PhD Candidate (Education Psychology) Shana Cardinal has been renewed as recipient of an Indigenous Peoples’ Health Research Centre (IPHRC) / Saskatchewan Centre for Patient Oriented Research (SCPOR) Research Award in the amount of $30,000 for her doctoral research, which Cardinal says involves, “analyzing the contexts and frameworks through which Indigenous children and youth mental health may be viewed, with particular emphasis on the impacts of social determinants and cultural assumptions.” Through her research, Cardinal says she “hopes to determine ways in which we can better support Indigenous students as they progress through Pre-K to 12 education system.”
The IPHRC/SCPOR grant has facilitated Cardinal’s ability to complete coursework requirements for her PhD program and to begin a review of the literature by locating, assembling, and reviewing resources to support her doctoral research. The grant has given Cardinal, “numerous educational and mentorship opportunities specifically related to Indigenous research methodologies and practices,” she says.
The IPHRC/SCPOR Trainee program has facilitated the growth of Cardinal’s professional networks. These networks have “broadened my perspective and expanded my thinking about my research questions within the context of the mental health of Indigenous children and youth,” says Cardinal.
Congratulations to Dr. Cristyne Hébert recipient of McDowell Foundation funding of $10,460.00 for her study entitled “Fostering a Maker Mindset: Supporting Teaching and Learning in the 21st Century Classroom.”
Dr. Emily Ashton has successfully completed her PhD from the University of Victoria. Dr. Ashton’s research explores how the cultural connections of childhood are being rewritten under conditions of ecological destruction and political uncertainty. Her research seeks to better understand how child figures of public and popular culture entangle with early childhood imaginaries to create particular worlds.
The Faculty of Education’s Dr. Alec Couros has been appointed as the Director of the Centre for Teaching and Learning (CTL) effective September 1, 2020.
Dr. Alec Couros is a Professor of Educational Technology and Media in the Faculty of Education at the University of Regina.
Couros currently serves as the Director of the Centre for Educational Research, Collaboration, & Development (CERCD), the Faculty of Education’s research unit. Couros’s research focuses on the areas of connected/networked/open learning, digital citizenship, social media in education, SoTL, and media/digital literacy. His work spans the traditional academic realm (including numerous book chapters, articles, and Tri-Council grants) but also includes research done in collaboration with government and industry partners. Couros is an internationally recognized expert in his field and has given hundreds of keynotes and workshops around the world to academics, educators, parents, and students. In his tenure as a faculty member at the University of Regina, Couros has been recognized on several occasions for his scholarship, with recent honours including the D2L Innovation Award in Teaching (Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (STLHE), 2018), the University of Regina Alumni Association Award for Teaching Excellence (2016), EdTech Leader of the Year in the Post-Secondary Category (Canadian EdTech Awards, 2016), and the Centre for Teaching and Learning Award for Innovation in Teaching (University of Regina, 2015). Prior to receiving his doctorate from the University of Regina in 2007, Couros held various education-related positions in K-12, technical, youth corrections, and post-secondary institutions. He also holds a Bachelor of Education and Master of Education from the University of Saskatchewan.
Dr. Nilgün Önder
Associate Vice-President Academic
University of Regina
Congratulations to Dr. Cristyne Hébert who has been awarded a SSHRC Insight Development Grant of $64,630.00 for her study entitled “Telling Stories in Multilingual Classrooms: Teacher Professional Development for Multimodal Learning and Assessment.”
New book by Karen O. Wallace and Dr. Patrick J. Lewis, Trauma Informed Teaching through Play Art Narrative (PAN). Published by Brill.
Trauma affects the lives of many children who we teach in school. It effects the students, teachers who teach them, the administration, and the school community as it is part of the school environment and culture. Teachers and administrators have great potential to set up an environment and adopt an attitude that can help heal the trauma in the lives of their students. Read more
Congratulations to Dr. Kathryn Ricketts, who has agreed to assume the role of Director of the Professional Development and Field Experiences as of July 1, 2020 for a 3-year term.
In-school Field Experiences have been a defining feature of our Faculty since its inception. Each program in the faculty contains at least three major practicum experiences. The first-year practicum experience is an introduction to schools, an exploration of the various roles in education. More extensive development occurs in the pre-internship year. It is at this level that students experience the link between theory and practice since education courses over two semesters are coordinated with the practicum. An intensive 16-week internship, under the daily supervision of a cooperating teacher, has over the years become the ‘flagship’ of the Faculty of Education. The two-day Internship Seminar for cooperating teachers and interns, which has a long history of strong support by the partners in education in Saskatchewan, is unique in Canada.
Congratulations to Dr. Marc Spooner who has received a $49,600 SSHRC Connection Grant for his research entitled, “A ‘Crisis’ in Academia: Radio Documentaries Exploring the Changing Landscape of Higher Education.”
This project will involve a four-part documentary mini-series that explores: (1) how shifts towards market-based reforms are shaping research agendas in North America, (2) how new academic management practices are influencing teaching & learning, and (3) how scholars and students are resisting these dynamics.
Congratulations to Dr. Christine Massing (Principal Investigator) who, in a partnership involving 8 institutions, has received a $36,379 SSHRC Connection Grant for their research entitled “Sketching narratives of movement towards comprehensive and competence early childhood educational systems across Canada.”
By bringing together a group of leading ECEC scholars/policy informants from across Canada with national and international decision-makers, researchers, and advocates, this project intends to capture the substantive changes that have already taken place, with regards to ECEC policy, pedagogy, practice, and theory, as the result of decades of collective advocacy and research, in order to inspire further action at local, provincial/territorial, and federal levels and to consolidate a pan-Canadian network of researchers, practitioners, decision-makers, advocates, and knowledge keepers from First Nations, Inuit, Métis, and immigrant communities.
A Note from the Dean to the Students, Faculty, and Staff of the Faculty of Education
Let me begin by thanking everyone in the University, Faculty, and broader education-sector community for their caring and efforts. It will make a positive difference. The past 24 hours and past few days have been disconcerting for many of us and as the level of uncertainty about the impact of COVID-19 has mounted, so too has the need for us to make decisions we never could have imagined making just days ago. That is true not just for those of us who hold administrative roles in the Faculty but also for many of you.
People are understandably nervous and worried as our lives are being impacted in unsettling ways. But the past few days and weeks have demonstrated that we are also caring and thoughtful. It has also become clear how committed people are to take care of each other and our communities. In that light, I will encourage each of us to continue to focus on what we can do to support our families, students, colleagues, and the communities we live in rather than becoming frozen by the prospect of what we cannot do.
We are going to make mistakes as we try to move things forward, and things will not be perfect. However, I commit that I, the Faculty’s Administrative Team, and all of our colleagues will continue to work together in the best ways we can. Finally, I would like to express a sincere thank you to all of you for your extraordinary efforts to-date and as we continue over the weeks to come.
Jerome Cranston, Ph.D.
Dean | Professor Faculty of Education
Faculty of Education
The Faculty of Education welcomes Mr. Stephen Davis who joins us as a lecturer in the Baccalauréat en éducation (le Bac) program area for a one-year term (January 1, 2020 – December 31, 2020).
Mr. Davis holds a B.A. in French (University of Saskatchewan), has a B.Ed./After Degree from le Bac (University of Regina), and holds an M.A. in Second Language Education (McGill University). Mr. Davis is currently a classroom teacher in a French Immersion context with Saskatoon Public School, and has held a number of teaching positions in other French-language contexts. Besides being a classroom teacher, Mr. Davis has extensive experience as a research assistant. Welcome! Bienvenue! Tawâw!