Meet Your Instructors

Dr. Evelyn Steinhauer
Dr. Evelyn Steinhauer

I am a Professor in the Department of Educational Policy (Faculty of Education) where I specialize in Indigenous Peoples Education. In addition to my role as a Professor, I am also the Director of the Aboriginal Teacher Education Program (ATEP) in the Faculty of Education. I am actively engaged in many community-based research initiatives and sit on various committees on and off campus.

Born in Alberta, and a member of the Saddle Lake Cree Nation, I completed my undergraduate degree with Athabasca University at University nuxełhot’įne thaaɁehots’į nistameyimâkanak Blue Quills (formerly Blue Quills First Nations College); a Masters of Education Degree, and a PhD at the University of Alberta through the Department of Educational Policy Studies in the Faculty of Education. I am a mother to two grown daughters, a grandmother to 11 and a great grandmother (otanskotapan) to one.

My passion is Indigenous Education and evidence of this is revealed in my doctoral dissertation, entitled, Parental School Choice in First Nations Communities: Is There Really A Choice? which was published in 2008. This work addresses the topic of parental school choice on First Nations reserves and looks at the reasons that guide First Nations parents in their decisions to send their children to off-reserve or on-reserve schools. My writing not only reveals the reasons for parental school choice in First Nations communities, but also discloses pertinent and significant information about what life “is really like” for many Indigenous children that attend school off-reserve.

Courses taught in the MES Program:
EDU 510 Fundamentals of Educational Research
EDU 515 Conducting Educational Research

Dr. Noella Steinhauer
Dr. Noella Steinhauer

I am Plains Cree from the Saddle Lake Cree Nation in northeastern Alberta, and an associate professor in the Department of Educational Policy Studies in the Faculty of Education at the University of Alberta. I have held various leadership roles, including as the Vice-President of Education at Indspire and as a principal in both First Nation school and public school contexts.

I also spent more than 10 years as a secondary social studies teacher. Throughout my career I have remained focused on the improvement of First Nation student success. My master’s work focused on factors that impact First Nation student achievement and my doctoral work focused on identifying the factors that could establish a successful First Nation school. My research interests include; leadership, First Nation school leadership, Indigenous ways of knowing, Indigenous knowledge, and collaborative leadership.

Courses taught in the MES Program:
EDU 511 Introduction to School Improvement
EDU 512 Leadership in Educational Settings
EDU 513 Leadership for Educational Change
EDU 514 Planning for Educational Change

Dr. Patricia Steinhauer
Dr. Patricia Steinhauer-Hill

I am a member of Saddle Lake Cree Nation, the community where I was raised and educated. My parents are Genevieve and the late Walter Steinhauer. I have two children, a daughter and son.

I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Educational Policy Studies and cross-appointed to the Aboriginal Teacher Education Program (ATEP). I'm also a professor in the Indigenous Peoples Education Specialization. My research interests include First Nations Treaty education and policy, nehiyawewwin language contexts and intelligences, Indigenous pedagogy - kiskinohamâkewin, kiskinohamâsiwin, kiskinwahamâtowin, and theory and curricular approaches that honour nehiyaw intelligences of okiskinohamakewin.

I have over 15 years of combined experience as a classroom teacher and school principal. My nine years of service in educational administrative and leadership roles were in Saddle Lake Cree Nation, Enoch Cree Nation, NorQuest College, Alberta Education and ATEP.

Courses taught in the MES Program:
EDU 503 Foundations of Curriculum