College of Education Archived News

Spring 2013

Education Alumnus Named First Aboriginal Chancellor

Blaine Favel

Blaine Favel, the president of One Earth Oil and Gas, Former Chief of Poundmaker Cree Nation, Grand Chief of the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations, and Alumnus of the College of Education, is now the first aboriginal chancellor of the University of Saskatchewan. He was appointed the position by the University Senate in the morning of Saturday April 20th. As the appointment nominator, the College of Education is very proud to welcome Blaine into his new role; we are confident that he will be a positive force for change and represent the University of Saskatchewan well.

Winter 2012-2013

 A Change in Leadership at the College of Education

It is with congratulations and sadness that we announce Dean Cecilia Reynolds, has accepted an appointment as Deputy Provost and Associate Vice President Academic at Memorial University in Newfoundland. She will be officially stepping down from her role as dean on March 31st 2012.

Since 2003, Dr. Reynolds has worked hard to provide leadership and align the college’s goals with the university’s strategic directions. She has led and contributed to a number of path-breaking Aboriginal initiatives including the creation of the Aboriginal Education Research Centre, the Community-Based Indian Teacher Education Program (ITEP), and the “Indigenous Voices” project, to name a few. During her tenure as dean, she also led the design, approval and initial implementation of a renewed Bachelor of Education Program, as well as the expansion of distance and e-learning program delivery. She has been a highly successful ambassador for the college, in particular for her role as co-author of the Accord on Indigenous Education for the Association of Canadian Deans of Education, as well as continually building relationships with alumni, donors and friends of the college. We wish her congratulations and all the best in her new position and future endeavors.


We are pleased to announce that Dr. Robert Regnier will serve as Acting Dean of Education for the interm period January 1st 2013 until June 20th 2014.


Meeting Room Upgrades

Meeting room 3058 and 3122 got a face lift, thanks to a donation made by Lucy Howes. Both rooms have been transformed into state of the art work spaces with ergonomically correct furniture and LCD display technology. These rooms can accomodate meetings, presentations, and video conferencing.


Practical & Applied Arts Students Pass on their Skills to High School Students

High School Students ranging from grades 10 - 12, applied to participate in the Saskatoon Industry Education Council Construction Boot Camp instructed by Arnold Neufeld. Twenty students were selected, and responsible for construction 5 garden shed/playhouses. The completed projects were auctioned off at the GardenScape Event in Saskatoon, all proceeds donated to Habitat for Humanity. The program was developed to provide students with industry standard education in the area of residential construction.


 Update on College of Education Chair in Aboriginal Education

"In 2011, we gained approval to move forward with a search for an Enhancement Chair in our College in the area of "Aboriginal Education". Approvals were provided by the JCCP, University Council and the Board of Governors. We agreed to use a vacant position in the College for this purpose and were successful in attaining "salary differential" monies for the PCIP, on the understanding that we would continue to seek external monies to support chair over the long term. Initial conversations resulted in going forward with a joint position in Ed. Administration and Ed. Foundations, and it is the search for the joint position that is being put on hold while we work out the next steps." Dean Cecilia Reynolds and Joan Wolf, Development Officer.