Stephen Downie Talk

September 22, 2016

Unlocking the Secrets of 4.5 Billion Pages: An HathiTrust Research Center Update

 September 30, 1:30-3:30

Middlesex College Room 320

J. Stephen Downie is the Associate Dean for Research and a Professor at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

This seminar provides an update on the recent developments and activities of the HathiTrust Research Center (HTRC). The HTRC is the research arm of the HathiTrust, an online repository dedicated to the provision of access to a comprehensive body of published works for scholarship and education.

The HathiTrust is a partnership of over 100 major research institutions and libraries working to ensure that the cultural record is preserved and accessible long into the future. Membership is open to institutions worldwide.

More information about the talk: downie_talk_sept30_2016

Faculty of Education Internal Conference Travel Grant

September 13, 2016

Faculty of Education

Internal Conference Travel Grant


To support tenured or probationary faculty members in their research by providing the opportunity to attend conferences to present their research work and to benefit from interactions with other researchers. For this competition the conference must begin on or before April 30, 2017.


Maximum $3,700 per faculty member per fiscal year (May 1-April 30) to attend one or more conferences during the fiscal year.


October 3, 2016, 4:00 p.m.


Via email to , or paper copy to Research Office, Room 1161

Application & More Information:

Online at

(Research Handbook)

Supporting MA Students as Researchers

September 6, 2016

The following was sent to faculty members via email by Dr. Perry Klein on Friday, Sept. 2, 2016.

This week, we are welcoming a new cohort of students to the Research Intensive MA program. Recently, Pam Bishop and I have been discussing ways of increasing research and leadership opportunities for students in the Research-Intensive Master’s program. This would provide them with valuable learning, and increase the success of Western students in competing for external awards.

In the message that I gave to students at orientation, I encouraged them to think of themselves as researchers from the time that they enter the program. Particularly for students who are planning to proceed to the doctorate and academic or research careers, it will be important to become involved in publishing during the MA years. This will allow them to compete for scholarships, gain admission to doctoral programs, and launch academic or professional careers.

We are asking your help in supporting the growth of research and leadership opportunities for MA students. Here are some practices that are already normal in doctoral education, and many supervisors already also follow these practices with MA students.

What students can do:

  • Talk with your supervisor early in the year about your initial research ideas. This will help you to prepare for the OGS application.
  • Let your supervisor know if you are interested in research assistantships or volunteer opportunities in her or his research projects.
  • If you are interested in being a co-author on publications in your RA ship, talk with your supervisor about this early in the year.
  • Consider writing a review of a recently published book.
  • Watch for announcements about the upcoming Graduate Research and Professional Careers Series,  including the session on Strategies for Planning Publishable Masters Research (Feb 1).

What faculty members can do:    

  • To help students prepare for the OGS application, talk with them about their research ideas early in the year. Once they have a near final draft of the proposal, if you wish, send it to Justin or Perry in the Research Office for feedback.
  • Consider hiring an MA student as a Research Assistant.
  • Consider including Research Assistants or volunteers as co-authors on conference presentations and publications.
  • If a student is interested in becoming involved in your research, and you do not have funds to pay them, consider taking them on as a volunteer research intern for a limited number of hours, and recognizing their contribution by adding them as a co-author on conference presentations and publications.
  • When writing grant applications, consider budgeting to hire MA students as research assistants. Also, consider budgeting so that research assistants can travel to conferences as co-presenters.  This will help students, and demonstrate that you are providing training.
  • Publicize MA student successes, such as conference presentations, journal publications, and awards; these can be forwarded to Cory Habermehl for eCast.
  • As an ARC, consider providing funding to MA students in the form of 0.5 Research Assistantship.  This would be an ARC decision that would be implemented in the following year.
  • Support adding MA and PhD student representatives to the Research Committee, providing them with learning experiences in academic governance and leadership.

Thanks  to the Research Committee and the Program Chairs for their feedback on these ideas.

Ministry of Research and Innovation Early Researcher Awards (ERA)

June 3, 2016

The Early Researcher Awards is a provincial programme that provides up to $100,000 in funding over five years, primarily for students. It is available to faculty members who have received a PhD no earlier than July 1, 2006 and a first academic appointment no earlier than July 1, 2011. Health-related, parental and other leaves extend the window in some cases.

This is a programme that must be matched with a 50% contribution from the host institution. It is therefore essential that applicants contact Justin Patton (, 519-661-2111 ext. 88561) in the Research Office before submitting an NOI, to discuss the possibility of a match.

Here is the link to the ERA programme:


-June 13 from 3 to 4pm: Early Researcher Award presentation with tips at Somerville House, room 2316

-June 14th: A Notice of intent (NOI) is due to Western Research Services and to Justin Patton (, 519-661-2111 ext. 88561)

-July 15th: Internal Education deadline for full applications – a review of your application will be provided along with details of the match

SSHRC Connection Grant Initiative – Connecting for Canada’s 150th

May 12, 2016

We are pleased to announce the launch of Connecting for Canada’s 150th, a unique series of Connection Grants to mark Canada’s 150th anniversary in 2017. This historic anniversary is an opportunity to highlight scholarly activities that mobilize research about Canada at 150: its past, its present and its future.  This initiative also provides support for connection activities that exemplify the contributions of Canadian institutions and researchers in the social sciences and humanities, either to a discipline or to global fields of study.

SSHRC invites interested applicants and their partner organizations to apply for support through the Connection Grants funding opportunity. Applications are subject to the evaluation criteria and scoring scheme common to all Connection Grants. However, all applicants must demonstrate how their project addresses this historic anniversary. Applicants applying under Connecting for Canada’s 150th should consult the full description of the initiative.

For more information, please contact Paula Popovici, Program Officer, Research Grants and Partnerships Division by telephone at 613-992-0498 or email at:


May 10, 2016

Thursday, October 20 – Saturday, October 22, 2016
Western University | Ivey Spencer Leadership Centre | London, Ontario, Canada | #cslee2016

The CSLEE’s annual Values and Leadership conference is a three-day conference that promotes research and reflection on issues in values, morals, ethics, and leadership in education. The theme of the conference is Leadership in Uncertain Times: Complex Dilemmas and Ethical Possibilities. We propose that ethical and moral educational leadership plays an even more heightened role in supporting civil societies following international tragedies, such as those that took place in Beirut and Paris in 2015. The deadline for proposals is June 1, 2016.

Featured Speakers:

  • Gary Crow (Indiana University)
  • Claire LaPointe (Laval University)
  • Dana Mitra (Pennsylvania State University)
  • Kevin Page (University of Ottawa)

Dewey Symposium Panelists:

  • Charles Burford (Australian Catholic University)
  • Tony Normore (CSU Dominguez Hills)
  • John Portelli (University of Toronto)
  • Nancy Tuana (Pennsylvania State University)

We seek proposals for papers, posters, symposia, and pre-conference workshops on a range of possible subjects. Individual papers should be no more than 20 minutes each. Panel, symposia, and pre-conference workshop proposals are welcome. Graduate students who propose 10-minute preconference panel presentations remain eligible to submit an additional presentation to the main conference program. More information is available on the conference site.

Call for Papers: 2016CSLEE-CFP

Conference poster:  CON_Values-Ethics-Poster_2016

2016 Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education Conference

May 5, 2016

From June 21 through 24, 2016, Western and Fanshawe College are co-hosting the annual conference of the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (STLHE).  The theme of the 2016 conference is “Empowering Learners, Effecting Change.”

This international conference offers a wide range of research papers, interactive workshops, Pecha Kucha talks and posters on innovative approaches to teaching and learning, pedagogical theory/research and student support initiatives. It is also the 30th anniversary of the 3M National Teaching Awards, so classroom best practices of 3M award winners will be highlighted. It’s going to be an exciting and dynamic conference, with more than 300 presenters and 650 delegates from across Canada and abroad.

Faculty, staff, postdoctoral scholars and students from Western’s main campus who are presenting at the conference or wish to attend will be supported by the university. For details on levels of support, please see