In this newsletter:

  • New Interim Dean
  • Faculty Council Meeting Dates 2021-2022
  • TE[A+]CH Symposium
  • Hurrahs!!!

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Effective August 1, 2021, Dr. Tess Miller will be Interim Dean of Education. After almost eight years as Dean, Dr. Ron MacDonald will be taking a leave until November 2022, then returning to teaching and research. The Faculty extends sincere gratitude for Dr. MacDonald’s dedication and service during his time as Dean.

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Faculty Council meeting dates for 2021-2022 have been posted to the Important Dates link. For the near future, at least, these meetings will continue to be held via Zoom.

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A free virtual technology focused professional learning opportunity, TE[A+}CH Symposium, will be held 24-Aug-2021. The idea of the Symposim is to share tools that have made an impact on teaching and explore new platforms, approaches and thinking. The TE[A+]CH Symposium includes a presentation by Dr. Linuyan Guo-Brennan on Global Education. For more information, or to register, please visit their website.

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Congratulations to our colleague, Dr. Tim Goddard, who has been appointed Professor Emeritus at UPEI. This caps an outstanding career for Tim, who has received the Papua New Guinea 30th Anniversary of Independence Medal for Services to Education in that country (2006), was made Emeritus Professor of Education at the University of Calgary (2008), won the Distinguished Service Award from the Canadian Association for the Study of Educational Administration (2010), and was the inaugural recipient of the UPEI Award for Outstanding Graduate Mentorship (2019).  Also in 2019, of course, both Tim and Sally received the Meritorious Service Medal from the Government of Canada for their services to charity, specifically the Captain Nichola Goddard Foundation.

Under the supervison of Dr. Anne Marie Fitzgerald, PhD student Beth Robichaud was awarded a SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship of $40,000 over two years (2021-2023) in support of her research “Realizing children’s rights: Early childhood educators’ perceptions and integration of children’s rights.”  Congratulations!!!

Dr. Gabriela Arias de Sanchez, Dr. Alaina Roach O’Keefe, and Bethany Robichaud (one of our Ph.D. students) have published their paper, In-between spaces of policy and practice: Voices from Prince Edward Island Early Childhood Educators. The paper stresses how after 10 years of the PEI preschool excellence initiative (PEIPEI) educators remain in this liminal space where they continue to navigate unravelling transitions as they search for their professional identity. The paper can be found here: https://doi.org/10.37291/2717638X.202122102. Congratulations!!!

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