New Appointment to Physical Education, Physical Literacy, and Educational Core Studies

The Faculty of Education is pleased to announce that we will be welcoming Dr. Alexandra Stoddart to our Faculty as the new tenure-track, assistant professor in physical education, physical literacy, and educational core studies.

Dr. Stoddart’s dissertation focused on her research in physical literacy and its effective implementation into elementary physical education classes.

During this research program, Alexandra administered physical literacy assessments tools in a Physical Education setting. She now has experience in both the Physical Literacy Assessment (PLAY) tools as well as PHE Canada’s Passport for Life assessment tool.

Alexandra received a Master’s of Arts in Kinesiology (motor learning) from the University of Western Ontario and a Bachelor of Science (physical education, teaching and coaching) from Eastern Michigan University. Dr. Stoddard has worked as a substitute teacher for Saskatoon Public Schools and as a sessional instructor at the University of Saskatchewan. Alexandra will be a very welcome addition the Faculty and the University.


The Faculty extends farewell and best wishes to Dr. Jennifer Tupper (Dean) and Dr. Ken Montgomery (Associate Dean, Research and Graduate Studies), who will be moving on to new Dean positions at the University of Alberta and the University of Windsor, respectively.

Farewell and best wishes to Dr. Paul Hart and Dr. Marilyn Miller who are entering their retirements after many years of service to the University of Regina.


We wish them all the best as they embark on the next exciting chapter of their lives, and we express gratitude to each of them for their years of service to the Faculty: their research, scholarship, participation in collegial governance along with their commitment to teaching, and their work with students, all of which exemplifies the University motto “As one who serves.”

Spring 2017 Convocation Today

Congratulations to the spring Class of 2017 undergrads and graduate students who will walk across the stage today. Congratulations to Michela Crystal Adlem on receiving the Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation Prize and to Matthew Alexander Mickleborough on receiving the Bachelor of Education After Degree Convocation Prize.

Reconciliation Garden

In spring 2017, The Faculty of Education’s Indigenous Family Therapies Class (EPSY 870AB) in partnership with the Indigenous Peoples’ Health Research Centre (IPHRC) have planted a Project of Heart Reconciliation Garden.

The Objectives of this project in our class were:

• To present a culturally-competent counseling intervention by integrating Indigenous knowledge within the more modern ecopsychology approach;
• To encourage a three-way therapeutic alliance between counselor, client, and nature as co-therapist;
• To deconstruct the modern therapeutic “space” by promoting nature-based therapeutic interventions; and
• To identify gardening as a social justice approach.

We based our garden design around the Honouring Memories Planting Dreams

Celebrated in May and June, Honouring Memories, Planting Dreams invites individuals and organizations to join in reconciliation by planting heart gardens in their communities. Heart gardens honour residential school survivors and their families, as well as the legacy of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. Each heart represents the memory of a child lost to the residential school system, and the act of planting represents that individual’s commitment to finding their place in reconciliation. In 2016, more than 6500 hearts were planted in gardens across Canada.


For more information about the Reconciliation garden, please contact:

JoLee Sasakamoose –
John Klein –

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Celebrating the success of new teachers in Nunavut

President Timmons with the graduating class in Arviat, Nunavut. Photo courtesy of Nunavut Artic College

President and Vice-Chancellor Dr. Vianne Timmons recently participated in graduation ceremonies for students in Nunavut, who studied in a partnership offered by the U of R and Nunavut Arctic College.

The ceremonies were held on June 1 in Arviat, which is 1,300 kilometres northeast of Regina, and on June 2 in Rankin Inlet, almost 1,600 km northeast of Regina. The communities are on the west coast of Hudson Bay, north of Manitoba.

“Holding graduation ceremonies in Arviat and Rankin Inlet brings out the whole community,” she says. “It is inspiring to see how much a university degree means not just to these students, but also to those around them.”

The students graduated from the Nunavut Teacher Education Program (NTEP), a partnership between the U of R’s Faculty of Education and Nunavut Arctic College that began in 2007. It is the only sanctioned Bachelor of Education degree offered in Nunavut.

“These graduates, all with children, worked so hard to complete their Education degrees. I am proud of each and every one of them, and thrilled that I could be there to celebrate with the communities,” says Timmons.

The students earned Bachelor of Education degrees with an Elementary School Concentration.

Some of the students took courses in Regina during their fourth year.

Ceremonies are also being held this month in Iqaluit – 2,600 km northeast of Regina – at another campus of Nunavut Arctic College that offers the joint program with the U of R.

With that ceremony, there will be a total of 21 graduates in the program this year.

By Dale Johnson Posted: June 5, 2017 4:00 p.m.

Exchange students from Costa Rica reflect on their experience at the U of R

“It has changed my life,” says Veronica Segura Picado of San Jose, Costa Rica. Luis Bolanos Gomez, of the Province of Alajuela, Costa Rica agrees, “It was just amazing.” Veronica and Luis are summing up their time here as exchange students from the University of Costa Rica.

The two students arrived in Regina in the frigid temperatures of late December. “We didn’t know anything about Saskatchewan and we were counting the days to come here,” says Luis. “We were expecting a big city, but no… We were not expecting the flat land,” says Luis, with his hands outlining the horizon.

Veronica adds, “Our first reaction when we got out of the plane was, ‘Snow!’ We were super excited.” Luis adds, “We don’t have snow in Costa Rica!”

After spending a winter semester at the University of Regina, however, Veronica admits there were times she didn’t like the cold weather. “Twice, I froze my feet and I was at the point of wanting to cry, ‘Why am I here?'” Luis, however, maintains that, “winter was amazing.”

At the University of Costa Rica, Veronica is in her 4th year of a Bachelor’s degree in Teaching English (as a second language), with only one semester left to finish. Luis is finished his Bachelor’s degree in Teaching English and will convocate in August. Competency in the English language is important in Costa Rica. Luis says, “It is a must to speak English if you want to get a good job.” Veronica adds, “International companies are coming to Costa Rica and you have to know English to get a job.” Their aim in becoming exchange students was to improve their English: “We wanted to go to a country where they speak English. We wanted to come and practice and learn.” When their exchange coordinator told them about Canada, they said, “Yah!”

While at the University of Regina, Veronica took Linguistics and Diversity, English as a Second Language, and Introduction to Dance Education. Luis took English as a Second Language, Self and Other, and Acting Theory and Practice. When asked about the highlight of their time here, Veronica responded, “Everything! It has changed my life.” Before she came here, Veronica says, “I didn’t really like children.” But volunteer work with ESL and ELL students gave her a new perspective. She says, “Oh, it changed my life, working with children from Syria, Africa, China, Korea; for me it was just amazing. I also did work teaching Spanish, being the teacher of Spanish with 29 kids—all of them speak English—it was amazing because they got super engaged with the classes.” When the class was over, Veronica was touched when her students said, “We [will] miss you a lot…will you eventually come back to teach us Spanish again?” Veronica says, “Now I love children.”

For Luis, “the most amazing experience here is the multicultural environment, like knowing people from all over the world, knowing differences about culture, everything about those experiences that make people, people.” Veronica agrees, “Here in a multicultural environment, I have met people from 34 different nationalities and that is really of value to me. I learned to be super tolerant of differences because here you have different cultures and you know how to live with that, like being patient.”

For instance, Luis says, “We know a guy from Japan who is so on time for everything, but for us we are, so very relaxed. Same, for example, with hugs and kisses, we are used to that; every time we see somebody and say goodbye to somebody, we hug and kiss, but here, with most of the countries, they are like ‘no, just bye.’ Being tolerant and understanding that there is a completely different world from our culture and the world we know to be there—it opens your mind.”

As for difficulties, Veronica and Luis agreed that stereotypes were a negative aspect of their experience here. They offer this advice: “If you don’t know where someone is from, just ask; don’t make assumptions based on appearance.” Costa Rica is not the same as Puerto Rico, and is not in Mexico or Africa. “At the beginning it was kind of fun, but when a bunch of people don’t know anything about your country… it feels better if you ask, just ask.”

Other learning included becoming more confident, and more independent. Veronica says, “Every day you have to cook for yourself; you learn how to live by yourself; you have to be independent. This experience has been the experience in my life!” Luis adds, “It was just amazing. Here you learn to have more confidence. The first week here, the university was closed, and we had to start meeting people. We had to find and get to know people. It was a great experience…really helpful. One of the best experiences of my life.”

Both Luis and Veronica stayed in the residence, which they found added to their experience. Veronica says, “Residence is so good: the activities they prepare for you, and exposure with other people are really good.” Luis adds, “Exchange students are super close. There are students from Brazil, Italy,…we speak English when we are together.” Luis values, “all the friends that we made, people that we will never forget, who will stay in our memories forever.” Veronica agrees and adds, “People from Canada, you are so amazing—I love Canadians. You are so kind and you are willing to help people, no matter what, you are always willing to help people. It’s amazing.”

Veronica plans to return. She says, “if everything goes well, I will be here in May next year to, eventually, take my Master’s here. I love Regina.” As for Luis, he plans “to go all over the world, visit all my friends, and eventually come back to Canada. Why not!”

fYrefly in Schools receives Prairieaction Youth Leadership Award

(L-R) Minister of Social Services Tina Beaudry-Mellor, Christian Andrew, Lieutenant Governor Her Honour Vaughn Solomon Schofield, Chair of Prairieaction Lisa Broda, fYrefly in Schools Director James McNinch, and Saskatchewan Advocate for Children and Youth, Corey O’Soup (Photo credit: Carolyn Spiers, Office of the Lieutenant Governor)

fYrefly in Schools has been awarded a Youth Leadership Award from Prairieaction Foundation (PAF). This is the first year that PAF invited applications for Youth Leadership Awards, which recognize youth and youth initiatives that address safety by promoting healthy relationships and anti-violence initiatives.

The award and a cheque for $3,000 was presented by the Lieutenant-Governor the Honourable Vaughn Solomon Schofield at Government House on May l5, 2017. Christian Andrew, a trans fYrefly summer student (and a secondary English pre-intern in the Faculty of Education), accepted the award and spoke briefly about the work fYrefly is doing to give voice to marginalized youth. Director of fYrefly in Schools Dr. James McNinch reports that during a conversation, the Lieutenant Governor said “she was aware of the good work we were doing and would like to know of any events that she might attend.”

fYrefly in Schools will be using the award money to fund two Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) mini-conferences in Saskatoon and Regina. McNinch says, “GSA members and student leaders will gather to learn about gender and sexual equity and strategies to make their schools more welcoming and inclusive to gender and sexually diverse students.” (One was held in Saskatoon last weekend). A Regina GSA mini-conference will be held on May 27, 2017.

Prairieaction Foundation has an interesting history dating back to the 1989 mass murder of women at a polytechnique in Montreal. The prairie-based non-profit is dedicated to reducing violence and abuse in our society.

(L-R) Lieutenant Governor Her Honour Vaughn Solomon Schofield, U of R and fYrefly student Christian Andrew, and Chair of Prairieaction Lisa Broda (Photo credit: Carolyn Spiers, Office of the Lieutenant Governor)

Announcement: Acting Dean of Education

Following consultation with the Faculty of Education, and the recommendation of the Education Search Advisory Committee, the University has appointed Dr. Andrea Sterzuk, Associate Professor, Language and Literacy Education as Acting Dean of Education for a one-year period effective 1 July 2017.

A brief biography of Dr Sterzuk is available on the Appointments and Renewals webpage at

Updates on the search for the Dean of Education are available at


Thomas Chase
Provost and Vice-President (Academic)