Teachers get their bearings

Posted on Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Group of 42 men and women in the lobby of a building with a leafy wall in the background.

Welcome to uOttawa: More than 40 new professors at the University of Ottawa attended the 2016 Orientation Program for New Professors from August 16 to August 19. Photo: Andrea Campbell.

By Mike Foster

Many of the more than 80 new professors at the University of Ottawa this session attended three days of bilingual workshops in mid-August to get to know their new workplace, meet colleagues and discuss teaching strategies.

The 2016 Orientation Program for New Professors, organized by uOttawa’s Teaching and Learning Support Service, began on August 16 with uOttawa President Jacques Frémont welcoming the new recruits, followed by a discussion panel during which current professors shared their experiences about the culture of teaching and research at the University.

The new arrivals, most of whom officially began work on July 1, attended innovative sessions on topics such as “speed training” on the use of teaching technologies, getting students more active and engaged in their courses, teaching evaluation procedures and research support.

Professors who attended the annual program also heard students describe their learning experiences at the University.

The Gazette has been introducing some of these new professors to the uOttawa community as part of an ongoing series. Here are a few more new faces.

Social Sciences

Baljit Nagra’s main research interests are in race and ethnicity, national security and surveillance, gender studies and qualitative research.

An assistant professor in the criminology department, she is conducting a nationwide qualitative study consisting of nearly 100 interviews with Canadian Muslim leaders in five major cities to examine the impact of immigration, citizenship and security laws and policies on Muslim communities. She has published research in the Canadian Journal of Sociology, Religions and other refereed journals and is presently working on a book manuscript titled Securitized Citizens: Canadian Muslims’ Experiences of Race Relations and Identity Formation Post 9/11. Nagra completed her PhD at the University of Toronto’s department of sociology in 2011 and has held postdoctoral research fellowships at the University of Ottawa and York University.

Luc Bernier joins uOttawa from the École nationale d’administration publique (ENAP) of the Université du Québec, where he began as a professor of public policy in 1991 and served as director of education and research between 2001 and 2006. Bernier is co-author of Executive Styles in Canada: Cabinet Structures and Leadership Practices in Canadian Government and Public Enterprises Today: Missions, Performance and Governance. He has written extensively about public entrepreneurship, innovation, public enterprises and privatization, foreign policy, executive power and leadership. He completed his PhD in political science at Northwestern University in 1989. He was president of the Institute of Public Administration of Canada in 2005–06.

Telfer School of Management

Stéphane Tywoniak has twenty years’ experience in teaching strategy, systems thinking, project management and entrepreneurship. His CV includes many positions at the Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia, including MBA director, academic director and founder of the executive master in complex project management, and PhD course coordinator.

His research focuses on the strategic interaction between business and society in complex projects and strategic decision-making, particularly on how businesses gain, maintain and lose legitimacy. He serves as associate editor for project management for Systems Research and Behavioral Science and as associate editor for institutional theory and strategy for the Journal of Management and Organization.

Tywoniak is a graduate of the Institut d’études politiques de Paris (master’s), the Manchester Business School (MBA), Université Paris-X Nanterre (master’s by research) and HEC Paris (PhD).

Mohamed Chelli obtained his PhD in accounting from Université Laval and Université Paris-Dauphine. He also holds a research master's in accounting from Université Paris-Dauphine. His doctoral thesis deals with legitimization practices of socio-environmental performance measurement bodies that oversee corporations, as well as an analysis of the way the measurements produced exercise a certain disciplinary power both over the corporations scrutinized and stakeholders.

Mohamed Chelli was previously a professor of accounting at Toulouse Business School in France. Some of his teaching areas include financial accounting, cost calculations, business plans and qualitative accounting research methods.

Chelli’s research focuses mainly but not exclusively on corporate environmental disclosure, socio-environmental performance indicators, and sustainability ratings, rankings, certification and auditing practices.


Megan Cotnam-Kappel

Professor Megan Cotnam-Kappel completed her PhD in education in 2014 at the University of Ottawa. Her personal experience growing up in Orillia, Ontario, as a native French speaker in an extreme minority language situation informed her PhD doctoral thesis: a comparative study regarding youth voice in minority language schools in Ontario and Corsica. The thesis, entitled Une étude comparative des paroles des enfants sur le processus de choix scolaire en milieu minoritaire en Ontario et en Corse, was completed as a cotutelle project between the University of Ottawa and the Université de Corse Pascal Paoli, in Corsica, France.

She went on to become a postdoctoral fellow at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where she was a member of the Spencer New Civics Early Career Scholars Program. She conducted research with Project Zero into how youth use social media for online civic engagement.

Now she is back at her alma mater as an assistant professor in educational technology. Her research focus is on digital literacies and digital citizenship among francophone youth in minority settings as well as on how technology is used in education.

Éliane Dulude joins uOttawa as an assistant professor in educational leadership.

Her research examines how educational policies, particularly accountability and evidence-based policies, are put into practice, and their impact on organizational and instructional change. She is a lecturer at the Université de Sherbrooke, teaching courses as part of its certificate program in advanced studies on teaching and learning in higher education. She has been an educational consultant for both the private and public sectors, including for Bombardier Aerospace and the Government of Luxemburg’s Ministry of National Education and Vocational Training. She was a postdoctoral researcher at the Université de Genève, from September 2015 to May 2016. Dulude completed her PhD in educational administration at the Université de Montréal in 2015.

For more, see last week’s Gazette feature on some of the new professors in the Faculty of Law (Common Law and Civil Law), as well as our feature on last year’s orientation for new profs.

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