Dr Melody Viczko

Associate Professor

Profile

My research reflects broad interests in the areas of educational policy analysis and multi-scalar governance. I engage qualitative approaches to research with a fascination for studying how actors assemble around policies and how governance practices emerge through these assemblages. Within these parameters, I am interested in exploring issues of internationalization, democratic governance, gender, and social justice. I'm interested to supervise graduate students on research in these areas, too.

My current research relates to the interactions between global, national and local policy spaces in the internationalization of higher education. My approach to this research is informed by actor-network theory and policy ethnography. In other areas, my research explores the ways teachers enact professional learning policies and the knowledge contributions of women scholars in the field of educational administration and leadership.

Check out the Knowledge Mobilization tab below to see my current research. 

 

Expertise Areas

Research

Recent Research Projects

Mapping international advocacy networks of refugee access to higher education (MIRA-HE) (PI, Co-investigator: M.A Détourbe, INSA Toulouse, France; SSHRC Explore Grant, Western University New International Research Networks Grant, 2019)

Mapping the impact of COVID-19 on student employability (PI, Western University Faculty Research Development Fund Grant, 2020)

Translating policies into practices: Tracing the embodied affects and institutional effects of Ontario’s sexual violence policies on two university campuses (Co-investigator; PI: R. Gardiner (Western University) & Collaborator: J. Chisholm (Lakehead University, SSHRC Insight Development Grant)

Mapping the influence of national and international actors in Canadian higher education governance (PI, Co-investigator: L. Shultz, University of Alberta; SSHRC Insight Development Grant, June 2016)

Mapping the network of actors in Canada’s skills agenda (PI, Funded through Faculty Research Development Grant, Western University, June 2015)

Networks of internationalization in higher education: Understanding national policies in local contexts (PI, Funded through Strategic Support for SSHRC Success Grant, Western University, August 2014)

In The News

Recent Publications

Books

Shultz, L., & Viczko, M. (Eds.) (2016). Assembling and governing the higher education institution: Democracy, social justice and leadership in global higher education. London, UK: Palgrave Macmillan.

Viczko, M., & Riveros, A. (Eds.) (2016). Assemblage, enactment and agency: Educational policy perspectives. New York, NY: Routledge.

Chapters and Journal Articles

Viczko, M. (2020). Tracing controversies in internationalization: National actors in Canadian higher education. In R. D. Trilokekar, M. Tamtik & G. Jones (Eds.), International education as public policy in Canada. McGill-Queen’s University Press.

Viczko, M., Lorusso, J. & McKechnie, S. (2019). The ‘problem’ of the skills gap agenda in post-secondary education policies.Canadian Journal of Educational Administration and Policy, 191, 118-130[Co-authored with Doctoral and MA student RAs]

Viczko, M. (2019). The historical context of higher education in Canada. In R. Heydon & W.J. Jacob (Eds.), Bloomsbury education and childhood studies.

Viczko, M. (2018). Performing boundaries: Feminism entanglements in educational administration. In D. Wallin & J. Wallace (Eds.), Transforming conversations: Feminism and education in Canada since 1970 (pp. 144 – 164). McGill-Queen’s University Press. 

Viczko, M., & Shultz, L. (2016). Reflections on assemblage in the governance of higher education. In L. Shultz and M. Viczko (Eds.), Assembling and governing the higher education institution: Democracy, social justice and leadership in global higher education (pp. 439 - 443). London, UK: Palgrave Macmillan.

Shultz, L., & Viczko, M. (2016). Global social justice, democracy and leadership of higher education: An introduction. In L. Shultz and M. Viczko (Eds.), Assembling and governing the higher education institution: Democracy, social justice and leadership in global higher education (pp. 1 - 7). London, UK: Palgrave Macmillan.

Viczko, M. & Tascón, C. (2016). Performing internationalization of higher education in Canadian national policy. Canadian Journal of Higher Education, 46(2), 1-18.

Viczko, M. (2016). Who needs mentoring so more women lead universities? University World News, 421.

Viczko, M. (2016). [ Review of the book A rich seam: How new pedagogies find deep learning, by M. Fullan & M. Langworthy (2014). London, UK: Pearson ]. Leadership and Policy in Schools, 15(2), 231-233. [Invited review; peer-reviewed].

Viczko, M. (2015). Beginning in the middle: Networks, processes and socio-material relations in educational administration. In D. Burgess & P. Newton (Eds.), The theoretical foundations of educational administration (pp. 241-254) . New York, NY: Routledge.

Viczko, M., & Riveros, A. (2015). Assemblage, enactment and agency: Educational policy perspectives.Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, 36(4), 479 – 484.

Riveros, A., & Viczko, M. (2015). The enactment of professional learning policies: Performativity and multiple ontologies.Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, 36(4), 533-547.

Wallace, J., Wallin, D., Viczko, M., & Anderson, H. (2014). The first female academics in programs of educational administration in Canada: Riding waves of opportunity. McGill Journal of Education, 49(2), 437-458.

Viczko, M. (2013). Internationalisation of Canadian higher education: Troubling the notion of autonomy through an examination of policy actors, knowledge and spaces. Learning and Teaching: The International Journal of Higher Education in the Social Sciences (LATISS), 6(1), 26-46 . 

Viczko, M. (2012). Editorial introduction. Cultural and Pedagogical Inquiry, 4(1), 1-3. [Invited editorial for special issue]

Riveros, G., & Viczko, M. (2012). Professional knowledge “from the field”: Resituating professional learning in the contexts of practice.McGill Journal of Education, 47(1), 37 - 52 .

Viczko, M. (2011). [Review of the book Canada’s universities go global, by R. D Trilokekar, G. A Jones & A. Shubert (Eds.)] Canadian Journal of Higher Education, 41(1), 77-79. [Invited review]

Newton, P., Tunison, S., & Viczko, M. (2010). The school principal’s role in large-scale assessment. Canadian Journal of Educational Administration and Policy. 105.

Viczko, M., & McClean, A. (2009). “The Sisterhood is watching”: Challenging identity and agency in citizenship. Journal of Contemporary Issues in Education, 4(2), 29-41 .

Refereed Journal Special Issues

Viczko, M., & Riveros, A. (2015). Guest Editors, Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, special issue on Enactment, Assemblage and Agency in Educational Policy

Viczko, M. (2012). Invited Guest Editor, Cultural and Pedagogical Inquiry special issue on Global Citizenship Education

Conference Presentations and Panel Sessions

Viczko, M. (2019, June). The politics of internationalization in Canadian higher education. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Public Policy Association conference in Montreal, QB.

Viczko, M. (2019). What can digital methods research offer to the study of internationalization in higher education? Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Public Policy Association conference in Montreal, QB. 

Viczko, M., Gardiner, R., McKechnie, S., & Finn, H. (2019, April). The politics of sexual violence in universities as represented in policy documents and #metooPhD. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), Toronto, ON. [Paper selected by Presidential Committee be presented on Cross-Cutting Session Panel; Co-authored with Doctoral Student RAs]

Viczko, M., & Lizama Mue, Y. (2019, April). Political representation as justice in #WelcomeRefugees. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), Toronto, ON. [Invited and peer-reviewed paper to panel representing Canadian research in international and comparative education; Co-authored with Doctoral Student RAs]

Viczko, M., Shultz, L., McKechnie, S., & Karsgaard, C. (2018, September). Tracing the politics of association in internationalization policies. Paper presented at the annual European Conference on Educational Research (ECER), Bolzano, IT. [Co-authored with Doctoral Student RAs]

Shultz, L., Viczko, M., Karsgaard, C. & McKechnie, S. (2018, July). Digital methods as a decolonial approach to internationalization policy analysis. Paper presented at the tri-annual meeting of the World Educational Research Association, Cape Town, SA. [Co-authored with Doctoral Student RAs]

Viczko, M., & Tascón, C. (2017). Mediating disconnection: Researching the connection between policy controversies. Paper presented at the 12 th annual meeting of the Interpretive Policy Analysis Conference, Leicester, UK.

Viczko, M., & Lorusso, J. (2015, November). The skills agenda and its network: Locating the “citizen sans skills”. Paper presented at the CGCER International Conference 2015: Global Education, Common Wealth and Uncommon Citizenships, Edmonton, AB. [Co-presented with a Doctoral Student RA]

Viczko, M. (2015, July). Tinkering relations: The controversies of policy framing in internationalization of higher education. Paper presented at the 10 th annual meeting of the Interpretive Policy Analysis Conference, Lille, France.

Viczko, M., & Tascón, C. (2015, June). National policy in Canadian higher education internationalization: Comments and questions. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Canadian Society for the Study of Education, Ottawa, ON. [Co-presented with a Doctoral Student RA]

Viczko, M., & Tascón, C. (2015, May). Locating Science Without Borders in the Canadian higher education policy field. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Canadian Society for the Study of Education, Ottawa, ON. [Co-presented with a Doctoral Student RA]

Viczko, M. (2014, July). Policy controversies of internationalization in Canadian higher education. Paper presented at the 9 th annual meeting of the Interpretive Policy Analysis Conference, Wageningen, The Netherlands.

Viczko, M. (2014, May). Internationalization policy as assemblage: Studying what policies do. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Canadian Society for the Study of Education, St. Catharines, ON.

Riveros, A., & Viczko, M. (2013, June). Policies, practices, knowledges and other “things” in education: A panel on socio-material approaches to educational research. Panel convened for the annual meeting of the Canadian Society for the Study of Education, Victoria, BC.

Viczko, M., Shultz, L., & Abdi, A. (2013, June). A conversation with social justice education. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Canadian Society for the Study of Education, Victoria, BC.

Viczko, M. (2012, July). Enacting global and local policy spaces in internationalization policies of higher education. Paper presented at the 7 th annual meeting of the Interpretive Policy Analysis Conference, Tilburg, Netherlands.

Viczko, M ., & Riveros, G. (2012, July). On the ontologies of professional learning. Paper presented at the 7 thannual meeting of the Interpretive Policy Analysis Conference, Tilburg, Netherlands.

Wallin, D., Wallace, J., Viczko, M., & Anderson, H. (2011, September). The experiences and contributions of the first female academics in Canadian educational administration programs. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the British Educational Research Association Conference, London, UK.

Viczko, M. (2011, June). Selectivity in higher education governance: Policy actors, knowledge and spaces in discourses of internationalization. Paper presented at the 6 th annual meeting of the Interpretive Policy Analysis Conference, Cardiff, UK.

Viczko, M. (2010, October). Democratic and participatory spaces: Challenges and opportunities for higher education through policy networks. Paper presented at the 7 th International Workshop on Higher Education Reform (HER), Vancouver, BC.

Viczko, M., & Shultz, L. (2010, June). Re-bordering new possibilities in higher education: Considering policy actors, knowledge and spaces in discourses of internationalization. Paper presented at the XIV World Congress of Comparative Education Societies, Istanbul, Turkey.

Invited Talks

Viczko, M. (2012, May). Locating the governance of internationalization: Beyond the global/local problematic of policy and practice. Invited panel paper presented at the annual CIESC Pre-Conference, Internationalization of Higher Education at the Cross Roads: Charting New Pathways, Waterloo, ON. 

Viczko, M. (2011). Assembling autonomy in the globalized discourses of internationalization: Tracing the contestations and negotiations in policy networks. Invited paper at University of Alberta, Department of Educational Policy Studies, Edmonton, AB.

Viczko, M. (2009, April). Comparative study of teacher professional learning in Alberta and the UK. Invited talk at Alberta Education to visiting cohort of UK school administrators, Edmonton, AB.

Reports

Viczko, M. (2012). Political and civic involvement of youth. Report submitted to Centre for Public Involvement, Edmonton, AB. [45 pages]

Viczko, M. (2010). Report on teachers’ understandings of professional learning: Recommendations for policy and practice. Report submitted to Rivier Elementary School, SK. [20 pages]

Newton, P., Tunison, S., & Viczko, M . (2009). Large scale assessment audit. Report submitted to Saskatoon Public Schools, SK. [31 pages]

Teaching and Supervision

My teaching interests lie in the areas of policy analysis, organizational theory, educational leadership, global governance, and educational change both in K-12 settings and higher education institutions.

Courses Taught:

  • Critical Policy Studies in Education
  • Critical Policy Studies in Higher Education
  • Organizational Theory
  • Leading Schools
  • Social Foundations of Education
  • Managing the Learning Environment
  • Ethics and Law in Education

PhD Students

  • Kanina Blanchard
    • Leading responsibly in dark times: Exploring how issue leaders negotiate ethical tensions
  • Qinghua Zhao (Completed April 2019; co-supervision with P. Tarc) 
    • Factors influencing international students’ transnational migration between China and Canada

EdD Students (Research Thesis Route)

  • Jeff Wright (August 2018)
    • Strategic leadership approaches at high-performing Ontario public colleges 
  • Laurie Dodson (August 2018; co-supervision with Dean Schwean)
    • Student services leadership in post-secondary education 
  • Kristen Boujos (October 2017)
    • The organizational culture of change in an Ontario university 
  • Erin Keith (August 2016; co-supervision with Dean Schwean)
    • An investigation of the value of integrating mental health supports in education to support capacity building for change 

MA Students

  • Denizcan Örge
    • Social justice & equity in the context of the IB school program
  • Rachelle Martin (Completed January 2019)
    • Parental leave policies in secondary schools in Ontario 
  • Paisley Mackie (Completed August 2019)
    • How do different policy actors frame the health and physical education curriculum change in Ontario?
  • Huda Ghadban (Completed November 2018) * Recipient of the Canadian Research Centre on Inclusive Education Research Award
    • The experiences of Syrian refugee women students in a Canadian university
  • Kanina Blanchard (completed September 2016) * Recipient of the Margaret Haughey Dissertation Award for the Canadian Association for the Study of Educational Administration (CASEA)
    • Leadership education in a business school: A study of gendered leadership
  • Noor Ahmed (completed August 2016)
    • The experiences of Saudi women in a Saudi scholarship program at Canadian universities
  • Monisha Aurora (Completed Summer 2015; co-supervision with G. Rezai-Rashti)
    • The experiences of young second-generation South Asian women who are attending institutions of higher education in Canada

Knowledge Mobilization

Mapping International Refugee Access to Higher Education

The purpose of this research is to map the advocacy networks of actors working on issues of refugee access to higher education in Canada, France, and England. Using digital methods, we aimed to explore which actors make up the broader issue of refugee access to higher education, what the relationships are between these actors, and how the issues of refugee access to higher education are constructed differently between our three countries of interest.  Click on image to see all project details. 


Publications:

  • Viczko, M. & Détourbe, M.A. (2020). Controversies of refugee access to higher education as a transnational issue in France, England and Canada. Paper accepted to be presented at the European Consortium of Political Research Workshop, Toulouse, France. [Conference cancelled due to COVID-19]

 

  • Viczko, M., Détourbe, M.A., & McKechnie, S. (two papers under review)

 

  • Ghadban, H. (2018). Syrian refugee women’s perspectives about their university experiences: A case study at a university in Ontario. Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Repository. 5913. (hyperlink to https://ir.lib.uwo.ca/etd/5913)

 

Internationalization Policy in Higher Education

Publications:





 

The Skills Agenda as a Global Policy Issue

This research involves examining the ways in which the idea of a "skills gap" has been taken up in policy discourses related to post-secondary education, both in Canada and globally.  Click on images to see all project details. 

         

Publications:


  • Viczko, M., Lorusso, J., & McKechnie, S. (2019). The Skills Gap Agenda in Canadian Higher Education Research Summary.



 

Student Employability as a Global Policy Issue 

The purpose of this research is to examine the policies and actors addressing student employability both in Canada and globally. Click on image to see all project details. 

Publications:



  • Viczko, M., McKechnie, S. (2020). Student Employability in COVID-19 Project Summary.

Socio-material Research in Educational Policy

 

Gender and Education Policy