Faculty of Education

Faculty of Education
Faculty of Education

Theresa Nowlan Suart

PhD Curriculum Theorizing

Supervisor: Dr. Ben Bolden 

Research Interests:

  • Teacher training for higher education
  • Medical education
  • Community Service-Learning
  • Adult Education
  • Narrative Inquiry
  • Intersections of Autism and Education


Theresa has taken a non-traditional route to graduate studies in education at Queen's. She started her career in community-based journalism (after completing a Bachelor of Journalism from the University of King's College) with a side-trip to public relations before finding herself facilitating academic upgrading workshops. This led to two degrees in adult education from the University of New Brunswick, including a research-based master's with a thesis on Exploring How Women Learn the Role of Stepmother. She taught written and verbal communications courses in the Faculty of Business Administration at the University of New Brunswick and a variety of courses in the print journalism program at Loyalist College, Belleville before joining the staff at Queen's School of Medicine. Her current graduate work is directly related to her work in medical education.

Recent Activity:

Theresa is a full-time Educational Developer with the Queen's School of Medicine Undergraduate Medical Education (UGME) program. In this position she assists medical faculty with their teaching, develops curriculum tools and resources, and facilitates faculty development workshops and retreats. She also serves on the UGME Curriculum Committee, the Teaching, Learning, and Integration Committee, Course and Faculty Review Committee, and Diversity Panel. In the broader Queen's community, she serves on the Queen's Educational Developers Network, and the Scholars at Risk Working Group.

Publications (Peer Reviewed): 


  • Nowlan Suart, T., Hastings, A., Katsoulas, E., Stockley, D., & MacKenzie, J. (2017). Creating a formal service-oriented curriculum in pre-medical education – the QuARMS experience. Journal of Service-Learning in Higher Education, Vol.6. 
  • Kolar M, Katsoulas , Toprak A, Nowlan Suart T, Davidson L, Winthrop A, Hastings-Truelove A, Stockley D, The Development and Implementation of New Assessment Tools for the Surgical Clerkship Rotation, MedEdPublish, 2018, 7, [1], 4, doi:https://doi.org/10.15694/mep.2018.000004.1

Publications (Non Peer Reviewed): 


  • Nowlan Suart, T. (2010). Stepmothers. In A. O'Reilly (Ed.), Encyclopedia of motherhood (pp. 1168-1170). Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications Ltd. doi: 10.4135/9781412979276.n636
  • Book Review: More than a Mom: Living a Full and Balanced Life when Your Child has Special Needs by Amy Baskin and Heather Fawcett, Journal of the Association for Research on Mothering, Fall/Winter 2008, Vol. 10, No. 2.

Conference Presentations:


  • Supporting faculty to develop effective Team-Based Learning (TBL) modules (pre-conference workshop), Lindsay Davidson and Theresa Suart, Canadian Conference on Medical Education (CCME), Winnipeg, MB, April 29, 2017
  • Pathways to community service learning: The Queen's Service-Learning Framework (poster), Theresa Nowlan Suart and Lindsay Davidson, Canadian Conference on Medical Education (CCME), Winnipeg, MB, April 29 - May 2, 2017
  • Evaluation of a multi-modality nutrition program for first year medical students (poster), Andrea Guerin, Theresa Nowlan Suart, Shannon Willmott, Karen Kaur-Grewal, Canadian Conference on Medical Education (CCME), Winnipeg, MB, April 29 - May 2, 2017
  • Initial Outcomes of the Queen’s Accelerated Route to Medical School (poster), Jennifer MacKenzie, Eleni Katsoulas, Theresa Suart, Mary Bouchard, Michael Kawaja, Anthony Sanfilippo, Canadian Conference on Medical Education (CCME), Montreal, QC, April 16-19, 2016
  • Service Learning: Not Another Volunteer Experience, Jennifer MacKenzie and Theresa Nowlan Suart, Pediatric Grand Rounds (invited), Queen’s University, February 9, 2016
  • Beyond volunteerism service learning in a premedical curriculum (Oral), Jennifer MacKenzie, Shanda Slipp, Theresa Nowlan Suart, Association for Medical Education in Europe (AMEE) Conference, September 7, 2015, Glasgow, UK
  • Structured Service-Learning in a Pre-Medical Curriculum: The Queen's University Accelerated Route to Medical School Experience Oral Presentation by Theresa Nowlan Suart, Shanda Slipp, Jennifer J. MacKenzie, CCME, Vancouver, BC, April 2015
  • ASD & Me: Autism, school & a few things that might work. Invited Presentation, Autism course for teachers in the Limestone District School Board, Kristin Check, instructor, March 2011.
  • Mothers and Stepmothers: Can coerced connections become cooperative co-parenting? Oral presentation, Association for Research on Mothering 10th anniversary conference, The Motherlode,Toronto, ON October 27, 2006