The Canadian Society for the Study of Education is the largest organization of professors, students, researchers and practitioners in education in Canada. CSSE is the major national voice for those who create educational knowledge, prepare teachers and educational leaders, and apply research in the schools, classrooms and institutions of Canada. Founded in 1972, the bilingual CSSE is an umbrella organization consisting of several national constituent associations.

Meet Our Executive

Jacqueline (Jackie) Ottmann, President Elect

Dr. Jacqueline Ottmann is Anishinaabe (Saulteaux), former elementary and high school teacher and principal, now a scholar. While at the University of Calgary, she was Coordinator of the First Nations, Métis, Inuit undergraduate teacher education program, and Director of Indigenous Education Initiatives within the Werklund School of Education (WSE). She also co-chaired the WSE Indigenous Strategy, and alongside the Provost, the university-wide Indigenous Strategy.

October 1, 2017, Jacqueline became Professor and Vice-Provost Indigenous Engagement at the university of Saskatchewan. Ottmann has been recognized as an international researcher, advocate, and change-maker whose purpose is to transform practices inclusive of Indigenous leadership, methodologies and pedagogies. Jacqueline is driven to create schools and communities that foster a deeper sense of belonging and appreciation for Indigenous peoples – their histories, stories, ways of knowing and being.

Lynn Thomas, Past President

A graduate of the University of British Columbia, Dr. Lynn Thomas has been teaching at the Université de Sherbrooke in Sherbrooke, Quebec since 2004 where she is a full professor and coordinator of the undergraduate and graduate programmes in TESL. Previous to this position, she was director of the School of Education at Bishop’s University. She is a member of the Canadian Association for Teacher Education (CATE), and has held the positions of communications director, vice president, president and past president for that association. She is also a member of CASWE, and currently serving as treasurer. During her time on the executive of CATE, Lynn participated in the redesign of the graduate awards to recognise new research in the field of teacher education and also chaired the committee that created the new lifetime achievement award for research in teacher education. In the role of past president she has organised working conferences on research on Teacher Education in Canada for three years, leading to three publications of collected chapters written by participants. At the Université de Sherbrooke Lynn is currently a member of the Collectif CLÉ, an international research group that studies reading and writing across the curriculum, in one or more languages and at all stages of schooling. She is also an associate member of PeD-TICE, a research group working on the integration of technologies in teacher education. Lynn is currently working on SSCHR funded research to explore scripting identities of grade six students learning a second language in intensive programmes. She is also researching the practicum experience in teacher education and influences of program requirements on the development of reflective practice in student teachers.

Recent publications include

Thomas, L. (2017). Learning to Learn about the Practicum: A Self-Study of Learning to Support Student Learning in the Field Studying Teacher Education, 14, 1-14.

Thomas, L. (Ed.). (2016). Canadian Association for Teacher Education Keynote Presentations 2009-2013. E-book published by the Canadian Association for Teacher Education accessible at http://cate-acfe.ca/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/CATE-Conference-Keynote-Presentations-2009-2013.pdf

Ruth Kane,  Secretary-Treasurer

Dr Ruth Kane is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Education, University of Ottawa where she served as Director of Teacher Education at the University of Ottawa from 2006 – 2011. Prior to moving to Canada in 2006 Ruth Kane served as Director of Teacher Education at Otago University (New Zealand) and Professor of Secondary Education at Massey University (New Zealand). Her research interests lie in the development and evaluation of preservice and inservice teacher education programs including the induction of beginning teachers, teacher professional learning through collaborative inquiry and the preparation of teachers for urban schools. She has directed three national research projects in New Zealand: Initial teacher Education; The Preparation and Induction of Beginning Secondary Teachers; and, The Status of Teachers and Teaching prior to coming to Canada. Since coming to Canada she has been principal investigator on a number of province-wide evaluations for the Ontario Ministry of Education including the evaluation of the New Teacher Induction Program (NTIP) and evaluations of the Early Primary Collaborative Inquiry (EPCI) and the Student Work Study (SWST) initiatives. Dr. Kane supports a number of graduate students whose fields of inquiry include teacher education, beginning teacher induction, preparing teachers for urban high schools and teacher professional learning. Before entering teacher education Dr Kane was a secondary teacher in New Zealand and Australia, including teaching on indigenous communities in the far north of Queensland, Australia.


Dwayne Donald, Vice-President (Indigenous)

Dwayne Donald was born and raised in Edmonton and is a descendent of the Papaschase Cree. His Blackfoot named is Aipioomahkaa (Long Distance Runner). Dwayne is the son of Allen and Darlene, husband to Georgina, father to Kesho, and uncle to Taryn, Taylor, Kennedy, Kristofer, Sarah, Marshall, Breanne and Lauren.

Dwayne has earned the following academic degrees: Bachelor of Arts (Alberta), Bachelor of Education (Calgary), Master of Education (Lethbridge), and PhD (Alberta). His Master’s thesis work at the University of Lethbridge was done under the supervision of Dr. Cynthia Chambers. The manuscript, titled Elder, Student, Teacher: A Kainai Curriculum Métissage, can be accessed via the following link: http://www.uleth.ca/dspace/bitstream/10133/147/3/MQ83749.pdf

Dwayne’s doctoral dissertation work at the University of Alberta was done under the supervision of Dr. David Geoffrey Smith. The manuscript, titled The Pedagogy of the Fort: Curriculum, Aboriginal-Canadian Relations, and Indigenous Métissage, focuses on the fort as a mythic symbol deeply embedded within the story of Canadian nation and nationality that teaches and naturalizes a divisive and dispiriting civilizational divide separating Aboriginal peoples and Canadians. Dwayne’s central argument in the dissertation is that that universities, schools, classrooms, curriculum scholars, educators, and curriculum documents typically replicate these fort teachings when considering the possible significance of Indigenous peoples and knowledge systems to contemporary educational contexts.

Dwayne’s career as an educator began in the Mathare Valley slums of Nairobi, Kenya. He had the privilege to work alongside Kenyans with the Mathare Youth Sports Association while living in Nairobi. After returning to Canada in 1993, Dwayne began teaching social studies and English at Kainai High School on the Kainai (Blood) Reserve in southern Alberta. This experience changed his life. The opportunity to learn from Kainai Elders and community leaders has had a tremendous influence on Dwayne’s interests and commitments as a curriculum thinker. In 2003, Dwayne and family moved back home to Edmonton to begin doctoral studies at the University of Alberta. He accepted an academic position in the Faculty of Education in 2007.


Abdoulaye Anne, Vice-President (Francophone)

Sociologist of Education, interested in the quality of education and its policies, Abdoulaye Anne is an Associate Professor in the Department of Foundations and Practices of Education at Université Laval, in Québec City (Canada). As a doctoral graduate in Applied Human Sciences from Université de Montréal (Québec, Canada), his research focuses on the policies, stakeholders and dynamics organizing the education sector in Canada and abroad. He specifically examines a) the characteristics of current education policies; b) the evolution of the place and role of school stakeholders and c) the dynamics created by the major current evolutions in the field. Dr. Anne is a member of two significant university research centres in Québec (Canada): the Centre de recherche et d’intervention sur la réussite scolaire (CRIRES) and the Centre interdisciplinaire de recherche sur l’Afrique et le Moyen-Orient (CIRAM).

Robert Nellis, Vice-President (Anglophone)

Robert Nellis is highly honoured and thrilled to be serving his four-year term as a CSSE Vice-president (Anglophone). Robert completed his Ph.D. in the Department of Secondary Education at the University of Alberta in 2007, with his thesis co-receiving the Canadian Association for Curriculum Studies Dissertation Award. He developed that work into Haunting Inquiry: Classic NFB Documentary, Jacques Derrida, and the Curricular Otherwise (Sense 2009). Since that time, his scholarship has drawn from memoir, creative nonfiction, arts-based approaches, and poetic inquiry. Robert loves working as a continuous faculty member in the Red Deer College School of Education and currently teaches courses in Child Development and Family Studies. Previous courses he has taught include Media, Culture, and Curriculum; Concepts of Childhood in the History of Education; Introduction to Educational Psychology; Communication in the Classroom; and Inclusive Education: Adapting Instruction for Students for RDC. He has also taught Consultation and Collaboration in Special Education, Introduction into Media Education, Assessment and Instruction of Exceptional Learners, and Individualizing Instruction for Adolescents with Special Needs for the University of Alberta, and Introductory College English for Grande Prairie Regional College. His service has included work for Local 37, Alberta Teachers Association, Red Deer College Faculty Association, and the board for the Learning Disabilities Association of Alberta, Red Deer Chapter. He has also been very involved in service with, in, and for CSSE, including as CACS Program Chair, Chairperson of the committee for the Cynthia Chambers Master’s Thesis Award, CACS Vice-president, Coordinator of the Celebration of Creative Scholarly Works (CACS), CACS Co-president (with Erika Hasebe-Ludt) and member of the CSSE Board of Directors, member of the Canadian Journal of Education Editorial Advisory Board and Board of Consulting Editors, and most recently Secretary-Treasurer for CACS.

Meet Our Staff

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Tim Howard, Director of Administration

Tim has been happily employed with CSSE since 1982.  Over that time Tim has encountered many amazing people, and forged some strong relationships.  Tim enjoys living his life with his partner filled with travel, good food, and good friends.  Tim’s role in CSSE involves governance, and finances of CSSE and of four additional national organizations (CASAE, CNIE, CSSHE, and STLHE).

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Barb Ford, Membership Services

Barb has been with the Society for over 10 years.  Barb’s role is to manage membership, conference, and special events registrations and other duties as required.  In addition, Barb provides the same for an additional four national organizations at this office which include STLHE, CNIE, CSSHE, and CASAE.

Michael Holden, Conference Manager

Cameron Smith, Communications Manager

CSSE Objectives

The objective of CSSE is to promote the advancement of Canadian research and scholarship in education. In order to fulfill its mandate, CSSE will:

  • provide for the discussion of studies, issues and trends in education, and for the dissemination of research findings;
  • promote exchanges among members and other educational researchers in Canada and internationally;
  • foster partnerships and, through educational research, influence public policy and help determine the nature, structure and funding of the research agenda. CSSE endeavours to accomplish this objective through involving researchers reflective of the sociocultural diversity of Canada.


CSSE is governed by a board of directors consisting of an elected executive and the presidents of the constituent associations and of the graduate student committee, supported by a permanent staff in our Ottawa office.

Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

The Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences, known as the Federation, is a membership-based organization that is made up of 66 scholarly associations and 71 universities and colleges, comprising more than 70,000 scholars, students and practitioners across Canada. CSSE is one of the largest scholarly associations in the Federation.

Through its activities, the Federation strives to support and advance Canada’s research in the humanities and social science, fields which are intrinsically important to the development of social, cultural and economic understanding, thus giving our society necessary tools to address the most complex of questions.

For more information on the Federation, please visit their web site.


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