Support Graduate Students at 3 Minute Thesis Competition

March 26, 2015


Come out and support the Faculty of Education’s
Three Minute Thesis Contestants

3MT (Three Minute Thesis) -a research communication competition where graduate students have 3 minutes or less to present their research and its impact to a panel of non-specialist judges and peers.

Preliminary Heat
for Faculties of Education, Arts and Humanities, FIMS, Music

Thursday, April 2
International & Graduate Affairs Building, Room 1N05

Graduate Student Research in Education Symposium

March 25, 2015

Faculty of Education community: YOU’RE INVITED!

The 2015 Robert Macmillan Graduate Research in Education Symposium (GRiES) committee invites you to the 6th annual symposium taking place on Wednesday April 1, 2015. This free event is taking place in the Faculty of Education building with registration starting at 3:00p.m. and the event starting at 3:45p.m.

Please see the attached invitation for more information or visit the website for a description of the panelists, presentation summaries, and more!

Seminar – Researching Identity and Learning in Transnational Settings

March 23, 2015

The day after his public lecture, Professor Fazal Rizvi will lead a seminar especially for graduate students as well as for faculty on researching identity and learning in transnational settings at 10 a.m. in Room 1010 (Tuesday, April 14).

Please RSVP to if you would like to attend and please send along an abstract of your (prospective) research study (one page max).

Using social media & innovation

March 19, 2015

Even though this comes from a health context, this talk may be of interest to those of you looking to use social media to promote the results of your research.

Using social media & innovation to promote health behaviours

Dr. Mike Evans
University of Toronto

Wednesday, March 25, 2015
5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Arthur & Sonia Labatt Health Sciences Building (HSB) Room: 40

Dr. Mike Evans is known worldwide for his work in innovative health messaging to the public. His media lab fuses patients with creatives (filmmakers, designers, writers) and expert clinician-researchers. The premise of his lab is that most healthcare happens at home and that the biggest missing workforce is the public, and that if we can create high quality infectious health media we can engage “peer-to-peer healthcare”. Dr. Evans tells evidence-based stories and then imbeds them in the relationships of care: friend to friend or caregiver to patient. This ranges from documentary style unscripted interviews of patients with cancer in the The Truth of It film series, to health info-graphics, curation, to founding a Med School for the Public at the University of Toronto.  His radio show on CBC’s Fresh Air is listened to widely. More than 10 million people have seen his famous whiteboard series on YouTube. Topics range from stress management to acne to quality improvement to the early childhood brain.

Dr. Evans is also a staff physician at St. Michael’s Hospital, an Associate Professor of Family Medicine, and a Scientist at the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute. Current projects include The Better Life Project, a walking company called the 23 and ½ hours club, and being the CBC doctor for the Sochi 2014 Olympics.

His work has been profiled in a wide range of publications from JAMA to the BMJ to Walrus to the Netflix blockbuster, Readers Digest, and the hit Netflix series Orange is the New Black. Recent awards include being chosen as the top 10 innovators in health by the Canadian Medical Association, top 45 Canadians over 45, and the Gold medal in Social media at the Web Health Awards.

In 2014 he was given the first worldwide endowed chair in Patient Engagement (and childhood nutrition) at the University of Toronto and he was awarded the McNeil Medal from the Royal Society of Canada in recognition of his outstanding ability to promote and communicate science to the public.

He is asked to speak widely about innovation, patient engagement, creativity, and best health. He lives in the Annex neighbourhood of Toronto with his family of five who all play hockey.

Visiting Speaker Talk – Pedagogic Challenges and Possibilities of Everyday Cosmopolitanism

March 13, 2015

Pedagogic Challenges and Possibilities of Everyday Cosmopolitanism

 Dr. Fazal Rizvi
Professor in Global Studies in Education
University of Melbourne.

Monday, April 13th
2:00 – to 3:30 pm
Room 1139  (Community Room)
Faculty of Education


All are welcome. Refreshments will be served. Please RSVP to doctoral student Xi Wu:

Presented by Western Education’s Researching International and Contemporary Education (RICE) and the Research Office.

Abstract: Much of the literature on cosmopolitanism is couched in terms of highly normative values, with an invitation for educators to translate these values into effective pedagogy. This has resulted in a diverse, uneven and often conflicting set of educational practices. In this talk, I want to argue that a major problem with this approach to education is that it does not adequately take into account a sense of ‘everyday cosmopolitanism’ that already informs the multiple ways in which many young people engage the increasingly globalized world, though in a manner that is highly ‘situated’. I will discuss how an understanding of everyday cosmopolitanism creates a number of challenges for educators, but also opens up some new pedagogic possibilities.

Bio: Born in India, Professor Fazal Rizvi was educated in India, Australia and the UK, and is currently a Professor in Global Studies in Education at the University of Melbourne and an Emeritus Professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in the United States. He is also a fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia and a board member of the Asia Education Foundation. He has published extensively on issues of identity and culture in transnational contexts, theories of globalization and education policy and more recently Indian higher education. His latest book is Globalizing Education Policy (Routledge 2010). His selected papers have recently been published under the title, Encountering Education in the Global (Routledge 2014).


Teaching Quality Indicators: Enhancing Quality Teaching

March 12, 2015

Please join us for:

Teaching Quality Indicators: Enhancing Quality Teaching

Ken Meadows, PhD
Teaching and Learning Services
Catharine Dishke Hondzel, PhD
Huron University College

Thursday, April 2, 2015
10:30 – 11:30 am
Room 1010, Faculty of Education.

All are welcome. Refreshments will be served. RSVP to

The Teaching Quality Indicators project is a research partnership between eight universities in Ontario to develop a means for post-secondary institutions to examine and, ultimately, enhance the culture of teaching at their institutions. In the first phase of the project we developed faculty and student versions of a survey, the Teaching Culture Perception Survey, based on an extensive review of the relevant literatures to examine the extent to which participants agreed that certain indicators of a quality teaching culture were evident at their institutions and the importance that they placed on these indicators. The surveys were pilot tested with faculty and undergraduate and graduate students at Western University, McMaster University, and the University of Windsor. Focus groups were also conducted to help triangulate and validate the findings of the surveys.Four subsequent phases to the research are planned and funding is being sought to support the continuation of this research project. More information about the research is available at

The project was funded in part by the Ministry of Training, Colleges, and Universities.


Faculty Mentor Session on “The Sabbatical Leave”

February 27, 2015

The Teaching Support Centre presents a Faculty Mentor Session for tenured and pre-tenure faculty on:

 The Sabbatical Leave

Friday, March 20, 2015
1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Teaching Support Centre
Room 122, Weldon Library


For many members of faculty, the Sabbatical Leave is an essential element in the development of their research and publication projects. The Leave provides a valuable opportunity to put aside teaching and administrative responsibilities, to focus on scholarly research, experiments, writing, and to connect with colleagues located elsewhere.
The panel will consider ways to make the most of the sabbatical leave, from knowing the rules and applying, to planning and organizing: setting realistic goals and doing your best to meet them. What are some of the challenges faced (moving to a different country, travelling with family)?  What pitfalls to avoid?
Join the workshop, bring your questions and concerns, and participate in the discussion.

The experienced panel includes:

  • Louise Milligan, Assistant Dean (Special Projects), Faculty of Science; Associate Professor, Department of Biology
  • Aara Suksi, Associate Professor, Department of Classical Studies
  • Brent Sinclair, Associate Professor, Department of Biology
  • Andrew Walsh, Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology


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