Office of the dean
With the support of department heads and associate deans, the dean's office is responsible for guiding the overall administration and strategic direction of the Faculty of Education.
The Faculty of Education will be recognized as a leader in education for its contributions to teaching, research, scholarship and service. We will continue to provide students, faculty and staff with diverse learning experiences and support their professional growth and well-being. The Faculty will be known as a place for inquiry and innovation designed to encourage ongoing critical dialogue and action regarding education and learning across the lifespan. In pursuing this vision we will foster respect, reciprocity, relationships, and responsibility amongst all members of the University community and beyond.
The mission of the Faculty of Education is to enhance the study and practice of education through teaching, research, scholarship and service.
Our strategic plan
As a result of extensive consultations with students, faculty, staff, and community partners, the Faculty of Education has identified priorities for the next three years. Throughout these consultations, several themes have emerged and, as a result, they have been integrated into one or more of the five pillars of the Faculty’s Strategic Plan that will help us promote a culture of integrity, collaboration, inclusion, innovation, and respect.
Deans' office and staff
Dr. Jan Stewart brings a wealth of knowledge from over 30 years of experience working in the Manitoba education system; she has worked as a teacher and counsellor in the K-12 public school system, a contract curriculum writer and consultant for the Province of Manitoba, and an educator for pre-service teachers and school counsellors.
Dr. Stewart is also a renowned researcher in the areas of children and youth affected by conflict, trauma, violence, abuse, mental health issues, and human rights violations. As a community-engaged scholar, Dr. Stewart partners with educators, settlement services, and government and non-government organizations to develop innovative programs and support services to meet the mental health and settlement needs of children, youth, and postsecondary students.
Frank is a professor and is Kanienkeha’ka from Kahnawake, a community that lies just south of Tiotia’ke in the eastern region of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy. He holds a PhD in Educational Administration from the University of Saskatchewan. Frank studies Indigenous education and Indigenous religious and spiritual orientations. He has previously served as a classroom teacher in Northern Manitoba and in the Inner City of Winnipeg.
The Office of the Associate Dean Indigenous Education (ADIE) will build on the existing mandates of the University of Manitoba Indigenous Senior Leadership Plan and the Faculty of Education’s Strategic Plan supporting Indigenous engagement and achievement. In response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Calls to Action 62-65, Education for reconciliation, the ADIE will support initiatives focused on such areas of concern as Indigenous history, epistemology, and perspectives. The ADIE, in consultation with the Dean, the Associate Dean Graduate and Research (ADGR) and the Associate Dean Undergraduate & Partnerships (ADUP), will support the Faculty of Education’s work as it improves our undergraduate and graduate programmes. The ADIE will support faculty and staff who seek to engage in work that involves Indigenous knowledges, histories and perspectives. This support will include overseeing such things as budget considerations, program delivery, curricular issues, admissions and student services relating to all aspects of Indigenous Education. The Associate Dean Indigenous Education will also engage with the Office of the Vice-President Indigenous and Senior Administration at the University of Manitoba.
Faculty of Education Reconciliation Action Plan
Iryna Tsybukh - email@example.com
Assistant to the Associate Dean (Indigenous Education)/HR Coordinator
Dr. Melanie Janzen is Associate Dean, Graduate Programs and Research (ADGR) of the Faculty of Education, University of Manitoba. She is also an Associate Professor in Curriculum, Teaching and Learning who specializes in teacher education and curriculum studies (www.melaniedjanzen.ca). Melanie is a vocal advocate for public education, and as a researcher, uses critical perspectives to explore the inter-related workings of power and discourses, particularly as they relate to the identities of teachers and children. Prior to earning her PhD from the University of British Columbia, Melanie was a classroom teacher and learning support teacher in numerous public schools in Winnipeg.
In her role as Associate Dean, Graduate Programs and Research (ADGR), Melanie is committed to enhancing equity, diversity, and inclusion in all aspects of our graduate programs as well as in faculty and graduate student research. Working alongside the Associate Dean, Indigenous Education and other community partners, she will support efforts and develop programs that foster Indigenous-focused graduate programming, cohorts, and community relationships. Melanie is also committed to supporting early career faculty as they strive to develop their research, teaching and service portfolios.
The Faculty of Education has a large and robust graduate program that includes Masters and PhD programs and that serves local and international students. Melanie will build on our community partnerships to better serve our rural and Northern communities through meaningful and accessible graduate programming. Our faculty members’ research interests are vast and contribute to academic and professional conversations locally, nationally and internationally. As researchers and teachers, our faculty members are committed to working with graduate students and to developing reciprocal research partnerships with individuals and organizations. Please feel free to contact Melanie if you are interested in finding out more about graduate programs or research partnerships.
Jessica Bound - firstname.lastname@example.org
Assistant to the Associate Dean, Graduate and Research
Dr. Serebrin is a curious, caring, collaborative learner, teacher, and scholar. He has been the recipient of over a dozen awards for outstanding teaching. For nearly three decades, Dr. Serebrin has partnered with undergraduate and graduate students, K-12 teachers, university colleagues, and children in urban, school-based literacies education. Since 2019, Dr. Serebrin has turned his teaching, scholarship, and service focus to contemplative care and justice praxis in education - as a way of revisioning a more caring and just word. Following a lifetime of experience with embodied and embedded contemplative practices, Dr. Serebrin is committed to co-creating cultures of relational care in educational theory, research, and practices intended to: deepen consciousness and active loving action in response to intrapersonal, interpersonal, and systemic/cultural oppression and domination; invite, sustain, and critique healing practices, processes, and systems; and; reimagine educational and societal institutions so that they may more fully serve and benefit all - especially marginalized individuals and groups. At the core of Dr. Serebrin's teaching, research, and service is a responsibility to deepen our complex and sustainable connections with ourselves, with multiple, diverse, and divided communities, and with more-than-human life forms and the Earth.
Nicole Jensen - email@example.com
Assistant to Associate Dean, Undergraduate and Partnerships
Lilian Pozzer, PhD
Robert Renaud, PhD
Acting Department Head