Rebecca Luce-Kapler smiling in the library

Rebecca Luce-Kapler

Dean of Education, and Professor of Language and Literacy Education

To make an appointment with Rebecca, please contact Lisa Tugnette.

B.Ed., MEd, PhD (Alberta)
Professor of Language and Literacy Education, Graduate Faculty

To make an appointment with Dr. Luce-Kapler, please contact Kyle Cummings-Bentley

Rebecca Luce-Kapler is currently Dean of the Faculty of Education, Queen’s University. Her research interests focus on the integral role of literary practices, particularly writing, in the development of human consciousness and identity. This work has contributed to understanding the normative power of cultural forms and the importance of interpretive reading and writing practices for generative learning and teaching. She is author of Writing with, through, and beyond the text: An ecology of language and The gardens where she dreams. She is co-author of Engaging Minds: Changing teaching in complex times and Language and learning: An introduction for teaching.

Research Interests

  • Writing processes, pedagogies, and technologies
  • E-literature, fiction, and poetry
  • Teacher education
  • Curriculum theory

Current Research Grant

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Standard Grant, High School Students in Applied English Programs: What are the Factors Impacting their Performance on the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test. Principal Investigator, Don Klinger.

Recent Publications


Luce-Kapler, R. (in press). In the meantime: Imagining Geraldine Moodie. Toronto, ON: Inanna Press.

Davis, B., Sumara, D., & Luce-Kapler, R. (2015). Engaging Minds: Cultures of education and practices of teaching. (3rd ed.) New York, NY: Routledge

Emmitt, M., Zbaracki, M., Komesaroff, L., Pollock, J., Luce-Kapler, R., & Chin, J., (2014). Language and learning: An introduction for teaching. Toronto: Oxford University Press. (Lead Author for Canadian Edition)

Chapters in Books​


Lockett, M., Luce-Kapler, R., & Sumara, D. (2015).  Scrimmage play: Writing and reading with incarcerated men. In J. Joseph & W. Crichlow (Eds.). Alternative offender rehabilitation and social justice: Arts and physical engagement in criminal justice and community settings (165-180). London: Palgrave.

Luce-Kapler, R. (2013). What is found there: Why poetry is still relevant in school.  In T. Dobson, C. Leggo, & K. James (Eds.), English in middle and secondary classrooms: Creative and critical advice from Canadian Teacher Educators​ (192-195). Toronto: Pearson.

Luce-Kapler, R. (2012). The gravity garden. In C. Leggo, E. Hasebe-Ludt, A. Sinner, & C. Chambers (Eds.), A heart of wisdom: Life Writing as empathetic inquiry (51-58). New York: Peter Lang.

Invited Chapters 

Luce-Kapler, R. (2011). The curriculum of close writing. In D. Stanley & K. Young (Eds.), Contemporary studies in Canadian curriculum: Principles, portraits and practices (48-74). Calgary, AB: Detselig.

Luce-Kapler, R. (2010). Forward. In J. Guiney Yallop, Of place and memory: A poetic journey, 77-100. NS: Backalong Books.

Luce-Kapler, R. (2010). The slow fuse of the gradual instant.  In R. Lake (Ed.), DearMaxine: Letters from the unfinished conversation with Maxine Greene (96-97). New York, NY: Teachers College Press.

Luce-Kapler, R. & Sumara, D. (2010). Taking shape: How reading (in)forms writing.  In M.C. Courtland and T. Gambell (Eds.), Literature, Media & Multiliteracies inAdolescent Language Arts (213-234). Vancouver, BC: Pacific Education Press.

Articles in Refereed Journals

Luce-Kapler, R. (2017) The slow fuse of the gradual instant reprised, Review of Education, Pedagogy, and Cultural Studies, 39:1, 76-89, DOI: 10.1080/10714413.2017.1262167

Pyle, A. & Luce-Kapler, R. (2014). Looking beyond the academic and developmental logics in kindergarten education: The role of Schwab's commonplaces in classroom based research, Early Child Development and Care, DOI: 10.1080/03004430.2014.897945

Luce-Kapler, R. (2013). Composing: The work of Geraldine Moodie. Canadian Woman Studies, 30 (1), 39-42.

Klinger, D. A., Shulha, L. M., Luce-Kapler, R., & Elliott, S. (May 2012). The enabling constraints of building an assessment pedagogy: Engaging pre-service teachers in a professional exploration of current conceptions of classroom assessment. European Journal of Education and Educational Psychology, 1, 81-113.

Luce-Kapler, R., Catlin, S., Sumara, D., & Kocher, P. (2011). Voicing consciousness: The mind in writing. Changing English, 18, 161-172. doi: 10.108/1358684X.2011.575249          

Robson, C., Sumara, D., & Luce-Kapler, R. (2011). Performing an archive of resistance: Challenging normative life narratives through literary reading and writing memoir research. International Journal of Education & the Arts, 12 (SI 1.9). Available at

Refereed Fiction and Poetry 

Coming through the trees. (2016). Literary Review of Canada, 24 (3), 17.

Eskimo Point. (2013). ARC Poetry Magazine.

Silhouette. (2013). Canadian Woman Studies, 30 (1).

Intimacy. (2013). Canadian Woman Studies, 30 (1).

Gesture. (2013). Canadian Woman Studies, 30 (1).

Rejlander’s Cat. (2013). Canadian Woman Studies, 30 (1).

Bloodlines. (2013). Canadian Woman Studies, 30 (1).

To Maple Creek in the Cypress Hills. (2013). The Prairie Journal, 59, 16.

Self-Portrait: Battleford, 1895. (2013). The Prairie Journal, 59, 17.


Current Students

  • Launa Gauthier​
  • Clarissa de Leon
  • Lalai Abbas