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Research Chairs

Canada Research Chairs

The Canada Research Chairs program is the cornerstone of Canada’s innovation strategy. Chairholders advance their fields, not only by achieving excellence in their own research, but also by coordinating the efforts of other researchers within their area of expertise.

Scott Davies

Scott Davies
Canada Research Chair in: Data, Equity and Policy in Education
Description of Research: My multi-pronged research agenda will create and analyze novel, large-scale and logitudinal data on student achievement and equity.


Canada Research Chair in: Psychology of Emerging Adulthood
Description of Research: Understanding of risk behaviours and well-being in emerging adulthood, a psychologically unique developmental stage.
Kang Lee
Canada Research Chair in: Moral Development and Developmental Neuroscience 
Description of Research: Development of lying in children with severe conduct problems.
Eve Tuck
Canada Research Chair in: Indigenous Methodologies with Youth and Communities 

Endowed Chairs

Jennifer JenkinsJennifer Jenkins
Atkinson Charitable Foundation Chair in Early Child Development and Education 
Professor Jenkins is a distinguished and internationally recognized scholar, and a leader in the generation and dissemination of scientific knowledge in the field of child development and children’s mental health. She has conducted longitudinal cohort studies examining the interplay between biological vulnerability and high-risk environments and the cognitive and social-emotional development of preschool and school-aged children. She has a commitment to the dissemination of excellent quality, scientific knowledge to parents, educators and policy makers on a range of critical issues related to early childhood.

The Presidents’ Chair in Education and Knowledge Technologies
Professor Scardamalia’s work is devoted primarily to advancing the leading edge of research in the area of education and knowledge technologies. The research’s mission is to develop effective technology-based approaches to major educational challenges facing Canadian schools. Her work leads to the development of new forms of practice particularly in the innovative use of learning technology in school settings. She is acknowledged internationally as a leading authority in knowledge building communities.
William G. Davis Chair in Community College Leadership
Professor Wheelahan will enhance research and policy discourse on the role of community colleges and other non-university post-secondary institutions, and lead OISE's community college initiatives. She is widely known for her work on student equity, lifelong learning, qualifications frameworks, relationships between the vocational education and training and higher education sectors, as well as credit transfer and articulation between qualifications in the Vocational and Educational Training (VET) and higher education sectors. The purpose of the Chair is to contribute to the development of Ontario's community college system through education and leadership training, research, policy development, and service.

Ontario Research Chair
Chair in Postsecondary Education Policy and Measurement
As Chair, Professor Childs will provide leadership in poststecondary education policy and measurement through: programs of research in the development and evaluation of access initiatives for underrepresented groups, the responsible collection and use of demographic data on applicant and student populations, and the development and use of innovative measures to support students' learning. Administered by the Council of Ontario Universities, Ontario Research Chairs were established by the Ontario government to develop excellence, create world-class centres of research, and enhance Ontario's competitiveness in Canada's knowledge-based economy.

Distinguished Professorships
University of Toronto Distinguished Professor of Curriculum, Teaching, and Learning
Professor Kathleen Gallagher is a leading Canadian education scholar who invokes the power of theatre to educate students in elementary and high schools about complex social issues.