Department of Educational Policy Studies

Award Recipients | 2019-2020

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Award Recipients

The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) is the federal research funding agency that promotes and supports postsecondary-based research and research training in the humanities and social sciences. By focusing on developing Talent, generating Insights and forging Connections across campuses and communities, SSHRC strategically supports world-leading initiatives that reflect a commitment to ensuring a better future for Canada and the world.

Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship - Doctoral

Irene Wolfstone, Doctoral Student

Title: Re-Storying Indigenous Matricultures: Exploring the conditions of cultural continuity and the capacity for climate change adaptation

Description: The knowledge systems of indigenous peoples are instructive for studying adaptation as their long histories indicate they have survived multiple climate change events. My previous studies indicate that matricultures, biocultural diversity, a sharing economy and relationality with land may be preconditions for as well as indicators of cultural continuity. This interdisciplinary research project addresses four wicked and entangled problems: despite attempts to erase Indigenous matricultures, indigenous women provide leadership to protecting Canada’s rivers and lakes; governments and the carbon industry disavow that climate change presents an immediate and existential threat to future generations; settler culture suffers from cosmological destitution, resulting in incapacity for big picture thinking; and educational systems at all levels are silent on matricultures, neglect the human dimensions of climate change adaptation, and fail to prepare citizens for an urgent, rapid paradigm
shift. Matricultures is a subjugated knowledge in the academy. My inquiry is the first comprehensive,
systematic study of Indigenous matricultures in Canada.

Bio: As a mother and grandmother, I carry a heartfelt concern for the future of my children and grandchildren. Out of that concern, I entered doctoral studies to focus on the human dimensions of climate change adaptation. My research interests related to this topic are: matricultures, food sovereignty, sharing economy, relationality with land, cosmology, cultural continuity, and learning theory for rapid paradigm shifts. My home is located in Pinawa, Manitoba, a small forest community in the Canadian Shield in the territory of Ojibwe peoples with whom Canada entered into Treaty 1 and Treaty 3. Living in a round house helps me think outside the box. My work life has been rich and diverse and includes high school English teacher, adult educator/facilitator, human resource management, policy development, potter, counselor, environmental activist, and board member. I received my Master of Arts in Integrated Studies from Athabasca University (2016).

Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship - Master's

Taylor Witiw, M.Ed. Student. 

Title: Learning in Social Action in Contexts of Mining Development: A Case Study of Roșia Montană, Romania

Bio: Taylor Witiw is in the second year of the MEd in Educational Policies—Theoretical, Cultural and International Studies steam. He completed his coursework part-time while working in student services at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology and is now writing his thesis as a full-time student.

Taylor is also the recipient of the Walter H Johns Graduate Fellowship.

SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship

Christie Schultz, PhD Candidate 

Title: Towards Care-Centered Leadership in Higher Education: A Narrative Inquiry into Care Ethics Experiences and Practices of Academic Leaders

Description: This study attends to the ways in which academic leaders’ experiences and practices of care and care ethics shape, and are shaped by, their personal and professional contexts, knowledge, and identities. In doing so, the study inquires into the experiences and practices of academic leaders in Canada, attending to:

  • the ways in which academic leaders understand and articulate care ethics and its practical expressions;
  • the ways in which academic leaders who seek to practice care ethics experience their work lives; and
  • the struggles, challenges, and possibilities academic leaders encounter in the process of practicing care and care ethics.

Bio: The focus of her research is care-centered leadership in higher education. In addition, she is the Assistant Dean (Academic) of the Faculty of Extension at the University of Alberta. A passionate proponent of lifelong learning, she leads Extension's teaching and learning activities within its continuing and professional education portfolio. She has published and presented work in the areas of organizational change, continuing and higher education, settler-allyship, and feminist leadership.