AU Accolades! Celebrating awards, honours, and other achievements of our community
A roundup of achievements by Athabasca University faculty, team members, and learners
At Athabasca University (AU), we find inspiration in our learners’ journeys toward reaching their highest potential. But the path to success is seldom travelled in isolation.
It takes the collective work and effort of AU’s talented faculty and team members to help learners achieve success and, in turn, help transform the communities in which they live and serve. AU Accolades is a new ongoing feature on The Hub dedicated to celebrating the achievements of all members of our community.
Convocation 2020 earns international award
AU’s 2020 convocation ceremonies won Best Virtual Event at the International Live Events Association’s ESPRIT Awards. The awards, announced Aug. 13, recognize the most successful, engaging, and innovative events and initiatives from the events industry. AU’s events team, led by Jody Paulson, won for its efforts to transform convocation into a fully virtual event—during the middle of the pandemic no less.
“It is truly an honour for the AU events team to be recognized internationally for our work to bring the Class of 2020 the convocation celebration they deserved,” said Paulson. “We are thankful for the support and contributions by the larger AU team in helping make this milestone institutional event a reality.”
Real estate research project to explore issues in rural Alberta
An interdisciplinary team from AU is poised to help rural municipalities address the ongoing challenges they face thanks in part to a $250,000 grant from the Alberta Real Estate Foundation.
Dr. Douglas MacLeod, chair of AU’s RAIC Centre for Architecture, will lead the development of design workshops, online learning modules, and open educational resources.
The aim is to help educate related professionals and the public about the role that real estate can play in the economic, environmental, and social recovery of rural and regional Alberta.
MacLeod will collaborate with fellow AU faculty including Cynthia Dovell, Dr. Shabnam Inanloo Dailoo, Dr. Gina Martin, Dr. Hussein Alzyoud, Dr. Lisa Carter, Trevor Butler, and Dr. Henry Tsang.
Praise for Angie Abdou’s This One Wild Life
Dr. Angie Abdou is earning accolades for her latest book, This One Wild Life. Abdou, an associate professor of English and creative writing at AU, explores problems of parenting in the digital age in this mother-daughter wilderness memoir.
The inspiration for the book started when she failed to notice her previously outgoing daughter had started to withdraw.
“She didn’t let people in, and didn’t let people see her. She shut down,” Abdou told CBC’s The Next Chapter.
Funding to help health professions improve workforce planning
Dr. Kathleen (Kate) Leslie, assistant professor in the Faculty of Health Disciplines, is part of a national team of investigators that was awarded $787,952 in grant funding from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.
The funding will allow the team to develop a standard list of questions to ask health-care workers when they register with their professional regulatory bodies.
The data captured—including diversity data—will help administrators and policy makers plan for the health workforce Canada needs, now and into the future.
Leslie shares insight into one of her other projects in this Q&A on The Hub
Researcher to study impact of COVID on learning
Dr. Faria Sana, associate professor of psychology, received $78,608 in funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council for her research investigating the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on learning, and how to optimize student learning in online and blended environments.
The aim is to improve teacher instructional practices and student learning.
AU tutor’s new book sheds light on violence in health care
A new book co-written by AU sociology tutor Dr. Jim Brophy sheds light on violence health-care workers experience. Code White is based on more than 100 interviews and four years of research with co-author Dr. Margaret M. Keith.
“Violence is so ubiquitous and pervasive that it now has become normalized and viewed as simply part of the job,” Brophy said in a recent interview with The Hub.
AU joins Research Impact Canada
AU has become the first fully online university to join Research Impact Canada. The pan-Canadian network aims to build capacity for knowledge mobilization and research impact among its 23 member institutions.
“As Canada’s only open and online university, Athabasca University is committed to minimizing barriers to knowledge and maximizing opportunities for research impact and uptake within and beyond the academic guild,” said Dr. Andrew Perrin, associate vice-president of research.
“As a member of Research Impact Canada, our academics and research support roles look forward to drawing upon and contributing to the Research Impact Canada community of practice.”