Dean's Message

Faculty of Education

Dean's Message

Thank you for visiting our website.

Important news is that our new extended Teacher Education program will begin operating in September 2015. It will impact both concurrent and consecutive Teacher Education. Those students who entered concurrent education programs prior to September 2015 will follow the current five year program. Our practica have always been longer than the minimum required and they will range between 90 and 100 days. Read more about Teacher Education in our Faculty of Education and all our programs here.

Please join me in welcoming Dr. Robert McGray, a tenure track Assistant Professor in the Department of Graduate and Undergraduate Studies. Dr. McGray's area of study is adult education. As well, we welcome Dr. Steven Kahn who joins our Department of Teacher Education from the University of Calgary. Dr. Kahn brings international experience and expertise in the areas of mathematics education, research methodology and curriculum studies. We also welcome Dr. Sandra Della Porta who most recently was at Concordia University. Dr. Della Porta joins our Department of Graduate and Undergraduate Studies in Education and brings a wealth of experience in the field of early childhood education. Finally, Dr. Marybeth Fortune joins us in the Department of Graduate and Undergraduate Studies in Education. Most recently, Dr. Fortune was Director of the Master of Science in Childhood and Adolescent Education Programs at Daemen College in Amherst, New York. Dr. Fortune's area of expertise is administration and leadership in education.

Congratulations to Dr. Jennifer Rowsell, Professor and Canada Research Chair in the Department of Teacher Education, and Director of the Centre for Research in Multiliteracies and the Reading Clinic, who has been named by the Royal Society of Canada as a Distinguished New Scholar. Read more about this exciting news here.

In October 2014, Dr. Peter Vietgen, newly elected President of the Canadian Society for Education through Art, assisted in showcasing artwork created by Canadian students when he visits Estonia for the Eksperimenta art exhibition. And recently, Dr. Kimberly Maich’s work in the field of autism was featured on Brock University’s researcher series, broadcast via monthly podcasts and available  here. Edited by Dr. Julian Kitchen, the most recent publication of our in-house refereed journal Brock Education can be found here. On October 8th 2014, at Alphie’s Bistro on the Brock University campus, faculty members Drs. David Hutchison, Kamini Jaipal-Jamani, Jennifer Rowsell, Candace Figg, Robert McGray and Research Officer Dr. Snezana Ratkovic presented their research in the first instalment of the Distinguished Speaker Series: Abstract Conversations. Recent events offered to the entire community include a presentation that was held on October 31st 2014 hosted by the Centre for Adult Education and Community Outreach featuring Dr. Guy Proulx who spoke on “The Aging Brain". On October 30th and 31st 2014 the fifth annual Arts Matters conference took place at our Hamilton Campus. This conference is designed specifically for Brock University's teacher candidates and focuses on arts integration across the curriculum. Finally, on November 10th 2014, as part of our Distinguished Speaker Series, Dr. Eric Bredo will present “Mind, Nature, and Education”.

We are engaged in expansion of our international research, teaching and learning partnerships. We have worked on numerous MOUs with international partner Faculties of Education including North-West University South Africa; Universiteit Ghent, Belgium; Australian Catholic University; University of Sheffield; Cape Coast University, Ghana; Mehmet Akif Ersoy University and Hong Kong University. These agreements include programs, research partnerships and exchanges between faculty, graduate and undergraduate students. We continue to host numerous visiting international scholars and professors and extraordinary professor appointments. The Associate Dean Research and International is playing a lead role as Chair of the Dean’s International Advisory Committee. Some of our current international programs include the Centre for Adult Education and Community Outreach online non visa B.Ed; the ESL program in China offered by Continuing Teacher Education, the M.Ed ISP offered by the Department of Graduate and Undergraduate Studies and the Pre Masters Preparation Certificate Program. We offer teaching practica in nine countries. Our Faculty of Education is burgeoning with regard to international initiatives, with multiple research, program and unit partnerships and an extensive publication record relating to knowledge mobilization internationally.
Fiona Blaikie, PhD
Professor and Dean


Dr. Fiona Blaikie
Dr. Fiona Blaikie

Dean, Faculty of Education