Faculty Announcements

  • 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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