Director of the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts from 2004-2009, Sharilyn J. Ingram came to academia from a career in cultural management, including such positions as President and CEO of Royal Botanical Gardens (Canada), Deputy Director of the Art Gallery of Ontario, Executive Director of the Saskatchewan Western Development Museums, and Director of Policy, Planning, and Management Services at the National Museums of Canada. Throughout her career she has served on numerous boards and advisory committees, including the Cultural Human Resources Council, the Metro Toronto Cultural Advisory Committee, the St. Catharines and Area Arts Council, the Niagara Symphony Association, and the American Public Gardens Association. Consulting clients include the Vancouver Olympics 2010 Organizing Committee, the Saskatchewan Foundation for the Arts, the National Museum of Science and Industry (UK), City of Vancouver Cultural Services Department, and the City of Burlington (Public Art Master Plan). In 2005 she was named a Fellow of the Canadian Museums Association, the highest recognition of service to the museum sector.
At Brock she taught arts management and cultural policy, based upon her experience as a senior manager and as a drafter of federal cultural legislation. Her research interests include cultural leadership (with particular attention to organizational culture and human resource issues), the intersection of gardens and art, meaning-making within the museum, and Monet at Giverny. During her recent sabbatical year she was a keynote speaker at the 4th Global Botanic Gardens Congress in Dublin, speaking about art in public gardens. Beginning in 2011 she was a community appointee to the Culture Committee of the Regional Municipality of Niagara.