May Issue of Education Exchange Newsletter Published

We are pleased to announce that the May issue of our Education Exchange newsletter has been published. This newsletter brings our current and former students as well as our educational partners together to share news, successes, and innovations.

To access our Education Exchange newsletter, click the following link:

Education Exchange Newsletter (May 2019)

To see previous issues of the newsletter, visit the newsletter archives.

Dr. Pauline Sameshima Awarded SSHRC “Aid to Scholarly Journals” Grant

Dr. Pauline Sameshima (Professor and Canada Research Chair in Arts Integrated Studies), has won a SSHRC “Aid to Scholarly Journals” grant, for the open-access Journal of the Canadian Association for Curriculum Studies (JCACS). Dr. Sameshima is Editor-in-Chief of JCACS. Lakehead Doctoral student, Holly Tsun Haggarty, is the Associate and Managing Editor of JCACS.

The three-year award, valued over $100,000, will support this Canadian journal in continuing to publish the most innovative and provocative curriculum work in Canada — experimenting in various modes of knowledge mobilization, and increasing dissemination, discoverability and readership of original research results.

JCACS publishes articles semi-annually in both French and English that address curriculum issues of interest to Canada and Canadians and an international readership such as curriculum pedagogies in elementary and secondary schools, undergraduate and graduate courses, and informal or community-based settings. The journal aims to reflect the diverse scholarship of the members of the Canadian Association for Curriculum Studies, which includes the special interest groups: Science Education Research Group, Language and Literacy Researchers of Canada, Regroupement pour l’étude de l’éducation francophone en milieu minoritaire, Canadian Critical Pedagogy Association, and the Arts Researchers and Teachers Society.

"The funding is critical to developing a sustainable, accessible, and inclusive journal. We will be able to operationalize our goals of including bilingual abstracts, publish more French articles, support social media dissemination, develop mentorship/community dialogues, and update and secure our current platform, Dr. Sameshima says. "We are so grateful for the support of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council."

Dr. Pauline Sameshima Wins Contribution to Research Award

Congratulations to Dr. Pauline Sameshima (Professor and Canada Research Chair in Arts Integrated Studies), who has won a 2018 Contribution to Research Award for her relevant research activities over the past three years.

The award recognizes Dr. Sameshima’s productivity in quantity and quality, her interdisciplinary range, and her scholarly outputs such as peer-reviewed journals and books while she creates, disseminates, and curates research through the arts. It also recognizes her mentorship of graduate students, her attainment of funding, and her research collaboration with scholars across disciplines.

“The arts offer loving ways to engage communities in collaborative research, and through the arts, we can share research with different communities. I am honoured to have received this award and am grateful to co-researchers, community partners, graduate students, and Lakehead for making my work possible,” she says.

One of Dr. Sameshima's endeavors includes the addition of two new research art galleries that opened at Lakehead this year. She curates the Galleries@LakeheadU spaces, which are made up of five different locations for displaying research done at the University.

Below: Pauline Sameshima with Anne Klymenko (Director of the Office of Research Services) in front of artworks created by Pauline Sameshima and Patricia Morchel (PhD student at Columbia University, NY).

PhD Student Elizabeth Boileau Wins Graduate Studies Research Excellence Award

Congratulations to PhD student Elizabeth Boileau, whose research publication, “Insect and Human Flourishing in Early Childhood Education: Learning and Crawling Together” (co-authored with Dr. Connie Russell, Professor), has won the Graduate Studies Research Excellence Award, awarded during Lakehead University’s Research and Innovation Week.

The research chapter, which is published in the Research Handbook on Childhoodnature (Springer, 2018), explores how educators might “offer young children opportunities to develop ethical and caring relationships with insects, including those who are commonly feared, disliked, or simply overlooked.” Elizabeth has presented this research at two refereed conferences, and the publication is also being used as a course reading in a Master of Education course.

“Winning this award is very exciting and validating! I am proud of the positive impact that this publication has had already. I am very grateful for the guidance of my supervisor, Connie Russell, through the research, writing and publication process,” Elizabeth says.

She adds that this research bridges her professional and academic life, since it draws on her experiences working with children and working at an insect museum prior to the start of her PhD studies.  


Dr. Michael Hoechsmann Presents Public Talk: “Remix, Rhetoric and ‘Reality’ in the Era of ‘Fake News’”

Dr. Michael Hoechsmann (Associate Professor, Faculty of Education – Orillia) will present a public talk as part of the “Uncovering the Truth: Investigative Journalism in the Age of ‘Fake News’” series.

Date: Wednesday, February 27

Time: 9:30-11:30 a.m.

Location: St Paul's Centre, 62 Peter Street North, Orillia, ON

Description: How we produce, circulate and consume knowledge, information and “news” has changed dramatically with the participatory Web 2.0 and algorithmic Web 3.0. A democratized Internet gives voice to previously marginalized voices, and generally unleashes unfiltered views into circulation. Less able to rely on professional editors we actively curate information from multiple sources through search engines and social media. The apparent fake news ‘crisis’ of lies and propaganda in the media is fueled too by the rise of authoritarian populism and the celebration of opinion and affect (“I believe what I feel like believing”) over knowledge and science.

To purchase tickets for this talk, click here.  

Humanities 101 Featured in The Walleye

The Faculty of Education’s Humanities 101 program has been featured in the February issue of The Walleye magazine (see page 64 of the link).

The article, entitled “The Fundamental Gift of the Humanities,” discusses Humanities 101, a program that provides a free, university-level experience to community members who have financial or social barriers that make it difficult for them to pursue post-secondary education.

As explained in the article: “In 2004, Dr. Christina van Barneveld of the Faculty of Education and other educators began the ongoing process of implementing, revising, and sustaining Humanities 101 at Lakehead University. The program is supported by a large network of community affiliates and volunteers including the Thunder Bay Art Gallery and the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra. People from a variety of backgrounds with different reasons for wanting to move towards their potential are attracted by the accessible approach... Humanities 101 provides a unique individual and community-directed experience. It’s a way that education can open doors so students can find their own place to make way for personal positive change.”

Humanities 101 is celebrating its 15th year in 2019. The program is offered on both Thunder Bay and Orillia campuses.

January Issue of Education Exchange Newsletter Published

We are pleased to announce that the January issue of our Education Exchange newsletter has been published. This newsletter brings our current and former students as well as our educational partners together to share news, successes, and innovations.

To access our Education Exchange newsletter, click the following link:

Education Exchange Newsletter (January 2019)

To see previous issues of the newsletter, visit the newsletter archives.


Keri-Lyn Durant Wins Graduate Student Paper Award

Congratulations to PhD student Keri-Lyn Durant, recipient of the Richard Kalish Graduate Student Paper Award, to be presented at the Association for Death Education and Counselling (ADEC) 2019 Conference next April.

Keri-Lyn’s paper, “How Grief Camp Reinforces the Need for Death Education in Elementary Schools” (published in the Fall 2018 issue of Canadian Journal for New Scholars in Education) discusses her experiences as a volunteer at children’s grief camps. Grief camps offer a safe grieving space for children who have experienced a death-related loss, along with opportunities for open dialogues about grief and loss and the development of coping strategies that focus on restoration. The camps, she explains, highlight the need for death education in schools.

In the paper she writes: “Not immune to issues surrounding dying, death, and loss, young people are being done a great disservice by our embraced ignorance of inevitable life events… It is time to reclaim our dying … by moving towards healthy and appropriate modes of lifelong learning regarding death and the life that precedes it.”

Receiving the ADEC award is a significant honour, as Keri-Lyn’s paper was selected as part of an international competition. She plans to attend the conference in Atlanta in the spring.  

Randy Wilkie Elected to the College of Fellows of the Royal Canadian Geography Society

Congratulations to Randy Wilkie (Contract Lecturer, Faculty of Education), who has been elected to the College of Fellows of the Royal Canadian Geographic Society.

Randy was nominated for this prestigious honour by his colleagues at the Ontario Association for Geographic and Environmental Education (OAGEE), where he has served as a regional councilor for over 25 years. During that time he has helped to promote geography and assist geography teachers through the publication of teaching resources, assistance in developing the Grades 7-12 Ontario Geography curriculum, and the creation of an OAGEE geography poster series (many of these posters hang in Ontario classrooms today). He was also awarded the OAGEE Award of Distinction in 2011, among numerous other geography-related awards, honours, publications, and distinctions throughout his career. 

According to the RCGS, Fellows are community leaders who act as ambassadors for the Society, helping through volunteerism, advice and giving, building community and furthering their mission to make Canada better known to Canadians and the world. The RCGS notes that Randy’s election to the College of Fellows reflects his commitment to Canada and its remarkable geography. 

Dr. Pauline Sameshima Featured as Distinguished Outstanding Alumna of UBC

Dr. Pauline Sameshima, Professor and Canada Research Chair in Arts Integrated Studies, has been featured as a distinguished and outstanding alumna of the University of British Columbia (PhD in Curriculum Studies, 2006).

An interview and biography, published here, discusses Dr. Sameshima’s current research projects and creative research methods, which “seek to respond to pressing calls for Canada to nurture and develop creativity and innovation capacity by leveraging broad interdisciplinary approaches.”

Dr. Sameshima has received numerous honours and awards in her career. Her collaborative research model framework, Parallaxic Praxis, has been taken up in research projects ranging from HIV research, interpersonal violence, mental health care, dementia studies, technology and inclusive education, knowledge generation, literacy, and more. Her book on this framework, Parallaxic Praxis: Multimodal Interdisciplinary Pedagogical Research Design, co-authored by Dr. Patricia Maarhuis (Washington State University) and Dr. Sean Wiebe (University of Prince Edward Island) will be available shortly from Vernon Press.