University of Western Australia, Perth, February-March, 2013
Monash University, Gippsland Campus, March 2013.
University of Oulu (Finland), Department of Educational Sciences and Teacher Education, May 2009
Charles Sturt University (Australia), Bathurst Campus, March-April, 2009
University of South Australia, Centre for Studies in Literacy, Policy and Learning Cultures, Adelaide, Jan.-March, 2009
Buffalo State College, Center for Excellence in Rural and Urban Education, November, 2008
University of Saskatchewan, Saskatchewan Ed. Leadership Unit, Mar.-April, 2008
University of South Australia, Centre for Studies in Literacy, Policy and Learning Cultures, 2010-
Awards and graduate fellowships
2011. Faculty of Professional Studies. Research Excellence Award, Acadia University
2008. Learning to Leave, Honourable Mention, Founder’s Prize, Canadian History of Education Association
2008. Learning to Leave, long list for Evelyn Richardson Memorial Prize for Non-fiction
2008. Learning to Leave nominated for the Founder’s Prize, Canadian History of Education Association
2006. Faculty of Professional Studies, Best Research Project, Acadia University
2005. President’s Award for Innovation, Acadia University
1998-2001. Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Doctoral Fellowship
1998-1999. University Graduate Fellowship, UBC (declined)
1997-1998. University Graduate Fellowship, UBC, 1997-98
1981-1982. University and Departmental Fellowships, McMaster University
Teaching Acadia University (School of Education)
Education 8013 Foundations of Educational Inquiry
Education 8053 Focus on Research Methods
Education 5333 Counselling in Rural Communities
Education 5673 Rural Education
Education 5113 Qualitative Research in Education
Education 5643 Major Theoretical Developments in Curriculum Studies
Education 41F3 Foundations and Contexts of Education
Education 4803 Videography in Classroom and Community
Education 5773 Community Perspectives on School and Society (online)
Education 4923 Student Teaching Practicum
Education 5043 The Sociology of Education
Education 4113 Teaching Secondary Social Studies
Education 4233 Elementary Language Arts
Acadia University (Department of Sociology)
Sociology 1006 (taught by teleconference 1991-2004) Department of Sociology.
Mount Saint Vincent University (School of Graduate Education)
Post-folk art: Artistic curriculum production in rural schools, Summer 2002
Literacy studies in the community, Summer 2001
Community, schooling and literacy, Spring 2001
Issues in schooling and community, Winter 2000
Thesis Advisor for 5 MEd students in the School of Education.
Advisor for 1 doctoral candidate in the Interuniversity Doctoral Program
Committee member for 2 doctoral candidates in the Interuniversity Doctoral Program
Committee member for 6 MEd. thesis students in the School of Education
External examiner for 4 PhD students (UBC, Memorial, Alberta, South Australia)
External examiner for 5 (Lakehead, St. Mary's , McGill ) masters thesis
Internal examiner for 7 honours theses.
Chair for 5 Masters' thesis oral examinations
Acting Director for 3 MEd. thesis oral examinations
Supervision of local (2002-2004) and international (China – 2008 and 2010) student teachers
Research Areas of Scholarly Interest Social theory, educational sociology, curriculum theory, literacies, Canadian educational history, qualitative research methods, rural schooling, community and curriculum, space and place, Canadian educational policy, educational accountability, early school leaving and resistance, school to work transitions, youth studies, mental health and education
Membership in Scholarly Organizations
® Corbett, M. (2014 forthcoming). The idea of community in rural education. Peabody Journal of Education.
® Corbett, M. (2013 in press). En descenso de lo global a lo local: Una perspectiva desde la región atlántica de Canadá, Revista Peruana de Investigación Educativa
® Corbett, M. (2013). I’m going to make sure I’m ready before I leave: The complexity of educational and mobility decision-making in a Canadian coastal community, Journal of Rural Studies, (32), 275-282.
Corbett, M. (2013). Imagining education for a rural creative class:
Improvisation as a curricular metaphor, Journal of Research in Rural Education,
® Corbett, M. (2013). What we know and don’t know about small schools: A view from Canada, The Country School Journal, 1, 38-52
® Eppley, K. & Corbett, M. (2012). I'll see that when I believe it: A dialogue on epistemological difference and rural literacies, Journal of Research in Rural Education, 27(1), http://www.jrre.psu.edu/articles/27-1.pdf
® Lanas, M. & Corbett, M. (2011). Disaggregating student resistance, Young: The Scandinavian Journal of Youth Studies, 19(4), 415-432.
® Corbett, M. & Vibert, A. (2010). Places of safety and risk in curriculum: Hierarchies of text and improvisation in a middle school video project, Canadian Journal of Educational Administration and Policy, 114,
® Corbett, M. (2010) Answering my sister’s question: The critical importance of education for diversity in those spaces where we think we are all the same, The Journal of Inquiry and Action in Education, 3(3).
® Corbett, M. (2010) Standardized individuality: Cosmopolitanism and educational decision-making in an Atlantic Canadian rural community, Compare: A Journal of International and Comparative Education. 40(2), 193-207.
® Corbett, M. (2010) Backing the right horse: Survival and literacy education in rural education, Teaching and Teacher Education. 26, 82-86.
® Corbett, M. (2009). No time to fool around with education: Socialization frames, timing and stakes in youth educational decision making, Rural Society, 19(2), 163-177.
® Corbett, M. (2009). Rural schooling in mobile modernity: The places I’ve been. Journal of Research in Rural Education, 24(7), 1-12. http://www.jrre.psu.edu/articles.html
® Corbett, M. (2009). Response to Faircloth, Greenwood, Kelly and Woodrum, Journal of Research in Rural Education, 24(12), 1-7. http://www.jrre.psu.edu/articles.html
® Corbett, M. (2008). Educational resistance in a runaway world: Poetic meditations on power and surveillance. McGill Jnl. of Education, 43(3), 225-242.
® Corbett, M. (2008). Captain Beefheart’s piano: Confessions of an unrepentant illiterate. International Journal of Critical Pedagogy, 1(2),148-159.
® Corbett, M. (2008) The edumometer: The commodification of learning from Galton to the PISA, Journal for Critical Education Policy Studies, 6(1). http://www.jceps.com/index.php?pageID=article&articleID=125
® Corbett, M. (2007) Learning and dreaming in space and place: Identity and rural schooling, Canadian Journal of Education, 30(3), 771-792.
® Corbett, M. (2007) So much potential: Women and outmigration in an Atlantic Canadian coastal community, The Journal of Rural Studies, 23(4), 430-442.
® Corbett, M. (2006) Educating the country out of the child and educating the child out of the country, Alberta Journal of Educational Research, 52(4), 286-298.
® Corbett, M. (2005) Rural education and out-migration: The case of a coastal community, Canadian Journal of Education, 28(1&2), 52-72.
® Corbett, M. (2004). It was fine, if you wanted to leave: Narratives of educational ambivalence from a Nova Scotian coastal community 1963-1998, Anthropology and Education Quarterly, 35, 4, 451-471.
® Corbett, M. (2004). I dreamed I saw Hilda Neatby last night: So little for the mind after fifty years, McGill Journal of Education, 39(2), 159-182.
® Corbett, M. (2002). Against the tide of modernity: Poststructuralism, rural schooling, place and resistance, trans/forms,, 6, 24-59.
® Corbett, M. (2001). A protracted struggle: Rural resistance and normalization in Canadian educational history, Historical Studies in Educ., 13(1), Spring, 19-48.
®1 Corbett M. (2007). Learning to leave: The irony of schooling in a coastal community. Black Point NS: Fernwood Press.
® Green, B. & Corbett, M. (Eds). (2013). Rural Literacies: Transnational Perspectives. (New York: Palgrave)..
® White, S. & Corbett, M. (Eds). (2014 in press). International Perspectives on Methodological Issues in Rural Education Research. (New York: Routledge).
Reviews of Learning to Leave
Parnaby, A. (2010). Historical Studies in Education, http://historicalstudiesineducation.ca/index.php/edu_hse-rhe/article/viewFile/2353/2572
Hoben, J. (2008). The Morning Watch, 36(1-2), http://www.mun.ca/educ/faculty/mwatch/John%20Hoben3.pdf. Date Accessed: 29/12/08.
Roberts, A. (2008). International Journal of Educational Development, 28(6), 766-767.
Zann, H. (2008). Journal of Contemporary Issues in Education, 3(1), 58-61.
Stapel, C. (2008). Teachers College Record, Date Published: June 04, 2008, http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 15267, Date Accessed: 6/22/2008
Schafft, K. (2008). Rural Sociology, 73(2), 300-303.
Varpalotai, A. (2008). Our Schools/Ourselves, 17, 2, 157-162.
English, L. (2007). Canadian Journal of Education, 30, 3, 959-961.
Theobald, P. (2007). Journal of Research in Rural Education, 22(4). Retrieved 29 May, 2007 from http://www.umaine.edu/jrre/22-4.pdf
® Corbett, M. (2014 in press). Rural Literacies: Text and Context Beyond the Metropolis. In Rowsell, J. & Pahl, K. The Routledge Handbook of Literacy Studies. New York and London: Routledge.
® Corbett, M. (2014 in press). Social class, the commodification of education, and space through a rural lens.In Howley, C. and Howley, A. (Eds.). Social class dynamics in rural schools. New York: Information Age.
® Corbett, M. (2013). Remembering French in English: Reflections of an assimilated Acadian. In Strong-Wilson, T., Mitchell, C., Allnutt, S., & Pithouse-Morgan, K. (Eds.). Productive remembering and social agency. Rotterdam: Sense Publishers, 169-182.
® Corbett, M. (2013). Where is the sociology of education in Canada? Boundary questions, relevance, emerging transdisciplinary spaces and the sociological imagination. In Christou, T. & Bullock, S. (Eds.). Foundations in Teacher Education: A Canadian Perspective,
® Green, B. & Corbett, M. (2013). Introduction. In Green B. & Corbett, M. (Eds) (2013). Thinking Rural Literacies: International and Comparative Perspectives. New York: Palgrave MacMillan, 1-13.
® Corbett, M. & Vibert, A. (2013). Mediating plastic literacies and placeless governmentalities: Returning to corporeal reality in a rural school. In Green B. & Corbett, M. (Eds). Thinking Rural Literacies: International and Comparative Perspectives. New York: Palgrave MacMillan, 257-274.
® Corbett, M. (2012). Standardized individuality: Cosmopolitan and educational decision-making in an Atlantic Canadian rural community. In Rao, N. (Ed.). Migration, Education and Socio-economic Mobility. New York and London: Routledge,
® Corbett, M. (2010). Wharf talk, home talk and school talk: The politics of language in a coastal community. In Rural education in the 21st Century, Jackson, A. & Schafft, K. (Eds.). College Park PA: Penn State University Press, 115-131.
Corbett, M. (2010) Challenges for educational leadership in new times: Managing a runaway world. In Anderson K., (Ed.). The Leadership Compendium: Emerging Scholars of Canadian Educational Leadership. Fredericton NB: The Atlantic Centre for Educational Administration and Leadership (ACEAL), 156-169.
® Corbett, M. (2009). The road to school leads out of town: Rurality and schooling in Atlantic Canada. In Levine-Rasky, C. (Ed.). The sociology of education in Canada, Toronto: Oxford University Press, 133-151.
Corbett, M., Copp, D., Wright, A. & Monette, M. (2007). Policy narrative for Nova Scotia. In Chan, A., Fisher, D., & Rubenson, K. (Eds.). The evolution of professionalism: Educational policy in the provinces and territories of Canada. Vancouver: Centre for Higher Education and Training, p.p. 149-169.
Corbett, M. (1999). From here to uncertainty: A preoccupation with code. In Neilsen, A. (Ed.), Daily Meaning: Counternarratives of teachers’ work. Victoria: Bendall Books, 165-182.
Review Essays and Book Reviews in Scholarly Journals Review essays
Corbett, M. (2009). Opportunity in Crisis: A Review Essay on Paul Theobald’s, Education Now: How Rethinking America’s Past Can Change its Future, Education Review, 12(6), 1-9. http://edrev.asu.edu/essays/v12n6index.html
Corbett, M. (2000). Review essay: Tom Popkewitz’ Struggling for the soul, Journal of Research in Rural Education, 16(2), 141-145.
Corbett, M. (2012). A review of Paul Orlowski’s Teaching About Hegemony, Teaching Education,
Corbett, M (2010). Of lambs and lions, a review of Social Justice, Peace and Environmental Education: Transformative Standards, Teaching Education, 21(2), 211-214.
Corbett, M. (2008). Review of Rosemary E. Ommer with the Coasts Under Stress Research Project Team, Coasts Under Stress: Restructuring and Social-Economic Health.Canadian Journal of Education, 31(2), 503-507.
Corbett, M. (2007). Review of David Olsen and Michael Cole, Technology, literacy and the evolution of society: Implications of the work of Jack Goody.Teachers College Record, Date Published: April 09, (http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 1416).
Corbett, M. (1994). No easy answers, McGill Journal.of Education, 29(2), 239-241.
Corbett, M. (1993). Notes on the apprenticeship model of reading, McGill Journal of Education, 28(2), 261-266.
Refereed Conference Papers
® Corbett, M., Vibert, A., Green, M. (2013). The improvised curriculum: Filmmaking as literacy in a small town school. Canadian Society for the Study of Education, Victoria BC, 5 June.
® Corbett, M. (2012). Social class and the commodification of education and space through a rural lens. Canadian Society for the Study of Education, Kitchener ON, 30 May.
® Corbett, M. (2012). Where is the sociology of education in Canada?: Boundary questions, relevance, and emerging transdisciplinary spaces, Invited symposium, Canadian Society for the Study of Education, Kitchener ON, 29 May.
Corbett, M. (2012). Small schools, rurality and the PISA: Is it possible that Atlantic Canadian rural schools are over-performing? Paper presented to the American Educational Research Association, Vancouver BC, 14 April.
® Corbett, M. (2012). Welfare, Place, Standards, Identity and Mobility in Canadian RuralEducation, Paper presented to the American Educational Research Association, Vancouver, BC, 14 April.
® Corbett, M. (2011). Making rurality visible on the educational policy landscape: A view from Canada, Paper presented to the American Educational Research Association, New Orleans, 10 April.
® Corbett, M. and Vibert, A. (2011). Mediating plastic literacies and placeless governmentalities: Space making in rural schools. Paper presented to the Australian Association for Research in Education, Hobart, Australia, 1 December.
® Corbett, M. (2010). Teaching on the shores of politics: Literacy and life in a rural school, Rural Sociological Society, Atlanta, 14 August.
® Corbett, M. (2010). An improvised curriculum: Literacies and hierarchies of text in an age of accountability. 17th International Sociological Association World Congress of Sociology, Gothenburg, Sweden, July 13.
® Corbett, M. (2010). Migration, Communities and Economic Crisis. 17th ISA World Congress of Sociology, Gothenburg, Sweden, July 14.
Corbett, M., Vibert, A. & Shields, R. (2010). From literacy to literacies in a rural middle school: An improvised curriculum. CSSE, Montreal, 1 June.
® Corbett, M., Green, B., Reid, J., White, S., Cooper, M., & Elshof, L. (2010). Educational Practice and Rural Social Space: A Symposium, American Educational Research Association, 1 May.
® Corbett, M. (2009). How will this make me a better teacher? Paper presented at the International Symposium for Innovation in Rural Education, University of New England, Armadale, Australia, February 11.
® Corbett, M. & Campbell, C. (2009). Questioning Resistance: Personal Narratives as Dialogical Process Starters. Paper presented to the 5th International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, University of Illinois, 20 May.
® Corbett, M. & Vibert, A. (2009). A lens on school: Improvising new definitions of literacy in a rural school. Paper presented to the American Educational Research Association, San Diego, Calif., 15 April.
® Corbett, M. (2008). Roots and wings: Conceptions of place and mobility in educational decision-making in a rural community. Paper presented to the Canadian Society for the Study of Education, Vancouver BC, June 1.
® Corbett, M. (2008). Changing places, changing spaces: Globalization, rural transformations, mobility and ambivalence in youth educational decision making. Paper presented to the American Educational Research Association annual conference, New York, 24 March.
® Corbett, M. (2008). Are small rural schools viable in a modern context? Paper presented to the Thirteenth Annual Rural Education Congress, Saskatoon, SK, March 30. Proceedings of the Ninth National Congress on Rural Education.
® Corbett, M., Vibert A., & Oldershaw A. (2007). Gender, identity and schooling: Experiences from Atlantic Canada. Paper presented to the Gender and Education Association Conference, Dublin Ireland, 28 March.
Corbett, M. (2006). Beyond antipsychiatry and antipsychotics: Phenomenological reflections on family and schizophrenia. 16th International Sociological Association World Congress of Sociology, Durban, South Africa, July 28.
® Corbett, M. (2006). Shall I stay or shall I go: Socio-spatial identity in rural Canada. 16th International Sociological Association World Congress of Sociology, Durban, South Africa, July 26.
® Corbett, M. (2005). We’re practical people: Schooling and identity in a Canadian coastal community. Paper presented to the Australian Association for Research in Education Sydney, Australia, November 28.
® Corbett, M. (2005). Identity, place and schooling. Paper presented to the International Rural Network Conference, Abingdon Va., June 29. http://www.international-rural-network.org/documents.asp?intent=showresults
® Corbett, M. (2004). Are rural schools better than urban ones?: A closer look at one education “report card.” Paper presented to the Ninth Annual Rural Education Congress, Saskatoon, SK, March 30. Proceedings of the Ninth National Congress on Rural Education.