Heather Bensler

Dr. Heather Bensler

Pronouns: She/Her


Assistant Dean - Academic Partnerships

Faculty of Nursing, Dean's Office

Associate Professor (Teaching)

Faculty of Nursing, Faculty

Contact information

Phone number

Office: 403.220.8106


Office: PF2222


Educational Background

EdD Curriculum and Learning , University of Calgary , 2022

MSN , Trinity Western University, 2014

BN , University of Calgary, 1996


Dr. Heather Bensler joined the Faculty of Nursing in August 2017 as a tenure-track assistant professor (teaching) and the Director of Indigenous Initiatives with a focus on faculty and curriculum development. She is the Assistant Dean Academic Partnerships for the Faculty of Nursing. In this role, She is responsible for ongoing development, sustainment, and extension of collaborative partnerships with rural and Indigenous academic partners in the profession of undergraduate nursing educational programs. 


Areas of Research

Anti-Indigenous Racism , Participatory Theatre- Forum Theatre in Nursing Education, White Settler Identity


Course number Course title Semester
NURS 288 LEC 01 01 Supporting Health I Fall 2022


  • Students' Union Teaching Excellence Award- Nursing, University of Calgary . 2022
  • Pursuit of Excellence Award: Undergraduate Teaching , Faculty of Nursing - University of Calgary. 2020
  • Students' Union Teaching Excellence Award- Nursing, University of Calgary Students' Union . 2019
  • University of Calgary Peak Scholar Award, University of Calgary . 2019
  • Pursuit of Excellence Award: Team Award , Faculty of Nursing- Univesrity of Calgary . 2019


  • Favouring participatory approaches to action research in countering anti- Indigenous racism. . Bensler, H.. Multicultural Education.. 48. (2020)
  • Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health . Josephine Etowa; Heather Diane Bensler; Aliyah Dosani. Pearson. (2019)