In this newsletter:

  • MacLauchlan Prizes for Effective Writing – Faculty/Staff Deadline
  • The First Doctoral Defense in UPEI’s PhD in Educational Studies
  • Clips from Colleagues
  • Changes to Retreat Schedule
  • Save the Date – International/Indigenous Student Fundraising Dinner

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The MacLauchlan Prizes for Effective Writing honour the twelve years Wade MacLauchlan served as the president of UPEI and provide a valuable way to recognize the importance of effective writing as a foundational skill for academic success and lifelong learning.

The MacLauchlan prizes include up to three prizes for Facutly/Staff leadership in the development of writing among students. These prizes are available for faculty and staff who have shown exceptional leadership in the development of writing among students at UPEI during the previous academic year (September 1 to August 31). The deadline for application is 06-Oct-2014.


Faculty and staff can nominate colleagues in a letter addressed to the Selection Committee for the MacLauchlan Prizes for Effective Writing.  If these letters are submitted to the Office of the VP Academic, Edith will see they get to the Selection Committee.

The MacLauchlan Prizes for Effective Writing also includes over 50 prizes for returning undergraduate students based on effective writing excellence in the previous academic year (September 1 to August 31, so this would include both our 12-month and 2-year BEd students). We appreciate your help in encouraging deserving Education students to apply. Links to student application details are here:

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Last Friday was an exciting day in the Faculty of Education as Verne Lorway was the first PhD student in Education to defend her PhD dissertation.  The Faculty of Education is proud of Verne and the entire Graduate Studies team for all the hard work in making this milestone event possible.

Rubén A. Gaztambide-Fernandez, June Countryman, Verne Lorway, Kate Tilleczek

Rubén A. Gaztambide-Fernandez, June Countryman, Verne Lorway, Kate Tilleczek

June Countryman, Verne Lorway, Kate Tilleczek, Verne Lorway, Kate Tilleczek

June Countryman, Verne Lorway, Kate Tilleczek

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(Shared by Martha) –  Global Conversations in Literacy Research (GCLR) is a series of free online web seminars that feature internationally known literacy researchers who present their cutting edge thinking and research. Please make plans to attend these web seminars!


(Shared by Lyndsay) – Save the date of 13-Mar-2015 for the 11th Sustainability and Environmental Research Symposium in Halifax, NS.  Dr. Louise Chawla, Professor in the Environmental Design Program at the University of Colorado Boulder, will be a keynote speaker for the symposium. Dr. Chawla is Associate Director of the Children, Youth and Environments Center for Community Engagement (CYE Center) and Co-editor of the journal Children, Youth and Environments. As International Coordinator of the Growing Up in Cities program of UNESCO from 1996-2006, she revived an initiative that has involved young people in cities around the world in evaluating and improving their urban communities. She has written two books and many book chapters and journal articles on children and nature, children in cities, and the development of active care for the natural world.  Dr. Chawla will also give a talk on the evening of 12-Mar-2015 as part of the College of Sustainability lecture series.

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The full-day retreat that is scheduled for 03-Oct-2014, will now take place from 8:30am – 1:30pm to allow faculty the opportunity to attend the Faculty Association meeting at 2:00pm.  The retreat will include a light lunch.  The plans for a social event during the evening of 03-Oct-2014 remain unchanged.  Details on the retreat location and agenda will be forthcoming.  If you plan on attending the retreat, please RSVP to Karen-Anne  by Tuesday 30-Sept-2014  to ensure we have an accurate count for lunch catering and venue purposes.

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This year, 39 students are planning to travel to an international or remote location for their winter International or Indigenous specialization practicum.  Mark your calendars!  This year the International & Indigenous Specializations’ Fundraising Dinner will take place in the Fall semester!  Please save 16-Nov-2014 for this fun (and delicious) event.

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