Professor Profiles

About Me

Education:
Bachelor of Education with distinction, University of Alberta, 1994
Masters of Arts in Education, University of British Columbia, 1998
PhD, University of Alberta, 2005

Positions:
2004-2008: Assistant Professor, Faculty of Education, University of Regina
2008-2017: Associate Professor, Faculty of Education, University of Regina
2009-2010: Secondary Program Chair, Faculty of Education, University of Regina
2011-2014: Associate Dean, Faculty of Education, University of Regina
2014-2017: Dean, Faculty of Education, University of Regina
2017-present: Professor & Dean, Faculty of Education, University of Alberta

Awards:
2009 Canadian Association of Curriculum Studies Outstanding Publication Award
2007 City of Regina Service Award
2005 Dissertation Award of Merit, Canadian Association of Curriculum Studies
2002 University of Alberta Graduate Award for Teaching Excellence


Research

Research Interests:

Treaty education; truth and reconciliation; critical citizenship; anti-oppressive teaching and learning; teacher education.

Selected Research Projects:

2016-2020: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Insight Grant, 2016-2020 ($263,713). Aboriginal Perspectives at the Cultural Interface: Researching the Interventions, (co-researcher).

2016-2017: Stirling McDowell Foundation Award, 2016-2017 ($19,933). High School Teachers Working Towards Reconciliation: Examining the Teaching and Learning of Residential Schools (principal researcher).

2016: SSHRC Connections Grant partner ($30,000 ) – What is Learning in a (Teacher Education) Professional Program? Connection grant leads Dr. Lisa Starr (McGill University) and Dr. Kathy Sanford (University of Victoria), May 6-8, 2016.

2011-2014: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Insight Development Grant ($67,909). Storying Treaties and the Treaty Relationship: Digital Storytelling to Enhance Treaty Education, (co-researcher)

2009: President’s Fund and SSHRC General Research Grant Fund, University of Regina ($4949.00). Preparing Beginning Teachers for Treaty Education

2006-2010: Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada Standard Research Grant ($117,000). High School Students’ Understandings and Experiences of Citizenship (principal investigator).

2005: President’s Fund and SSHRC General Research Grant Fund, University of Regina ($4485.00). On Being Citizens: High School Students’ Understandings and Experiences of Citizenship.


Teaching

Teaching Areas:

Secondary Social Studies Methods
Middle Years Social Studies Methods
Curriculum Theory
Research Methods
Anti-Colonial Education

Doctoral Student Supervision (completed):

Michele Sorensen, defended March 25, 2018
Dissertation: Attuning to the Quantum Leap: New Materialism and Field Experience in Teacher Education.
*Nominated for Governor General's Gold Medal, University of Regina

Tana Mitchell, defended November 15, 2013
Dissertation: Problematizing Racialism: Exploring the Complexities of Racialization and the Structuring Forces of Whiteness in the Lived Experiences of High School Social Studies.

Jody Burnett, defended July 5, 2012
Dissertation: Betting on Balance: A Narrative Inquiry of Aboriginal Problem Gamblers (IPHR/NAHO funded study)

Masters Student Supervision (completed):

Claire Kreuger, defended December 15, 2017
Thesis: A Colonial Space Endeavouring to Do Differently: Reading, Writing and Reconciliation in the Elementary Classroom

Nicole Strandlund, defended December 11, 2014
Thesis: The March of Remembrance and Hope: Critical Pedagogy and Social Justice Activism

Heather Findlay, defended April 2014
Thesis: Just a Pepper in a Bunch of Salt: Aboriginal Students’ Stories of School
*Winner of the SSBA Graduate Student Thesis Award

Krista Allen, defended February 2013 (SSHRC funded study)
Thesis: A Hermeneutic Phenomenological Study of the Lived Experiences of Couples in Intercultural Relationships

Tana Mitchell, defended March 10, 2007
Thesis: Constructing Engagement in a Social Studies Classroom