Dr. Francis’ educational background is in Science, Mathematics and Educational Technology. She graduated with a B. Sc. In Geology and went on to study Actuarial Science. She completed a Masters of Education in from Athabasca University. After her masters she worked as a multi-media online course developer at SAIT. During her PhD in Education Technology at the University of Calgary, she was awarded the Gallagher Galileo Research Fellowship (2006). She continued with the Galileo for the remainder of her PhD helping with research and teacher professional learning of mathematics and technology. After graduation, she was an assistant professor at St. Mary’s University College in the Bachelor of Education program. Dr. Francis joined Werklund School of Education in 2012.
Dr. Francis’ research focuses on STEM knowledge for teaching, technology integration for learning, and teacher professional learning of teachers. Related to this work is studying and designing learning environments, particularly how teachers and students learn in those environments.