Dr. Patrick Lewis, Professor (Early Childhood Education) will assume the role of Associate Dean, Faculty Development and Human Resources (FDHR), beginning July 15, 2018.
Many thanks to Dr. Paul Clarke for his hard work, his outstanding contributions, and his dedication to the Faculty as he served in this role for the past four years.
Acting Dean Andrea Sterzuk says, “We are indebted to you Paul for your painstaking thoroughness in the process of performance reviews and the many searches conducted through the office of the Associate Dean, FDHR.”
It is with pleasure that we announce the renewal of Dr. Valerie Mulholland to her role as Associate Dean, Student Services and Undergraduate Programs for an additional two year term (ending June 30, 2020). The Review Committee commented that Dr. Mulholland is an integral part of the success of the faculty.
Dr. Jerome Cranston of the University of Manitoba has accepted appointment as Dean of Education at the University of Regina. The appointment is effective 1 July 2018.
Dr. Cranston is presently the Executive Director, Student Engagement & Academic Success, and Associate Professor of Educational Administration at University of Manitoba. He holds a PhD from the University of Manitoba, an MEd from the University of Lethbridge, and both the BEd and the BSc from the University of Alberta.
Prior to assuming his current role as Executive Director, he was Associate Dean (Undergraduate Programs) in the Faculty of Education at the University of Manitoba. He is also an adjunct in Peace and Conflict Studies there, and a research associate with the Mauro Centre for Peace and Justice, and serves both on the Advisory Board and as a research affiliate for the Centre for Human Rights Research at the University of Manitoba. Dr. Cranston also serves on the Board of Directors for the Gonzaga Middle School in Winnipeg, a new school developed on the Nativity School model.
Before beginning his career at the University of Manitoba, he spent 16 years in the K-12 education system as teacher, principal, and superintendent in a career that spanned Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba. Dr. Cranston is a scholar, practitioner, and learner in the broad field of educational administration, management, and leadership. He researches and teaches as part of a transdisciplinary international community of enquiry on topics of education, social injustice, peace, and human rights education.
Dr. Cranston’s work on teachers’ conceptions of peace in post-genocide Rwanda earned him a 2015 American Educational Research Association award in Peace Education.
Dr. Cranston characterizes himself as “an immigrant descended from tribal and Anglo-Burmese ancestors and Scottish forebears.” He writes that he is “both colonizer and also colonized, but consummately Brown and committed to building healthy and reciprocally respectful relationships across diverse communities. I am fortunate to have married my best friend and contributed to the development of three amazing grown children.”
Dr. Andrea Sterzuk will continue to serve as Acting Dean of Education until June 30, 2018.
Thanks again to the members of the Search Advisory Committee for their commitment to a thorough search process: Alec Couros, Jenn de Lugt, Rochelle Fenwick, Emily Grafton, Xia Ji, Tish Karpa, Kristina Lee, Barbara McNeil, Pamela Osmond-Johnson, and Michelle Sorenson. Thanks also to Nancy Kazeil of Human Resources and Bryanna Butz for their key contributions to the success of this search.
~Dr. Thomas Chase, Provost and Vice-President (Academic)
The Faculty of Education’s commitment to Indigenization is reflected in our strategic plan. In light of our commitment, the position of Chair of Indigenization was created. The Chair of Indigenization was offered to Dr. Anna-Leah King and she has accepted.
Among other responsibilities, Dr. King will provide leadership; oversee implementation of the Faculty Indigenization commitment; liaise and support the work of Elders, old ones, knowledge keepers; provide guidance to faculty, staff, and students with respect to protocols and create opportunities for faculty and staff to engage in learning and professional development with Indigenization.
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.
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.
On March 17, the Board of Governors at the University of Alberta formally approved my appointment as Dean of the Faculty of Education at their institution for a five year term beginning July 1, 2017. As such, I am resigning from my position at the University of Regina effective June 30th.
It is with mixed emotions that I take my leave from the University of Regina and from the amazing faculty, staff, and students I have had the privilege of working alongside these past 13 years. I have grown as a scholar, researcher, teacher-educator, and leader at this incredible institution and am grateful for the many opportunities and supports I have received since taking up my initial academic position in 2004. I deeply value the scholarly and professional relationships I have developed while at the U of R and will miss this place and its people.
Having said that, becoming the Dean of the Faculty of Education at the U of A is a tremendous honor and privilege. As an alumnus of both the undergraduate teacher education and doctoral programs at the U of A, this new role affords me the opportunity to give back to an institution that has been an incredibly important part of my journey as an educator & academic. In this respect, it is very much a homecoming. I am looking forward to building new relationships, exploring new possibilities, providing strategic leadership and serving such a dynamic Faculty and University.
I will continue to work hard for the University of Regina and Faculty of Education for the duration of my time here and am committed to facilitating a smooth transition to an interim dean.
Dr. Angela Snowshoe (co-principal investigator with Donald Gamble) is a successful recipient of a CIHR Indigenous Approaches to Wellness research grant in the amount of $138,056 for her project “(Re)Connecting Animal-Human Relationships as a Doorway to Indigenous Wellness.” Only a small percentage of grants submitted to Tri-Council are funded, so this is indeed something to be celebrated especially as Angela’s application was ranked in the top 10 of all grants submitted to this competition.
Many contemporary health care service approaches fail to reflect the importance of Indigenous peoples’ relationships to the more-than-human natural world (e.g., animals, plants, soil, water, weather, and Ancestors). Strong and healthy connections between humans and the more-than-human natural world are vital for physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual balance within and across communities and species. Our strengths-based research project will begin to repair the divide between humans and animals in a Saskatchewan First Nation community. First, we will develop and deliver a unique animal-human relationship workshop aimed at strengthening Indigenous ways of knowing and relating to animals. Second, we will create an Indigenous wellness model of health and healing. Third, we will model exemplary ways of working with human and more-than-human communities in research. To do this, our research team will work closely with community members to capture participants’ workshop experiences through sharing circles, open-dialogue, interviews, digital stories, and ceremony. These stories and narratives will provide insight into the importance of animal-human relationships for holistic wellness and will be used to inform health promotion programs that meet the unique needs of Indigenous youth, families, and communities.