The Hub Faculty of Graduate Studies presents: the graduate student research series

Faculty of Graduate Studies presents: the graduate student research series

Showcasing excellence in graduate student research

The Faculty of Graduate Studies (FGS) is excited to announce their new seminar series showcasing Athabasca University (AU) graduate students’ research. This opportunity allows our graduate students to share their research with AU and beyond. These webinar series are open to all faculty, staff, students, and the greater AU community.

Featured November student: David Loewen (EdD program)

David is originally from Haida Gwaii, off the coast of British Columbia. He currently lives on the territories of the Lheidli T’enneh in Prince George, B.C. and is working with the Indigenous Health Team for the Northern Health Authority. His position focuses on community engagement, education, and evaluation. He is in the fourth year of AU’s Doctor of Education (EdD) program.

About David's research

In mid-2015, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) of Canada released 94 Calls to Action focused on Canada’s 150-year legacy related to Indian Residential Schools. Several Calls recommend education for non-Indigenous Canadians – Settlers – ranging from treaty rights to Crown-Indigenous relations. The TRC argued that educational institutions are responsible for many of the current challenges between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Canadians, as a result of what these institutions have taught, or failed to teach. Consequently, the TRC advocated for research that contributes to transformative social change through the concepts, principles, and practices of reconciliation.

Seminar details

Date: November 20, 2018
Time: 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. MST
To join online: Register here

“The main purpose of my doctoral research is critically investigating and interrogating notions of social justice and change in online distance education as framed by some of the TRC Calls along with recent research exploring concepts of social justice within online education. My research is being conducted through critical self-reflection on my Settler (non-Aboriginal) Canadian identity and close to 20 years of experiences in online distance education as a student, instructor, and curriculum developer. This is complimented by over 20 years working for and with Indigenous communities. My current research is embedded in these multiply tensioned interfaces through narrative inquiry and autoethnography.”

  • November 8, 2018