Dr. Amber J. Porter

Amber Porter

Pronouns: she/her


Manager, Technology Integrated Learning

Faculty of Nursing, Teaching and Learning Team

Sessional Instructor

Faculty of Nursing, Sessionals

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Office (PF 4280): 403.210.8426
Office (SS 502): 403.220.5612


Office (Nursing): PF4280
Office (Arts): SS502



e-Learning Certificate, University of Calgary (Continuing Education), 2021

Educational Background

PhD Greek and Roman Studies, University of Calgary, 2014

MA Classical Studies, University of Western Ontario, 2005

BA Honours Greek and Roman Studies, Memorial University of Newfoundland, 2003

BSc Psychology, Memorial University of Newfoundland, 2001


Dr. Amber Porter joined the Faculty of Nursing in 2018 as a Learning and Instructional Design Specialist, supporting the new Graduate Certificate MN Program. She's passionate about teaching, instructional design, life-long learning, educational technology, and helping others with their teaching goals. Her post-secondary teaching experience runs 15+ years and she also holds a sessional appointment in the Department of Classics and Religion in the Faculty of Arts.


Areas of Research

Ancient medicine, History of the emotions, Women in the ancient world, Greek art


Course number Course title Semester
LATI 201 Latin I Fall 2023
GRST 355 Emotion in the Ancient Greek World Winter 2023
GRST 209 Classical Mythology and Literature Spring 2022
GRST 315 Women and the Family in Greece and Rome Fall 2021
GRST 205 Introduction to Greece and Rome Summer 2021
GRST 325 Greek Art and Architecture Fall 2016


  • Pursuit of Excellence Outstanding Team Award, Faculty of Nursing. 2020
  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), Government of Canada. 2008


  • Porter, Amber J. "Did the Ancient Greeks and Romans Understand and Express Empathy and Compassion?" In The Art of Compassion, edited by E. Kyprianidou, 23-46. Athens: Nissos Publications. (2019)
  • Porter, Amber J. "Compassion in Soranus' Gynecology and Caelius Aurelianus' On Chronic Diseases." In Homo Patiens: Approaches to the Patient in the Ancient World, edited by G. Petridou and C. Thumiger, 285-303. Leiden: Brill. (2016)
  • PhD Dissertation: Empathy and Compassion in the Medicine and Literature of the First and Second Centuries AD (University of Calgary). (2014)

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Monday - Friday: 8.30 am - 4.30 pm (working remotely T&Th)

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