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Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Top Stories

  • Professor and Associate Vice-President Indigenous Initiatives Susan Dion and co-author Jane Griffith (Toronto Metropolitan University) were awarded the 2021 F.E.L. Priestly Prize for their article “Narratives of Place and Relationship: Bev Sellar’s Memoir They Called Me Number One”. The award was presented by the Association of Canadian College and University Teachers of English (ACCUTE). Read full story

  • Associate Professor Sue Winton and Post-Doctoral Fellow Beyhan Farhadi guest-edited a special issue of Our Schools/ Our Selves titled “The Crisis Continuum and the Role of Public Education in a Just Recovery” Download a free copy . This work comes out of the special funds that Winton and Farhadi received as part of York’s special initiative to fund covid-related research (see story here)
  • Faculty of Education students to participate in upcoming Experiential Education (EE) Symposium on February 2 – The students will be participating in the Classroom Focused discussion taking place at 3:00 p.m. Their work will also be on display during the morning portion of the event on the EE symposium website. Visit to view the program and for details on how to join the virtual event

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Program Office Updates

Dean's Office
    We are excited to report that the construction phase of the revitalization of Winters College has begun. Prior to the start of the new year, the contents of the second floor were moved to storage and the construction crew has already started its work. The Dean’s Office has been re-located to 023 Winters College (basement level). That being said, and following university wide guidelines, all staff are currently working remotely.  We are expecting additional information regarding health and safety protocols to re-open offices and common spaces, and we will communicate those as soon as we possibly can. We will aim to keep you updated periodically on the progress of the renovations
  • The Faculty would like to extend its sincere condolences to our dear colleague Neita Israelite on the passing of her husband Larry Orenstein, who passed away on December 12th. A graduate from York and a copy editor at The Globe and Mail for more than 35 years, Larry was “a voracious reader, a talented writer and a skilful editor, whose often cantankerous behaviour masked a gentle man and superior wordsmith trusted by The Globe’s best columnists, correspondents and editors”.
Graduate Program Office
  • The application deadline for Master of Education degree program for Full-time applicants, Fall 2022 Entry has been extended to February 15th, 2022. Application deadline for Part-time applicants remains same as February 15, 2022. The application information can be found at:

  • Congratulations to doctoral candidate Krista Tucker Petrick on being named the new principal at Chippewa Secondary School by the Near North District School Board.
    Read full story
Research Office
  • On Thursday, January 20th from 11:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m., the Research Office will be hosting a session, “Reaching a Broader Audience: Leveraging Media Relations for your Expertise,” led by Anjum Nayyar (Communications Manager, York University Libraries). Our very own Barbara Rodezno will also be in attendance to share her knowledge in this area. Please watch your email to receive a Zoom link for the event. We look forward to seeing interested faculty and post-doctoral fellows there!

  • If you are planning to attend Grant Clinic 3.0, please notify the Research Office at by Friday, January 28, 2022

  • Do you have ideas for new events or sessions that we can offer to support your research? Please email us to share your thoughts about future research initiatives
  • Creation of personal research websites – Any faculty members who require support in the creation of personal websites for their research and projects can contact Adam Riley at
Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program Office
  • The Application Package for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Teacher Education Program is now available on our website.  Applications are due March 15, 2022

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New Publications

  • Distinguished Research Professor Deborah Britzman and Aziz Guzel (York University) have published a new book titled “Mental Health for Educators”. The book is addressed to anyone involved in the learning lives of others with a view towards relational approaches to mental health

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In Case You Missed It

  • This past November Associate Professor Naomi Norquay gave a talk entitled “Traces of the Durham Road’s Black Pioneers” for the Grey Roots Museum and Archives’ virtual public lecture series. Watch the talk
  • Graduate Program Director Aparna Mishra Tarc’s keynote address “Coming Up for Air: On Reading in a Global Pandemic” given at the Graduate Student Conference at Lakehead University’s Faculty of Education last spring, has been published in the Journal of Canadian Curriculum Studies in audiotext. Watch the keynote
  • 2020-2021 Making the Shift Youth Homelessness Social Innovation Lab Impact Report - The Making the Shift Youth Homelessness Social Innovation Lab is pleased to have the opportunity to once again report on their on-going success. This is their second annual report in the context of a global pandemic. Read the report
  • Ontario Court declares that the Ontario Math Proficiency Test is Unconstitutional – The Ontario Divisional Court has ruled that the Ontario College of Teachers shall grant certification to teacher candidates who have not yet passed the Math Proficiency Test but who have otherwise met all other teacher certification requirements. Read full story on the OTF website

Dr. Brittany Tomin

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News from the York Community

  • Canadian Writers in Person continues with a reading from Thomas King’s new novel
    If you love meeting talented writers and hearing them read from their published work, or just want to soak up a unique cultural experience, don’t miss the Canadian Writers in Person Lecture Series, which continues Jan. 18 with a reading from Thomas King’s latest novel, Sufferance (HarperCollins Canada, 2021). View event details

  • Call for nominations for the President’s University-Wide Teaching Awards
    The President’s University-Wide Teaching Awards honour those who, through innovation and commitment, have significantly enhanced the quality of learning by York students. Nominations are due January 28th. Learn more
  • UN SDGs essential to 2022 Academic Innovation Fund grant applications - It’s time once again for faculty to put on their innovative thinking caps and turn their creative teaching and learning ideas into Academic Innovation Fund proposals. Learn more
  • Yfile wants to feature you! - Focusing on life outside of York University, the ‘My Secret Life’ series examines what interesting – and perhaps unexpected – activities faculty and staff pursue during their personal time. Do you have a special talent or an interesting hobby? Do you spend time making contributions to your community or have a volunteer role you are passionate about? Do you moonlight as an entertainer, artist, musician or performer? Have you won awards or competitions unrelated to your work at York University? We want to hear about it! Learn more

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Just for Fun

Professor Naomi Norquay and her family were in Grey County for new year’s. There wasn’t enough snow to build a new year’s eve fort, so they went with Plan B...

We rounded up the two most logical suspects...

And burned them to a crisp...

Happy New Year everyone!


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