John Ranton McIntosh

Overview for Applicants

Early in 1987, the University of Saskatchewan received a generous bequest from the late Dr. John Ranton McIntosh to be used for furthering the work of the College of Education.  The bequest was used to establish the John Ranton McIntosh Trust Fund, which will be held in perpetuity.  The annual interest from the Trust Fund will be used to support faculty research and faculty development in the College of Education.  Awards and benefits will be appropriately publicized each year in memory of Dr. McIntosh and to further the work of the College.

The awards are intended to promote initiatives, facilitate the development of new programs of research, encourage cross-disciplinary research, facilitate success in external grant competitions, disseminate research findings, and stimulate the formation of a community of scholars within the College of Education. Given the limited nature of the funds, not all meritorious projects may be awarded funding in any given year.

Types of Awards

There are 5 different types of John Ranton McIntosh Awards.

Awards from the Trust Fund are as follows:

  1. JRM Release Time Stipend Awards – provides funding up to $7200 to hire a graduate student to teach 1 course.
  2. JRM Research Grants – provides seed funding of up to $5000 each to begin a new research project.
  3. JRM Visiting Scholar Grants – provides funding up to a maximum of $2000 each to host a distinguished visiting scholar or practitioner.
  4. JRM Bridge Funding Grants – provides bridge funding for up to $2000 for grant applicants who receive a 4A rating on their Tri-Agency grant application.
  5. JRM Graduate Assistant Stipend Awards – provides funding up to a maximum of $3100 each to hire either a Teaching Assistant or Student Writer.

NOTE: The number of awards per year is contingent on available funds.

The awarding of funds from the trust must be decided on the merits of the project. The formal peer review process ensures the greatest degree of fairness and transparency and establishes the validity and merits of the project.

Applications are subject to competitive adjudication by members of the John Ranton Committees. Adjudication committees for the awards will be composed of one Department Head, one Graduate Chair (not from the same department), and the Associate Dean (Research, Graduate Support, and International Initiatives).

Application and Deadlines

Application deadlines are May 1 for all awards (or the next working day when this date occurs on a weekend or holiday) with additional competition deadlines for the Bridge Funding Award (July 15) and the Graduate Assistant Stipend Award (October 1). Notification of the award will be provided with 4–6 weeks of the deadline. 

One original signed and completed application (hard copy) and a pdf electronic copy must be submitted to the Associate Dean Graduate Studies and Research (edadr@usask.ca) prior to the competition deadline.

Ranjan Datta
Research Facilitator
ED 3053
(306) 966-1736
ranjan.datta@usask.ca

Kirkpatrick Travel Award

Purpose: The Kirkpatrick Travel Fund enables recipients to visit for up to one week an educational project or program related to their duties or field of interest. (Attendance at a convention or conference does not meet the conditions of the award.)

The Awards Committee will consider both the innovativeness and creativity of the proposal and also the significance of the proposal to support current educational priorities in Saskatchewan. NOTE: Applicants should include a letter of support from their system.

Award: Normally each award will consist of travel expenses via economy class air fare, plus a per diem allowance to cover costs of meals and accommodations to a maximum of $1800. Recipients of this award must complete travel within two years.
Eligibility: Members of the S.T.F.; students registered in or individuals recommended for a Teaching Certificate from the College of Education, University of Saskatchewan; and the faculty of the College.
Deadline Date: November 30
Applications:

Forms for the award are available from:

The Kirkpatrick Travel Fund
Associate Dean's Office
College of Education
University of Saskatchewan
28 Campus Drive
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, S7N 0X1
Phone: (306) 966-7558
email: edgrad.inquiries@usask.ca

Download a copy of the form in pdf format

Karon Guttormson has been selected as the recipient of the Kirkpatrick Travel Award for 2014-2015.

Karon GuttormsonKaron Guttormson is the K-12 Arts Education Instructional Consultant for Saskatoon Public Schools supporting teachers and students in fully realizing the curriculum outcomes in art, drama, music and dance.  She is a strong advocate of the arts as an interdisciplinary model for thinking and learning.

Karon has worked with and learned from teachers and students from Kindergarten to university level across the province.  She believes in fostering partnerships to support arts education as a fundamentally beneficial way of learning.  Flourishing partnerships include those with local artists, various local arts organizations, most significantly the Mendel Art Gallery and Persephone Theatre, and a new provincial alliance of Arts Education consultants.  She has written locally-developed and provincial curricula in Visual Art.

Karon is currently conducting action research with colleagues as part of a Stirling McDowell Research Grant which explores the following question: How does increasing visual literacy instruction impact student and teacher learning?

As recipient of the Kirkpatrick Travel Award, Karon will visit several educational programs in Amsterdam to study ways in which students construct and re-construct knowledge through art-full pedagogy and investigate innovative approaches to arts as community builders within schools and in the broader community.

The Kirkpatrick Travel Award is administered jointly by the University of Saskatchewan College of Education, the University of Saskatchewan Alumni Association, and the Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation. The annual award celebrates the contribution the late Dean Emeritus Balfour Kirkpatrick made to education in Saskatchewan.

For more information, please contact:

Michelle Prytula,
Dean, College of Education
University of Saskatchewan
(306) 966-7647

Carol Demchuck-Kosalofski has been selected as the recipient of the Kirkpatrick Travel Award for 2013-2014.

Carol Demchuk-KosalofskiCarol Demchuk-Kosolofski is an educator from Prairie Spirit School Division currently seconded to the College of Education. Working as a field experience consultant, with a focus on rural partnerships, Carol has been fortunate to work with many talented cooperating teachers and interns. From this work emerged an interest and recognition of a need to explore ways of further building supports for teachers as they first enter the profession. Currently Carol is working with two researchers from the College of Education on a partnership pilot project with Prairie Spirit School Division, Partners in Mentorship. This project is exploring a model of providing release time for mentor teachers to work one-to-one with beginning teachers in their classrooms and the impact it has on mentors, beginning teachers and student learning. As a recipient of the Kirkpatrick Travel Award, Carol will travel to Santa Cruz, California to visit the New Teacher Centre to gain more knowledge about the various approaches and models of mentorship in education.

The Kirkpatrick Travel Award is administered jointly by the University of Saskatchewan College of Education, the University of Saskatchewan Alumni Association, and the Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation. The annual award celebrates the contribution the late Dean Emeritus Balfour Kirkpatrick made to education in Saskatchewan.

For more information, please contact:

Michelle Prytula,
Dean, College of Education
University of Saskatchewan
966-7647

Gail Gardiner has been selected as the recipient of the Kirkpatrick Travel Award for 2012-2013.

Gail GardinerPlease accept my thanks once again for selecting me as the recipient of the Kirkpatrick Travel Award for 2012-2013. Your generosity has helped me to continue my education in professional development as my position in both teaching and administration.  

Throughout my educational career, I have worked hard to prove myself as a responsible and dedicated professional in teaching and now in administration.   Receiving this award means a lot to me, it has allowed me to attend some of the “best practiced” and promising avenues for education.  The Circle of Courage model, is currently being used world wide as a model for youth empowerment which is supported by current research, the heritage of early youth work pioneers and Native philosophies of childcare.  “The model is encompassed in four core values: belonging, mastery, independence, and generosity. The central theme of this model is that a set of shared values must exist in any community to create environments that ultimately benefit all.” 

During the time there I attended a two-day workshop which introduced participants to an overview of an effective approach to leadership.   Situational Leadership II, states that instead of using just one style, successful leaders should change their leadership styles based on the maturity of the people they're leading and the details of the task. This training allows leaders to place more or less emphasis on the task, and more or less emphasis on the relationships with the people they're leading, depending on what's needed to get the job done successfully.
The last training that I attended was called “Deep Brain Learning Training”

During this one-day training, I learned to use

  • Practical tools to connect with challenging and disruptive youth
  • Methods to motivate reluctant learners
  • Strategies to restore bonds of respect
  • Pathways of the brain leading to trust and self-regulation
  • Key principles important to change in children of challenge
  • The Circle of Courage® Model’s four universal needs of children in all cultures: belonging, mastery, independence, and generosity.

All this training that I have taken will greatly assist me in my role as administrator.  It will greatly benefit the task of ongoing restitution in the area of discipline that our school will be administering.  These courses have allowed me to look at more training in situational leadership as well as more training with youth at risk.  I have really enjoyed my experience in this training and trip to Victoria, and once again “Thank You” “Te-ni-ki”. 

The Kirkpatrick Travel Award is administered jointly by the University of Saskatchewan College of Education, the University of Saskatchewan Alumni Association, and the Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation. The annual award celebrates the contribution the late Dean Emeritus Balfour Kirkpatrick made to education in Saskatchewan.

For more information, please contact:

Michelle Prytula,
Dean, College of Education
University of Saskatchewan
966-7647