJHE/IJHE_Volume_12_Issue_2_2019.pdf
Chapman, S. A. (2019). Shaped by our histories while striving to accompany people in everyday life. Paper presented at the Canadian Symposium XV - Issues and Directions in Home Economics / Family Studies / Human Ecology / Family & Consumer Science Education, Feb. 22-24. University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC. See: https://www.ca-symposium.com/
Chapman, S. A. (2018, March 15). Stories of enhancing everyday life: 100 years of Home Economics and Human Ecology at the University of Alberta. Annual Empey Lecture. Department of Human Ecology, Faculty of Agricultural, Life, and Environmental Sciences, University of Alberta. Available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AtxhTC2J_Hc
Chandler, K., Chapman, S. A., & Williamson, D. L. (2017, Aug.). Survey summary: Needs assessment for enhanced field supervisor engagement. Human Ecology Practicum Program, Department of Human Ecology, University of Alberta, Edmonton: Authors.
Chapman, S. A. (2017). Ecological 'self as tool': Learning about human ecology amid the environmental revolution. Follow-up paper for the presentation at the Canadian Symposium XIV - Home Economics Education (pp. 64-78), Feb. 24-26, 2017, London, ON. Retrieved from http://www.canadiansymposium.ca/final-cs-xiv-proceedings-2017.pdf
Chapman, S. A. (2015). Community-university partnerships. In G. Higginbottom & P. Liamputtong (Eds.), Using participatory qualitative research methodologies in health (ch. 11). Sage.
Chapman, S. A. (2014, October). Reflecting on feelings and emotions in graduate, experiential learning about community-based research (CBR): Technical report. With contributions by W. Otto. Faculty of Extension, University of Alberta, Edmonton: Author. Available: https://www.ualberta.ca/-/media/ualberta/faculties-and-programs/centres-institutes/community-university-partnership/research/methods/cbraffectreport20141002-chapman.pdf
Chapman, S. A. (2014, July-Aug.). Creating places to live in, together: Reflections from the post-symposium tour in Northern Ireland. CAM Bulletin No. 23. Commonwealth Association of Museums (CAM). Available: http://www.maltwood.uvic.ca/cam/publications/CAM_bulletins/CAMBulletin2014JulyAugust.pdf
Kingsley, B. C., & Chapman, S. A. (2013). Questioning the meaningfulness of rigour in community-based research: Navigating a dilemma. International Journal of Qualitative Methods, 12, 551-569. Available: http://ejournals.library.ualberta.ca/index.php/IJQM/article/view/17063
Chapman, S. A. (2012). Learning to accompany through a self-study of critical global-citizenship engagement. The Journal of Global Citizenship and Equity Education, 2(2), 76-98. Available: http://journals.sfu.ca/jgcee/index.php/jgcee/article/viewArticle/71/61
Sherry Ann has contributed in various roles to 16 graduate supervisory committees. In addition to annually coordinating Human-Ecology, undergraduate practicums (e.g., 43 in 2019-2020), she also supervised 16 graduate-level, supervised Community-Based Research and Evaluation (CBRE) experiences as part of the graduate CBRE Certificate Program, hosted by Community-University Partnership for the Study of Children, Youth, and Families (CUP), Faculty of Extension, University of Alberta. This coordination work involved academic advising and monitoring regarding development of student learning objectives and indicators, in conversation with the student and their Community Mentor and University Mentor.
An introductory course that provides a foundation in the body of knowledge that constitutes the field of human ecology (i.e., its history and philosophy; theories for studying everyday life). The scope of the field is explored and skills that foster effective professional practice by human ecologists are discussed.
Preparation for human ecology practicum placement. Effective workplace relationships and issues involved in professional practice are explored within the context of being a practicum student. Reflective practice and career development are key concepts of the course. Prerequisite: HECOL 100 and *90.
Supervised field experience. Students are placed in professional settings appropriate to their academic background and career goals. Participation in a weekly online seminar is required. Prerequisite: HECOL 408. Requires payment of additional student instructional support fees. Refer to the Tuition and Fees page in the University Regulations section of the Calendar.
Preparation for human ecology practicum placement. Effective workplace relationships and issues involved in professional practice are explored within the context of being a practicum student. Reflective practice and career development are key concepts of the course. Prerequisite: consent of the instructor. Not to be taken if credit received for HECOL 408.
Selected practicum placements to integrate theory and practice in a variety of agencies. When used as the capping exercise for the course-based Master's program, requirements include a written report and an oral presentation to the Department and/or where appropriate to relevant agency staff. Prerequisites: consent of Supervisor and Department.