Category: Announcements

Spring 2022 Associate Dean’s Graduate Student Thesis Award recipients

Congratulations to Master’s students Willow Iorga and Bill Cook on being selected as the two  recipients of the Spring 2022 Associate Dean’s Graduate Student Thesis Award!

The Faculty of Education Associate Dean’s Graduate Student Thesis Award was established in 2021 to recognize outstanding academic performance of thesis-based graduate students (Masters and PhD) in Education.

This $2,000 award is granted to a student in a graduate program in the Faculty of Education who has exemplified academic excellence and research ability, demonstrated leadership ability and/or university/community involvement, and whose thesis was deemed meritorious by the Examining Committee.

Inaugural Postdoctoral Fellow Incentive Award recipient announced

Award announcement: Dr. Needal Ghadi has been awarded the inaugural Postdoctoral Fellow Incentive Award in the Faculty of Education. Dr. Christine Massing, who has co-published with Dr. Ghadi on four refereed journal articles, will serve as his Postdoctoral Fellow supervisor.
Dr. Ghadi completed his Ph.D. in the Faculty of Education in 2020 with the supervision of Dr. Andrea Sterzuk. Given his outstanding academic performance, the Faculty of Education nominated him for the Governor General Academic Gold Medal and he was the recipient of the Associate Dean’s Graduate Students Thesis Award in 2021. He has co-published six journal articles and presented locally, nationally, and internationally.
According to Dr. Ghadi his doctoral study, “documented the intersections between language learning and capital of Syrian men living in Regina; finding that their established identities were eroded or altered due to the loss of their linguistic capital.”
As a Postdoctoral Fellow, Dr. Ghadi will extend his doctoral work to study the impact of COVID-19 on the language learning of adult Syrians in urban and rural Saskatchewan.

Successful defense | Dr. Donna Swapp

Congratulations to Dr. Donna Swapp, who successfully defended her dissertation “School Principals’ Work in Grenada” on Monday, March 21, 2022 from Western University.

Supervisor: Dr. Katina Pollock, Western University
External: Dr. Kirk Anderson, Memorial University
Internal Examiners (Western University): Dr. Gus Riveros (Faculty of Education); Dr. Suzanne Majhanovich (Faculty of Education); Dr. Yasaman Rafat (Modern Languages & Cultures)
Chair of the defense (Western University): Dr. Betty Anne Younker (Faculty of Music)

Donna’s thesis has been nominated for the Cecile DePass Award for best doctoral thesis by a student from the Caribbean and for the the Canadian Association for the Studies of Educational Administration (CASEA) Thomas B. Greenfield Dissertation Award, presented to the author of the best doctoral dissertation in educational administration and leadership completed in a Canadian university during the previous year.

Funding Announcement | Dr. Nathalie Reid

Congratulations to Dr. Nathalie Reid, Director of the Child Trauma Research Centre, who has received a SHRF grant of $9,960 for her project, “Building a Facilitator Community to Create a Microcredential in Trauma-Informed/Sensitive Pedagogies and Practices in Support of Educator and Student Mental Health.”

The research on Adverse Childhood Experiences has highlighted the importance of approaching education with an understanding of the physiological, social, emotional, spiritual, and academic impacts of trauma and adversity on our students, including the impact of the residential school system, poverty and systemic barriers in our society. Findings from the University of Regina’s Drs. Jerome Cranston and Nathalie Reid point to educators’ desire for guidance in relation to trauma-informed practices. Recognizing the need for knowledge sharing and professional development that encompasses both Indigenous and non-Indigenous ways of knowing, the Child Trauma Research Centre and Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation Professional Learning have partnered to create a Saskatchewan-based and delivered microcredential in trauma-informed/sensitive pedagogies and practices.” Source: Nine projects aimed at advancing reconciliation in Saskatchewan funded in Research Connections

Funding Announcement | Dr. Anna-Leah King

Congratulations to Dr. Anna-Leah King who is part of a CIHR-funded team that is researching “Takohpinawasowin: Knowledge Keepers’ Stories of Traditional Birthing and Child-Rearing Practices.” The team also includes Dr. Brenda Green (principal investigator), Dr. Kathleen O’Reilly, Dr. Elizabeth Cooper, Dr. Cassandra J. Opikokew Wajuntah, Colleen Strongarm (Touchwood Agency Tribal Council), and Debbie Vey (midwife). The project is based at Touchwood Agency Tribal Council and has been granted $512,546 over 4 years.

In the News:

Researchers and elders receive hefty grant to study birthing and child rearing | Eagle Feather News
takohpinawasowin: Indigenous Elders’ Stories of Traditional Birthing and Child-Rearing Practices | Newswire
FNUniv, UofR and FHQTC awarded a $512,546, 4-year CIHR Project Grant |FNUniv 
Research project studying traditional Indigenous birthing, child-rearing | LeaderPost


New! Postdoctoral Fellow Incentive Award | 2022 Call

Attention recent PhD graduates studying in any field of education!

NEW: Postdoctoral Fellow Incentive Award!

2022 Call: The Faculty of Education is offering $30,000/year for up to two years to support one Postdoctoral Fellow!

The award is designed to improve the Postdoctoral Fellow’s application for a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowship or equivalent.

For detailed information about the award and information on how to apply, visit our website:

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Successful defence | Dr. Brittany Tomin

Congratulations to Dr. Brittany Tomin who successfully defended “Science Fiction, Radical Democracy, and World Building: A Pedagogy of Unknowable Futures” through York University on October 22, 2021.


Dr. Jennifer Jenson (co-supervisor, UBC)
Dr. Aparna Mishra Tarc (co-supervisor, York University),
Dr. Kurt Thumlert (committee member/chair, York University)
Dr. Suzanne de Castell (committee member, UBC)
Dr. Kymberley Bird (internal, York University)
Dr. Elizabeth Marshall (external, Simon Fraser University)

Dr. Tomin is a Lecturer – Secondary English Education (High School) with the Faculty of Education since August 2021.

Video: Brittany presents her research:

Funding announcement | Dr. Sara Schroeter

Congratulations to #UREdu Dr. Sara Schroeter (PI) and co-investigators: Dr. Arjun Tremblay, Dr. Léonie Mvumbi-Mambu, and Dr. Jérôme Melançon on receiving a $25,000 SSHRC/CRSH Connections Grant to host the upcoming Center for Franco-Canadian West Studies (CEFCO) conference “Privilèges et marginalisations dans la francophonie: Réflexions et action”.


Conference details at

Funding for research

Congratulations to #UREdu Dr. Valerie Triggs (Co-investigator) on SSHRC/CRSH-funded research: Retracing, Reimaging, and Reconciling our Roots.
Led by artists, arts-educators, and social work educators in collaboration with elders, and knowledge keepers, this project explores the arts as a space to retrace Indigenous-settler relations, reimagine conceptions of land and culture and engage in everyday processes of reconciliation. By implementing arts based methods of inquiry alongside Indigenous methodologies, teachings and worldviews, this project will artistically and pedagogically explore what it might mean for educators and social workers to walk in three provinces, on traditional, treaty, and unceded territories, grounded by the 4 R’s of Indigenous learning: respect, relevance, reciprocity and responsibility (Kirkness & Barnhardt, 2001).
This current study builds on ongoing research from the successful 2018 SSHRC PDG Project Mapping A/r/tography which focused on the international pedagogic implication of movement with/in physical contexts to create and examine human-land relationship as a collective expression grounded in movement of thought (theory) and body (practice), responsibility and reciprocity.