Diane Symbaluk received her Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Alberta in 1997, with a specialization in criminology and social psychology. She joined MacEwan University in 1996 in order to pursue her joint passion for teaching and research mentorship. She has taught a variety of courses including Introductory Sociology, Social Psychology, Criminology, an Introduction to Statistics, Social Research Methods, Qualitative Research Methods, Advanced Topics in Social Psychology, Sociology Senior Seminar, and Conducting Sociological Research.
Her extensive list of publications includes textbooks, journal articles, and more than forty pedagogical resources (e.g., study guides, test banks, instructor manuals and online resources). She most recently co-authored the second edition of a Canadian introductory Sociology textbook titled Sociology in Action (2016). This distinguished teaching award winner is currently conducting research on published student ratings of instruction and character strengths of award-winning instructors. Diane helped to develop the ethics policy that guides research at Macewan University, she chaired the original research ethics board, and she laid the foundation for a subsequent research ethics appeals board. Since publishing Research Methods: Exploring the Social World (2014), she is now the chair of an outstanding undergraduate research award committee that she established and is a faculty adjudicator for hearings involving academic integrity violations.
“We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them” (Albert Einstein).
“Do not go where the path may lead go instead where there is no path and leave a trail” (Ralph Waldo Emerson).