2008 News


    December 15, 2008

    The Interdisciplinary Network for Scholarship in Professions' Research in Education (INSPiRE) is up and running. Co-directors Dr. Anne Kinsella, field leader of the Health Professional Education Field of the Graduate program in the Faculty of Health sciences, and Professor Allan Pitman, Faculty of Education, hosted the launch of the network on Thursday, October 16, in the Community Room of the Faculty of Education, the host faculty for the partnership.

  • Why do high school boys dodge phys-ed?

    December 15, 2008

    As obesity and inactivity among youth becomes a growing concern for North American families, new research based at The University of Western Ontario is asking why some high school boys are reluctant to participate in Grade 9 health and physical education classes.

  • B.Ed. grads receive University Faculty Scholarships

    December 9, 2008

    Two Bachelor of Education graduates received University of Western Ontario Faculty Association (UWOFA) awards at a ceremony on Friday, December 05. Alison Carson and Jill Heinrichs, both members of the Faculty of Education's Class of 2008, were two of the 35 students honored for outstanding academic performance in the previous year.

  • Tell me a story

    December 4, 2008

    The first in a series of presentations by the Language Arts Forum was held on November 11. Susan Getchell, a retired Children's Librarian, professional storyteller and lecturer in the Faculty of Information and Media Studies, presented, to the great delight of her audience, “Storytelling in the Lives of Children.”

  • Teacher war service marked

    November 27, 2008

    The names of 72 brethren of University of Western Ontario alumni and students who served in the First World War – some making the ultimate sacrifice - have come to rest in the Althouse Faculty of Education building.

  • Australian scholar to speak

    November 25, 2008

    Dr. Wendy Cumming-Potvin will be a guest speaker at the Faculty on Monday, December 1. Dr. Cumming-Potvin’s talk, “Multiliteracies and diversity for pre-service teachers and young children: Building and reflecting on worlds and identities,” is scheduled for 11:00 am in Room 1010.

  • Faculty of Education remembers

    November 11, 2008

    At the 11th hour on the 11th day of November, Faculty of Education students, staff and Faculty gathered in the auditorium to honor the veterans of war, those who died and those who returned forever changed.

  • Graduate Studies in Art Education

    November 11, 2008

    Even better is the fact that Western’s Faculty of Education is now offering an M. Ed. (Curriculum) in Art Education designed specifically for career classroom teachers.

  • Deb Matthews - A Special Guest at the Faculty

    October 29, 2008

    Deb Matthews, MPP and Minister Responsible for Children and Youth and Women’s Issues, was a special guest at the Friends of the Faculty reception on October 09 in the Community Room.

  • Confronting workplace violence

    October 28, 2008

    Some of Ontario's leading thinkers on workplace violence, as well as relatives of two women murdered in the workplace, will be gathering at The University of Western Ontario this week.

  • Rwandan internship was a life-changing experience

    October 27, 2008

    Rwanda hosts a nation of people still capable of embracing the laughter, sorrow, and song that comes with living. This is probably the most surprising realization we have both come to after spending three months as interns in a country struggling to recover from years of war and culminating in the genocide of 1994.

  • London Teachers' Wall of Fame

    October 9, 2008

    Two outstanding teachers will be added to the roster of Teachers’ Wall of Fame. They are: Clare Robinson, a literacy and special education teacher at Catholic Central High School and Bill Bettger, a music teacher retired from South Secondary School. The induction ceremony will take place in the Community Room at the Faculty of Education at Western on Thursday, October 16, 2008 at 2:30 pm. All are welcome to attend.

  • University of Queensland Fellow to speak

    October 8, 2008

    Professor Bob Lingard, Professional Research Fellow in the School of Education at the University of Queensland, will speak on Friday, October 10 at 11:00 am at the Faculty of Education, Room 1162.

  • Autumn Writes: John Ralston Saul

    September 23, 2008

    On Wednesday, October 22 at 7:30 pm, Julia O’Sullivan, Dean of the Faculty of Education will welcome and introduce noted Canadian author, John Ralston Saul who is scheduled to speak in the Faculty auditorium, 1137 Western Road.

  • In Memoriam - George Lawson

    September 18, 2008

    The flag will be at half-mast Friday, Sept. 19 until 1:30 p.m. for former Faculty of Education professor George Lawson, who retired in 1981 with 15 years of service.

  • Faculty of Education Homecoming 2008

    September 16, 2008

    Western Homecoming on October 4, 2008

  • Welcome! Class of 2009

    August 29, 2008

    More than 750 Faculty of Education students poured through the doors on Thursday, August 28, eager to get going on their academic year.

  • Faculty of Education alumnus picks up Olympic bronze

    August 17, 2008

    University of Western Ontario alumni Jon Beare, Iain Brambell and Liam Parsons picked up a bronze medal in Men's Lightweight four rowing in Beijing Sunday morning. Iain Brambell is also an alumnus of the Faculty of Education.

  • Domestic violence support agencies given financial boost

    August 15, 2008

    The Ontario government is committing $1.5 million to supporting victims of domestic abuse and prevention programs.

  • New M.Ed. Graduate studies children from war-torn countries

    August 8, 2008

    Jane Wambui Gichuru recently defended her Master’s thesis (Lived School Experiences of Sudanese Refugees) to earn her M.Ed. degree from the Faculty of Education. Jane’s work focuses on children and youth in schools in Southern Ontario cities, cities that have seen a recent influx of families from countries in civil conflict.

  • Art class goes to the community

    August 8, 2008

    They had no idea what they were in for. Neither did their instructor. New teachers seeking additional qualifications, senior teachers working on their Specialist designation and working artists came together at the Faculty of Education to take the summer AQ art class.

  • In Memoriam: Philip J. Linden

    July 10, 2008

    Professor Emeritus Philip J. Linden died July 7 at the age of 89. He retired from the Faculty of Education in 1984 with 19 years of service at the university.

  • Welcome to two new Faculty members

    July 7, 2008

    The Faculty of Education welcomes two new tenure-track Assistant Professors: Dr. Kathy Hibbert and Dr. Paul Tarc. Professor Tarc comes to us from York University while Professor Hibbert has had a long association with Western and the Faculty of Education.

  • Faculty of Education to host interdisciplinary network

    July 7, 2008

    A multi-disciplinary team from Western’s faculties of Education, Health Sciences and Medicine has been successful in their proposal to “establish a network for the interdisciplinary scholarship of professional education” with a grant of $84,400 over three years.

  • Christy Bressette

    July 3, 2008

    On June 23, Christy Bressette successfully defended her doctoral dissertation, Understanding Success in Community First Nation Education Through Anishinabe Meno-Bimaadziwin Action Research, making her the first indigenous student at Western to earn a Ph.D in Educational Studies. Christy’s thesis discussed how she worked with the Chippewas of the Thames First Nation to develop a culturally relevant research process to encourage and facilitate active community involvement with education and how that process came to fruition in the development of a new vision statement for education.

  • Convocation Celebration

    June 23, 2008

    June 13 was a great day of celebration for the Faculty of Education. Our B.Ed., M.A. and Ph.D. graduates attended their convocation in record numbers at Western’s Alumni Hall. The speaker of the day, Glenda Simms, delivered a moving and inspirational talk, encouraging graduates to take their place in the world and make a difference. Many of our faculty and staff volunteered to be orators, hooders and ushers, showing to all the pride we take in our accomplished graduates.

  • Faculty welcomes Summer Scholar, Dr. Martin Mills

    June 19, 2008

    Dr. Martin Mills, Associate Professor, The University of Queensland, Australia is this year’s Faculty of Education’s Summer Scholar. Dr. Mills will be at the Faculty until July 11.

  • Western helps lead two 'knowledge clusters'

    June 16, 2008

    The University of Western Ontario is taking leadership roles in two international research networks that recently received $4.2 million from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC).

  • Simms tells grads to 'play their part'

    June 13, 2008

    A powerful and inspiring speaker who does not shy away from tough issues, Glenda Simms told graduates Friday morning they must tackle head-on issues related to poverty, the environment and health.

  • 'Greenies' put spotlight on environment

    April 17, 2008

    One person who never battles for a parking spot is Lois Armstrong. The Media Support Centre Supervisor (Faculty of Education) has been honoured with an inaugural Western Green Award for contributions to environmental sustainability at work and in her personal life.

  • Faculty of Education grads take on service learning

    April 14, 2008

    Starting today, April 14, this year’s graduating class from the Faculty of Education at The University of Western Ontario starts a week of service-learning in the community.

  • Education Research Day – Wednesday April 9, 2008

    April 9, 2008

    Mark your calendars and be at Great Hall on Wednesday, April 9, 3-5 pm for the Faculty of Education Research Day and wine and cheese reception. This year’s event, hosted by Dean Julia O’Sullivan with generous support from Research Western, will feature over 50 presenters who will proudly display their work in research in Education.

  • Jessica Jean Campbell Coulson Research Award

    April 8, 2008

    Hila Balilty, winner of this research award in 2007, was selected to present a research paper at the American Educational Research Association conference in New York City last month. She presented the results of her research on "Typically Developing Children's Play Interactions with Classmates with Special Needs".

  • AQ Course Winner

    February 8, 2008

    Over the sound of a drum roll courtesy of her colleagues’ hands pounding on the cafeteria tables, Becky Bowman heard her name called as the lucky recipient of a ‘free Additional Qualifications’ (AQ) course on February 7, 2008 over the lunch hour.

  • Seussical Wins!

    January 29, 2008

    Seussical Wins the Brickenden Award for Outstanding Production of a Musical in 2007!

  • Brickenden Awards

    January 3, 2008

    Congratulations to the cast and crew of the Faculty of Education's 2007 production of "Suessical." They have been nominated for 4 Brickenden Awards including Best Musical. You can help them win!