Dr. Pauline Sameshima Named OAEA “Post Secondary Teacher of the Year”

Dr. Pauline Sameshima (Professor, Faculty of Education) has been awarded the Post Secondary Teacher of the Year, 2022 award by the Ontario Art Education Association (OAEA).

The OAEA recognizes excellence in Visual and Media Arts education, and honours visual art schools and community educators who exemplify standards of quality in art education in Ontario.

Pauline was nominated for the award by Andrew Dean, Vice President, Research and Innovation at Lakehead University, for her numerous and significant contributions to the arts. As written in the nomination letter:

"Since her arrival as the Canada Research Chair in Arts Integrated Studies (a first in this field) at Lakehead University in 2012, Pauline has continued to promote the arts and alternative representations of research knowledge as ways to engage and stimulate thought, conversation, and learning across wide audiences, disciplines, and communities. Her work provides extensive opportunities for artistic expression and learning, and introduces new artistic techniques and arts integrating methodological approaches to the university community, the Thunder Bay community locally, and internationally through the galleries she curates… Her leadership and contributions to art education here at Lakehead, in our community, and internationally through her research and curation are richly deserving of this award.”

Some of Pauline’s notable achievements include:

  • opening and curating seven Galleries spaces: six on-site campus locations plus a virtual gallery that host hosts local, national, and international juried art exhibitions as well as featured art work. The galleries are used to teach about local research, build community and research capacity, and showcase local community artists in an academic setting;
  • publishing Parallaxic Praxis: Multimodal Interdisciplinary Pedagogical Research Design (2020), an arts integrating methodology book that won a Society of Professors of Education Outstanding Book Award;
  • creating her own artwork. One artwork was recently selected as one of the 80 of 425 submissions to be exhibited in the 2022 National Art Education Association’s Members’ Juried Exhibition;
  • participating in a current research project with a large scientific research team on a 26.5 million USD National Institutes of Health grant. Pauline leads the Community Arts Integrated Research program for this grant, which seeks to develop, with scientists and community members, an education curriculum for HIV cure research through the arts; and
  • being inducted into the College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists of the Royal Society of Canada, one of the highest honours for a Canadian academic.

A Zoom awards ceremony was held to honour Pauline and the other award winners, hosted by the OAEA Awards Committee.

Congratulations, Pauline!

PhD Student Claudia Flores Moreno Publishes Book Chapter with Drs. Sonia Mastrangelo and Meridith Lovell-Johnston

PhD student Claudia Flores Moreno, along with her supervisors Dr. Sonia Mastrangelo and Dr. Meridith Lovell-Johnston (Orillia campus), have authored a research chapter titled “A Self-Regulation Framework to Support the Mental Health and Wellbeing of International Female Graduate Students.”

The chapter is published in the book, Supporting Student and Faculty Wellbeing in Graduate Education (Routledge, 2022). This book discusses new pressures impacting graduate students and their supervisors, teachers, and mentors, as well as offering strategies that reflect on well-being as part of student-mentor relationships.

As noted in the abstract of their chapter, “Managing stressors is a growing concern among international graduate students, particularly for international female graduate students (IFGS) during the global COVID-19 pandemic. IFGS have coped with delayed program starts, loss of economic stability, social isolation, uncertainty, and continuous readjustments over this period. Self-regulation is a framework for understanding and managing stress that can be beneficial in helping students with their learning, mental health, and wellbeing. This chapter explores the journey of an IFGS and shows how the Shanker Self-Regulation framework can help across five interrelated domains (biological, emotional, cognitive, social, and pro-social).”

Claudia notes that the book chapter emerges from her deep interest in Shanker’s Self-Regulation framework, and takes the form of “complementary narratives” between herself and Sonia and Meridith.

She explains that she "found the genre of a collaborative autoethnography complex, [partly due to the fact that] my lived experiences have involved much uncertainty and cumulative loss over COVID-19. Dr. Lovell-Johnston brilliantly proposed that complementary narratives would allow space for ‘responses.’ Knowing what was going on from their perspective, as co-supervisors, was a great opportunity to understand the co-regulation process.”

Maclean’s Ranks Lakehead University in the Top 20 Best Education Programs in Canada

Maclean’s has included Lakehead University among Canada’s top 20-ranking schools for Education programs in Canada. The annual survey reviewed Education programs’ reputation for quality and research strength, with both areas contributing equally to the final rankings.

Dr. Wayne Melville, Faculty of Education Dean, notes that this ranking is “a testament to the work each of us has been doing within the faculty… including our commitments to each other, our programs, and our students.”

You can view Maclean’s 2023 list of “Canada’s Best Education Programs” here.

James Steele Appointed to the Canadian Association of Second Language Teachers Board of Directors

Contract Lecturer James (Jimmy) Steele has been appointed to the Board of Directors of the Canadian Association of Second Language Teachers (CASLT).

As noted on the CASLT website, the Association’s goal is to foster and advance professional excellence in language teaching in Canada, “by creating opportunities for professional development, by initiating and disseminating research, and by facilitating the exchange of information and ideas among language educators.”

Jimmy has worked in second language education for nearly 20 years. He has taught secondary Spanish, German, French Immersion, Core French, ESL, and Portuguese over his career in the Toronto District School Board in Toronto. At the Faculty of Education, he is currently course instructor for the “French as a Second Language” course in the Intermediate/Senior division. He also worked for three years as a secondee to York University's Faculty of Education, where he delivered 10 undergraduate and BEd courses in French and English. He continues to facilitate Continuing Education courses for teachers at both Nipissing University and OISE/University of Toronto.

“Professional development is at the heart of lifelong learning for classroom teachers and education workers,” he says. “I truly believe that learning from experts and peers alike has a measurable, meaningful impact on our teaching, programming, and assessment. Because of this, I have been involved with several provincial organizations throughout my teaching career, including ten years with the Ontario Modern Language Teachers’ Association and nine years as president of the Ontario Association of Teachers of German. When the call for interested candidates for the CASLT Board of Directors came out, I was encouraged to apply, and now, as part of the national team, having the chance to support teachers across Canada and help impact policy development in second language teaching is a very special experience.”

Congratulations on this appointment, Jimmy!

Dr. Pauline Sameshima Receives Teaching Innovation Award

Dr. Pauline Sameshima (Professor and Canada Research Chair in Arts Integrated Studies) has received a 2022 Teaching Innovation Award from Lakehead University’s Senate Teaching and Learning Committee.

The Committee highlighted Pauline’s implementation of the “the Slides Strategy,” a teaching technique that “stimulates high levels of engagement in students, allowing them to understand each other’s perspectives well and affording much more creativity and the ability to participate in reading assignments to a greater depth than existing alternatives.”

The Teaching Innovation Award recognizes the development and/or implementation of innovative pedagogical practices and technologies.

For an explanation of “the Slides Strategy,” please see the publication by Pauline Sameshima and Tashya Orasi, “What’s better than the asynchronous discussion post?

Congratulations, Pauline!

Climate Action Field School Awarded the 2022 Teaching Innovation Award

The Lake Superior Living Lab Network's (LSLLN) Climate Action Field School was awarded the 2022 Teaching Innovation Award by the Lakehead University's Senate Teaching and Learning Committee. A number of Education folks were involved with the Field School, including full-time faculty members Dr. Paul Berger, Dr. David Greenwood, and Dr. Connie Russell, adjunct faculty member Dr. Charles Levkoe, PhD student and contract lecturer Devon Lee, MEd student Gavin Shields, and alumni Sue Hamel, Aynsley Klassen, Darrel Makin, and Ledah McKellar.

More information on the field school can be found on the LSLLN website.

Books Featuring Contributions by Education Faculty Members Win AESA Awards

Two recently published books, featuring contributions by Faculty of Education members Dr. Michael Hoechsmann, Dr. Ellen Field, Dr. Connie Russell, and Dr. Gerald Walton have won 2022 American Educational Studies Association (AESA) Critics’ Choice Awards.

The three-volume, 125-chapter book, The SAGE Handbook of Critical Pedagogies (S. Steinberg & B. Down, editors) features a chapter by Connie Russell ("Fat Pedagogy and the Disruption of Weight-Based Oppression: Toward the Flourishing of All Bodies") and a chapter by Gerald Walton ("In a Rape Culture, Can Boys Actually Be Boys?"). Michael Hoechsmann edited the 10-chapter section on "Communication and Media." For more information on this book, see this link.

Education for Democracy 2.0: Changing Frames of Media Literacy, co-edited by Dr. Michael Hoechsmann, Gina Thésée (Université du Québec à Montréal), and Paul R. Carr (Université du Québec en Outaouais) has also won an AESA Critics' Choice Award. The book features a chapter by Ellen Field ("Is It All Just Emojis and LOL, or Can Social Media Foster Environmental Literacy and Activism?"). For more information on this book, see this link.

Maria Vasanelli Appointed as Chair of Lakehead University’s Board of Governors

Maria Vasanelli (Former Director of Strategic Initiatives and Professional Learning, Faculty of Education) began her new role as the Chair of Lakehead University’s Board of Governors. The appointment has a term of two years.

Maria joined Lakehead's Board of Governors in 2015 and has served on several of its standing committees, including Finance and Operations, Governance and Nominating, and Learning and Liaison.

Maria's experience in senior administration in education includes Superintendent of Education at the Durham Catholic District School Board and Superintendent at the Thunder Bay Catholic District School Board. She is currently the Director of Education at the Superior North Catholic District School Board and a member of the Ontario College of Teachers Council.

After earning her B.A. in Philosophy and a Bachelor of Education from Lakehead University, Maria received a Master in Religious Education degree from Saint Paul University, and a Master of Business Administration from Cape Breton University.

Among other accreditations, she holds a certificate in Canadian Aboriginal Relations from Confederation College, and recently completed a certificate in Executive Leadership at the Rotman School of Business.

Her professional interests include leadership development, board governance, and education equity.

Dr. Ruth Beatty and Colinda Clyne Receive Partnership Engage Grant for Research on Culturally Responsive Mathematics Education

Dr. Ruth Beatty (Associate Professor, Orillia) and Colinda Clyne (Coordinating Principal of Indigenous Education, Upper Grand District School Board) have been awarded a SSHRC Partnership Engage Grant for their research project, titled “Researching a Comprehensive Culturally Responsive Indigenous Mathematics Program.”

Ruth describes the creation of culturally responsive Indigenous math educational opportunities for students as “the first step towards responding to the needs of Indigenous students with respect to math education.”

There are three main goals of their research:

(a) to work with community partners to establish protocols for engagement that brings together community members and classroom educators to create respectful, reciprocal relationships;

(b) to study the effects of integrating cultural knowledge, values, and perspectives on participating students’ cultural knowledge and mathematical achievement; and

(c) to assess levels of teacher confidence in co-planning and co-teaching with Indigenous community partners to incorporate holistic approaches of Indigenous pedagogy in mathematics education.

Ruth has been working with Indigenous artists and Indigenous and non-Indigenous educators in the Upper Grand District School Board (UGDSB) for the past four years, exploring short-term, culturally based mathematics investigations in classrooms. The SHHRC Partnership Engage Award enables this work to continue in further depth through the implementation of year-long investigations in four participating UGDSB classrooms.

In 2021/22, Lakehead University received nearly $2 million in assistance from the Research Support Fund to support the indirect costs of research, which includes costs for supporting the management of intellectual property, research and administration, ethics and regulatory compliance, research resources, and research facilities.

Pictured below: Colinda Clyne (left) and Ruth Beatty (right)

Faculty of Education September 2022 Newsletter Published

The Faculty of Education's September 2022 Education Exchange newsletter is now published.

This issue features articles on the "Operation Happy to Be Here" research project, the digitization of program archives from the Native and Indigenous Language Instructors' Programs, faculty news, alumni profiles, and more.

To access the Education Exchange newsletter, click here.