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OISE announces full-time faculty promotions for 2019-2020

June 4, 2019

The Ontario Institute for Studies in Education is pleased to announce that faculty members Rubén Gaztambide-FernándezEnrica Piccardo and Heather Sykes have been promoted to the rank of Professor, effective July 1, 2019.  

The promotions were approved by the University of Toronto following review by OISE’s Departmental Promotions Committee and Decanal Promotions Committee.

“I’m extremely proud that three of our outstanding faculty have been recognized with promotions to full professor,” said Dean Glen Jones. “Each of these individuals has an excellent research program, demonstrated exceptional teaching, and made invaluable service contributions to the Institute. They are a great testament to the strength of OISE.”

Promotion to the rank of Professor at the University of Toronto requires that a faculty member has demonstrated a wide reputation in their field, deep engagement in scholarly work and effective teaching sustained over many years.  

Meet the three newly minted Professors.


Rubén Gaztambide-Fernández
Department of Curriculum, Teaching and Learning

Professor Gaztambide-Fernández is leader in the field of curriculum studies, focusing on the intersection of the sociology of education, postcolonial cultural studies and decolonial pedagogy and curriculum theory.

His work, which engages Latinx, Indigenous, and other youth communities in projects such as Urban Arts High Schools, Youth Solidarities Across Boundaries, and the Youth Research Lab, is known for its local social impact and its international scholarly significance. Since 2014, Professor Gaztambide-Fernández has made important contributions as editor-in-chief of the journal Curriculum Inquiry.

Read Dr. Gaztambide-Fernández's full faculty profile


Enrica Piccardo
Department of Curriculum, Teaching and Learning

Professor Piccardo’s scholarship focuses on improving the teaching and learning of second/foreign languages by advancing curricular innovation, understandings of linguistic diversity in language education, and methodological innovations in language-teaching practice.

A prolific scholar who publishes in multiple languages and serves as a consultant on plurilingual and intercultural education for the Council of Europe, Piccardo enjoys a distinguished international reputation. Piccardo has served as director of OISE’s Center for Educational Research on Languages and Literacies (CERLL) since 2014.

Read Dr. Piccardo's full faculty profile


Heather Sykes
Department of Curriculum, Teaching and Learning

Professor Sykes’ research explores social exclusion in physical education and sport. Her work examines how issues of race and coloniality intersect with sexuality and gender in issues ranging from fatphobia and transphobia in physical education to sexuality politics, settler colonialism and securitization at sport mega-events.

Sykes is widely known as an innovative interdisciplinary scholar. She holds an impressive number of publications and funded research projects, and has made significant contributions to fields such as sport sociology, queer studies, and curriculum studies. Since 2017, Sykes has been a research fellow for the North American Society for the Sociology of Sport.

Read Dr. Syke's full faculty profile.