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Prof. Rhonda Martinussen appointed Director of Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study at OISE

Three-year term commenced on July 1, 2018 

July 6, 2018

Rhonda Martinussen

OISE Professor Rhonda Martinussen has been appointed Director of the Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study (JICS) for a three-year term which began on July 1, 2018.

Professor Martinussen was first appointed to OISE in 2006 as Assistant Professor in the Department of Applied Psychology and Human Development, after receiving a PhD from the University of Toronto’s Institute of Medical Science in 2005. She received tenure and was promoted to the rank of Associate Professor in 2013. She has since held a number of administrative appointments that have prepared her for the role, including past service as Interim Director and Acting Director of JICS, and as Program Coordinator of the Master of Arts in Child Study and Education (MA-CSE) program.

Prolific researcher 

Professor Martinussen's research interests are in learning disabilities and teacher preparation with respect to elementary literacy and language arts, as well as the promotion of knowledge mobilization in educational settings. She has held several major grants from Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) and other agencies, and is currently the Principle Investigator on a three-year research contract with the Ontario Ministry of Education on the subject of learning disabilities. Her research is highly collaborative and has generated 18 peer-reviewed articles in high caliber journals in child psychology, learning disabilities, and curriculum/instruction fields, in addition to numerous conference presentations. 

Dedicated educator 

In addition to teaching and supervising in the MA-CSE program, Professor Martinussen has several years of experience as an elementary school teacher. 

"Professor Martinussen's combination of experience with, and research into, graduate teacher education and elementary education, along with her administrative accomplishments and history with the JICS community, leave me with no doubt that she will provide JICS with exceptional leadership over the next three years," said OISE Dean Glen Jones