Paul Orlowski

Paul Orlowski

Assistant Professor, Educational Foundations

Research areas


sociology of education; social studies education; international education; teaching for democracy; Aboriginal education; critical media literacy; critical pedagogy; teaching for political consciousness; pedagogy & progressive Christianity; and teacher education.

Curriculum Vitae


Academic Credentials:
Ph.D., 2005, University of British Columbia, Centre for the Study of Curriculum & Instruction, Faculty of Education.
M.A., 1997, University of British Columbia, Department of Educational Studies, Faculty of Education.
B.Ed., 1985, University of British Columbia, Faculty of Education.
B.Eng., 1982, Carleton University, Faculty of Engineering.
Courses Taught:

Graduate Level:

  • EFDT 898: Critical Pedagogy & Democracy
  • EFDT 857: Neoliberalism & Critical Eco-Pedagogy
  • EFDT 854: International Study Abroad (Finland)
  • ECUR 811: Curriculum Perspectives

Undergraduate Level:

  • EDUC 301: Anti-Oppressive Education – Ethical Beginnings
  • EDUC 303: Education in Society – Structures and Systems
  • EDUC 498: Issues & Pedagogy in the Social Sciences
Books:
  • Kozolanka, K. & Orlowski, P. (accepted). Media literacy for citizenship. Toronto: Canadian Scholars’ Press.
  • Orlowski, P. (2011). Teaching about hegemony: Race, class & democracy in the 21st century. New York: Springer, 213 pp.
Chapters in Books:
  • Orlowski, P. (2014). Critical media literacy & social studies: Paying heed to Orwell and Huxley. In E. W. Ross (ed.), The social studies curriculum: Purposes, problems and possibilities (4th Ed.), Albany: State University of New York Press, 335-352.
  • Orlowski, P. & Cottrell, M. (2013) Racialized poverty and the promise of schooling: Searching for equitable educational outcomes for Aboriginal peoples in Saskatchewan, Canada. In E. Brown & P. Gorski (eds.), Poverty & social class, volume 6. Newcastle, UK: University of Newcastle Press.
  • Cottrell, M., Prytula, M. & Orlowski, P. (2013). Developing a new undergraduate admissions process at the University of Saskatchewan. In V. Stead (ed.), Handbook of higher education admissions policy and practice. New York: Peter Lang Publishing.
  • Orlowski, P. (2001). Ties that bind and ties than blind: Race and class intersections in the classroom. In James, C. E. & A. Shadd, (eds.), Talking about identity: Encounters in race, ethnicity, and language. Toronto: Between the Lines, 250-266.
Published Papers in Refereed Journals:
  • Orlowski, P. (2015). Neoliberalism, its effects on Saskatchewan, and a teacher educator’s response. Alternate Routes: A Journal of Critical Social Research. 26 (1), 223-250.
  • Orlowski, P. (2014). Social studies & civil society: Making the case to take on neoliberalism, in education, 20 (1), 3-24.
  • Orlowski, P. (2009). Teaching for and about democracy, including its flaws. Democracy & Education, 18 (2), 54-61.
  • Orlowski, P. (2008). “That would certainly be spoiling them”: Liberal discourses on Aboriginal issues in high school social studies. Canadian Journal of Native Education, 31 (2), 110-129.
  • Orlowski, P. (2008) Social class: The forgotten identity marker in social studies education. New Proposals: Journal of Marxism and Interdisciplinary Inquiry, 1 (2), 30-63.
  • Orlowski, P. (2006). Educating in an era of Orwellian spin: Making a case for critical media literacy in the classroom. Canadian Journal of Education, 29 (1), 176-198.
  • Orlowski, P. & Menzies, C. (2004). Educating about Aboriginal involvement with forestry: The Tsimsian experience - yesterday, today, and tomorrow. Canadian Journal of Native Education, 28 (1/2), 66-79.
  • Kelly, D. M., Brandes, G. M., & Orlowski, P. (2004). Teaching for social justice: Veteran high school teachers’ perspectives. Scholar-Practitioner Quarterly, 2 (2), 39-57.
Published Papers in Non-Refereed Journals:
  • Orlowski, P. (2013). Teacher’s Guide for An Agenda for Social Change – 2014. Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. See http://www.policyalternatives.ca/sites/default/files/uploads/publications/National%20Office/2013/10/TeachersGuide2014.pdf.
  • Orlowski, P. & Spooner, M. (2013). Standardized testing (almost) comes to Saskatchewan: How being proactive can lead to positive results (for now). Our Schools Our Selves, 23 (1), 26-29.
  • Orlowski, P. (2012). Teacher’s guide: An agenda for social change. Our Schools Our Selves, 22 (3), 117-132.
  • Orlowski, P. (2011). News TO the world: The Murdoch phone-hacking scandal & media literacy – Reflections from a media literacy educator. Our Schools Our Selves, 21 (1), 115-130.
  • Orlowski, P. (2011). Separate oil and state: Using the media for a critical eco-pedagogy in the classroom. Our Schools Our Selves, 20 (3), 91-119.
  • Orlowski, P. (2008). Youth ‘participaction’ and democracy: Reflections on teaching Civic Studies 11 in British Columbia. Our Schools Our Selves, 17 (2), 109-122.
  • Orlowski, P. (2007). Bob Dylan was right – It is a political world: The case for critical media literacy. Our Schools Our Selves, 17 (1), 33-49.
  • Orlowski, P. (2007). How my students explore cultural struggle. Our Schools Our Selves, 17 (1), 50-51.
  • Orlowski, P. (2001).  The revised social studies curriculum in British Columbia: Problems and oversights. Our Schools Our Selves, 10 (4), 85-102
Book Reviews:
  • Orlowski, P. (2012). Review of C. E. James’ Life at the intersection: Community, class & schooling, Halifax, N.S.: Fernwood Publishing, 2012. Canadian and International Education, 41 (3), Article 9.
  • Orlowski, P. (2010). Review of D. Hill’s (Ed.) The rich world and the impoverishment of education: Diminishing democracy, equity and workers’ rights, New York: Routledge, 2009, Workplace, 17, 139-146.
  • Orlowski, P. (2002). Review of A. Perry’s On the edge of empire: Gender, race, and the making of British Columbia, 1849-1871, Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2001, Left History, 8 (1), 119-122.
Presentations at Academic Conferences:
  • P. Orlowski, 2015. WE ARE TREATY PEOPLE: Exploring the Knowledge Base and Dispositions of Pre-Service Teachers in Saskatchewan on Aboriginal Issues Through an Online Interview Process. Co-Presentation with Dr. M. Cottrell at the Annual Conference of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), Chicago, Illinois, April.
  • P. Orlowski, 2014. Critical media literacy & social studies: Paying heed to Orwell and Huxley. Annual Conference of the American Educational Studies Association (AESA), Toronto, Ontario, November 2nd.
  • P. Orlowski, 2014. How Christian Social Studies Teachers Understand Teaching for Social Justice. Annual Conference of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, April 6th.
  • P. Orlowski, 2013. Neoliberal Globalization: Impact on K-12 Education in Saskatchewan. Annual Conference for the Canadian Society for the Study of Education (CSSE), Victoria, British Columbia, June 3rd.
  • P. Orlowski, 2013. Conceptions of Social Justice Among Christian Social Studies Teachers. Annual Conference for the Canadian Society for the Study of Education (CSSE), Victoria, British Columbia, June 2nd.
  • P. Orlowski, 2013. Racialized Poverty and the Promise of Schooling: Searching for Equitable Educational Outcomes for Aboriginal Peoples in Saskatchewan, Canada. Co-Presentation with Dr. M. Cottrell at the Annual Conference of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), San Francisco, California, April 28th.
  • P. Orlowski, 2012. Teaching from a Social Democratic or Reformist Left Perspective in an Era of Neoliberalism. Co-presentation with Dr. P. Shaker at the Annual Conference of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), Vancouver, British Columbia, April 14th.
  • P. Orlowski, 2012. News TO the World: What Rupert Murdoch’s Phone-Hacking Scandal Should Tell Us about Corporate Media and its Political Agenda. Annual Hawaii International Conference in Education (HICE), Honolulu, Hawaii, January 6th.
  • P. Orlowski, 2011. Separate Oil & State: Using the Media for a Critical Eco-Pedagogy in the Classroom. Annual Conference of the Canadian Society of Studies in Education (CSSE), Fredericton, New Brunswick, May 29th.
  • P. Orlowski, 2010. Teaching For and About Democracy, Including Its Flaws. Annual Conference of the Canadian Society of Studies in Education (CSSE), Montreal, Quebec, June 1st.
  • P. Orlowski, 2010. Schools Teach About Laissez Faire Economics – Why Not Neoliberalism? Annual Conference of the Canadian Society of Studies in Education (CSSE), Montreal, Quebec, May 31st.
  • P. Orlowski, 2008. Time for a Change? The Failure of Liberal Discourses in Addressing Aboriginal Students’ Needs. Annual Conference of the Canadian Society of Studies in Education (CSSE), Vancouver, British Columbia, June 2nd.
  • P. Orlowski, 2007. Power, Politics, Policy & the Media – Hegemonic Discourses in American Corporate Media. Annual Conference of the American Educational Studies Association (AESA), Cleveland, Ohio, November 4th.
  • P. Orlowski, 2007. Teaching Social Studies in an Era of Orwellian Mega-Spin: Narratives from the Classroom. Annual Westcast Conference, Winnipeg, Manitoba, February 17th.
  • P. Orlowski, 2006. Aboriginal Issues & Social Studies in British Columbia: What’s Ideology Got to do with it? Annual Conference of the American Educational Studies Association (AESA), Spokane, Washington, November 6th.
  • P. Orlowski. 2005. Social Class: The Forgotten Identity Marker in Social Studies Education. Annual Conference of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), Montreal, Quebec, April 25th.
  • P. Orlowski, 2003. From the Forests to the Classroom: The Tsimsian Experience – Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow. Annual Conference for the American Society of Applied Anthropology (ASAA), Portland, Oregon, March 15th.
  • P. Orlowski, 2001. Ties that Blind and Ties that Bind: Race Awareness & Class Consciousness. Annual Conference of the Canadian Society of Studies in Education (CSSE), Quebec City, Quebec, May 28th.
  • P. Orlowski, 2000. A Class Act: How Working-Class Youth Perceive Racism & Economic Inequality. Annual Conference of the Canadian Society of Studies in Education (CSSE), Edmonton, Alberta, May 27th.
  • P. Orlowski, 2000. Globalization & White Working-Class Youth: The Case for Pedagogy to Address White Defensiveness. Annual Conference of the Canadian Society of Studies in Education (CSSE), Edmonton, Alberta, May 27th.
Research Grants Recently Received:
  • John Ranton McIntosh Fund (2014), $5000 to research the role of Finland’s public school in support of the Finnish commons.
  • Stirling McDowell Foundation for Research Into Teaching (2013), $7500 to research innovative ideas around pedagogy, student assessment, curriculum implementation & Indigenous education in a country that values teacher professionalism (Finland).
  • University of Saskatchewan International Education Grant (2013), $5000 to develop a graduate course in Helsinki and Turku, Finland.
  • President’s Social Science Humanities Research Council (2011), $7000 to research conceptions of social justice among Christian teachers of social studies.
  • John Ranton McIntosh Fund (2011), $2000 to research conceptions of social justice among Christian teachers of social studies.
  • John Ranton McIntosh Fund (2010), $2000 to research conceptions of social justice among Christian teachers of social studies.