Sharmaine Itwaru

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Sharmaine Itwaru,
MEd, EdD


Dr. Sharmaine Itwaru is currently a professor at George Brown College. She holds graduate degrees from both the University of Toronto (OISE) in Curriculum, Teaching and Learning (M.Ed) and the University of Calgary in Adult Education (EdD). For the past fifteen years, she has served a dual capacity at the College level as both teaching faculty and coordinator in the English for Academic Purposes program with the Centre for Preparatory and Liberal Studies. Within these roles, she has designed and delivered instructor education courses for the Teaching English as a Second Language and EAP programs as well as taught internationally trained professors in the College Teacher Training program. 

Sharmaine is research active and is a member of the School of ESL’s Scholarship o f Teaching and Learning

Academic Credentials

  • Doctor of Education, Adult Education, University of Calgary, 2017
  • Master of Education, Curriculum, Teaching and Learning, University of Toronto, 2005
  • Bachelor of Education, York University, 1996
  • TESL Certificate, York University, 1991

Areas of Specialization

  • English for Academic Purposes
  • Teaching English as a Second Language Program 

Areas of Expertise

  • English for Academic Purposes
  • Instructor Education

Career Highlights

  • 2004-Present – Professor (Coordinator, Curriculum Developer), George Brown College
  • 2017- Present- Instructor-Facilitator, Brock University
  • 2009-2012 – TESL Practicum Coordinator, Centennial College
  • 2000-2001- Instructor, University of Saskatchewan
  • 2000-2001 – Instructor, Seneca College

Other Activities

  • Workshop Facilitator for Newcomers – Thorncliffe Neighbourhood Office 


  • Leadership Recognition- Academic Coordinating, Centennial College, Toronto, 2012


  • Itwaru, S. (2017). How Important is Quality Teaching and Learning within the Community College System and What Supports are Available and Effective in Promoting Quality Teaching? University of Calgary.