Dr. Mary Sweatman


Associate Professor

Acting Head, July 1, 2021 to December 31, 2021

Phone: (902) 585.1122
Email: mary.sweatman@acadiau.ca
Office: CD House, 24 Highland Ave., 1st Floor


  • Community Development
  • Community Leadership Development
  • Community Development Research Methods
  • Community and Professional Engagement
  • Diversity, Equity and Social Justice
  • Concepts of Leisure
  • Leisure Education Principles and Processes
  • Environmental Education

Scholarly Interests and Expertise

My scholarly interests revolve around two key theoretical foci; community service-learning and partnerships, and community issues concerning inequity.  Some of my current projects are:

  • Collaborative work with Acadia, the Wolfville Farmers’ Market and the Town of Wolfville, around local food systems and experiential education in community. With the Wolfville Farmers’ Market acting as a HUB, this collective, involving multiple units on campus, works to align our action research projects, community service-learning initiatives, and food equity advocacy. If you would like to learn more or be part of this collaborative, please email me.
  • Understanding COVID-19 related recreation provisions for rural low-income mothers and families. With colleagues, Dr. Jackie Oncesue (UNB), Rachel Bedingfield (Kentville Parks and Recreation), we are exploring the implications of COVID-19 on rural low-income families, and the impacts of the recreation provisions provided through different organizations.
  • Understanding rural homelessness through a Valley Wide Service-Based Count on homelessness. With master’s student Lindsay Slade and the Valley Homeless No More Committee, we are conducting a this service-based count with our community partners in Kings County, Annapolis County and West Hants County. Lindsay is taking the lead on homeless youth statistics, while I manage the homeless adult statistics. This count will happen every three years, and I am seeking graduate student support for this initiative for future counts. Please contact me if you are interested in this area of research (next count fall 2023).

Did you know...

  • Mary is the faculty coordinator for Axcess Acadia, an inclusive post-secondary education option at Acadia. For more information about Axcess, please email.
  • Mary is also part of Acadia’s Women’s and Gender Studies Department as an interdisciplinary faculty member.
  • Mary received the Faculty of Professional Studies Community Engagement Award in 2020 for her ongoing service and scholarly work in the community
  • Mary received the outstanding teacher of the year award from the Acadia Student Union based on her first year of teaching in 2003, and again in 2018.
  • Mary is also trained as an elementary school teacher, and has taught internationally in Katmandu, Nepal, Florence, Italy, and Cuenca, Ecuador.

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