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Tuesday, November 23, 2021

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  • The EdCan Network announces Assistant Professor Oyemolade (Molade) Osibodu as a 2021 Pat Clifford Award winner – The Pat Clifford Award is in recognition of the work of emerging researchers—their research contributions, their promise and their commitment to breaking new ground or revisiting commonly held assumptions in education policy, practice or theory in Canada. In an interview with EdCan, Dr. Osibodu says that "in Canada, to this point, there hasn’t been a lot of research into the experiences of math students from racialized communities, especially Black students". Her research attempts to address this shortcoming and to identify ways to improve the learning of those students whose needs and experiences have all too often been overlooked. Read the press release on the EdCan Network website

  • Assistant Professor Vidya Shah will be giving a keynote presentation titled “(Un)Professional (Un)Learning” at the International Development Association 2021 International Conference on November 27th.
  • Postdoctoral Fellow James Stinson has been awarded a two-year 2021 Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Insight Development Grant (IDG) for his project Smart Conservation and the Production of Nature 3.0 in Belize. Framed through the lens of political ecology, this project will provide a discursive and ethnographic examination of the Spatial Monitoring and Reporting Tool (SMART) and its use in terrestrial and marine protected areas in Belize.

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Program Office Updates

Student Services Office
  • Faculty of Education, Information Sessions – Undergraduate programs - The Office of Student Services is offering information sessions to prospective students about the BA Educational Studies and Concurrent Direct Entry BEd throughout the months of October to December. Information and registration for the info sessions will be posted on the YU Future Students site.
  • Science Teachers’ Association of Ontario (STAO) virtual event – STAO is excited to announce a virtual event taking place November 26th and 27th. This 'pop-up' professional learning event, themed Moving Forward, Together—A STAO Experience is an opportunity to re-engage science educators from K-12. This event will provide an opportunity for pre-service students to learn from and connect virtually with science educators from across the province. Visit for registration information and more details about the conference.

Graduate Program Office
  • The deadline for doctoral program applications for the 2022-2023 academic year is approaching fast.  Applications are due December 15, 2021. Learn more
Research Office
  • Calling all faculty, post-doctoral fellows, and secondees: On Wednesday December 1st from 10:00-12:00 p.m., feel free to drop-in to this month’s very first Research Office Hours. Hosted on Zoom by the Associate Dean, this monthly, informal space is a forum to share experiences, try out ideas, ask questions, and troubleshoot challenges in your research!  Zoom link to follow on email.

  • The Research Office would like to expand our list of honours, awards, and recognitions to represent the range of disciplinary affiliations in the Faculty. Our intention is to continue to build a strong nomination culture and to help you secure recognition for your work.

    To support us in this effort, we invite you to contribute to the following Wish-List by naming awards that you would like to pursue and/or be nominated for in the immediate and/or future. If you aren’t sure of specific awards, we invite you to list your professional and scholarly affiliations so that we can surface relevant awards within those contexts.

    This Wish-List was also distributed to attendees at the close of the Your Research: 3 Minutes and 5 Years in 2 Hours event.

    Your participation is much appreciated and entirely voluntary.

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New Publications

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In Case You Missed It

  • Faculty launches 'Education Alumni News' newsletter - Earlier this month the Faculty launched the inaugural issue of Education Alumni News. This new e-newsletter is sent to alumni and friends of the Faculty during the fall, winter and spring terms to keep them informed of the many vibrant and relevant activities that we have ahead in our Faculty. Read our inaugural issue

  • What can the visual arts teach us about Indigenous history and culture? - Two Métis artists spoke with Faculty of Education Professor Susan Dion, associate vice-president Indigenous initiatives, about how their art educates and invites others to experience their culture and heritage. Read full story

  • York to match contributions to Jean Augustine endowment - York University and the Faculty of Education have strengthened their commitment to the work of the Jean Augustine Chair in Education, Community & Diaspora by matching community contributions (dollar for dollar) up to $500,000. Read full story

  • The Educational Developers Thinking Allowed website was shortlisted for the Professional and Organizational Development (POD) Network’s POD Innovation Award 2021 – The website which was developed by Associate Professors Celia Popovic (York University) and Fiona Smart (Edinburgh Napier University) did not win the Award, but made it through to the final 4.  POD is the Professional and Organizational Development network based in the US ( The award was announced earlier this month at the annual POD conference.
  • York International and the UNESCO Chair in Reorienting Education towards Sustainability with their strategic partners have launched the Sustainable on the Go 2021 Conference Publication as a contribution to this year's International Education Week. The multimedia publication summarizes the dialogues from the virtual conference in January 2021 which brought together over 500 participants from 58 different countries on the future of internationalization and mobility.

Dr. Brittany Tomin

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In the Media

  • Ending streaming in Grade 9 not enough: advocate – Professor and Jean Augustine Chair in Education, Community and Diaspora Carl James participated in a panel discussion Nov. 11 on CP24Watch the discussion

  • York University-led national program will increase representation of Black youth at Canadian universities - Professor and Jean Augustine Chair in Education, Community and Diaspora Carl James was quoted in an article by Ron Fanfair Nov. 5 - Read full story
  • TikTok says it's cracking down on dangerous challenges. Will it be enough? - Professor and Canada Research Chair in Young Lives, Education and Global Good Kate Tilleczek was quoted in an article on CBC News Nov. 18 - Read full story

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News from the York Community

  • York University signs the Scarborough Charter - Together with more than 40 Canadian post-secondary institutions and sector partners, York University is proud to sign the Scarborough Charter, a national pledge to ongoing action against anti-Black racism and further progress toward Black inclusion. Read more
  • November is Community Safety and Crime Prevention Month - The Canadian Safety Council has designated November as Community Safety and Crime Prevention Month, and in Ontario, Nov. 7 to 13 is designated ‘Crime Prevention Week.’ For information about the University’s community-driven safety strategy, please see the Community Safety Department Strategic Plan. This plan was developed through extensive consultation in which 7,000 community members contributed.
  • Experiential Education Symposium committee seeks student presenters - The Experiential Education Symposium committee is looking for enthusiastic students to share their #EEStory at the fourth annual Experiential Education Symposium taking place Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2022. Read 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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Science Education in Climate Crisis
with Steve Alsop, Silas Otieno Asaka, Roxanne Cohen & Deka Gaiye

Wednesday December 1, 2021
9:00am | via Zoom

This talk is a part of the Reciprocal Learning Beyond Crisis BHER Speaker Series 2021-2022

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