Interim Dean of Education Randy Wimmer appointed to additional term

The University of Alberta’s Office of the Provost and VP (Academic) has announced that Dr. Randy Wimmer will serve an additional one-year term as interim Dean of Education.

Initially appointed for the period of July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016, Wimmer will now serve until June 30, 2017, or until such time as a new Dean is appointed. A search for a new Dean will be conducted in the 2016-17 academic year.

Wimmer is a proud UAlberta alumnus, having completed his undergraduate degree, Master of Education, and Doctor of Education (in Educational Policy Studies) in this faculty.

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Mapping literacy: charting the territory of the texts we love

One of the artifacts from Margaret Mackey’s childhood is a picture book about Santa Claus that’s part of her earliest memories. She describes it as a cheap little thing printed on flimsy paper with no discernible literary merit. But when she recently found a copy and flipped to a page depicting kids making Christmas cookies, Mackey says the image stirred an internal experience she could scarcely put into words.

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Looking at climate change through a pedagogical lens

The realities of climate change paint a bleak picture for the future of our planet. As scientists and politicians debate research and policy, the average person can feel overwhelmed and helpless in a maelstrom of rising oceans, greenhouse gases, and endangered species.

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Creating the first cultural digital library in Canada’s North

When you live 400 km from the nearest library, getting information can be a real challenge. Faculty of Education professor Ali Shiri of the School of Library and Information Studies (SLIS) is leading a project to address this issue. Together with co-investigator Dinesh Rathi, also of SLIS, Shiri and a team of collaborators have begun to bridge the information gap for some of Canada’s most isolated people with a project called Digital Library North.

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Healing a legacy of cultural genocide through a new generation of Aboriginal women

Canada's last residential school, the Gordon Indian Residential School in Punnichy, Saskatchewan, finally closed in 1996. A dark chapter of Canada's contemporary history that was largely ignored until the recent report by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, the schools were a perversion of the very idea of education, destroying the culture, identity and traditional knowledge of Canada’s Aboriginal peoples in the name of assimilation.

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Queer Muslims - out of the closet and into the library

Gianmarco Visconti occupies a privileged position in society, and he knows it. Born and raised in Edmonton, the Master of Library and Information Studies student in the Faculty of Education is also gay and Muslim--facts he can choose to disclose, or not.

“My mother is of Arabic descent, raised in Kenya by adoptive parents. She deliberately didn’t give us Arabic names to protect us from being targets,” says Visconti.

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Graduates of pilot project bring incredible richness to Alberta’s classrooms

This is not your average graduating class. The 11 students that make up this Faculty of Education cohort are already professional teachers with a combined 25-plus years of classroom teaching time, numerous undergraduate and graduate degrees, and nine languages under their belts.

They’ve also all left their home countries for new lives in Canada.

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