September, 2019, Issue 12

Stories and News About Us

Dr. Phil Winne Receives Canada’s Highest Academic Honour

Professor of SFU’s Faculty of Education Dr. Phil Winne was elected as a Fellow to the College of New Scholars, Artists, and Science by the Royal Society of Canada (RSC).

“My lifetime goal is to understand how teachers, instructional designers and computing technologies can help students more clearly understand how they learn, and then figure out how to learn better.” Read more.

Professor Emerita Selma Wassermann Authors a New Book

What’s the Right Thing to Do?: Promoting Thoughtful and Socially Responsible Behavior in the Early Childhood Years is as inspiring as it is persuasive, and a great contribution to the field. This compelling book provides both theoretical and practical insights about early childhood moral development. Get your copy here.

Important Dates and Notices

Survey: Graduate Student Usage of the Research Hub

Are you a graduate student? The Faculty of Education Research Hub and the EGSA would like to hear from you. How do you anticipate using this space? What resources could be implemented in the future? Your responses will help inform and potentially shape the space to support your learning and experiences. Click here to take the survey.

SSHRC Grants Deadlines

Insight Grants
FoE Deadline: 
September 15, 2019
SFU Deadline: October 9, 2019
Agency Deadline: October 15, 2019

Partnership Development Grants
FoE Deadline: 
October 15, 2019
SFU Deadline: November 12, 2019
Agency Deadline: November 15, 2019

Research Events and Workshops

Imagine That...: A Modestly Immodest Proposal for Teacher Education

Speaker: Dr. Michael Ling
Can a teacher be self-taught? If you were to send a prospective teacher-to-be out into the world to think about and explore learning and teaching, what three questions would you pose for them to help guide that odyssey?

SFU Surrey Campus
Wednesday, Sept. 25 | 1:30-3 p.m.

Research Hub Writing Retreat Wednesdays
(For Graduate Students)

Date: Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2019
Location: Research Hub, Burnaby Campus
Retreat Title: Enhancing Your Academic Writing in Graduate Studies
Workshop: 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Lunch: 12:30 p.m.-1:30p.m.
Facilitated Writing Support: 1:30 p.m.-4 p.m.

Writing Retreat Wednesdays are tailored for graduate students who wish to improve the quality of their writing for various academic purposes. Participants will engage in a variety of writing strategies, acquire a clear understanding of academic writing conventions and expectations, and an opportunity to practice key writing and learning elements on their own work. There will be dedicated writing time during this retreat. Lunch and refreshments are provided, but spaces are limited. Register here.
Click here to learn more about the workshops.

Newly Funded Research Projects

Congratulations to the following faculty members who have recently received research funding!

SFU University Publications Fund

Dr. Roger Frie
Book Title: Not in My Family: German Memory and Responsibility After the Holocaust

Mitacs Accelerate

Dr. David Kaufman
Project: Personalizing gamification strategies to improve young adult life skills training (Part 2: Support worker needs analysis and design of clinical interface)

Mitacs Accelerate

Dr. Phil Winne
Project: Instrumentation for gauging computational thinking in elementary grades

Selected Funding Opportunities

Insight Grants

SSHRC (Social Science & Humanities Research Council)
Deadline: October 15, 2019
Maximum Award: $400,000 CAD

Insight Grants support research excellence in the social sciences and humanities. Funding is available to both emerging and established scholars for research initiatives of two to five years.

Joint Initiative for Digital Citizen Research

SSHRC (Social Science & Humanities Research Council)
Deadline: October 15, 2019
Maximum Award: $250,000 CAD

Canadian Heritage is partnering with the SSHRC to provide funding support through arms-length Connection and Insight Grants as well as supplements to SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowships and Doctoral Awards. 

Partnership Development Grants (PDG)

SSHRC (Social Science & Humanities Research Council)
Deadline: November 15, 2019
Maximum Award: $200,000 CAD

Partnership Development Grants (PDG) provide from $75,000 to $200,000 over one to three years to formal partnerships, led by a project director. Partner organizations must provide evidence attesting to the commitment (e.g., cash and/or in-kind) that has been agreed upon.

SFU International Engagement Fund (IEF)

Deadline: October 1, 2019
Maximum Award: $8,000 CAD
Eligibility: Permanent full-time academic or administrative staff at SFU

The purpose of the IEF is to encourage the development of innovative and robust international engagement initiatives aligned with Simon Fraser University's vision and relevant strategies, such as SFU's Strategic Research Plan, the Academic Plan, and faculty or unit strategic plans. For more information, such as previously funded proposals, click here. For inquires, or reviews of proposals, please contact Adelle Schwab, Manager, SFU International, at

Other: Indigenous Gender and Wellness Development Grants

Canadian Institutes of Health Research
Deadline: October 1, 2019
Maximum Award: $75,000 CAD

Gender plays an important, but often overlooked role in wellness. In the case of Indigenous Peoples in Canada (i.e., First Nations, Inuit and Métis), Indigenous concepts of gender have been negatively affected by colonization and the effects of gender on wellness has often been overlooked by research.

SFU-Mitacs Globalink Research Awards (Outbound)

Deadline: Ongoing
Award Amount: $6,000 CAD
Internship Dates: Ongoing
Duration: 12-24 weeks
Student Level: Senior Undergraduate Student / Graduate Student / Postdoctoral Fellows

The SFU-Mitacs Globalink Research Award provides $6,000 for senior undergraduate and graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows in Canada to conduct 12- to 24-week research projects at universities overseas.