Faculty of Education
Thank you for your interest in the Faculty of Education at Brock University. As the Fall term draws to a close, I am pleased to report on recent activities in the Faculty, and our immediate plans for the future.
In 2011/12 we created the Faculty of Education Vision, Values, and Strategic Priorities. The Strategic Priorities are presented through the lens of Brock’s University wide Integrated Strategic Plan. In 2012/13, led by Planning and Priorities - a subcommittee of Faculty Board, our Action Plan was created. It was approved by Faculty Board in May 2013. In 2013/14 we are working on realizing the opportunities and possibilities for action and implementation outlined in the Action Plan.
As well, this academic year the Faculty of Education is engaged in planning the new Teacher Education program which will impact all B.Ed programs across our faculty. While we await final regulations from government, with direction from the Ministry of Education and the Ontario College of Teachers we are creating an enriched two year consecutive program that includes 80 days of practicum across four terms. The new consecutive B.Ed program begins operating in September 2015. Students entering concurrent education will begin year one in the new concurrent program in September 2015.
The Integrated Arts Conference was held on October 24th and 25th 2013, and on November 1, 2013 we hosted the Equity, Engagement, Teaching, and Learning Conference and the next day hosted the Research-to-Practice Festival: Ethical Teachers, Ethical Researchers, organized by the Faculty's Office of Research, the Associate Dean of Research and International Initiatives, and the School Board-University Research Exchange (SURE) network. The Festival was funded by a SSHRC Connections grant led by Dr. Dragana Martinovic (University of Windsor), Management of Information for Student Achievement Professional Network Centre (MISA PNC) London Region, and SURE. On January 24th 2014 the sixth Teaching with Technology Showcase will be held at our Hamilton campus, with Dr. Camille Rutherford playing a key role in organizing this event. Designed to inform educators about technologies and their application in teaching and learning in diverse settings, the sessions will offer innovative ways to use technology to engage students, differentiate instruction, and facilitate 21st century teaching and learning competencies. Congress 2014 will take place at Brock in May 2014, and our colleagues Drs. Dolana Mogadime and Nancy Taber are playing prominent organizational roles.
We value the work of all our people in the Faculty of Education including contributions made by faculty, staff, students and alumni. We contribute through service, scholarship, teaching and learning. Partnership is integral to our work. This includes close ties with Aboriginal communities, government and non-government organizations, school boards, colleges and universities within Canada and abroad. Our international partnerships are burgeoning. They include research, teaching, and exchange programs. A key player in this regard is our new Associate Dean Research and International Initiatives, Dr. Michelle McGinn, who took up her three year term on July 1st 2013. Dr. McGinn is joined by Dr. Susan Sydor, Associate Dean Students, Centres and Services. I thank our administrative leaders including the Associate Deans, Chairs, Directors, project leads and committee chairs as well as staff: These individuals contribute in pivotal and typically unseen ways to the smooth operation of the Faculty of Education as a whole.
Our programs and scholars are held in high esteem locally, nationally and internationally. Brock graduates and scholars are sought after: We are practice-focused researchers and research-grounded practitioners. We invite you to join our community – a place of discovery, innovation and academic excellence.
Fiona Blaikie, PhD
Professor and Dean
Dr. Fiona Blaikie
Dean, Faculty of Education