Guest Presentation: Promoting and Supporting Mental Health in Schools

July 13, 2015

Promoting and Supporting Mental Health in Schools: A School Effectiveness Imperative

Professor Karen Weston
Columbia College, Missouri

Friday, July 24, 2015, 12:30 pm
Faculty of Education, Room 1010

All are welcome. Refreshments will be served.
Please RSVP to Tina Beynen,

The K-12 School Effectiveness Framework (2013) outlines the critical components of supporting student academic success and well-being and serves as a guide to quality assessment and improvement. However, “academic success” and “well-being” often remain separate from one another in school initiatives to improve student outcomes, which leads to fragmentation and duplication of efforts. Moreover, teachers are often left out of initiatives to promote well-being, although their well-being is instrumental to achieving the academic mission of schools and the cultivation of a healthy school environment. Creating a comprehensive system of student and teacher supports that integrates mental health promotion activities and services into the daily academic operations of a school can strengthen school improvement efforts and lead to increased student success and teacher effectiveness. This presentation will focus on the development of such a comprehensive system and highlight interconnections to the Effectiveness Framework.

Natural Sciences & Engineering Research Council (NSERC) Information Session – June 1

May 22, 2015

NSERC Information Session

Lise Désabrais
NSERC Program Officer

Monday June 1st, 2015
Spencer Engineering Building, Room 2100

 Everyone is welcome.

The presentation will include the following topics:

  1.  NSERC updates for 2014-2015 competition cycle
  2. NSERC program changes for the 2015-2016 competition year
  3. Application process for Fall 2015 NSERC Discovery Grant

Lise has a background in computer science and has been working at NSERC for the past 25 years. Working as a Program Officer in the Research Grants Division; Lise is responsible for administering the Discovery Grants program for EG 1512 (Mechanical Engineering). She has also worked in the Scholarships and Fellowships Division as well as Finance at the Tri-Councils where she provided assistance with the financial monitoring of different Canadian universities.

Visiting Speaker – Dr. Icy Lee

May 12, 2015

Feedback in L2 writing: Issues, challenges and future directions

Dr. Icy Lee
The Chinese University of Hong Kong

 Thursday, May 28, 2015
3:00 – 4:30 pm
Faculty of Education, Room 1139 (Community Room)

All are welcome. Refreshments will be served.
Please RSVP to Tina Beynen:

Abstract: In a number of L2 contexts, writing teachers respond to single drafts of student writing, focus inordinately on errors, and dominate the entire feedback process. While such feedback approaches are considered ineffective and outdated, they are still being embraced as rules of thumb particularly in EFL contexts. With recent feedback research in L2 writing that generates useful insights about best feedback principles, and with a paradigm shift in assessment that places a greater emphasis on assessment for and as learning (i.e. using assessment to promote learning and to develop students’ self-monitoring capacity), such conventional feedback approaches are becoming more and more untenable, and change is warranted. Drawing on my own research conducted in Hong Kong secondary classrooms that address a range of issues, including teachers’ beliefs and practices regarding feedback, students’ reactions to teacher feedback, and teachers’ attempts at feedback innovation, I examine the problems and challenges teachers face as they respond to student writing, discuss implications for practice and research, and conclude with future directions for teacher education on feedback in L2 writing.

Bio: Icy Lee is Professor in the Faculty of Education at The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK). Her main research interests include second language writing and second language teacher education. She was formerly President of Hong Kong Association for Applied Linguistics and Chair of the Non-native English Speakers in TESOL (NNEST) Interest Section of TESOL International Association. Her publications have appeared in international journals such as Journal of Second Language Writing, TESOL Quarterly, Language TeachingELT JournalCanadian Modern Language Review and System. She was a recipient of the 2013 TESOL Award for an Outstanding Paper on NNEST Issues, the 2010 TESOL Award for Excellence in Teaching, and the 1999 TESOL Award for Excellence in the Development of Pedagogical Materials. She was also a recipient of the 2008 Journal of Second Language Writing Best Paper Award for her article “Understanding teachers’ written feedback practices in Hong Kong secondary classrooms”.


Guest Speaker – Empowering Indigenous Youth in Pakistan

May 7, 2015

Development From Below: A Change Maker Journey of Creating Leadership Through Empowering the Indigenous Youth of Balochistan in Pakistan

Dr. Quratul Ain Bakhteari
Founding Director & President
Institute for Development Studies and Practices, Karachi, Pakistan

Monday, May 11, 2015
2:00 – 3:00 pm
Faculty of Education, Room 1010

All are welcome. Refreshments will be served. Please RSVP to Tina Beynen:

Brief Bio: Dr. Quratul Ain Bakhtaeri is a community development practitioner and educationist in Pakistan.  She began social work in a refugee camps after the ’71 war in Pakistan.  In the 80s, she led a UNICEF sponsored housing project installing pit latrines for three hundred thousand refugees in Orangi, Karachi.  In the mid 80s, she moved to Balochistan to launch a girls’ school movement. She established more than 1800 government girls’ primary schools in rural Balochistan, resulting in the enrollment of 200,000 girls — a record in Pakistan’s history.  In 1998, she established the Institute for Development Studies and Practices (IDSP).  In the words of Dr. Bakhtiari, IDSP “is a movement that opens Learning Spaces for the young majority population of Pakistan to empower them for generating and regenerating responses to the existing challenges of education, learning, livelihood, peace and pluralism”. Since the inception of IDSP she has conceptualized and completed several community development projects in Balochistan.   Her work has focused on education, sanitation, relief projects, and social activism. She was elected to the Asoka fellowship in 1999.  She was the recipient of the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship in 2006 (IDSP, 2006).  She was one of the 100 prominent women in the world who were nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007.


Is masculinity changing?

May 6, 2015

Is masculinity changing? Evidence from qualitative research on men’s appearance-related practices

Professor Brendan Gough
Leeds Beckett University, UK

Tuesday, May 12, 2015
1:30 – 3:00 pm
Faculty of Education, Room 1139 (Community Room)

All are welcome. Refreshments will be served. Please RSVP to Tina Beynen:

Abstract: In this talk I consider how heterosexual men are investing in their appearance in light of the contemporary consumerist promotion of body perfection on the one hand and the ‘obesity epidemic’ on the other. I draw on studies of male ‘metrosexual’ cosmetic use and men engaged in weight management projects to examine how men account for their investment in appearance practices. The data highlight that men are indeed interested in how they look, that they often frame their grooming activities in masculinised ways, and that they sometimes display vulnerability when body-related aspirations are not fulfilled. These findings are discussed with reference to debates on contemporary masculinities, and I suggest that conventional notions of masculinity still inform men’s construction of embodied practices and identities.

Bio: Professor Gough is a critical social psychologist and qualitative researcher interested in men and masculinities. Now based at Leeds Beckett University, he has published many papers on gender identities and relations, mostly in the context of health, lifestyles and wellbeing. Prof. Gough is co-founder and co-editor of the journal Qualitative Research in Psychology; he edits the Critical Psychology section of the journal Social & Personality Psychology Compass, and is associate editor for the journal Psychology of Men and Masculinity. He has co-authored/edited three books in the areas of critical social psychology, reflexivity in qualitative research, and men’s health.


Research on Teaching – Upcoming Events

April 8, 2015

The Research on Teaching Symposium 2015

Tuesday, April 28, 2015
1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
Teaching Support Centre, Room 121, The D.B. Weldon Library

The Research on Teaching Symposium showcases Research on Teaching projects being done at Western. It also provides the opportunity for faculty members, librarians and archivists, and graduate students who wish to learn more about Research on Teaching or who have considered doing such scholarship to meet and interact with colleagues who have completed Research on Teaching projects.  Dan Belliveau (School of Health Studies), George Gadanidis (Faculty of Education), Patricia Gray (Department of Biology) and Linda Dunn (Western Libraries), and Bethany White (Department of Statistics and Actuarial Sciences) will discuss their Research on Teaching projects.

Please register for the session, by clicking on:

Western Institute for Research on Teaching and Learning

Tuesday, June 2, 2015 – Thursday, June 4, 2015
9:00 am – 4:30 pm
Teaching Support Centre, Room 121, The D.B. Weldon Library

The Western Institute for Research on Teaching and Learning is a three-day hands-on workshop designed to support faculty members, librarians, and archivists in the development of a research project on their own teaching. In this interactive workshop, the basics of doing research on teaching in higher education (e.g., developing a researchable question; quantitative, qualitative, and mixed research designs; ethical consideration in research on teaching; making your research public) will be discussed. Participants will also work individually and/or in small groups to develop their own projects. Experienced Scholarship of Teaching and Learning researchers will facilitate the institute and will also provide individual consultation as requested.

Enrolment is limited.

Please register for the session, by clicking on:

CIHR – Town Hall Meeting with Dr. Jane Aubin

April 7, 2015

You are invited to attend:

Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Town Hall

presented by

Dr. Jane Aubin
Chief Scientific Officer and Vice-President, Research and Knowledge Translation, and Ethics

Monday, May 11th
1 – 2:30 pm
LHSC, University Hospital, Auditorium A

    The objectives of the presentation are to:

  • Introduce CIHR’s new Strategic Plan – Health Research Roadmap II – Capturing innovation for better health and health care
  • Discuss CIHR’s budget and changes to the Institutes
  • Provide an update on the first Foundation Scheme Pilot – including some of the preliminary survey results
  • Provide an update on the launch of the Project Scheme and the College of Reviewers
  • Suggestions for additional topics can be forwarded by May 1st to, which will be provided to Dr. Aubin in advance.

Dr. Aubin has been holding the Town Hall meetings across Canada over the past few months. Please see attached slides of her presentation.


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