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 (with Tami Bereska) the fourth edition of a Canadian introductory Sociology textbook titled Sociology in Action (2022) and is the sole author of Research Methods: Exploring the Social World in Canadian Contexts (2019). This twice distinguished teaching award winner and 3M National Teaching Fellow (2020) 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.

“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).