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Important Information for our Education Graduate Students

January 2020

Awards and Funding Opportunities

  1. Paul Tai Yip Ng Memorial Award - Application Deadline: February 3, 2020
    Mr. Peter Eng, family members, friends and colleagues established this fund within the David Lam Centre at Simon Fraser University in 1997 in memory of Mr. Peter Eng’s father, the late Mr. Paul Tai Yip Ng. Presently the fund provides for the annual awarding of a prize to a student who has composed an outstanding paper on intercultural issues, particularly as they apply to people in or from Canada and the Asia Pacific region. The winner will be presented a cheque in the amount of $1,200 at the award ceremony in Spring 2020.
  2. External Award: Youth Education Assistance Fund
    For young adults who have spent time in the care of the Ministry of Children and Family Development or a delegated Aboriginal agency (See also Youth Education Bursary).
  3. Research Funding and Award Opportunities Database
    SFU has recently introduced a Research Funding and Award Opportunities Database, containing hundreds of research grant and faculty award opportunities.
  4. SFU Central Open Access Fund
    The Open Access Author Fund (The Fund) supports SFU authors who wish to publish in Open Access (OA) journals and who are required to pay an article processing fee (APC). Up to $2500/article.
  5. Graduate [Int'l] Research Travel (Deadlines Vary By Department)
    PFor students traveling for research as a degree requirement.
  6. Mitacs Globalink Research Awards (Multiple Rolling Deadlines A Year)
    Provide $6,000 travel funding for research collaborations of 12-24 weeks at a university in any of Mitacs’ partner countries. Learn more about eligible destinations and award details.
  7. Mitacs Accelerate International (Apply Anytime)
    Up to $15,000 for research with a company anywhere in the world.
  8. Mitacs Accelerate (Apply Anytime)
    Supports collaborative research between grad students or postdocs and non-academic partners, including industry and eligible not-for-profit organizations. You can create your own research partnership, paid at $10–15,000 per term. The program is open to all academic disciplines, applications are non-competitive.
  9. EGSA Professional Development Grant
    The grant is available to education graduate students as a source of funding to help support learning activities that enrich a student’s focus of study. Education graduate students are eligible for up to $400 per academic year (September 1 to August 31), pending available funds. Professional Development Grants will be allocated by lottery.

Conferences & Events

  1. Call for Chapter Proposals: Teaching in the Anthropocene – Submit by January 31, 2020
    Editors: Alysha J. Farrell, PhD & Candy L. Skyhar, PhD & Michelle Lam PhD (c)
    In pursuit of a feminist-poetics of teaching that is called for in precarious times, we invite you to submit a proposal for consideration for a peer-reviewed Pan-Canadian text that aims to confront the very thought of teaching and teacher education in the face of the climate crisis. Teaching in the Anthropocene calls for a reorientation of the aims of teaching and teacher education so that we may begin to imagine multiple futures in which children, youth and families can thrive amidst a myriad of challenges related to the earth’s habitability.
  2. Event - Live Stream Seminar/Interview w/ Dr. Cher Hill: Becoming Diffractive as Practitioners - February 7, 2020 @ 6:00 pm (Vancouver time)
    Since Donald Schön’s seminal address to the American Educational Research Association in 1987, reflective practice has become a cornerstone in teacher education. Indeed, reflective practice, and other forms of practitioner inquiry, can be transformative and emancipatory, empowering teachers as producers of local knowledge and agents of change within schools. Karen Barad however, invites us to displace reflection as the dominant model of inquiry, and consider diffraction as a guiding metaphor. Whereas reflective practice is based on the assumption that teachers are stable agential subjects who have the capacity to generate and act on representations of pre-existing realities, diffractive methods are situated within a relational ontology, in which reality and subjectivities are viewed as continuously re/constituted through material entanglements. During this dialogue we will explore how we might be/come diffractive practitioners. Dr. Cher Hill is an Assistant Professor of Professional Practice, an in-service teacher educator at Simon Fraser University, and a scholar in the areas of practitioner-inquiry, experiential education, as well as place-conscious learning. Organized by: TL-TS Research Group.
  3. Save The Dates: 6th Annual Metacognition and Mindfulness: Reading Apprenticeship Conference – March 6-7, 2020
    The 6th Annual Metacognition and Mindfulness: Reading Apprenticeship® Conference bringing together the leadership from the Reading Apprenticeship Leadership Community of Practice to learn how community and technical college faculty and staff are using Reading Apprenticeship® across their campuses. This powerful framework has gathered momentum in our region by helping faculty and staff approach reading in new and effective ways, empowering students to become expert readers in their fields, and improving the student achievement points through increased retention and persistence. This year we will also be exploring the benefits of practicing mindfulness with your students.
  4. Save the Date - 18th Annual Indigenous Graduate Student Symposium (IGSS) - March 14, 2020
    Collective Intervention: Intersectionalities of Being

    The 2020 IGSS conference theme reflects on cross disciplines from current Indigenous graduate students. The conference welcomes all students from across faculties, institutions, and campuses to reflect on what discipline, collective and mindful intervention is with respect to their work in the many spaces of being. 
  5. Save the Dates - 2020 Asia-Pacific Association for International Education (APAIE) Conference - March 22-26, 2020
    The APAIE Conference and Exhibition brings together thousands of professionals who are passionate about international education from across the globe to the Asia-Pacific region to network, improve professional skills and learn about new developments in international education. In 2020, APAIE’s program of pre-conference workshops and parallel sessions will focus on the 2020 conference theme of Bridging Oceans - Internationalization and Higher Education in the Asia Pacific
  6. Save The Dates: Teacher Education Roundtable 2020 - April 30 - May 1, 2020
    This year’s Teacher Education Roundtable will be hosted by the University of Victoria on April 30 – May 1, 2020. We want to invite BC Deans, Advisors, Practicum Coordinators, Managers/Administrators and Instructors in Teacher Education to attend. Registration, accommodation and further program information will be distributed soon!

Job Openings

  1. Job Posting: Tenure-track position in Indigenous Education, Simon Fraser University - Apply by February 13, 2020
    The Faculty of Education, Simon Fraser University, seeks applications for a tenure-track position in Indigenous Education at the Assistant Professor rank beginning September 1, 2020. Located on the traditional, unceded, and occupied territories of the Coast Salish peoples, SFU has campuses in Burnaby, Surrey, and Vancouver.
  2. Research Assistant Opportunity: Office of the Ombudsperson, Simon Fraser University - Open until filled.
    The Simon Fraser University (SFU) Office of the Ombudsperson invites applications for a Research Assistant appointment to begin as soon as possible. The position will extend for the duration of the Spring 2020 and Summer 2020 terms with the possibility of extension. This is a temporary, part-time position. 
  3. Job Posting: Dean, Faculty of Education, Ontario Tech University - Open until filled
    The Dean of the Faculty of Education will be a respected and innovative educator with academic qualifications and research achievements relevant to the academic mission of the Faculty, administrative experience, knowledge of educational policy and the professional environment, and the skill to build strong relationships with a variety of external stakeholders including school boards, government, and other Faculties of Education. 
  4. Research Assistant Opportunity: Part-time Research Intern position at Paragon Testing Enterprises (UBC subsidary) - Open until filled
    The successful candidate will support the literature review, data collection and preparation, analysis, and documentation work for on-gong test validation projects within Paragon’s Test Research and Development division. This position reports to the Research Project Lead, and indirectly to the Vice-President, Test Research and Development.
  5. Research Assistant Opportunity: Learning Experiences, Assessment, & Planning (LEAP), Simon Fraser University - Apply by February 19, 2020
    Learning Experiences, Assessment, & Planning (LEAP) invites applications for a research assistant to begin February/March 2020. For more information about LEAP visit: https://www.sfu.ca/setc/leap.html
  6. Job Posting: Tenure-track position in in the area of Early Childhood Education (ECE) and Educational Leadership in the Faculty of Education, University of New Brunswick  – Application Deadline: February 21, 2020
    Applicants must have a doctoral degree in a relevant field, and have a beginning record of scholarly publishing. Some direct experience in elementary public school and/or early years teaching and or administration, professional development with early years and/or elementary teachers, or community school development projects is essential. 
  7. Job Posting: Tenure-track position in Social Studies Teacher Education at the Faculty of Professional Studies, Acadia University – Application Deadline: February 21, 2020
    The School of Education invites applications for a tenure-track position in Social Studies Teacher Education at the Assistant Professor level, commencing July 1, 2020.
  8. Job Posting: Tenure-track position in the Master of Education in Counselling at the Faculty of Professional Studies, Acadia University – Application Deadline: February 21, 2020
    The School of Education invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor beginning July 1, 2020. Acadia University offers Nova Scotia’s only Master of Education in Counselling, a program that is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Counsellor Education Programs (CACEP).
  9. Job Posting: Program Manager, Practicum & Field Experience (Secondary), Faculty of Education in the University of British Columbia (UBC) - Application Deadline: February 23, 2020
    The Teacher Education Office (TEO) in the UBC Faculty of Education is now looking for high-performing professional to fill the position of Program Manager, Practicum & Field Experiences (Secondary). This position, in conjunction with their counterpart, Program Manager, Practicum & Field Experiences (Elementary & Middle Years), is responsible for developing and implementing the Practicum and Community Field Experiences (CFE) Programs for the UBC Teacher Education Program to meet teacher candidates’ and their potential employers’ needs. 
  10. Job Posting: Tenure-track Assistant Professor position in STEAM Education in the the Faculty of Education, Ontario Tech University - Application Review Date: February 28, 2020
    The Faculty of Education at Ontario Tech University, seeks applications for a tenure track position in STEAM Education at the Assistant Professor rank beginning July 1, 2020. 
  11. Job Posting: Tenure Track Assistant Professor in Physical Education, University of British Columbia (UBC) - Application Deadline: February 28, 2020
    The Department of Curriculum and Pedagogy (EDCP) in the Faculty of Education at the University of British Columbia invites applications for a tenure track Assistant Professor position in Physical Education in the Health, Outdoor and Physical Education (HOPE) program. The appointment is expected to start July 1, 2020, or a date agreed upon by the University and the successful applicant.
  12. Job Posting: Associate Professor with tenure, or Professor with tenure, and Chair of the Department of Educational Psychology and Leadership Studies, University of Victoria – Application Deadline: February 28, 2020
    The Department of Educational Psychology and Leadership Studies invites applications for the position of Associate Professor with tenure, or Professor with tenure, and Chair of the Department of Educational Psychology and Leadership Studies.
  13. Job Posting: Two (2) tenure-track Assistant or Associate Professor positions in the area of Counselling Psychology, University of Victoria – Application Deadline: April 2, 2020
    The Department of Educational Psychology and Leadership Studies (EPLS) invites applications for two (2) tenure-track Assistant or Associate Professor positions in the area of Counselling Psychology to begin July 1, 2020, or as negotiated. The successful applicants will join our CACEP accredited Counselling Psychology program in a dynamic, collegial department supported by dedicated staff. 
  14. Student teachers and tutoring opportunities - Apply to become a School Easy Tutor Now!
    School is Easy tutorsSchool is Easy tutors are subject matter experts, have great communication skills, and love helping their students. Earn great pay for rewarding and flexible work. Apply to join the School is Easy team now!
  15. SFU Surrey - TD Community Engagement Centre
    Work with youth, make a difference, and get SFU Co-Curricular Record (CCR) credit! The SFU Surrey–TD Community Engagement Centre has been working hard to make all volunteer positions CCR-approved. You get to have fun and make a difference in a child or teen’s life, AND you get CCR credit for doing it. 
  16. Become a mentor: YWCA high school mentorship program
    Share your experience to help shape the career of a young woman in your community. Mentor a Grade 11 or 12 student through the YWCA High School Mentorship program. Are you a young professional woman who can spare a few hours each month to provide advice, support, and encouragement? YMCA is always in need of women from a variety of professions to mentor high school girls in Vancouver and Coquitlam. As a mentor, you will commit to meeting with your mentee once or twice each month, for a minimum of one school year (meetings are from November to the end of June the following year). For more information or to apply, contact High School Mentorship at 604 895 5846 | mentorship@ywcavan.org.
  17. Indigenous mentors needed! YWCA indigenous mentorship program
    The YWCA Circle of Sisters Indigenous Mentorship Program provides opportunities for self-identified Indigenous girls, age 12-18 (mentees), to connect with Indigenous community and culture with the help of young self-identified Indigenous women (mentors) and skilled facilitators. The program welcomes members of the Two-Spirit, Trans, Queer and Disabled Communities. YWCA Metro Vancouver is now seeking self-identified Indigenous women to volunteer as mentors and work with Indigenous teen girls in their mentorship program. Apply Now.
  18. Academic Job Postings Websites

Professional Development

  1. New Workshop Series for Graduate Students: Surviving to Thriving - Various dates
    Surviving to Thriving is a series of three stand-alone workshops targeted towards developing graduate students’ skills in the areas of mental health, communication, time management, and supervisor relationships. 
    Workshop 1 - Imposter Syndrome, Monday, January 27, 2:00 - 3:30 pm
    Workshop 2 - You and Your Supervisor, Monday, February 3, 2:00 - 3:30 pm
    Workshop 3 - Perfectionism and Procrastination, Monday, February 10, 2:00 - 3:30 pm
  2. Rethinking Course Design: a Four-day Workshop for Faculty - Apply by February 21, 2020 
    This four-day workshop, taking place Thursday–Friday, April 30–May 1 & Monday–Tuesday, May 4–5, 2020, 9:30 AM –3:45 PM, is designed to support faculty members in the development of their course. By the end of the workshop, faculty members will have a draft course outline and a plan for implementing new teaching strategies. There is no charge for this workshop for SFU faculty members, but space is limited to 24 participants. Advance registration is required. Although full-time faculty members will receive priority, part-time, limited-term and sessional faculty are eligible to participate.
  3. MiCBT - Mindfulness-integrated CBT Training for Mental Health Therapists
    The North American Chapter of the MiCBT Institute is offering two exciting clinical training opportunities for psychologists, psychiatrists, clinical counsellors and other registered mental health professionals: Mindfulness-integrated CBT: A Four Stage Transdiagnostic Treatment Approach (Workskhop) and Mindfulness-integrated CBT Foundation Course. MiCBT is a mindfulness-based therapy specifically designed to address clinical and subclinical conditions. As such, only registered and currently practising psychologists, psychiatrists, general practitioners (mental health - level 2), mental health social workers, mental health occupational therapists, mental health nurses and professionally qualified counsellors may apply.
  4. 10-week Intensive International Teaching Assistants Seminar - Various Dates
    Are you interested in improving your academic communication and/or teaching skills?
    The FREE 10-week International Teaching Assistants Seminar is designed for you! It's free for all registered graduate students and is recognized on the Co-Curricular Record (CCR), an official University document that tracks students’ co-curricular involvement at SFU.
  5. Teaching Matters Seminar Series - Various Dates
    The Teaching Matters Seminar Series is a forum for faculty and instructional staff to discuss literature, share experiences and demonstrate practices related to teaching and learning. It runs every second week in the spring and fall semesters.
  6. Research Commons Workshops
    Research Commons offers workshops in all three campuses, free to graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.
  7. Dissertation/Thesis Support Group - Available by Referral
    Are you a masters or PhD student writing a dissertation or thesis? Feeling blocked, stuck, overwhelmed, frustrated, or isolated? This group will provide a safe and confidential space for graduate students writing a thesis or dissertation to share their experience and receive support from each other and the facilitator. It will focus on peer and emotional support, goal setting, and anxiety/stress management. 
  8. Ethics and Your Thesis
    If your thesis involves any work with humans or animals, you are required to obtain Ethics Approval.
  9. Thesis templates & Resources
    Information on templates and resources for preparing and submitting your thesis.

Student Resources

  1. SFU’s Big Data - Accelerate your research
    Are you ready to take data-intensive research to the next level? See how Simon Fraser University’s leadership in big data can support you.

    SFU’s Big Data Infrastructure: SFU researchers can now access a set of free, dedicated services that provide a transformative way to solve complex problems and analyze data at blazing-fast speeds.
    Next Big Question Fund: Research grants of up to $25,000 are available for proposals that encourage curiosity, innovation and intellectual risk-taking. 
  2. Latest issues of The Canadian Review of Art Education
    The latest issues of The Canadian Review of Art Education: Research and Issues, Vol 46, no. 2 (2019), is now available.
  3. SFU Education Review Journal - Summer Issue Available Now
    The SFU Education Review, an online journal, is a student-led initiative dedicated to publishing the works of graduate students and alumni within the education department. Its purpose is to offer an opportunity for students to explore and share academic works, provide mediums for the publication of non-traditional or experimental academic works (e.g. paintings, videos, poetry, sound-clips, photo galleries, editorials), and to expose SFU graduate students to the publication and peer-review process.
  4. Free SFU’s Statistics Canada Research Data Centre (RDC)
    The SFU Research Data Centre (RDC) is a secure facility on campus where researchers and students can access over 500 confidential Statistics Canada microdatasets for free!
    The RDC is part of an initiative by Statistics Canada, the Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) and universities to support policy research.
  5. Free Mental Health Support via MY SSP
    SFU students & postdocs will have free, 24/7 access to culturally relevant mental health support available from anywhere in the world.

  6. Quest Food Exchange
    The GSS has partnered with Quest in order to help support people facing financial hardship to access affordable, healthy food.
  7. Your Academic Progress Report
    Access your Academic Progress Report (APR) through your go.sfu.ca account. This interactive course mapping tool is designed to help you keep track of your degree and program requirements.
  8. Free access to Lynda.com
    All current students, staff, and faculty have free access to Lynda.com through the SFU Library.
  9. Free Microsoft Office
    All SFU students can install Microsoft Office for free. (Adobe Creative Suite is also available for university-owned computers).
  10. Graduate Student Business Cards
    Graduate students and registered postdoctoral fellows are able to order business cards through SFU Document Solutions. See our website for a walkthrough of how to order.
  11. Get a complimentary subscription to University Affairs magazine at no charge (SFU graduate students, faculty and staff)
    University Affairs (UA) is an award-winning publication that provides breaking news, thoughtful commentary, and in-depth articles about university trends, as well as practical advice and tools to help your career, whether you’re a university administrator, faculty member or graduate student. Sign up today for a free subscription to the print edition (a $39 value) or the digital edition by visiting the University Affairs website.
  12. DGS’s Update for Graduate Students
    Get information about new awards, funding, jobs and volunteer postings. Learn about professional development opportunities, events, tips and tricks for your studies and more!
  13. Teaching and Learning Centre – TLC
    The Teaching and Learning Centre consists of education and technology professionals who support SFU instructors and academic units in the development and delivery of innovative approaches designed to enhance their students' learning experiences. 
  14. Graduate Student Society (GSS) Newsletter
    Learn more about GSS Volunteer Opportunities, Graduate Caucus Funding, Announcements and Events from the Community and more!
  15. Stay Connected with EGSA (Education Graduate Student Association)
        EGSA Website: http://www.sfu.ca/egsa/
        EGSA Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/egsa.sfu/
  16. SFU Aboriginal Peoples' News
    Learn about SFU’s progress in advancing Aboriginal initiatives on campus from the Office for Aboriginal Peoples.
  17. Become an Executive or Committee Member with EGSA (Some positions offer stipends)
    Attend the next EGSA meeting and speak to the committee members to see which positions are open and the best fit for you. Contact edgsa-cochair-16-17@sfu.ca for more information.
  18. Traveling for Research or Conference? SFU International Travel Safety Program
    Simon Fraser University’s Safety & Risk Services department is proud to announce the launch of our newest service, the International Travel Safety Program.
  19. Individual and Group Space for Graduate Students and Postdocs in Research Commons
    The Research Commons is located on the 7th floor of W.A.C. Bennett Library and is exclusively accessible to graduate students, faculty, and postdoctoral fellows by punch code. The space is currently equipped with wireless access, workstations, bookable group rooms, and areas for discussion and relaxation.
  20. Meet Your Education Librarian
    Did you know you have your own liaison librarian, available for research consultations and personalized assistance?

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