Faculty Announcements

  • Western’s Faculty of Education will be well represented at this year’s Canadian Society for the Study of Education (CSSE) Annual Conference (in conjunction with the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences) at the University of Regina from May 26-30, 2018! Ten faculty members and 28 current students or recent graduates will be chairing sessions and presenting papers, posters, and participating in roundtable discussions.

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  • Claire Crooks and Andrea Lapp from the Centre for School Mental Health were co-authors (along with 6 others) who adapted the Mental Health First Aid Course to create The Mental Health First Aid First Nations (MHFAFN) course.

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  • Please help us in welcoming Amanda VanDeven to the IMPACT Group! Amanda is joining us as our Multimedia Coordinator and she will be instrumental in helping to shape and deliver our marketing strategies through the deployment of myriad multimedia components such as video, audio, infographics, presentations, and print materials.


  • A warm welcome to Dr. Daniel Ansari. Daniel will join the Faculty of Education on July 1 as a Professor, jointly appointed with the Department of Psychology in the Faculty of Social Science.


  • A new book by Dr Prachi Srivastava, Associate Professor, (co-edited with Geoffrey Walford): "Non-State Actors in Education in the Global South".

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  • Alumni, we want to hear from you. New job, wedding, baby, trip of your dreams? Please let us know so we can share your news with former classmates and with the Western alumni family around the world.

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  • Melanie Molnar was the Office Manager in the Graduate Office prior to taking up her role as Director, MPEd programs. Building on the manifold experiences and knowledge gained in those and earlier roles, Melanie is now providing valuable leadership in the Faculty’s International Office.


  • Dr. Jacqueline Specht spoke to the London Free Press about the academic and social barriers students with an intellectual disability face in Ontario’s public school system.

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  • Join Dr. Daniel Ansari, Professor from the Brain and Mind Institute, for a talk on how children learn number and math skills. It takes place on Thursday, May 17 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Central Public Library.

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  • Dr. Jacqueline Specht was one of 11 authors for the "If Inclusion Means Everyone, Why Not Me?" report that was released today following a year-long collaboration involving Community Living Ontario, Western University, Brock University, ARCH Disability Law Centre, Brockville and District Association for Community Involvement, and Inclusive Education Canada.

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  • Barb MacQuarrie from the Centre for Research and Education on Violence Against Women and Children is interviewed by Global News regarding men and the #MeToo movement.

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  • For the fifth year in a row, Western is stepping up to the challenge, giving students, staff and faculty the opportunity to share the fun on this round-the-world adventure with their colleagues, by adding some healthy competition, and steps, to their day.

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  • Graduate teaching assistants at Western have agreed to a new three-year contract with the university. The 2,000 graduate teaching assistants, members of Public Service Alliance of Canada, Local 610, voted on Thursday and Friday to endorse a tentative agreement the negotiating teams reached on April 20 with the help of a mediator.

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  • TRAFFIC ADVISORY: Wharncliffe Road closed on Saturday, April 28th

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  • Join the Centre for Research & Education on Violence Against Women & Children for an evening with Jackson Katz speaking on “The Role of Educators and Parents in Addressing Violence Against Women and Girls”.

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  • University, union reach tentative deal for GTAs

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  • Dr. Anton Puvirajah will deliver two presentations in New York entitled, “Freirian project-based problem posing: Computational thinking with urban Latinx middle school students” and “Computational thinking with urban Latinx adolescents: A new materialist feminist science education” on April 16 and April 17, respectively.


  • Dr. Rita Gardiner delivered a presentation entitled, “An Arendtian exploration of refugee crises” at the Latin American and European Management and Organization Studies conference in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on March 22, 2018.


  • From April 9 to 11, alumni, staff and faculty are invited to submit a $10 voucher to be placed on a 'wall of support' in the University Community Centre. By participating, you will surprise a student with a complimentary breakfast and support student wellness through Western’s Wellness Education Centre. Together, let’s show students that Mustangs are always there for each other. Please submit your voucher by Wednesday at 2:00 p.m. EDT.

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  • Several researchers and graduate students from the Faculty of Education will be participating in the CIES Annual Conference. The conference, which runs from March 26-29, promotes scholarship in international educational ideas, systems, and practices.

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  • We would like to extend a warm welcome to Dr. Gabrielle Lee. Dr. Lee will join us in July 2018 as part of our large and growing MPed program in Applied Behavior Analysis.


  • We would like to extend a warm welcome to Dr. Emma Duerden. Dr. Duerden will join us in July 2018 as an Assistant Professor in Neuroscience and Learning Disorders.


  • We would like to extend a warm welcome to Dr. Barbara Fenesi. Dr. Fenesi will join the Faculty of Education on July 1, 2018 as Assistant Professor in The Science of Learning.


  • Exciting news!! Changed funding arrangements for International PhD students within their funding window as of September 1, 2018

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  • Each year, Western creates two digitally linked heritage plaques to celebrate significant research-related moments in the university’s history. Members of the Western Community vote on these awards. This year, one of the short -listed nominees is the Faculty of Education's Centre for Research & Education on Violence Against Women & Children, directed by Peter Jaffe.

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  • On Monday March 5th, 2018 we will be welcoming a new Graduate Office member, Susannah Daugharty, who will be with us for 4 months. Nicole Harding will be transitioning over to undertake administrative support for our Graduate Program Review until mid July and Susannah Daugharty will be filling in as our Graduate Office Assistant during this time.


  • Dr Prachi Srivastava, Associate Professor, has been invited to participate in Global Affairs Canada's stakeholder consultations on Canada's Feminist International Assistance Policy. The core area for the policy is gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls, with the following actions areas: human dignity, growth that works for everyone, environment and climate action, inclusive governance, and peace and security.

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  • Dr. Wendy Crocker is interviewed by Mennonite World Review regarding her research on Old Colony Mennonites in the education system.

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  • We would like to welcome Rosie Triebner to the Faculty as our new Director for Community Engagement & Development. Rosie brings extensive experience in major gift fundraising, community engagement, program and relationship building and strategic planning to her new role in the Faculty of Education. She looks forward to building strong collaborations with faculty, staff, donors and alumni in support of key Faculty priorities including research and student experience.


  • Congratulations to Luyi Liang, a second year Master’s student, who is the recipient of the 2018 Joan Pedersen Memorial Graduate Award. This award is given annually – in honour of the late Joan Pedersen – to a student who has submitted a research proposal that focuses on Early Years education.


  • Congratulations to Dr. Isha DeCoito on her promotion to the rank of Associate Professor effective July 1, 2018. Isha’s influence in the field of STEM is extremely impressive as evidenced in the outstanding reviews she received.


  • Congratulations to Dr. Kathy Hibbert on her promotion to the rank of Professor effective July 1, 2018. In her written correspondence, the Provost provided congratulations to Kathy on her stellar career and the body of work that informed the promotion decision. Of particular note in Kathy’s submission was the breath of her interdisciplinary research and practice.


  • Congratulations to Dr. Shelley Taylor on her promotion to the rank of Professor effective July 1, 2018. The Provost found it an absolute pleasure to review Shelley’s file and learn of the scope and influence of Shelley’s work, both domestically and internationally.


  • New Education Library hours of operation effective January 8, 2018. Every Monday to Thursday, the library will be open from 8:30am to 9pm, Fridays 8:30am to 5pm and on Saturdays from 12-5pm. Staff at the service desk will be available Monday to Friday from 8:30am to 5pm and on Saturdays from 12-5pm. The library will function as a study hall during the last 4 hours on Monday to Thursday from 5pm to 9pm. During this time, a security guard will be present to monitor student safety and to close the library.

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  • The Western Cares Food Drive runs until Monday, December 18. Drop off your non-perishable food items, baby formula or diapers. Our donation box is located just outside the Centre for School Mental Health Office (Room 1154). The campus drive is in conjunction with the city-wide Business Cares Food Drive and both support the London and Area Food Bank. Thirty-eight per cent of the food bank’s clients are children. The food bank also supports more than 25 social service agencies in the London area.


  • Dr. Prachi Srivastava, Associate Professor, was invited to present a talk entitled, 'Accessing Schooling under the Right to Education Act in India: results from a field study in Delhi', South Asian Studies Programme--Institute of South Asian Studies Joint Seminar, National University of Singapore.


  • Dr. Prachi Srivastava, Associate Professor, and Dr. Robyn Read, Post-doctoral Associate, presented a paper reporting original analysis of non-state private actors in global education. The paper entitled, 'Non-state Private Sector Engagement in Basic Education: a network analysis of implementers and funders in the Global South', was presented for the inaugural symposium, 'Philanthropy in Education: Global Trends, Regional Differences, and Diverse Perspectives', NORRAG, Geneva, 22-24 November 2017.

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  • The Wellington Catholic District School Board has a feature story on Dr. George Gadanidis and his work on the integration of computer coding into mathematics teaching and learning.

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  • The Western University Cares Campus Food Drive begins today. Until December 18, faculty, staff and students can drop off non-perishable food items, baby formula or diapers here at the Faculty in Room 1154.


  • The Teacher Education staff is most pleased to welcome Rebecca Horeth who started today as Program Coordinator (filling Katie Mentone’s role while she is on leave until October 2018). Rebecca is a graduate of our B.Ed. program -- she impressed us as a Teacher Candidate and now comes to us with glowing recommendations from all with whom she has worked! We are excited to have her take on the Program Coordinator role where she will support Teacher Candidates, Specialty Area Coordinators, and community agencies/schools for the Alternative Field Experiences, as well as oversee the T2P (professional development) days. Please join us in welcoming Rebecca!

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  • Dr. Peter Jaffe is interviewed by Chatelaine Magazine about domestic violence in rural communities. The magazine also cited a previous Western Education Master of Arts thesis by Victoria L. Banman.

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  • Centre for School Mental Health and Mary J. Wright Research and Education Centre at Merrymount receive funding through the Ontario Local Poverty Reduction Fund for the MindUP for Young Children Project.

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  • Diana Kuhl, a fourth-year PhD student in Critical Policy, Equity and Leadership Studies, is the first winner of the Dr. Allen Pearson Graduate Award in Educational Leadership. Congratulations Diana!


  • Lynn Dare and Elizabeth Nowicki from the Faculty of Education recently published an article Strategies for Inclusion: Learning from Students' Perspectives on Acceleration in Inclusive Education in the journal, Teaching and Teacher Education. Anyone who clicks the link before December 20 will be able to read the article on ScienceDirect for free. No sign up or registration is needed – just click and read! The number of copies is unlimited until December 20, 2017.

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  • Dr. Peter Jaffe is interviewed on CBC radio about a parliamentary committee’s study concerning the mental health needs of jurors.

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  • The Canadian Institute of Health Information and Ministry of Children and Youth Services, Ontario, are collaborating on the roll out of the interRAI Child and Youth suite of instruments with the goal of facilitating uptake in Ontario and across. Dr. Shannon Stewart has been instrumental in undertaking the research that establishes the psychometric properties of the interRAI and plays a leadership role in the international interRAI organization. Shannon, congratulations on your outstanding work on the very important instrument.


  • Please join us in welcoming Mr. Ian Deakin to the Faculty of Education’s, International Office. Ian is assuming the role of Manager, International Partnerships. As a senior leader with two decades of leadership experience, Ian has a deep and varied understanding of education in a variety of international contexts. Ian’s leadership and knowledge is essential as we look to increase our international enrollment, introduce the International Baccalaureate (IB), and further cultivate partnerships overseas.


  • Join students, faculty, staff and community members in celebrating diversity and exploring international opportunities, programs and themes. More than 60 cultural experiences, lectures, fairs, presentations and special events are planned on Western’s main campus and at Brescia, Huron and King’s. See the full schedule and event details at www.internationalweek.uwo.ca

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  • The Centre for School Mental Health (CSMH) has just released the Fall 2017 Centre Newsletter.

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  • Claire Crooks, Associate Professor, speaks on panel at 8th Milestones of a Global Campaign for Violence Prevention meeting

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  • Dr. Prachi Srivastava, Associate Professor, was invited to the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA) to share research on the private sector in education and low-fee private schooling. She gave a presentation entitled, 'Research Evidence on Low-fee Private Schooling: evolution of the sector', on 27 October 2017, in Tokyo, Japan.


  • Kanina Blanchard received the Margaret Haughey Dissertation Award from the Canadian Association for the Study of Educational Administration (CASEA) at the Annual Meeting of the Canadian Society for the Study of Education (CSSE) in May 2017. This award is given to the best MA thesis in the area of educational administration and leadership completed at a Canadian university during the previous year (2016). The purpose of the award is to recognize superior research and writing by master’s degree students working in the area of educational administration and leadership. Kanina's dissertation was entitled Improving the Education of Leaders: An Exploratory Case Study in an Undergraduate Business Leadership Course Focused on Gender. Kanina is currently enrolled in the PhD program in Critical Policy, Equity and Leadership Studies. Congratulations Kanina!


  • Study investigates effects of domestic violence on workplaces – by asking perpetrators

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  • New child and youth clinic in London fills big gap in mental health services for kids

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  • Dr. Peter Jaffe, academic director at the Centre for Research and Education on Violence Against Women and Children, reports that the bulk of domestic homicides are preceded by more than a dozen identified risk factors that are known to people close to the victims.

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  • Dr. Prachi Srivastava, Associate Professor, was invited to publish a review of the World Bank's 2018 World Development Report, 'Learning to Realize Education's Potential'. She had earlier been invited to the World Bank for informal consultations on the Report on the issue of private schooling in developing countries. Her review, 'The World Bank's 2018 World Development Report on Education: a sceptic's review', was published on 18 October on From Poverty to Power by Oxfam's Strategic Adivser, Duncan Green.

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  • Join us in the Atrium of the UCC Building on Fri. Oct 20 @ 11:30 a.m. when faculty, staff, retirees and students will join together to announce Western;s goals for the 2017 United Way Campaign.

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  • We welcome Gerald (Gerry) Rucchin to the Faculty of Education. Gerry joins us as our new Communications and Marketing Officer in the IMPACT office.


  • Drs. Claire Crooks and Karen Bax have just been honored by Western Student Experience with the 2017 Western Leadership Wellness Award for their outstanding contribution to promoting the mental health of their students within their daily work at Western.

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  • Congratulations to Melissa Coyne-Foresi who has been selected as the 2017 Fall recipient of the W.A. Townshend Gold Medal in Education. The W.A. Townshend Gold Medal in Education is in honour of the Late Bishop Townshend of London, Ontario, and is awarded at each convocation to an MA student who has achieved the highest academic standing in his/her program of study. Melissa’s research is titled, A Mixed Methods Exploration of Benefits for Youth Mentors in an Indigenous High School Peer Mentoring Program.


  • Congratulations to our doctoral student, Jenna Lorusso, as the recipient of a very distinguished award. The Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy SIG Best Paper for an Early Career Researcher as presented at the British Educational Research Association Annual Conference 2017, supported by Routledge.


  • The New International Research Networks Award program is closed for applications for 2017. Program announcements for the next cycle will be sent in early 2018.

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  • Dr. Prachi Srivastava, Associate Professor, delivered the keynote address entitled, 'Education, Privatisation, and Mobilising Frames in the Global South', at the Global Meeting of the Privatisation in Education and Human Rights Consortium held in Kathmandu, Nepal on 7 September 2017.


  • Dr. Prachi Srivastava, Associate Professor, was interviewed for the influential Dutch magazine, Vrij Nederland on her research on low-fee private schooling in developing countries. The article asks, 'Are private schools the answer in poor countries', and appears in the August 2017 issue.

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  • Welcome to Julie Birkle! Julie brings her tremendous knowledge, skills, and competence to her new permanent role as Facilities and Financial administrator in the Dean’s Office. In her new position, Julie will oversee travel and expense reviews and the building coordination role.


  • Please welcome Dr. Sonia Farem and Jen Heidenheim, and Meghan Kines to the Faculty of Education Research Office. Both Sonia and Jen has joined the Reseach Office. Sonia is our new Research Officer and Jen has joined the office as the Administrative Assistant. Meghan is our new Student Recruitment Coordinator.


  • Dr. Prachi Srivastava, Associate Professor, presented a paper entitled, 'Beyond Access: silent exclusion and meaningful access in government and private schools in India', at the 2017 UKFIET International Conference on Education and Development, held in Oxford, UK, 5-7 September 2017.

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  • Dr. Pam Bishop, Associate Dean of Graduate Programs and Associate Professor, Educational Leadership, has recently been awarded the distinguished 2017 Willower Award of Excellence from the Consortium for the Study of Leadership and Ethics in Education (which is part of the University Council of Education Administration). The award is called the Willower Award of Excellence in honour of Don Willower from Penn State, who was one of the earliest participants and sponsors of the center's work. The list of recipients since 1996 includes many world class scholars. This year’s selection committee described Pam as "an acknowledged scholar and expert in the area of Values and Leadership, who is highly accomplished in her research and advocacy for social justice and leadership of secondary schools in disadvantaged communities."


  • Dr. Frank Boers, currently an Associate Professor in the School of Linguistics and Applied Studies, Victoria University of Wellington, will join us as a Professor in the area of Applied Linguistics effective this spring (2018). Dr. Boers completed his PhD in Linguistics at the University of Antwerp and has since achieved international recognition for his research in second language acquisition and pedagogy, memory, and language awareness.


  • Dr. Jun Li, who currently serves as Deputy Director and Associate Professor, Education Policy Unit, Faculty of Education, University of Hong Kong, will join us as a Professor, Educational Leadership effective January 2018. Members of our Educational Leadership group are excited to have a scholar of Dr. Li’s achievements join their area.


  • Congratulations to Dr. Colin King who has been appointed to Associate Professor and Director of the Child and Youth Development Clinic, Faculty of Education.


  • Congratulations to Marisa Tippett who has been appointed as Acting Library Director for Education and will assume this responsibility on Sept. 5th.


  • Congratulations to Dr Wayne Martino, Alicia Lapointe (PhD Candidate), Bill Tucker, and Dr Catherine Zeisner who have won the 2017 Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching from our students.


  • Congratulations to Jane Edwards, Lisa Floyd, and Laura Lockhart who had won the 2016 Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching from our students (we did not have a ceremony last year).


  • Congratulations to Dr Jacqueline Specht who has won a 2017 Edward G. Pleva Award for Excellence in Teaching.


  • Congratulation to Dr Wendy Crocker who has won the 2017 Angela Armitt Award for Excellence in Teaching by Part-Time Faculty.


  • Congratulations to Dr Brenton Faubert who has won the inaugural 2017 Vice-Provost (Academic Programs) Award for Excellence in Online Teaching and Learning.


  • Dr. Prachi Srivastava, Associate Professor, appeared as Discussant on the panel, “Privatization, the State, and Education in South Asia” March 16 at the annual conference of the Association for Asian Studies in Toronto

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  • Professor Stuart Webb was selected as a winner of the Faculty Scholar Awards at Western. The award recognizes scholarly achievements of faculty members who have maintained an excellent record in teaching and research.


  • International Office program coordinator Carolyn Wilson was invited to attend and present at UNESCO’s Week for Peace March 6 to discuss the role of education in peace and sustainable development around the world

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  • Dr. Prachi Srivastava, Associate Professor, was invited to the World Bank Feb. 22 to debate the use of low-cost private schools in helping achieve quality education in Africa. The debate was part of the World Bank's Africa Knowledge Fest 2017 in Washington, DC

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