Message from the Dean


Welcome to the Faculty of Education at the University of Manitoba and the beginning of a new academic year!
Dean’s Message – October 2017

The past year has seen many changes in our Faculty of Education.  When we take a look at the changes that have taken place, we can see three distinct themes:  space, diversity, and partnerships.  

Our physical spaces are being transformed as our building continues to undergo extensive renovation.  This fall, we were excited to open two new science labs, a huge improvement from our outdated spaces of the past.  We are also in the early stages of planning and creating an Indigenous Community Space in our building, where our students, staff, and faculty members can engage in culturally relevant activities and teachings.  We look at this space as a further step in the reconciliation process and hope that once it is complete, all students will feel welcome.

We have also welcomed five new faculty members to the Faculty, with a sixth new member starting in early 2018.  Dr. Nadine Bartlett joins us in the area of Inclusive Education, Dr. Virginia Tze joins the Counselling Psychology area group, and Dr. Jennifer Watt joins the Language and Literacy team.  We are also thrilled to have Jennifer Brant join the Department of Curriculum, Teaching & Learning as an Indigenous Scholar and Karen Favell as our new Indigenous Scholar in the Department of Educational Administration, Foundations & Psychology.  We look forward to having their input as we continue to look for new and innovative ways to incorporate Indigenous perspectives into our teaching. Additionally, we will also welcome Dr. Peng Liu to the Educational Administration area group in January 2018.  

Our ARC Education student group has begun its fourth year, and this past week, they welcomed Dr. Andre Grace from the University of Alberta to our Faculty for two invited lectures.  They have a number of great events and initiatives for this upcoming year, and I encourage you to ask ARC Education members more about them.

Two other areas where we are seeing a growth is in student-led partnerships are our recently formed Education Graduate Student Association (EdGSA) and our Education Alumni Association (EAA).  Our EdGSA, led by Erica Hildebrand, is always looking for new ways to support and give stronger voices to our graduate students at both the MEd and PhD level.  I would like to encourage all interested graduate students to take an active part in the EdGSA, as it is a great way to share your research ideas with your peers and to learn more about issues most relevant to the grad student experience.

The Education Alumni Association has a new President this year in Dr. John Wren, one of our recent BEd grads and former Senior Stick, and is looking forward to taking on new initiatives to support both our Education Student Council and EdGSA, particularly in regards to supporting part-time graduate students.  THE EAA is always looking for new members and is open to any graduate (of any degree or diploma) from the Faculty of Education at the University of Manitoba. If you are interested in attending an EAA meeting or event or joining the Executive, please email for more information.

As you can tell, there is a lot happening in our Faculty. We invite you to attend our many events throughout the year and to keep in touch with us on social media through Facebook and Twitter.

Best wishes for a rewarding and successful academic year,
David Mandzuk, PhD
Dean, Faculty of Education


Office of the Dean Contacts

David Mandzuk, PhD
Dean of the
Faculty of Education

Laura Orsak

Assistant to the Dean
(204) 474-9001
Room 225 Education

Tamara Gillam

Confidential Assistant
(204) 474-9170
Room 225B Education

Thomas Falkenberg, PhD
Associate Dean (Graduate and Research Programs) & Professor

Amber Kusnick
Assistant to the Associate Dean (Graduate & Professional Programs, and Research)
(204) 474-9000
Room 203 Education

Francine Morin, PhD
Associate Dean (Undergraduate Programs) & Professor

Tara Baxter
Assistant to the Associate Dean (Undergraduate Programs) &
Assistant to the Director of the School Experiences Office
(204) 474-9015
Room 213 Education

Beryl Peters, PhD
Director of the School Experiences Office
(204) 474-9043

Rick Rajotte

Field Partner Liaison
(204) 474-9040

Frank Deer, PhD
Canada Research Chair – Indigenous Education & Associate Professor
(204) 474-9072
Room 230U Education

Rita Courchaine
Manager, Finance & Administration
(204) 474-9008