Message from the Dean — Fall 2019

The fall semester is in full swing at the Faculty of Education, and we’re pleased to have our full complement of undergraduate and graduate students, both on campus and online, engaging in the teaching and learning interactions and research innovations that have distinguished us for more than 75 years.

This fall also brought the first provincial budget from the newly elected government, and readers are doubtless aware of the reductions to post-secondary funding across Alberta. While this constitutes a challenge, our faculty members and staff remain committed to the core values we have articulated in our strategic plan, Education for the Public Good, including:

  • To provide varied and diverse programs and learning opportunities in undergraduate and graduate education in the service of supporting lifelong learning;
  • To be recognized as a leading site of collaboration, curiosity and creativity in teaching, learning, research, scholarship, service and leadership;
  • And to demonstrate sustainable and responsible stewardship of human, financial and environmental resources.

The Fall 2019 issue of illuminate features stories that underline the Faculty’s commitment to supporting lifelong learning, service and leadership across many communities. For example, our feature on September’s inaugural JP Das Centre Conference, at which more than 400 Edmonton-area teachers heard from leading literacy experts on best practices they could apply immediately, shows how research based at UAlberta translates into tools teachers can use in their classrooms every day.

For educators and education leaders who are interested in upgrading their skills, you will find information about how the Faculty of Education has reconceptualized some of its professional learning opportunities to align with Alberta’s teacher and school leadership quality standards, as well as offering new pathways to graduate studies.

As you will read in this issue’s Honour Roll, the 2019 UAlberta Alumni Awards saw a notable number of Education alumni honoured for their contributions to teaching and learning in many contexts, which reflects the many graduates of our faculty who go on to be impactful, inspiring educators. This theme is echoed in the many submissions to this month’s Class Notes, where alumni recount how their UAlberta education degrees served as passports to exciting and varied careers around the world.

Our story on Library and Information Studies professor Ali Shiri’s work in the northwest Arctic developing a means to capture storytelling by residents of the Inuvialuit Settlement Region as part of his Digital Library North project showcases a model of how genuine engagement, respect and reciprocity form the foundation of sustainable community-based research.

As always I’m grateful to the faculty members, staff and students and their integrity and resourcefulness in supporting the Faculty of Education’s commitment to education for the public good.