Ellen T. Crumley

Adjunct Professor

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Email: ecrumley@dal.ca
Phone: 902-494-1819
Fax: 902-494-1107
Mailing Address: 
Kenneth C. Rowe Management Building
6100 University Ave, Room 5089
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada B3H 4R2
Research Topics:
  • Organizational change
  • Professional practice change
  • Professional identity
  • Knowledge and vocabulary
  • Health and medicine
  • Qualitative research
  • Medical assistance in dying
  • Environmentalism and sustainability


  • BA (Saskatchewan)
  • MLIS (Dalhousie)
  • PhD (Alberta)

Research Interests

I use qualitative and textual methods to investigate identity and change. I am interested in how new roles and integration of new vocabularies change professionals' perceptions of identity. I currently study how Nova Scotian professionals accommodate medical assistance in dying. Our multi-university collaboration examines leaders’ sustainability communication and rhetoric.

Selected Publications

  • Canadian French and English newspapers’ portrayals of physicians’ role and medical assistance in dying (MAiD) from 1972–2016: A qualitative textual analysis. Crumley ET, Sheppard C, Bowden C, Nelson G. BMJ Open (2019)  http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2017-020369 (forthcoming)
  • Sexual harassment in health care: A psychological perspective. Kabat-Farr D, Crumley ET.  OJIN: Online Journal of Issues in Nursing 24(1)  (2019)
  • Physician models for integrating medical acupuncture into practice. Crumley ET. Acupuncture in Medicine 34(4): 280-89  (2016) doi:10.1136/acupmed-2015-010992
  • Implementation of enhanced recovery after surgery (ERAS) across a provincial healthcare system: The ERAS Alberta colorectal surgery experience. Nelson G, Kiyang LN, Crumley ET, Chuck A, Nguyen T, Faris P, Wasylak T, Basualdo-Hammond C, McKay S, Ljungqvist O, Gramlich LM. World Journal of Surgery 40(5): 1092-1103  (2016). doi: 10.1007/s00268-016-3472-7
  • Do not enter: How contested practices come into mature fields. Crumley ET. Proceedings, Administrative Sciences Association of Canada Conference, Regina, SK  (2010)

Selected Awards & Honours

  • 2015-2016  Principal Investigator (with Dr. Leah Gramlich and Dr. Gregg Nelson), Canadian Institutes for Health Research, Patient Engagement Collaboration Grant.
  • 2012  School of Business Graduate Teaching Award, University of Alberta, Alberta School of Business.
  • 2011  Principal Investigator, Alberta Institute for American Studies, University of Alberta.
  • 2005  Robert H. Blackburn Distinguished Paper Award (Inaugural).

Current Teaching