Dr. Joe Norris

Professor, Chair
Drama in Education and Applied Theatre

Office: MW 323
905 688 5550 x3596
jnorris@brocku.ca

Joe Norris, current Chair of the Department of Dramatic Arts at Brock University, has focused his teaching (drama in education, applied theatre and research methods) and research (qualitative and arts-based) on fostering a playful, creative, participatory, dialogic and socially aware stance toward self and Other. He has pioneered and advanced the research genres of playbuilding and duoethnography as research methodologies. He is also currently working/playing in performative inquiry projects that involve video dissemination of performances through web links. Much of this work can be found at: www.joenorrisplaybuilding.ca.

As Artistic Director of Mirror Theatre, a non-profit social issues theatre company, that comprises of students, faculty, staff and community members who are interested in devising theatre that examines a variety of social issues, he has directed live and video projects on issues of mental health, first-year university experiences, drinking choices, academic integrity, co-op placememts, workplace health and safety, healthy work environments, patient-centered care and the ethos of classrooms.

BOOKS
Norris, J., & Sawyer, R. D. (2017). Theorizing curriculum studies, teacher education and research through duoethnographic pedagogy. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Brown, H., Sawyer, R., & Norris. J. (2016). Forms of practitioner reflexivity: Critical, conversational, and arts-based approaches. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Sawyer, R. & Norris, J. (2016). Interdisciplinary reflective practice through duoethnography: Examples for educators. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Sawyer, R., & Norris, J. (2013). Understanding qualitative research: Duoethnography. New York: Oxford University Press.

Norris, J., Sawyer, R. D., & Lund, D. (Eds.). (2012). Duoethnography: Dialogic methods for social, health, and educational research. New York: Routledge.

Norris, J. (2009). Playbuilding as qualitative research: A participatory arts-based approach.  New York: Routledge.

Norris, J., McCammon, L. & Miller, C. (2000). Learning to teach drama: A case narrative approach. Portsmouth: Heinemann. (ISBN 0-325-0228-2).

GUEST EDITOR OF SPECIAL JOURNAL ISSUES
Norris, J. and Kemp, D. (2015) Guest Editors – Brock Education: A Journal of Educational Research and Practice. 24(1).

Norris, J. and Sawyer, R. (2015). Guest Editors – Duoethnography: International Review of Qualitative Research. 8(1).

Norris, J. (2002). Guest Editor – Arts-based Research, Alberta Journal of Educational Research. Fall, XLVIII, 3.

SELECTED REPRESENTATIVE JURIED PUBLICATIONS
Norris, J. (2018). A currere of maintaining mental health as an administrator through a reflective-practice, arts-based inquiry. Curriculum & Pedagogy Group’s 10th Edited Collection. (pp. 191-207). Charlotte: Information Age Publishing.

Norris, J., & Saudelli, M. (2018). Heating Up Online Learning: Insights from a Collaboration Employing Arts Based Research/Pedagogy for an Adult Education, Online, Community Outreach Undergraduate Course. Social Sciences, 7(7), 104.

Norris, J. (2016). Drama as research: Realizing the potential of drama in education as a research methodology. Youth Theatre Journal. Volume 30 (Issue2) Invited 30th Anniversary Reprint with Update). 122-135.

Sawyer, R., & Norris, J. (2015). Duoethnography: A retrospective 10 years after. International Review of Qualitative Research, 8(1), 1-4.

Sawyer, R., & Norris, J. (2015). Hidden and null curricula of sexual orientation: A Duoethnography of the absent presence and the present absence. International Review of Qualitative Research, 8(1), 5-26.

Norris, J. (2012). Steppingstones to appreciating the importance of play in the creative act. LEARNing Landscapes, 6(1), 299-312

Norris, J. (2011). Towards the use of the ‘Great Wheel’ as a model in determining the quality and merit of arts-based projects (research and instruction). International Journal of Education & the Arts, 12(Arts & Learning Research Journal Special Issue: Selected Papers from the 2010 AERA Arts & Learning SIG), 1-24. Retrieved from http://www.ijea.org/v12si1/index.html

Norris, J. (2008). A quest for a theory and practice of authentic assessment: An arts-based approach. LEARNing Landscapes, 2(1), 211-233.

McCammon, L., Miller, C. and Norris, J. (1998). Cacophony and fugue: Preservice narratives create conversation about drama education. Research in Drama Education. 3, 1, p. 29-44.

McCammon, L., Miller, C. and Norris, J. (1997). Using case studies in drama/theatre teacher education: A process of bridge building between theory and practice. Youth Theatre Journal. 11, p. 103-112.

Norris, J. (1995). Response-able guided imagery.  Stage of the Art. 7, 4, p. 4 – 9.

Norris, J. (1994). Using drama to advocate drama. Drama Theatre Teacher. 6, 4, p. 10 – 13.

Norris, J. (1993). Adulthood …lost; Childhood …found? Educational Action Research. 1, 2, p. 255.

SELECTED REPRESENTATIVE BOOK CHAPTERS
Norris, J., Fels, L., & Kandil, Y. (2019). Surrender, Impossibility, Ambiguity, Pedagogy and Research: Cats @ Play. In P. Duffy, C. Hatton, & R. Sallis (Eds.), Drama research methods: Provocations of practice. (pp. 97-115). Leiden: Koninklijke Brill.

Norris, J. (2018). In Search of A Room of One’s Own: A First-Year Professor Narrative. In A. Kemp (Ed.), The Dignity of the Calling: Educators Share the Beginnings of Their Journeys. (pp.). Information Age Publishing, Charlotte.

Norris, J. (2018). Reflections on the techniques and tones of playbuilding by a director/actor/researcher/teacher. In P. Leavy (Ed.), Handbook of Arts‐Based Research. (pp. 288-308). New York: Guilford Press.

Norris, J., Alvarez McHatton, P., An, S., Davis, C., Ford, J., Guerra, P., Her, L., McDonald, B., Ritchie, S. (2018). Towards an understanding of inclusion through the playbuilding of ‘Beyond the Masks’. In M. J. Harkins & S. Singer (Eds.), Educators on Diversity, Social Justice and Schooling: A Reader. (pp. 141-177). Canadian Scholars’ Press. Toronto: Canadian Scholars’ Press.

Norris, J. (2017). Pioneering the use of video in resesarch and pedagogy: A currere of media(tion). In j. jagodzinski (Ed.), The Precarious Future of Education: Risk and Uncertainty in Ecology, Curriculum, Learning, and Technology. (pp. 241-276). New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Norris, J., Sawyer, R. D (2017). Introduction: The efficacy of duoethnography in teaching and learning: A return to its roots. In J. Norris & R. D. Sawyer (Eds.), Theorizing Curriculum Studies, Teacher Education and Research through Duoethnography. (pp. 1-14). New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Norris, J. (2016). Reflecting upon the teaching assistant roles in higher education through participatory theatre. In H. Brown, R. D. Sawyer & J. Norris (Eds.), Forms of Practitioner Reflexivity: Critical, Conversational, and Arts-Based Approaches. (pp. 217-238). New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Norris, J., & Bilash, O. (2016). A journey towards mutualist teaching and learning: A collaborative reflective practice on community building and democratic classrooms In R. D. Sawyer & J. Norris (Eds.), Interdisciplinary Reflective Practice through Duoethnography: Examples for Educators. (pp. 41-74). New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Norris, J. (2015). Mirror Theatre: Blurring the lines between curricular/extracurricular, campus/community and outreach/inreach within teacher education and dramatic arts programs. In M. Carter, M. Prendergast & G. Belliveau (Eds.), Drama and Theatre Education: Canadian Perspectives (pp. 134-141). Ottawa: Canadian Association for Teacher Education/Canadian Society for the Study of Education, Polygraph Book Series.

Norris, J. (2015). Forward: A prepositional proposition. In W. Linds & E. Vettraino (Eds.), Playing in a house of mirrors: Applied theatre as reflective practice (pp. ix-xv). Boston: Sense Publishers.

Norris, J., & Greenlaw, J. (2012). Responding to our muses: A duoethnography on becoming writers In J. Norris, R. D. Sawyer & D. E. Lund (Eds.), Duoethnography: Dialogic methods for social, health, and educational research (pp. 89-113). Walnut Creek: Left Coast Press.

Norris, J. (2001). Using drama in teaching language arts. In G. Tompkins, M. Pollard, R. Bright & P. Winsor (Eds.), Language arts: Content and teaching strategies (2nd Canadian Edition ed., pp. 284-321). Scarborough: Prentice-Hall.

Norris, J. (1999). Representations of violence in schools as co-created by cast and audiences during a theatre/drama in education program. In G. Malicky, B. Shapiro, & K. Masurek (Eds.), Building foundations for safe and caring schools: Research on disruptive behaviour and violence. Edmonton: Duval House Publishing. p. 271-328.

McCammon, L., Miller, C. and Norris, J. (1999). Preservice drama teachers as researchers: Using case development and analysis to promote the practice of research of research and the research of practice.  In C. Miller & J. Saxton (Eds.) Drama and theatre in education: International conversations. Victoria: International Drama in Education Research Institute.

Norris, J. (1998). Creative drama as adult’s work. In B. J. Wagner (Ed.) Building moral communities through drama. Stamford, CT: Ablex Publishing Corporation. p. 211-230.

Norris, J. (1995). Pre-service drama teacher education: Voices from the practicum. In J. Saxton and C. Miller (Eds.) Canadian Tertiary Drama Education: Perspectives on Practice. Victoria: University of Victoria. p. 59 – 66.

Norris, J. (1995). The use of drama in teacher education: A call for embodied learning. In B. Warren (Ed.) Creating a theater in your classroom. North York, Ontario: Captus University Publications. p. 279-305.

SELECTED REPRESENTATIVE PERFORMANCES
Norris, J. & Mirror Theatre. (2018). (Director, co-author and joker). Drinking? Ask the Audience. Performed for St. Mildred’s – Lightbourn School, Oakville, ON.

Norris, J. and Mirror Theatre Cast. (2018). (Director, co-author and joker). Employing Playbuilding Research and Pedagogy in Addressing Educational and Social Issues Facing Youth. Invited performance presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, New York.

Norris, J. & Mirror Theatre. (2018). (Director, co-author and joker). Decisions, Decisions, Decisions. Performed three times for campus recruitment, Brock University. St Catharines.

Norris, J. & Mirror Theatre. (2017). (Director, co-author, actor and joker). Entrances and Exits. Performed three times for Co-op classes, Brock University. St Catharines.

Norris, J. & Mirror Theatre. (2017). (Director, co-author and joker). Slippery Slopes. Performed for Ridley College. St Catharines.

Norris, J. and Mirror Theatre (2017). Dealing with Stress. (Director, co-author, actor and joker). Performed for District School Board Niagara Academy, St Catharines.

Norris, J. and Mirror Theatre (2016). (Director, co-author and joker). Cyberbullying and Other Student Conflicts. Performed for Brock recruitment event with guidance counsellors. Brock University, St Catharines.

Norris, J. and Mirror Theatre (2014/15/16). (Director, co-author and joker). You Be the Judge. Performed four times for ESL students. Brock University, St Catharines.

Norris, J. and Mirror Theatre (2015). You Be the Judge. Performed seven times for ESL students and once for the Academic Integrity Committee. Brock University. St Catharines.

Norris, J. and 3F93 Class. (2014). What Can We Do? Niagara Social Justice Forum. Edmonton.

Norris, J. and 2012 Preconference Cast. (2014). (Director, Co-author and Actor) Ripples: Exploring Identity and Xenophobia through Playbuilding. Performance presented at the 10th International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, Urbana-Champaign.

Norris, J. and James Madison University Cast. (2014). (Director, Co-author and Actor) ReThinking Research Entry through RePlaying, Performance presented at the 10th International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, Urbana-Champaign.

Norris, J. and Kennesaw State University Cast. (2014). (Director, Co-author and Actor) Beyond the Masks: A Participatory Performance Exploring Issues of Inclusion/Exclusion in Schools and Beyond. Performance presented at the 10th International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, Urbana-Champaign.

R-Norris, J. and James Madison University Cast. (2014). Jokering an Applied Theatre Performance/Video to Understand the Epistemological Tensions in a Gaining Entry Experience. Performance presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Philadelphia.

Norris, J. and Kennesaw State University Cast. (2014). Beyond the Masks. Invited performance presented at the Arts-based Educational Research SIG pre-conference of the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Philadelphia.

Norris, J. & Kennesaw State University Faculty. (2013). (Director, co-author, and joker). Beyond the masks. Public Performance. Osborne High School, Marietta, GA.

Norris, J. & James Madison University Faculty. (2013). (Director, co-author, actor, and joker). Rethinking research entry through role play. Public Performance. James Madison University, VA.

Norris, J. & Mirror Theatre. (2013). (Director, co-author, actor, and joker). How Do We Rate? Centre for Pedagogical Innovation, Spring Workshop for Teaching Assistants. Brock University, St. Catharines, ON.

Norris, J. & Mirror Theatre.  (2004) (Director, MC, actor and co-author with student company).   ShadowingKeynote performance presented at the 2004 Western Canadian Association for Student Teaching.  Edmonton: Alberta.

Norris, J. & Mirror Theatre.  (2002). (Director, MC, actor and co-author with student company). C5: Civility, Citizenship and Community Construction on Campus.  Performance/Workshop for University Teaching Services, University of Alberta.

Norris, J. & Mirror Theatre.  (2001). (Director, MC, actor and co-author with student company). Last Call… Your Call Alberta Alcohol and Drug Abuse Commission’s YA program Launch. 3 communities.

Norris, J. & Mirror Theatre.  (2001). (Director, MC, actor and co-author with student company).  Friends, Family and Foreigners. Five performance/workshops presented at the Expecting Respect Peer Educator Training sessions.

Norris, J. & Mirror Theatre. (2000). (Director, MC, actor and co-author with student company).  Coulda/Shoulda. Performance/workshop for the 3rd Conference for Safe and Caring Schools. Edmonton, Alberta.

Norris, J. & Mirror Theatre.  (2000). (Director, MC, actor). What’s the Fine Line? Performance/Workshop presented at the American Educational Research Association’s Annual Meeting. New Orleans.

Norris, J. & Mirror Theatre. (1998). (Director, MC, actor and co-author with student company). Complexities and Contradictions.  Keynote Performance/Workshop presented for Western Canadian Conference on Human Sexuality.

Norris, J. & Mirror Theatre.  (1998). (Director, MC, actor and co-author with student company).   One of these things is not like the other; One of these things just doesn’t belongKeynote performance presented at the 1998 Western Canadian Association for Student Teaching.  Victoria, British Columbia.

Norris, J. & Mirror Theatre.  (1997). (Director, MC, actor and co-author with student company). Shadows. Performance/Workshop presented for Teen Wellness Conference – Grey Nuns Hospital, Health Resources Centre.

Norris, J. & Mirror Theatre.  (1996). (Director and co-author with student company). Great Expectations III. Plenary Paper/Performance presented at the 1996 Western Canadian Association for Student Teaching. University of Saskatchewan: Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

Norris, J. & Mirror Theatre.  (1996). (Director and co-author with student company). Great Expectations II. Keynote Paper/Performance presented at the 1996 Western Canadian Association for Student Teaching. University of Saskatchewan: Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

Norris, J. & Mirror Theatre.  (1995). (Director, Actor and co-author with student company).

Norris, J. & Mirror Theatre.  (1995/97/97/98).  (Director, MC, actor and co-author with student company). What’s the Fine Line? Performance/Workshop presented at a number of Alberta schools

SELECTED REPRESENTATIVE VIDEOS
Norris, J. & Mirror Theatre. (2019). (Director and co-author). How Would You(Re)Act?: Experiences Inside and Outside a Women’s Shelter. Retrieved from Retrieved from http://www.joenorrisplaybuilding.ca/?page_id=2997 February, 2019. Brock University. St. Catharines.

Norris, J. & Mirror Theatre. (2018). (Director, co-author, actor and joker). Entrances and Exits: Addressing Possible Interpersonal Issues in Coop Placements. Co-op Career and Experiential Education, Brock University. St. Catharines. Retrieved from http://www.joenorrisplaybuilding.ca/?page_id=2840, April, 2018.

Norris, J. & McDonald, B. (2015). (Camera and Web Design). Video of the Public Engagement and the Politics of Evidence in an Age of Neoliberalism and Audit Culture Conference. University of Regina. Retrieved from http://www.politicsofevidence.ca/full-conference-archive/, July 1, 2016.

Norris, J. & Mirror Theatre. (2015). (Director, co-author). I’m Fine. Video for Student Health Services, Brock University. Retrieved from: http://www.joenorrisplaybuilding.ca/?page_id=1679, November 1, 2016

Norris, J. and Mirror Theatre (2014). You Be the Judge. Video for ESL students and once for the Academic Integrity Committee. Brock University. St Catharines. http://www.joenorrisplaybuilding.ca/?page_id=1602, November, 2014.

Norris, J. and James Madison University Cast. (2013). ReThinking Research Entry through RePlaying. Retrieved from: http://www.joenorrisplaybuilding.ca/?pageid=759, April 30, 2014.

Norris, J. and Kennesaw State University Cast. (2013). Beyond the Masks. Retrieved from: http://www.joenorrisplaybuilding.ca/?page_id=626, April 30, 2014.

Norris, J. & Mirror Theatre. (2013). (Director, co-author). Community Development Issues. Video for Online Community Development course, Brock University. Retrieved from: http://www.joenorrisplaybuilding.ca/?page_id=954, April 30, 2014.

Norris, J. & Mirror Theatre. (2013). (Director, co-author). It’s Just a Game?. Video for Student Health Services, Brock University. Retrieved from: http://www.joenorrisplaybuilding.ca/?page_id=1104, April 30, 2014.

Norris, J. & Mirror Theatre. (2012). (Director, co-author and actor). Telephone Tag(s). Video for Niagara Research and Planning Council. Retrieved from: http://www.joenorrisplaybuilding.ca/?page_id=938, April 30, 2014.

Norris, J. & Mirror Theatre. (2012). (Director, co-author and actor). That’s Not Me. Video for Student Health Services, Brock University. Retrieved from, http://www.joenorrisplaybuilding.ca/?page_id=1104, April 30, 2014.

Norris, J. & Mirror Theatre. (2001). (Director, Actor and co-author with student company). Resolving conflict peacefully. Safe and Caring Schools, Alberta Teachers’ Association and Lions Club International. (VHS).

Norris, J. & Mirror Theatre.  (2000). (Director, Actor and co-author with student company). Dealing with bullying. Safe and Caring Schools, Alberta Teachers’ Association and Lions Club International. (VHS).

Norris, J. & Mirror Theatre. (1999). (Director, Actor and co-author with student company). Respecting diversity and preventing prejudice. Safe and Caring Schools, Alberta Teachers’ Association and Lions Club International. (VHS).

Norris, J. & Mirror Theatre. (1994). (Director, Actor and co-author with student company). Great expectations. Edmonton: Instructional Technology Center, University of Alberta. (VHS).

Norris, J. & Mirror Theatre. (1994). (Director, Actor and co-author with student company).

MAJOR AWARDS
2015 – Significant Contribution to Educational Measurement and Research Methodology Award from the American Educational Research Association’s Division D with Richard D. Sawyer for our book Understanding Qualitative Research: Duoethnography
2015 – Tom Barone Award for Distinguished Contributions to Arts-Based Educational Research from the Arts-based Educational Research SIG of the American Educational Research Association
2015 –Humanities Award for Excellence in Research and Creative Activity from Brock University’s Humanities Research Institute
2014 – Publication Award ARTS SIG of the Canadian Association of Curriculum Studies (Awarded for 2011 publication)
2011 – Outstanding Book Award American Educational Research Association’s Qualitative Research SIG for Playbuilding as Qualitative Research: A participatory Arts-based Approach
2010 – Best Practice Award – Brock University
1999 – Premier’s Award of Excellence – Honorable mention for research done with Safe and Caring Schools Project (Province of Alberta)
1998 – Undergraduate Teaching Award Faculty of Education, University of Alberta
1990 – Honorable Mention – Outstanding Scholarly Research American Alliance for Theatre and Education
1986 Education Quality Award for innovative curriculum development Nova Scotia Teachers’ Union

SELECTED GRANTS
2018 – Sunnybrook Research Institute – Enhancing Person Centred Approaches to Responsive Behaviours in Acute Care through the Use of Arts-Based Vignettes.
2017 – Women’s College Hospital: $15K Challenge – The experiences of homeless women with mental illness of onsite partnership between women’s homeless shelters and mental health service providers.
2014 – Humanities Research Institute – Video Dissemination of Arts-based Research Processes.
2011 – SSHRC Insight Development Grants – Reuniting form and content: Generating, mediating, and disseminating social science research and arts-based performance genres through digital media.
1999 – Emil Skarin Fund – Expecting Respect – School Tour.
1998 – Support for the Advancement of Scholarship Fund (University of Alberta) – Cooperating Teachers Respond to Student Teacher Written Case Studies
1988 – Social Sciences and Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Doctoral Fellowship.

OUTREACH
Beamsville Employment Help Centre
District School Board of Niagara Academy
Healthy Living Niagara
Niagara Health
Niagara Research and Planning Council
Ridley College
St. Catharines YWCA Women’s Shelter
St. Mildred’s-Lightbourn School
Sunnybrook Hospital

IN-REACH
Brock University Applied Health Sciences
Brock University Centre for Pedagogical Innovation
Brock University Centre for Women’s Studies
Brock University ESL Services
Brock University Health and Safety
Brock University Recruitment Niagara Social Justice Forum
Brock University Student Health Services

COMMON MEMBERSHIPS

  • American Educational Research Association
    • Division B – Curriculum Studies
    • Arts and Inquiry in the Visual and Performing Arts in Education SIG
    • Arts-Based Educational Research SIG
    • Qualitative Research SIG
  • Canadian Society for Studies in Education
  • Canadian Association for Curriculum Studies
    • ARTS SIG

FREQUENTLY ATTENDED CONFERENCES

  • Canadian Society for the Study of Education
  • Curriculum and Pedagogy
  • International Congress for Qualitative Inquiry
  • Provoking Curriculum

EDITORIAL BOARDS

  • Qualitative Health Research
  • Journal of the Canadian Association for Curriculum Studies