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


Lynn Thomas, 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

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Nicholas Ng-A-Fook, Past President

Nicholas Ng-A-Fook is a Professor of Curriculum Studies and Director of the Teacher Education Program at the University of Ottawa. In his administrative, educational, and research capacities, and in partnership with the local Indigenous and school board communities, he is committed to addressing the 94 Calls to Action put forth by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. He is collaborating with colleagues to create a state of the art teacher education program that promises to prepare teacher candidates for the social, economic, and cultural demands of the 21st century. As part of his administrative mandate, he and colleagues are creating a digital hub strategy, including social innovation mobile design labs in local schools, reconceptualizing their programming in light of the ongoing innovations within social science and humanities educational research. Nicholas’s research specializes in curriculum studies (policy development, implementation, and integration of emergent technologies). He draws on life writing research (autobiography, ethnography, oral history, and narrative inquiry) to develop oral history education projects and respective culturally relational curriculum with Indigenous and first generation immigrant communities. For the past three years, Nicholas has sought to establish stronger research and teacher education partnerships with local school board administrators, principals, and lead associate teachers across the Outaouais region as well as international partners in the United States, China, and elsewhere to address their collective curricular priority areas. Working with the wider educational community as a former President of the Canadian Association of Curriculum Studies and CSSE Treasurer has enabled Nicholas to develop stronger partnerships and richer friendships with different colleagues across Canada. In turn, CSSE has provided an invaluable network for him to collaborate with some of Canada’s best educational researchers on different federal and provincial research grants that address different curricular and pedagogical initiatives related to curriculum studies and teacher education.


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 (Anglophone)

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.


Marie-France Berard, Vice-President (Francophone)

An art educator and art historian, Marie-France Berard has been committed to art museum education for more than twenty years. She holds both B.A. and M.A. in Art History from the University of Montréal, and was Responsable des visites at the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal from 1995-2008.  Marie-France is a member of the education team at the Vancouver art Gallery and she is also president of the Special Interest Group in Education and Mediation in Museum (SIGEMM) within the Canadian Society for the Study of Education. Under the supervision of Dr. Dónal O’Donoghue, she completed her Ph.D. in Curriculum Studies/Art Education at the University of British Columbia. Her doctoral research is an inquiry into the experience of encountering art using the theoretical concepts of desire and assemblage from philosopher Gilles Deleuze. She is also invested in contemporary art theory, the notion of the art museum educator as the Deleuzian ‘mediator’, in complicating the concepts of interpretation and knowledge in the art museum, and in creating pedagogical spaces of encounter for pre-service teachers.

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.

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Katy Ellsworth, Communications & Conference Manager

Katy holds a Master of Arts degree in history from Queen’s University. She began her work in educational publishing with the Third International Mathematics and Science Study at the University of British Columbia. Since then, her career has focused on communications work in education within post-secondary contexts. Katy joined the CSSE team in 2014 as Managing Editor of the Canadian Journal of Education, and more recently took on the role of Communications and Conference Manager. In addition to her work for CSSE, she serves as Executive Director of the Association of Canadian Deans of Education.

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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