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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.

Jeffrey Ansloos

Professor Jeffrey Ansloos is Canada Research Chair in Critical Studies in Indigenous Health and Social Action on Suicide. This CRC aims to deepen knowledge of the structural dimensions of suicide for Indigenous youth and their communities, a population disproportionately affected by suicide in Canada. By drawing on Indigenous studies, critical suicide studies and community psychology, this program of research will grapple with the social, political, economic, cultural, environmental, and technological factors that inform theories of and social responses to suicide. The program aims to understand how these dimensions intersect with diverse social identities and lived experiences of Indigenous peoples, and the influence of these factors on suicide. In employing community-based and social action research, and qualitative, arts-based and new media-oriented methods, this CRC will identify, develop and share practices which address structural dimensions of suicide, and nourish vitality and life within Indigenous youth and communities. (photo credit: Kaitlyn Balkovec)

Scott Davies

Professor Scott Davies is Canada Research Chair in Data, Equity and Policy in Education

Professor Scott Davies has found that aspects of children’s lives outside of school—such as their socioeconomic status—give them widely varying exposures to learning opportunities and resources, particularly during the summer months. This discrepancy can leave some children at a distinct disadvantage compared with their peers, despite their equal access to resources during the school year.
Davies plans to untangle the effects of schools on learning from the effects of other influences. He will follow children’s achievements from their early preschool years into their secondary years to collect data that will help answer several core research questions: Do early abilities predict secondary achievement? What are typical student trajectories—and are they affected by disability, language, immigration, gender, Aboriginal status, or other social categories?
Collecting and organizing this data will be invaluable in establishing a baseline that Davies and his research team can use to assess whether early interventions—such as summer programs aimed at reducing the achievement gap—can alter students’ typical trajectories.

Abby Goldstein

As Canada Research Chair in Psychology of Emerging Adulthood, Professor Abby Goldstein is providing new insights on understanding mental health and well-being through a developmental lens. She explores the successes and challenges of emerging adulthood, a critical time of developmental transition that spans ages 18 to 29. Dr. Goldstein seeks to understand what it is about this time of life that contributes to involvement in risk and wellness behaviours, including distal and proximal psychosocial factors (such as attachment styles, relationships with parents, emotion regulation, and motives). Her work uses daily diary methods that fully integrate research in the daily lives of emerging adults through a mobile app, as well as qualitative methods that capture the life experiences of emerging adults. By linking research with practice, Dr. Goldstein aims to meet the unique needs of emerging adults as they navigate the transition into adulthood. 

Kang Lee

Why do children lie? Why do some children tend to lie past the age when lying typically decreases? Professor Kang Lee, Canada Research Chair in Moral Development and Developmental Neuroscience, is leading an international team to address the development and expression of lying in early childhood using both survey data and novel neuroimaging methods. It is common for young children to lie, but motives behind lying, and the degree that lying persists differs significantly. Lying is also a poorly understood symptom of severe conduct problems in young children, and early intervention can reduce the risk of delinquency later in life. Professor Lee's research promises to identify strategies to encourage honesty in young children in a way that will have a lasting impact.

Eve Tuck

Research has conventionally been enacted 'on' Indigenous peoples. The history of research in settler colonial contexts has been one of deception, exploitation, and coercion. In this context, working in good relation with Indigenous communities requires a complete re-envisioning of how and for whom research is produced. As Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Methodologies with Youth and Communities, Professor Eve Tuck considers how to engage Indigenous communities and other communities as co-creators of research. Her methodology is collaborative, participatory, and consultative from conception to knowledge mobilization. The work she conducts will be communicated through various accessible media, including photovoice projects, podcasts, and a digital and physical archive. (photo credit: Red Works)

Sandra Styres

Professor Sandra Styres is Canada Research Chair in: Iethi’nihsténha Ohwentsia’kékha (Land), Resurgence, Reconciliation and the Politics
of Education
As highlighted in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada's Calls to Action, educational institutions have long pushed Indigenous communities to the margins. How do we effect change, particularly when Indigenous students are still not receiving necessary supports? As Canada Research Chair in Iethi’nihsténha Ohwentsia’kékha (Land), Resurgence, Reconciliation and the Politics of Education Professor Sandra Styres will implement a strategic, community-based, and action-oriented plan for reconciliaction. She is building research collaborations with communities in New Zealand and Hawai’i that have initiated Indigenous resurgence movements within teacher education programs. She is also employing critical information from student demographics and Indigenous ways of knowing. Professor Styres' research will direct conversations around university governance, shape educational policy, and lay the groundwork for addressing Indigenous rights in the context of land-based resurgence and reconciliation.

Endowed Chairs

Jennnifer Jenkins

Professor Jennifer Jenkins is 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.

James (Jim) D. Slotta

Professor James (Jim) D. Slotta is The Presidents' Chair in Education and Knowledge Technologies as of July 1, 2019. This five-year term Chair is awarded to an OISE scholar with proven expertise in education, learning sciences, and technology, who has a reputation as a world leader in innovative knowledge building and a well-established network of international and national partners. Since 2005, Jim Slotta has directed the ENCORE lab - a team of students, designers and developers who investigate new models of collaborative and collective inquiry using media and technology, as well as the physical and virtual learning environments.  Research projects are situated within smart classrooms and mobile technology environments, featuring user-contributed content, aggregated and emergent forms of knowledge, and a variety of technology scaffolds for the orchestration of individual, small group, and community activities. This work explores topics such as the nature of collective epistemology and knowledge building discourse, the role of immersive simulations, representations of community knowledge, learning across contexts, and tangible and embodied interactions for learning.

Leesa Wheelahan

As William G. Davis Chair in Community College Leadership, Professor Leesa 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 Chairs

Ruth Childs

Professor Ruth Childs is 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

Kathleen Gallagher

Professor Kathleen Gallagher  is University of Toronto Distinguished Professor of Curriculum, Teaching, and Learning. Professor 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.

Creso Sá

Professor Creso Sá is Distinguished Professor in Science Policy, Higher Education, and Innovation. He is an interdisciplinary social scientist whose research examines the connections between science policy, higher education, and innovation. He is an internationally leading scholar whose work has been profiled and cited in Nature, The Scientist, the Times Higher Education, Inside Higher Education, The Hill Times, the Postmedia Network, and the Globe and Mail. Current research includes an investigation of dynamics of competition and collaboration in academic science in an international-comparative perspective

Marlene Scardamalia

Professor Marlene Scardamalia is University of Toronto  Distinguished Professor of  Knowledge Innovation & Technology
Over her long career, Professor Scardamalia has distinguished herself as an innovative, visionary scholar, and has made significant advances in Knowledge Building theory, pedagogy,and technology. She is an internationally recognized leader in education and knowledge technologies and the recipient of awards from the World Cultural Council, ORION, Computer Supported Collaborative Learning, and the Ontario Psychological Association.