Margaret Kovach

Margaret Kovach

Associate Professor, Educational Administration & Educational Foundations

Research areas

Indigenous curriculum development; Indigenous research methodologies; Indigenous higher learning; distance education; and adult education

Curriculum Vitae

Academic Credentials
Doctor of Philosophy, University of Victoria, 2007
Master of Social Work, Carleton University, 1993
Bachelor of Arts, University of Regina, 1989
Bachelor of Social Work, University of Regina, 1988

Current Appointment

  • Associate Professor, Educational Foundations, College of Education, University of Saskatchewan, 2012 to present
  • Joint Appointment, Department of Educational Foundations and Department of Educational Administration, College of Education, University of Saskatchewan, 2009-2012.
  • Assistant Professor, Educational Foundations, College of Education, University of Saskatchewan (cross-appointment with Educational Administration), 2007 to 2012.

Associate Memberships
Adjunct Assistant Professor, School of Social Work, University of Victoria, 2009-2014.
Member of Graduate Studies, College of Graduate Studies, University of Saskatchewan, 2007-2012.
Associate Member of Graduate Studies, Faculty of Graduate Studies, University of Victoria, 2007-2012.


  • Scholarly Writing Award (Indigenous Methodologies: Characteristics, Conversations, and Contexts), Saskatchewan Book Awards, 2011.
  • Nomination, Qualitative Book Award, International Centre for Qualitative Inquiry, 2011.
  • Provost’s Teaching Award for Excellence in Aboriginal Education, University of Saskatchewan, 2010.
  • International Visiting Fellow, Healthway Indigenous Visiting Fellowship of Western Australia & the Combined Universities for Rural Health (Curtin University of Technology, Edith Cowan University and The University of Western Australia), 2008.
  • Nomination for the Governor General Gold Award (for doctoral dissertation), 2007.
  • Award of Excellence in Distance Education (for the curriculum development of Indigenous Distance Education Course), Commonwealth of Learning, 2006.

Courses Taught
ERES 810.3 Indigenous Epistemology & Research
ERES 990 Graduate Seminar
ECNT 810 Learning for Life: Practice and Theory in Adult Education
ECNT 875 Adult Education and Human Development
EADM 819 FN and Leadership
EFDT 335 FN and Cross Cultural Education
EADM 892.3 Trends in Aboriginal Education: Epistemology & Research
EADM 425 Legal & Institutional Contexts of Education (SUNTEP)
EADM 881 Organizational History

Course Development
ECNT 875: Adult Education and Human Development (substantial revision of existing course), 2011.
ERES 800: Introduction to Research Methods (Blackboard) – co-developed with Dr. Dirk Morrison, 2010.
ERES 810.3: Indigenous Research: Epistemology and Methods, 2009.
ECNT 810: Learning for Life: Theory and Practice of Adult Education (substantial revision of existing course), 2008.

Selected Grants
SSHRC Standard Grant, Principle Investigator, 2010,
Tri-Council Bridge Funding, University of Saskatchewan, 2010.
University Publications Fund Award, University of Saskatchewan, 2008 and 2009.
Online Course Development Technology Enhanced Grant, University of Saskatchewan, 2009.
Internal Research Grant for SSHRC proposal development, 2008.
Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences, ASPP grant, 2008.
Start-up grant, University of Saskatchewan, 2007.

Selected Publications


  • Kovach, M. (2009). Indigenous Methodologies – Characteristics, Conversations, and Contexts. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.


  • Kovach, M (2009) Being Indigenous in the Academy - Creating space for Indigenous scholarship in the academy. In Timpson, A. (Ed.), “First Nations, First Thoughts – New Challenges” (p. 51-76). Vancouver: UBC Press.
  • Kovach, Margaret (2005) Emerging from the margins: Indigenous methodologies. In S. Strega, & L. Brown (Ed.), Research as Resistance – Critical, Indigenous and Anti-oppressive Approaches (pp. 19-36). Toronto: Canadian Scholars Press.
  • Green, J., Kovach, M., Montgomery, H., Thomas R., and Brown, L. (2007).  Witnessing Wild Women: Resistance and resilience in Aboriginal child welfare.  In Foster, L. and Wharf, B. (Eds.), People, Politics, and Child Welfare in B.C. (pp. 97-116). Vancouver:  UBC Press                 
  • Kovach, M. (2005).  Emerging from the margins:  Indigenous methodologies. In S. Strega and L. Brown (Eds.), Research as resistance: Critical, Indigenous and anti-oppressive approaches (pp. 19-36). Toronto:  Canadian Scholars Press.
  • Brown, L., Haddock, L., and Kovach, M. (2002).  Watching over our children: Lalum’ut’ul’Smun’een child and family services.  In B. Wharf (Ed.), Community approaches to child welfare (pp. 131-151).  Peterborough: Broadview Press.

Journal Articles and Special Journal Editions:

  • Battiste, M., Kovach, M. & Balzar, G. (2010). Celebrating the Local, Negotiating the School:  Language and Literacy in Aboriginal Communities, Special Journal on Aboriginal Englishes. Canadian Journal of Native Education, Supplement, 32,pp. 4-12.
  • Kovach, M. (2010).  Conversational Method in Indigenous Research.  First People Child and Family Review, 5(1), pp. 40-48.
  • Kovach, M. & Montgomery, H. (2010).What kind of learning? For what purpose? Reflections on a critical adult education approach to online Social Work and Educations courses serving Indigenous distance learners. Critical Social Work Journal.
  • Kovach, M. (2009). Forward. First People Child & Family Review, 4(2), p.4.
  • Brown, L., Jamieson, C., and Kovach, M. (1995). Feminism and First Nations:  Conflict or concert?  Canadian Review of Social Policy, 35, pp. 68-77

Selected Presentations

  • Indigenous Research. Keynote Presentation. Indigenous People’s Health Research Conference, June 25, 2011.
  • Indigenous Methodologies. Keynote Presentation. University of Manitoba Summer Institute: Health Populations Evaluation. Winnipeg, June 13, 2011.
  • A Reading – Indigenous Methodologies: Characteristics, conversations, and contexts. A Lunch hour reading, Saskatchewan Legislative Library, May 11, 2011.
  • Indigneous Methodologies. Keynote Address, 9th Annual Indigenous Graduate Student Symposium, Faculty of Education, University of British Columbia, March 12, 2011.
  • Engaging Indigenous Knowledges: The Rich Complexities of Inclusion.  Feature Presenation,  hosted by Gwenna Moss Teaching and Learning Centre, University of Saskatchewan, February 28, 2011.
  • Indigenous Methodologies: Characteristics, Conversations, and Contexts.  Invited Reading at the School of Social Work, McGill University,  June 1, 2010.
  • Indigenous Research.  Community Services. Kahnawake. June 1, 2010.
  • How Asynchronistic Distance Learning Serves the Principles of Adult Education Particularly for Remote and Rurally Located Learners as in Aboriginal Communities. Presentation at the Canadian Society for Studies in Education, XXXVIIth Annual Conference, Ottawa, May 23-26, 2009. (Non-Invited)
  • Conversational Method in Indigenous Methodologies. Presentation at the Shawane Dagosiwin – Aboriginal Education Research Forum, Winnipeg, May 13-15, 2009 (Non-Invited)
  • “Searching for Arrowheads”: An inquiry into the approaches to Indigenous research. Indigenous Peoples Health Research Centre. IPHRC, University of Regina, Saskatoon Campus, September, 19. (Invited)
  • Indigenous Research Seminar. Centre for International Health, Department of Social Work and Social Policy and the Centre for Aboriginal Studies, Curtin University of Technology, Western Australia, August 1, 2008. (*through International Visiting Fellow, Healthway Indigenous Visiting Fellowship of Western Australia & the Combined Universities for Rural Health as identified in Section 7) (Invited)
  • The role of training pre-service elementary teachers to create inclusive environments for Indigenous children. Faculty of Health Sciences and Nursing, Murdoch University, August 13, 2008. (*through International Visiting Fellow, Healthway Indigenous Visiting Fellowship of Western Australia & the Combined Universities for Rural Health as identified in Section 7) (Invited)
  • M.Kovach, H. Montgomery and D. Bjornson. Distance education for social justice in the wireless era: Enabling Indigenous students access to post-secondary education through distance learning. Presentation at the 5th Pan Commonwealth Form (PCF5)on Distance Le