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Dean's message

In the cycle of our academic year, two days stand out: the opening of the Fall semester each September and our Convocation each June.


On Thursday, June 8, the Faculty of Education (FEd) saw students from each of our four programs receive their parchments to loud cheers from their families, friends, classmates and professors. These accolades were well deserved. For the graduates, Convocation represents many years of dedication, intellectual toil, and full-time and part-time jobs. For their family, Convocation also represents a deep commitment to the promise of higher education as a pathway to the knowledge, capabilities and skills needed for a career in education or related field and, as importantly, for a long life as an active and engaged citizen and spouse, parent and friend.

We all recognize that graduation is both an end and a beginning. For many, it is the end, or so it seems, to formal education before entry into the world of work. For all, graduation is the beginning of that next stage in their lives—as a prospective teacher in our public and private schools, as a professional in a learning environment in public and private sectors, and, for some, a pathway to further education as a graduate student.

We are proud of the achievements of all of our graduating classes. They have grown immensely in their capabilities and personal and technical skills. They have demonstrated they have the knowledge and skills required for successful entry into employment in the 21st century:  they are excellent communicators, work well as key players in highly collaborative teams, are problem solvers and life-long learners. Congratulations to each and every one.

At Convocation 2017, FEd recognized the contributions of our second Dean, Jim Greenlaw, PhD, who was appointed Professor Emeritus. Dr. Greenlaw was appointed Dean of Education in 2007. An acknowledged scholar in the field of second-language learning, Dr. Greenlaw led FEd through a period of growth in our teacher education program as well as our graduate (Master of Arts and Master of Education) and Bachelor of Arts programs.

Kudos and awards: 

Our students have received awards for their academic achievements and voluntary service. These include:

Faculty of Education: Faculty Technology Award

  • Brendan Oldman - Primary/Junior (P/J)
  • Arden Ward - Intermediate/Senior (I/S)

Don Galbraith Preservice Teacher Award of Excellence

  • Nathalie Boucher - P/J
  • Sara Kyriakopoulos - I/S

Mary Anne O'Leary Leadership Award

  • Erika Emmorey – I/S

Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation Faculty of Education Award

  • Laura Dobos – I/S

Recently, Janette Hughes, PhD and Jennifer Laffier, PhD were awarded a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Insight Grant for their project, Making Minds: Digital Maker Education for Literacies Learning with Marginalized Youth. The $246,250 award will support research and knowledge mobilization with their partner school boards to extend new approaches to literacy for marginalized youth in Durham.

Congratulations as well to Dr. Hughes who was promoted to Professor, effective July 1, 2017.

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