Dean's message

David Mandzuk

David Mandzuk, PhD
Dean, Faculty of Education

Welcome to the Faculty of Education at the University of Manitoba! Our faculty is the only Faculty of Education at a U15, research-intensive university in the province and a leader in teacher education and educational research. Our faculty members conduct research into areas as diverse as: inclusive education, general curriculum and curriculum leadership, teaching English as an additional language, educational administration, language and literacy, and counselling psychology. We offer engaging and state-of-the-art programs, ranging from our two-year, after-degree BEd to the post-baccalaureate, master’s and PhD programs. We are seen as educational leaders in Manitoba, Canada and around the world. We prepare beginning teachers, but we also help advance the practice of teachers already in classrooms, helping them to tackle challenges and opportunities they face every day. Our work is guided by the following five strategic priorities:

  • Strengthening teaching, graduate student supervision, and academic program development,
  • Fostering research, scholarly work and creative work among faculty and students,
  • Indigenizing the curriculum and the Faculty’s physical space,
  • Building and sustaining a safe and respectful community, and
  • Engaging in collaborative partnerships.

Within these five priority areas, there are a number of initiatives that we are very excited about that I think deserve special mention:

  1. We are increasing our financial support for BEd students interested in northern practicum placements;
  2. We are increasing the number of undergraduate research awards that we will be supporting for the summer of 2019;
  3. We are preparing BEd students for the WestCAST 2019 conference at the University of Calgary;
  4. We will soon begin work on our new Indigenous Community Space that will provide a dedicated space for Indigenous teaching and other culturally relevant activities;
  5. We are continuing to work with our partners at the Manitoba First Nations Education Resource Centre on PBDE and graduate cohort programming;
  6. We are in the initial stages of planning a video conference space to connect us more effectively with educators in the province, across the country and around the world;
  7. We are planning to develop a partnership with CELA (Community Engaged Learning Abroad) Belize as part of our focus in Global Indigenous Education;
  8. We are refreshing our current strategic plan, and
  9. We are working hard to ensure that we have a safe and respectful work and learning environment so that all of our students, faculty and staff feel safe, valued, and respected.

In short, we take pride in the work we do to advance education in Manitoba and we are always pleased to collaborate with colleagues and partners in other parts of Canada and around the globe. For more information, please contact my office at:

Office of the Dean Contacts

David Mandzuk, PhD
Dean of the
Faculty of Education

Laura Orsak-Williams

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