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Prof. Njoki Wane appointed Chair of OISE's Department of Social Justice Education

Five-year term to commence July 1, 2018 

By Natalie Neumann Butler

April 16, 2018

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OISE Professor Njoki Wane has been appointed Chair of Department of Social Justice Education (SJE) for a five-year term beginning July 1, 2018.

Prof. Wane has a long and successful history of academic leadership and service in her department at OISE and across the University of Toronto. She has served as Associate Chair of SJE since 2016 and headed OISE's Office of Teaching Support over a four-year term. She has also served as the University's Special Advisor on Status of Women Issues, and as Director, Center of Integrative Anti-Racism Studies (CIARS) at OISE.

“Not only is Dr. Wane an internationally renowned scholar but an inspiration to students and colleagues alike. Her recent appointment is extremely well deserved,” said Dean Glen Jones. “We look forward to her joining OISE’s leadership team.”

Multiple award-winner 

Prof. Wane's commitment to students and graduate education is evident from her many teaching awards and honours. Recently, Prof. Wane received the President's Teaching Award, the most prestigious recognition of excellence in teaching bestowed by the University. She is also the recipient of the African Canadian Women's Achievement Award (2006), the African Women Achievement Award (2007), and the Harry Jerome Professional Excellence Award (2008), and in 2009 was nominated for the TVO Best Lecturer Award. 

Distinguished scholar

A distinguished and productive scholar, Prof. Wane has published dozens of scholarly works concerning Black Feminisms, African Indigenous knowledges and spirituality, African and African Canadian women's teaching and learning, and anti-racism education. Her most recent book is African Women's Voices on Indigenous Knowledge of Food Production: A Kenyan Perspective, reflecting her drive to reintroduce African agency in the discourse about African people. Prof. Wane has held major research grants from Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) as well as grants from universities in Brazil, Kenya and Spain. She was named Diaspora Scholar at the University of Embu, Kenya and Diaspora CODSERIA Fellow at Egerton University, Kenya.