The Faculty of Education has a proud tradition not only of producing great educators, but great educational research. Here are some recent stories you may have missed about UAlberta education researchers and the important work they do to improve teaching and learning in Alberta, in Canada and around the world.
To mark the 75th anniversary of the UAlberta Faculty of Education, we asked alumni to share memorable moments from their student experience. Responses ranged from stories about professors who helped inspire students on their education journey to student-teaching gaffes that were lessons in and of themselves; from snapshots of social etiquette half a century ago to historic moments that were felt for generations. Thanks to all the alumni who shared their memories!
While the topic of reconciliation has become a prominent part of public discourse in Canada over the last few years, many people still think of it as focused on past wrongs inflicted on Indigenous peoples, especially through residential schools.
The history of Golden Bears football is full of great players, great team leaders and great coaches, but James Lazaruk is the rare instance of someone who managed to be all three. More remarkably, his time as a member of the Golden Bears coaching staff in the early 1980s coincided with a full-time career as a high school teacher and other coaching duties.
Lazaruk’s contributions to Golden Bears football and to athletics in Alberta will be recognized at the 2017 University of Alberta Alumni Awards on Monday, Sept. 25 when he is inducted into the Sports Wall of Fame.
UAlberta grad Brad Burns (94 BEd) has a simple approach to education: Practice what you TEACH. Practice understanding, practice kindness. Watch as his school and the University of Alberta join forces to tell Burns he’s getting an Alumni Honour Award.
See Burns and 20 other recipients get their awards on Monday, Sept. 25 at the Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium by registering for free tickets to the 2017 Alumni Awards at uab.ca/AlumniAwards.
It’s surprising to find out Heike Juergens very nearly decided to forgo university altogether, given that her long involvement with the University of Alberta as an alumna will be recognized with a 2017 Alumni Service Award on Monday, Sept. 25.
Bishop Jane Alexander would be the first to affirm the lyric of William Cowper’s famous hymn: “God moves in a mysterious way his wonders to perform.” She never dreamed as a music and special education teacher in her native England that she would one day pursue a PhD in educational psychology at the University of Alberta. Nor did she imagine that her academic career would reach “a fork in the road” that would lead her to become the bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Edmonton.
“It’s proof God has a sense of humour, I’ll say that,” Alexander said.
I am so honoured to have joined the Faculty of Education as Dean in July 2017. As a proud alumna of the University of Alberta (BEd ’94, PhD ’04), returning after 13 years at the University of Regina represents an opportunity for me to give back to a faculty and, indeed, an institution that profoundly shaped me as a teacher, researcher and scholar.
For many, summer is a time for camping, outdoor sports and cold drinks on a warm patio. But for these educators, summer isn't about winding down—it's about catching up on research and writing, travelling to international conferences, and devoting time to exciting projects.