Dr. Shirley R Steinberg BEd '87, MEd '91
2006 Distinguished Alumnus of the Year
Steinberg began her career as an educator in 1978 as the adult education coordinator/instructor for the Cardston School Division. She graduated from the University of Lethbridge with a bachelor of education degree in English language arts education in 1987 and a master of education degree in 1991. She went on to teach in several southern Alberta schools before moving to the U.S. and completing her PhD in curriculum and instruction at Pennsylvania State University in 1997.
A leader in educational research, Steinberg has written or edited more than 21 books. She is the founding editor of Taboo: The Journal of Culture and Education and is currently a member of six international editorial boards. Her willingness to mentor students and colleagues through the publishing process facilitates productive scholarship in education. Famous in academic circles for her work, she has been invited to speak in many countries and received numerous awards for her teaching and writing. Her professional honours include the 1999 Adelphi University Woman of Distinction award, the 1997 Myers Outstanding Book Award from the Gustavus Myers Centre for the Study of Bigotry and Human Rights in North America and the American Educational Studies Association Critic's Choice Book Award in 1995, 1997 and 2004.