Faculty News Spring 2022

Dr. Jennifer Tupper has been reappointed as the Dean of the Faculty of Education for a second five-year term from July 1, 2022, to June 30, 2027.

Under Dr. Tupper’s leadership, the Faculty of Education has solidified its status as one of the top ranked Faculties of Education in Canada and the world, built on a long history of excellence in research, teaching and learning, and service to students and to the wider community. In addition to educating high-quality teachers, librarians, psychologists, and other professionals, the impact of the Faculty’s researchers in the areas of educational policy, pedagogy and curriculum, counseling, clinical and school psychology, and library and information studies continues to be profound and far-reaching.

Dr. Tupper’s commitment to the work of truth and reconciliation, and to the principles of equity, diversity and inclusivity have been demonstrated during her tenure through initiatives such as the expansion of the Aboriginal Teacher Education Program (ATEP) and the creation of the Student Advisory Committee for Advancing Racial Justice. Her focus on continuous improvement of the student experience is reflected in the undergraduate program review and renewal, the expansion of undergraduate research opportunities, and tireless support for graduate scholarship and research.

Dean Tupper is an engaged university community member in the Faculty of Education and beyond, such as during her time co-chairing the United Way campaign from 2019-2022. She also oversaw the creation of the Faculty’s strategic plan, Education for the Public Good, which enshrined the values of transparency, collaboration, mutual care and respect within the Faculty. She will continue to expand relationships with education stakeholders locally, provincially and nationally through active involvement with organizations such as the Association of Canadian Deans of Education.

Effective April 1, 2022, the Faculty of Education is the new home of the English Language School (ELS), which was previously situated in the Faculty of Extension.

The English Language School is a robust and responsive provider of English language education and customized professional development programs, contributing to the University of Alberta’s international engagement goals and creating a bridge between the university and learners around the world. Annually, it supports close to 2,000 students through the delivery of programs and courses taught by highly qualified instructors.

Home to the Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) Program, the Faculty of Education aims to be a flourishing and diverse community that excels, innovates, and transforms society through high quality, meaningful teaching, research and service. The TESL Program emphasizes the importance of helping teachers understand both instructional and research principles to assist them in adapting to the changing face of ESL. Faculty members in TESL are looking forward to welcoming the ELS to the Faculty of Education.

“We are excited that the English Language School, with its established tradition of excellence, will join the Faculty of Education in its mission of transformative teaching and learning, community engagement, diversity and inclusivity,” said Dr. Jennifer Tupper, Dean of Education. “Given our shared commitments, the Faculty and the ELS will explore opportunities to enhance collaboration and advance research in English Language Learning for the benefit of all.”

“The move of the ELS to the Faculty of Education is a wonderful development for our students, instructors and staff, and one that will help to build stronger relationships with partner departments and faculties through a dialogue of shared understanding and values,” added Dr. Donald Mason, Interim Director of ELS. “We very much look forward to working more closely with our colleagues in the TESL Program on future developments.”

Dr. Taymy Josefa Caso has accepted a tenure-track position as Assistant Professor, Counseling Psychology, in the Faculty of Education effective August 15, 2022.

Dr. Caso holds a PhD and MPhil from New York University in Counseling Psychology and an MA from Columbia University Teachers’ College, and joins us from Minnesota, where they are currently completing the Randi and Fred Ettner Postdoctoral Fellowship in Transgender Health at the University of Minnesota Medical School. Dr. Caso also holds an adjunct faculty appointment at New York University in the Department of Applied Psychology and at the University of Minnesota Medical School.

Dr. Caso serves on various state and national psychology boards related to race and LGBTQ issues and has received numerous honours and awards for service, community engagement, research and leadership in their efforts to understand and improve the lives of oppressed and minoritized populations. Some of these leadership roles also include serving as a member of the Leadership Council for Orgullo and the National Latinx Psychological Association’s LGBTQ special interest group. Dr. Caso is also an appointed member of APA’s Committee on Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity (CSOGD) and the Diversity Officer for Division 17’s Section for Advocacy of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity (SASGOD).

Within an institutional context, Dr. Caso has also served on a number of committees at NYU and currently provides leadership to the Intersectional Justice Committee at the Institute for Sexual and Gender Health (University of Minnesota), by offering recommendations pertaining to clinical services, policy, advocacy and DEI efforts.

Dr. Caso’s current research program examines the intersection of health disparities and social determinants of health as informed by identity-based marginalization and discrimination, particularly concerning gender and sexual oriention. Their work focuses on exploring the impact of oppression on the mental and physical health of BIPOC, LGBTQ+ people and their communities. In their new role, Dr. Caso will continue to advance their social justice commitments through mentoring, teaching, and community advocacy while extending a research program that integrates technological innovation and applied intervention to address health disparities from a public health framework.

Dr. Caso’s dedication to service, strong advocacy of more diverse faculty representation and commitment to improve representation for students of minoritized backgrounds aligns with our faculty’s own commitment to anti-oppressive education, decolonizing pedagogy, and fostering an environment that is healthy, respectful, inclusive and diverse. I look forward to working with and alongside Dr. Caso and ask that you please join me in extending our congratulations on their recent appointment.

Dr. Kenneth Gariepy has been appointed as Director, School of Library and Information Studies (SLIS), effective July 1, 2022. He joins us from the University of the Fraser Valley, where he serves as Head of the Department of Information Studies and Associate Professor. Dr. Gariepy holds a PhD in Theoretical, Cultural, and International Studies in Education and a master's degree in Library and Information Studies, both from the University of Alberta. He has a strong record of service and scholarship and more than 15 years of teaching experience at the undergraduate and graduate levels in various disciplines, including library science, business communications, and educational policy studies. He was a sessional instructor from 2009-2011 in the Department of Educational Policy Studies and SLIS. His current research focuses on academic and intellectual freedom policy, as well as diversity, equity and inclusion in higher education.

In his role as Director, Dr. Gariepy will provide leadership to, and overall administration of, SLIS, including: budgetary oversight; faculty support and evaluation; curriculum planning, assessment, and development; fund development; and serving the various interests of a diverse student body. He will continue the excellent work that Dr. DeLong has undertaken as Interim Chair as he represents SLIS in faculty and university planning and provides leadership in professional library education at the local, provincial, national, and international levels. In his capacity as a citizen of the Métis Nations of British Columbia and Alberta, Dr. Gariepy has articulated his commitment to help advance Education For the Public Good by ensuring that students, faculty, and staff are supported by learning environments that welcome diversity in all its forms.