The Faculty of Education welcomes two new one-year term faculty members: Dr. Latika Raisinghani and Dr. Bree Fiissel.
Dr. Latika Raisinghani has accepted a lecturer position in Science and Environmental Education. She has taught as a substitute teacher with Regina Public Schools and has taught Science at the Elementary, Middle Years, and Secondary levels. Prior to February 2020, Dr. Raisinghani was at the University of British Columbia where she received a PhD in Curriculum Studies in Science Education.
Dr. Bree Fiissel has accepted a lecturer position in Educational Psychology. Dr. Fiissel completed her Masters and PhD in Educational Psychology in the Faculty of Education at the University of Regina and has been a sessional lecturer since 2018 . She has over 24 years of experience in providing therapeutic services to children, youth, adults and families in our local community. Dr. Fiissel is currently the Vice-President of Clinical Services at Ranch Ehrlo.
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!
Kyle Robinson joined the Faculty of Education effective July 1, 2019 in a tenure track position in Inclusive Education. Robinson is near completion of his Ph.D. from Queen’s University with an anticipated defense date in early fall 2019. Robinson obtained his Master of Education (’15) in Cognitive Studies, a Bachelor of Education (’13), and a Bachelor of Arts, Honors (’12) from Queen’s University. He taught and served as a research and teaching assistant at Queen’s for the past six years.
Robinson has been the recipient of numerous awards, honours, grants and fellowships. His research is focused on developing a socially valid model of parental advocacy for children and youth, and his scholarly interest and commitment align well with the focus of the Inclusive Education subject area’s commitment to the developmental well-being of children and youth, and to the Faculty of Education’s commitment to social justice through holistic approaches to childhood development and learning.
Jean Dufresne accepted the role of Directeur of le Bac effective Jul 01, 2019 until June 30, 2021. Dufresne has been a valuable member of the Bac team over the years and most recently served as the Interim Co-Director of the Bac.
Dufresne taught with the Regina Catholic School Division and started his teaching career at Dr. Martin LeBoldus High School in 1987. Between 1994 and 1998, Dufresne was seconded to the Department of Education to work on the secondary French Immersion curriculum guide. He was curriculum developer/writer for Français immersion 10, 20, 30, and Intégré A20 and B20. Dufresne has been a valuable member of the Faculty for over 10 years, contributing immensely to the growth of the le Bac program.
Dr. Pamela Osmond-Johnson has accepted the appointment as Associate Dean, Student Services & Undergraduate Programs for a term of three (3) years effective July 1, 2019 until June 30, 2022.
Osmond-Johnson is a tenured Associate Professor of Educational Leadership with the Faculty of Education at the University of Regina. She also serves as the Educational Core Studies subject area chair. Osmond-Johnson is a former high-school teacher and school administrator, and much of her research has centered on teacher professionalism and teacher professional development. In 2017, Osmond-Johnson was the recipient of the Pat Clifford Award, recognizing her research contributions. Her recent co-authored works include a national report on The Status of Educators; Professional Learning in Canada, funded by Learning Forward; and Empowered Educators in Canada, part of Linda Darling-Hammond’s Empowered Educators book series.
Audrey Aamodt joined the Faculty of Education, University of Regina July 1, 2019 as a lecturer in elementary education. Aamodt holds a Master of Arts (’10) in Environmental Education and Communication from Royal Roads University, and a Bachelor of Arts (’03), Major in Mathematics and Minor in Biology from the University of Regina.
Aamodt has successfully taught and supervised teacher interns in the Faculty of Education since 2011. She has been invested in, and is a contributing member to, the Faculty’s efforts to indigenize its curriculum and programs. During her graduate studies, Aamodt authored and co-authored a number of publications and engaged in a number of scholarly presentations.
“I’ve always thought of the Centre as a hub of exchange for the enhancement and enrichment of our own capacities.”
Dr. Kathryn Ricketts has been appointed as Coordinator of the Centre for Teaching and Learning (CTL) for a one-year term that began September 1, 2018. Kathryn brings a wealth of experience from her work with the CTL at Simon Fraser University (SFU) and from serving as a member of the University of Regina’s CTL’s Advisory group since 2014. Kathryn also designed and co-taught the Graduate Student Teaching Development Certificate offered by the CTL each year.
Though Kathryn is a practicing dancer, actor, and visual artist, she says, “I love, and have always loved, the field of education, so much so that I wanted to do my graduate work in education, so I could continue to work with my practicing art forms as a mobilizing force for education.” Kathryn holds a PhD in Arts Education from SFU, and is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education, University of Regina. From her teaching and research in the areas of literacy, embodiment and cultural studies, movement, and visual arts, Kathryn has come to believe “that people need to work artfully in education, whether they consider themselves artists or not; they need to embrace artful and embodied practices,” she says. Though Kathryn has an extensive background in curriculum design, delivery, and assessment, she hopes to draw on expertise throughout the university, through offering panel discussions and establishing partnerships with other units and centres at the U of R. Within this one-year term, Kathryn hopes to “build something that will have a future beyond the interim period, … to give the Centre traction.” Fresh from her UR Leadership course, Kathryn says, I’m feeling primed and happy to be a leader in a situation that I believe in. I have the opportunity to build something that will make a difference in this University.”
In terms of her vision, Kathryn says, “I’m working towards thinking of the CTL as an idea hub. There are a lot of stigmas in a teaching and learning centre being thought of as a remedial place for broken teaching. I’ve always thought of the Centre as a hub of exchange for the enhancement and enrichment of our own capacities.” Recalling her experiences in Apple stores as a model, Kathryn says, “There’s all these folks that don’t make me feel stupid about the fact I haven’t updated my iPad for a couple of years, or that I didn’t know about this or that. They actually hands off empower me to enhance my skills with technology, and they do it in a way that has a certain kind of grace. For me that’s a beautiful vision, to create a centre where we understand how busy faculty are, that they can’t register all the time, can’t commit for this or that sequence of events, but they need something fast, and they need something that doesn’t make them feel that they are running on a deficit.” All of this would take longer than a 1-year interim, so for now, Kathryn says, “I’m thinking of this year as a dance that I’m learning the steps to by listening to my partners; the whole university is now my sandbox.”
The Faculty extends a warm welcome to Dr. Melanie Brice who joined the Faculty of Education, University of Regina on August 1, 2018.
Dr. Brice holds a Ph.D. (Elementary Education from the University of Alberta), and her dissertation was titled “’Don’t step on each other’s words’: Aboriginal children in legitimate peripheral participation with multiliteracies.” Dr. Brice has the following degrees: M.Ed. (Curriculum Studies), B.A. (Linguistics), & B. Ed. With Distinction from the SUNTEP program at the University of Saskatchewan. Most recently she held a position as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Curriculum Studies in the College of Education at the University of Saskatchewan. Dr. Brice is Métis and has, by her own account, “lived experience in an Indigenous context and strong understanding of Indigenous histories, cultures, languages and literacies, perspectives, educational experiences, and cross-cultural education issues.”
As of July 1, 2018, Dr. Michelle Coupal will be joining the Faculty of Education, University of Regina as an Associate Professor in the area of Truth and Reconciliation Education.
Dr. Coupal has been working an assistant professor in Indigenous Rhetorics and Literatures in Canada at Laurentian University, and is herself an Indigenous scholar and member of the Bonnechere Algonquin First Nation. Her research and teaching interests include Indigenous pedagogies and profiles, pedagogies of reconciliation, teaching trauma and Indian Residential School literature, trauma and testimony, and Indigenous literatures of Turtle Island.
She brings a deep understanding of and commitment to truth and reconciliation education. Indeed, her record of research, scholarship, teaching and service while at Laurentian advances the TRC Calls to Action as she seeks to make connections between the stories writers tell in Residential school literature and the lives of their student readers. She fosters these connections through her teaching so that her students may become equipped with the tools and vocabulary to understand Indigenous peoples, literature and histories ethically, and to further consider how we are all shaped by the legacies of colonialism in Canada.
Dr. Coupal is currently the principal investigator on a SSHRC funded Insight Development Grant ($55,691) for her project Teaching Trauma and Indian Residential School Literatures in Canada. She has co-edited an anthology of work titled Honouring the Strength of Indian Women: Plays, Stories, and Poems by Vera Manuel and is currently working on a book to be published with Wilfred Laurier UP for the project Teaching Trauma and Indian Residential School Literatures in Canada. She has also published in peer reviewed journals, has published chapters in edited collections, and has disseminated her work broadly at local, national and international conferences. Further, she has served Laurentian University as a member of the organizing committee and Program Chair for MAAMWIZING: Indigeneity in the Academy; L’université à l’heure de la reconciliation held in November, 2016; as the designate for the Associate Vice-President Indigenous Program’s for the Council of English Language Programs, and as a member of several other University, Faculty and Department Committees.
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.”