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RESEARCH & INNOVATION

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 
 
 
 
Canada Research Chair in: Iethi’nihsténha Ohwentsia’kékha (Land), Resurgence, Reconciliation and the Politics
of Education
 
 

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.

 

James Slotta
The President's Chair in Education and Knowledge Technologies
As of July 1, 2019, Jim Slotta is the University of Toronto Presidents’ Chair in Education and Knowledge Technologies. 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.
 
 
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.