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You are invited to join the Research Matters @ the Faculty of Education, a growing online community in Canvas. Stay updated on upcoming events by the Research Hub, be connected with Education faculty and graduate students, and access valuable programs, services and resources provided.

Click here to join now: Log in with your SFU computing ID and you will be part of our community.

IDEAS Podcast

Innovative Dialogue in Educational Approaches and Scholarship (IDEAS) is a series of podcasts created by and for graduate students as a platform to showcase their research practices. The series features graduate students from diverse disciplines at different points in their research, sharing their challenges, accomplishments, and experiences. Special thanks to Dr. Poh Tan, Shaila Shams, and Kari Gustafson for conducting podcast interviews. Also, we are grateful to our amazing podcast guests.

Re-Introduction to the Podcast

Authors: Dr. Poh Tan & Ms. Shaila Shams

This is an introduction to the podcast to welcome both Shaila and Poh back to co-hosting IDEAS.
Welcome back co-hosts of IDEAS, Poh and Shaila. Listen to upcoming episodes starting Oct 12!

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Past Episodes

Episode 27: Faculty Writing Talk Part 2: Writing as public thinking - Dr. Yumiko Murai - Click to Listen

Episode 26: Mentorship conversations - The mentors we've never met - Hollman Lozano - Click to Listen

Episode 25: Breathing in and breathing out with your writing practice - Dr. Cher Hill & Kari Gustafson - Click to Listen

Episode 24:
Conversations in the spaces in between Part IV: Supervisor / Supervisee Relationships - Tania Bakas & Dr. Masahiro Minami - Click to Listen

Episode 23: Shattering Ceilings and Breaking Moulds Toward Graduate Research Success - Dr. Susan O'Neill - Click to Listen

Episode 22: Conversations in the spaces in between Part III: Mentorship of the More-than-human World - Tanya Behrisch - Click to Listen

Episode 21: Conversations in the spaces in between Part II: Supervisor/Supervisee Relationships - Dr. Ann Chinnery & Kristy Dellebuur O'Connor - Click to Listen

Episode 20: Conversations in the spaces in between Part I: Supervisor/Supervisee Relationships - Dr. Celeste Snowber & Carolina Bergonzoni - Click to Listen

IDEAS Introduction to A New Host - Kari Gustafson - Click to Listen

Episode 19: Successful Writing Practices from an EAL Perspective - Aisha Ravindran - Click to Listen

Episode 18: Arts, Intergenerational Education, and Interdisciplinary Research - Caroline Pacheco - Click to Listen

Episode 17: Music and Mathematics: The Role of Creativity in Pedagogy - Srividhya Balaji - Click to Listen

Episode 16: Reflections from IDEAS Co-hosts - Sharing What We've Learned with Other Podcasters – Poh Tan & Shaila Shams - Click to Listen

Episode 15: Confessions of a PhD Candidate: Navigating Challenges and Dealing with Anxiety during Research - Michael Maser - Click to Listen

Episode 14: Negotiating Learning Differences within Culturally Diverse Context - An International Student's Perspective - Chukwudi Nwobodo - Click to Listen

Episode 13: Navigating Controversy within Educational Research - Steven Zhao  - Click to Listen

Episode 12: Being Comfortable with Discomfort in Educational Research: A Phenomenological Approach - Lori Driussi  - Click to Listen

Episode 11: Publishing in Grad School - How to Overcome Challenges and Issues - Magali Forte - Click to Listen

Episode 10: Educational Research From a Social Justice Perspective - Jade Ho - Click to Listen

Episode 9: Indigenous Methodologies - Working together through respect, reciprocity, and relationality.- Kau'i Keliipio - Click to Listen

Episode 8: International Research Collaborations - A partnership between two graduate students - Mr. Eduardo Gluck & Dr. Poh Tan  Click to Listen

Episode 7: Research During COVID-19 Times - Ms. Livia Poljak  Click to Listen

Episode 6: Formulating a Research Question - Mr. Liang Cao  Click to Listen

Episode 5: Managing Your Time for Research and Writing - Ms. Kari Gustafson  Click to Listen

Episode 4: Importance of Critical Reading for Research - Jacky Barreiro   Click to Listen

Episode 3: Writing Comprehensive Examinations under Time Constraints - Ms. Livia Poljak   Click to Listen

Episode 2: Building towards a Conceptual Framework for Research - Ms. Shaila Shams   Click to Listen

Episode 1: Research and the Graduate Process - Dr. Poh Tan   Click to Listen

An introduction: Dr. Poh Tan and Ms. Shaila Shams  Click to Listen

Interdisciplinary Research Seminars (IRS)

Interdisciplinary Research Seminars (IRS) support the sharing and exploration of research among graduate students and faculty in the Faculty of Education. These sessions are a safe, informal, and collaborative space for graduate students and faculty to present their work and receive feedback and questions from peers and colleagues. This is the optimal space to practice for upcoming conference presentations or thesis/dissertation defenses. Click here for more information and our upcoming 2022 schedule.

Make Your Research Visible 

The Research Hub invites all students of the Faculty of Education to submit blog articles about your research for publication on the Research Hub website. Our goal is to promote your research, make it visible to wider audiences, and create connections with communities.

Your article can

  • showcase timely research on current issues in education
  • explain your research and its significance to a non-expert audience
  • report on outcomes and impacts of your research on academic and/or non-academic communities
  • share your experience and journey as an emerging scholar

Here is how you can participate

  • Click here to send a tentative title, a 75-word author bio, and a 100–120-word pitch. 
  • As soon as possible, the blog’s editor will respond to your pitch with a date for you to submit your complete article, or with a request for further details if needed.
  • Upon receiving your full article, we will notify you with an estimated publication date.

Your full article should be limited to 750 words. We invite creative pieces that include photos, videos, audio files, and/or other forms of expression that support your article.

Research Pods

Graduate students and faculty are invited to enjoy the following research interest groups, called Research Pods, to connect with each other intellectually and socially. You are welcome to join as many groups as you wish!  

If you would like to form a new group, please write up a description, specify a contact person and email the information to

Bourdieu Study Group

This group was started to broaden our understanding of language and language practices based on Bourdieusian philosophy of language. We expanded to include other critical theorists of language. We read on topics such as language ideology, language and power structures in second language education.  We exchange our readings by email.

Email contacts: Liang Cao,; Shaila Shams,

Culturally Inclusive Place-Based Peer Learning Group

The CIPB (Culturally Inclusive Place-Based) EDd cohort includes 8 active members who are situated on lands of Indigenous peoples and live in the following places: Quadra Island, Port Hardy area, Prince George, Kamloops, Niagara Falls,On., Vancouver, Burnaby, Merritt. Some of our group are at near completion of their dissertation and others are still hard at work. We have been with one another since 2015.

Email contact: Kau’i Keliipio,

Digital and Technology Education Group

This is a reading group where students from eTAP (educational theory and practice) read and struggle together with philosophical texts related to education and new research directions.  

Email Contact: Kari Gustafson,

Phenomenology Group

If you are interested in discussing phenomenology and its links to education, please get in touch with grad student Michael Maser and we'll arrange a time to start talking!

Email contact: Michael Maser, 

Philosophy of Education Study Group

We read primary texts of philosophers that have occupied and are part of the dominant discourses in the philosophy of education. We meet approximately 2-3 times/month. Currently, our reading list includes Dewey, Levinas, Arendt, Sartre, Greene, Ranciere, and Plato. We have a canvas group page where we upload required and supplemental readings.

Email contact: Steven Zhao,

Reading/Thinking/Doing Club

The Reading/Thinking/Doing (RTD) club is about discussion, dialogue and exchange of ideas on explorations in Education with posthumanist/new materialist scholarships.  We are two PhD students, Magali Forte and Jacky Barreiro, who are interested in tackling this idea with others. Please subscribe to the RTD mail list to receive the video conference link for this online discussion. Join the mail list

Email contact: Magali Forte,

Writing Development Group

This group is for graduate students who want a supportive place to work on their writing projects (thesis, assignments, etc.) There is no writing facilitator in the group.  We gather every Wednesday morning from 9am -noon with a very brief check in and check out before and after. 

Email contact: Poh Tan,

Writing Retreats & Guest Talks

The Research Hub’s Writing Retreats offer a dedicated space to support graduate students’ writing at different stages of their research journey. The 4-hour retreats open with a 30-minute guest talk, followed by quiet time alongside peers to focus on individual writing.

For 2022, our invited guests include Faculty, SFU staff and grad students who are joining us to share about the writing process, publishing, tools for research and getting through grad school.

For more information, please click here.

Funding Opportunities

SFU Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
SFU Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (GPS) maintains a comprehensive list of awards and funding opportunities for graduate students. GPS also provides application support to students.

Faculty of Education Graduate Studies
Scholarships & Awards